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  • Criticize Senator Ted Cruz’s bid for Republican nomination

    03/30/2015 11:09:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Texas Senator Ted Cruz set off a media firestorm last week by becoming the first to announce his candidacy for the Republican nomination in 2016. The media has generally described Cruz as a passionate, hard-line conservative and a polarizing figure. Writing for Fox News, Michael Goodwin argued that Cruz has a chance at becoming our next president, calling him “a brilliant man of clear conservative convictions, not muddled by the politics of calculation.” It’s a nice sentiment, but it also effectively illustrates the underlying problem with candidates like Cruz and with our political system in general: being “muddled” by a...
  • LETTER: To deny health care coverage for 37,000 here is immoral

    03/30/2015 9:30:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Citizen of Laconia ^ | March 30, 2015 | Tom Dawson, failed Democratic candidate
    The most cherished of all we hold dear is our health. Good health allows us to enjoy life, work, love others, and see the splendor around us created by God. Not knowing when one would get sick or injured, insurance companies were formed to handle this uncertainty. Unions saw the benefits of health care and started including it in their benefits package when collectively bargaining for a larger share of the company’s profits. Today, most of our health insurance plans are through our employer. As insurance costs became higher and higher it was more difficult for employers to handle premiums....
  • Ode to the UnACA. For millennials here in the vain hope they can wake up their peers with a song.

    03/30/2015 3:29:11 PM PDT · by concernedcitizen76 · 1 replies
    Self | March 30, 2015 | Not John Milton
  • The loud last gasp that should be heard around the world

    03/30/2015 9:37:20 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 7 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/30/15 | Judi McLeod
    The baby girl was murdered in the most heinous and shocking of crimes and the law of the land that so callously identified her as a fetus can never justify her murder. If only the “loud last gasp” of the 7-month-old unborn baby ripped out of her mother’s womb in Colorado last week would end for once and for all the fallacious argument that a human baby is only a fetus while still in her mother’s womb. Then her moment’s long life would have saved millions of innocent children slaughtered by abortions that have become commonplace since the law birthed...
  • Rubio, Paul and 75% Of Congress On Obamacare (Uh-oh)

    03/28/2015 5:34:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    News Talk Florida ^ | March 28, 2015 | James Williams
    It might be fun to poke fun at Texas Senator and GOP Presidential candidate Ted Cruz for signing up for Obamacare but he is far from alone. As a matter of fact some other top GOP candidates for the 2016 Republican nomination are right there with Cruz. In fact almost every member of the House and the Senate who have voted over 50 times to repeal Obamacare are enrolled in the plan. It is important to be clear there is no such thing as being “on Obamacare.” It’s not an insurance plan, or a single program like Medicare or Social...
  • It's Official: Americans Spent All Their "Gas Savings" On Obamacare

    03/27/2015 10:37:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 03/27/2015 | Tyler Durden
    Last quarter, when we showed what was "The Reason For The "Surge" In Q3 GDP", some were shocked to learn that in the quarter in which US GDP posted a 5% surge, it was none other than Obamacare - a mandatory tax according to the Supreme Court which has the benefit of flowing through the US income statement - which contributed the bulk of this upside. We are happy, and we use the term loosely, that history has just repeated itself, and now that the final number is available, what we wrote a month ago in "Here Is What Americans...
  • Readers React: Imagining a Ted Cruz presidency — and a stronger America

    03/26/2015 4:52:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | March 26, 2015 | Doug Allen
    To the editor: To use language similar to a reader opposed to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) ("Ted Cruz's dream, America's nightmare," Readers React, March 24): Imagine a president eager to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power and what that means for the free world. Imagine a president who will get rid of the IRS and implement a tax code that will require everyone to pay a fair percentage tax rate above an established minimum income level. Imagine a president who will re-empower health insurance companies to implement sound insurance principles as opposed to allowing people who wait until they...
  • Operation Choke Point could be used to stop abortions as soon as 2017(payback time?)

    03/25/2015 10:07:32 AM PDT · by sickoflibs · 2 replies
    SOL | 3/25/2015 | sickoflibs
    We know that the Obama administration is using their Operation Choke Point invention to intimidate a number of banks to cut-off funding of loans to legal small businesses like payday lenders and gun shop owners, businesses that libs like Obama and Holder frown on. Its not even clear where they get the authority to do this, we know of no law passed that gives the justice department authority to do this. An independent source writes :" It did this through subpoenas issued under Section 951 of the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act of 1989 (FIRREA), which authorizes the...
  • What did Jeb Bush do to fight Obamacare?

    03/24/2015 11:39:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | March 23, 2015 | Byron York
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)For many conservatives, the fight against Obamacare has been the defining battle of President Obama's years in the White House. For them, and probably a majority of the Republican base, fighting first against the passage of the Affordable Care Act and later pressing to repeal it have been so important because: A) they strongly oppose the substance of the law, and B) they see opposition to Obamacare as the best way to resist the president's overall expansion of government. That the struggle has so far been a losing one has not changed the fact that conservatives require their presidential candidates...
  • True Life In God

    03/24/2015 11:07:37 PM PDT · by believer691 · 1 replies
    TLIG.ORG ^ | 1986 | Vassula Ryden
    God has called all of you to share His Glory; He favours the humble and the innocent; above all, be pure to be able to face the Lord in good conscience; the Spirit of Grace is upon you, and each one of you has received a special grace;
  • This Longtime IHOP Owner Sold His 16 Restaurants Because of Obamacare

    03/22/2015 7:51:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | March 22, 2015 | Rob Bluey
    Four years ago, my reporting on Obamacare brought me to the city of Terre Haute, Ind. Located near the Illinois’ border, about an hour’s drive from Indianapolis, the city of 60,000 residents reminded me of the area where I grew up near Utica, N.Y. It was a brisk March morning, nearly a year after President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, and I had trekked to the Midwest with a camera crew to meet Scott Womack, owner of about a dozen IHOP restaurants in Indiana and Ohio. Womack’s testimony before Congress earlier in 2011 caught my attention and I wanted...
  • Italian Researchers Expect 3D Printed Eyes by 2027, Providing Enhanced Vision & WiFi Connection

    03/21/2015 8:34:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    3D Print ^ | March 20, 2015 | Bridget Butler Millsaps
    There’s one thing you may have begun to notice about digital design and 3D printing: whatever you think might happen in the future is probably going to advance far beyond whatever you envisioned or thought might be a cool idea. And literally, one day you may be envisioning your entire world, and recording it as well, through completely artificially constructed, 3D printed eyeballs. You may be able to say goodbye to prescription glasses and contact lenses — and even your camera, as your original retina is replaced by a new and digital network contained inside your head, and even able...
  • Scientists Confirm IOM Recommendation for Vitamin D Intake Was Miscalculated and Is Far Too Low

    03/21/2015 2:39:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 82 replies
    Newswise ^ | March 16, 2015 | Creighton University
    Newswise — SAN DIEGO, CA (March 16, 2015) - Researchers at UC San Diego and Creighton University have challenged the intake of vitamin D recommended by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Institute of Medicine (IOM), stating that their Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for vitamin D underestimates the need by a factor of ten. In a letter1 published last week in the journal Nutrients the scientists confirmed a calculation error noted by other investigators, by using a data set from a different population. Dr. Cedric F. Garland, Dr.P.H., adjunct professor at UC San Diego’s Department of Family Medicine and Public...
  • New York Magazine Writer: Liberals, Now ‘Out of Love With Europe,’ Turn Their Hopes to America

    03/20/2015 8:26:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | March 19, 2015 | Tom Johnson
    For decades, the American left has contrasted the U.S.’s allegedly hidebound approach to economic and social issues with the enlightened way nations like France, Germany, and Sweden typically handle those matters. It’s a framework that seems to be falling apart, according to New York magazine’s Benjamin Wallace-Wells, mostly as a result of Europe’s overall shift to the right. “The [European] continent is no longer a subject of liberal pining and aspiration,” wrote Wallace-Wells in a Tuesday article. “Europe and Israel have…been examples of alternative ways in which American society might be arranged, if it were less individualistic, more communal. But...
  • Chernobyl: Containing the world's worst nuclear accident

    03/19/2015 9:19:36 AM PDT · by golux · 15 replies
    BBC ^ | 03.19.15 | D. Shukman
    Rising above the scene of the world’s worst nuclear accident is the spectacular sight of the largest moveable structure ever created on land. The complex of nuclear power plants at Chernobyl has dominated this corner of northwest Ukraine for decades but the new construction towers over it all. The project is to build what is called a New Safe Confinement – in effect, a giant cover, a kind of dome, to fit over the building that houses the reactor that exploded on 26 April, 1986. The radiation immediately above the reactor is still far too intense for the new enclosure...
  • Feds Fund “Diet Choker” Technology [semi-satire]

    03/18/2015 1:02:26 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 4 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 14 March 2015 | John Semmens
    With the aid of a $148,000 federal grant, engineers at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) have developed what they call a “diet choker.” The device is a necklace that detects what and when a person is eating. This information is then communicated by phone. Lead researcher Majid Sarrafzadeh called the device “a breakthrough for healthy eating. If it detects excessive quantities are consumed or poor food choices are made it can be programmed to call the person’s cell phone to remind them that their choice is an unhealthy one.” “If individuals prove insufficiently motivated to alter their behavior...
  • A Look At Overdiagnosis

    03/18/2015 6:14:28 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 4 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 3/18/15 | Michael D. Shaw
    The term “overdiagnosis” came into vogue in 2011, with the publication of best seller Overdiagnosed: Making People Sick in the Pursuit of Health, by MDs H. Gilbert Welch, Lisa Schwartz, and Steve Woloshin. As lead author Welch explains in his introduction: “While the term sounds like it means simply ‘excessive diagnosis,’ it actually has a more precise meaning. Overdiagnosis occurs when individuals are diagnosed with conditions that will never cause symptoms or death.” Overdiagnosis matters because the health care system has no mechanism in place for distinguishing between a legitimate diagnosis and an overdiagnosis. As such, an overdiagnosed patient will...
  • AL: Shooting is Deadly Force, even in the leg

    03/18/2015 6:08:21 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 18 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Chart from heyjackass.com, a site that tracks Chicago shootings Shooting a person is a deadly serious business.  There is always a chance that the person shot will die.  The latest statistics that we have from Wisconsin is that about one out of eight people shot die.  At the Chicago site shown above, the number for 2014 is about 1 out of 7  (2619 shot/375 killed)    That is from shootings that are treated in hospitals.  At least some people choose not to be treated.  We do not know what number that may be, but prison interviews have found that...
  • Driver’s Licenses for Illegals Leads to Abundance of Organ Donors [semi-satire]

    03/17/2015 11:53:22 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 5 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 14 March 2015 | John Semmens
    The California Transplant Donor Network hailed California’s policy of granting driver’s licenses to persons in the country illegally for boosting organs available for transplant by an estimated 30 percent. Marcella Corona, community development liaison for the Transplant Donor Network, cited two factors she felt were “critical components of this good news. Obviously, by putting more drivers on the road there will be more potential crashes resulting in brain-dead victims—the prime source of organs for transplant. But the gains are likely to be even greater than mere numbers portend. On average, the driving skills of people from Latin America are decades...
  • Answers to Some of the Biggest 3D Printing Skeptics

    03/16/2015 8:48:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    3D Print ^ | March 16, 2015 | Brian Krassenstein
    If you’ve been reading our site for longer than a couple of weeks, then you likely have figured out that we are obsessed with 3D printing. Why are we so obsessed with this technology? Because we truly believe that 3D printing will change the world we all live in, mostly for the better, and the quicker this happens the better off we all will be. Although I, personally, became aware of 3D printing about half a decade ago, I didn’t really understand it or venture to explore the various applications of the technology until only about two years ago. Soon...
  • Huckabee Pursues Unconventional Ways to Fund a Campaign

    03/16/2015 7:20:57 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The New York Times ^ | March 15, 2015 | Trib Gabriel
    In a wood-paneled study lined with books and framed family photos, the prospective presidential candidate looks into the camera. “I’m Mike Huckabee,” he says with all the folksy charm that propelled a career as a preacher, politician and broadcaster. But this is no campaign ad. It is an Internet infomercial for a dubious diabetes treatment, in which Mr. Huckabee, who is contemplating a run for the Republican nomination in 2016, tells viewers to ignore “Big Pharma” and instead points them to a “weird spice, kitchen-cabinet cure,” consisting of dietary supplements. “Let me tell you, diabetes can be reversed,” Mr. Huckabee...
  • Bryson surgery

    03/16/2015 7:17:00 AM PDT · by knarf · 36 replies
    self ^ | March 16, 2015 | knarf
    Bryson went in for a five or six hour,open heart surgery in Childrens,Pittsburgh at 6 am
  • Is America in Decline? Twenty signs America is not in decline.

    03/15/2015 9:21:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The Nolan Chart ^ | March 6, 2015 | James Luko
    It’s very fashionable to declare or pronounce, America is in decline- using such absurd anecdotal examples as the troubles in Syria (we didn’t do anything when Assad crossed the red line), Ukraine (we did not protect the Ukraine as promised in the Budapest Memorandum) gun shootings at shopping malls, troubled economy (when was our economy not troubled?- It’s troubled according to a developed countries standards- but compared to most of the world, it’s an exemplary example of market economics- giving the highest standard of living to the most people in the world). The other standard measurement used to support the...
  • Prayer request for my Grandson's Surgery

    03/15/2015 11:33:07 AM PDT · by TNoldman · 22 replies
    Tnoldman
    Please add my Grandson's Monday 3-16-2015 Tonsil Surgery to your Prayers. He is 20 years old. His name is Garrett.
  • AP: ‘Conservatives Say They’re Happy, But Liberals Show It’

    03/15/2015 10:44:52 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | March 12, 2015 | 3:49 PM EDT | Tom Blumer
    In a writeup which shows that the wire service obviously hasn’t studied the hateful examples of liberal-left hate collected by the Twitter curators at Twitchy, a Thursday afternoon Associated Press writeup claims that conservative “say” they’re happy (with an implication that they don't really mean it), while liberals “show it” (supposedly meaning that they’re genuine). The reporter assigned to this pathetic piece of pablum somehow deemed worthy of “Big Story” status is Seth Borenstein, whose normal beat is twisting his reportage to convince America in light of mountains of contrary evidence and 18 years of flat worldwide temperatures that global...
  • Breakthrough Molecular 3D Printer Can Print Billions of Possible Compounds

    03/14/2015 9:58:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    3D Print ^ | March 13, 2015 | Brian Krassenstein
    What will 3D printers ultimately evolve into? No one has a functioning crystal ball in front of them I assume, but a good guess would be a machine which can practically build anything its user desire, all on the molecular, and eventually atomic levels. Sure we are likely multiple decades away from widespread molecular manufacturing, but a group of chemists led by medical doctor Martin D. Burke at the University of Illinois may have already taken a major step in that direction. Burke, who joined the Department of Chemistry at the university in 2005, heads up Burke Laboratories where he...
  • This Chemistry 3D Printer Can Synthesize Molecules From Scratch

    03/13/2015 5:55:35 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | March 12, 2015 | William Herkewitz
    Need an obscure medicinal compound found only in a jungle plant? Just print it.Say you're a medical researcher interested in a rare chemical produced in the roots of a little-known Peruvian flower. It's called ratanhine, and it's valuable because it has some fascinating anti-fungal properties that might make for great medicines. Getting your hands on the rare plant is hard, and no chemical supplier is or has ever sold it. But maybe, thanks to the work of University of Illinois chemist Martin Burke, you could print it right in the lab. In a new study published in the journal Science...
  • Obama’s Legacy of Failure

    03/12/2015 8:50:45 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/12/15 | Alan Caruba
    As Obama’s term of office recedes with every passing day, know that his “transformation” of America into a socialist state will end in failure Is it too soon to begin to sum up President Obama’s “legacy”? Possibly, but after six years we know enough to draw some conclusions. There is much to protest on any given day Obama sits in the Oval Office with all its powers at his disposal. The Constitution granted the executive branch considerable power, particularly in the conduct of foreign affairs but the Founders also created a system to offset the office when it comes to...
  • LBJ destroyed your state's budget

    03/10/2015 8:48:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Don Surber's Blog ^ | March 7, 2015 | Don Surber
    As state legislatures throughout America struggle with requirements to balance their state budgets, let us pause to remember that one-quarter of the budget is dictated by Lyndon Baines Johnson, whose damage to state budgets lives on 42 years after his death. As president, LBJ pushed for Medicaid -- free health insurance for poor people. This was a boon to the medical industry, particularly hospitals, doctors, sellers of wheelchairs, and nursing homes. But Medicaid comes at the expense of schools, highways, prisons and others state services because it requires states to pony up some of the money in this federally mandated...
  • More On The Endoscope-Related CRE Outbreaks

    03/10/2015 10:36:35 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 3 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 3/10/15 | Michael D. Shaw
    on this topic generated plenty of interest (despite the small number of posted comments), so we continue our coverage… Yet another prestigious hospital joins the ranks of those reporting Carbapenem resistant enterobacteriaceae (CRE) infections, linked to endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) endoscopes. On March 4th, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles discovered that four patients were infected with CRE, and 67 others may have been exposed. Lisa McGiffert, director of the Safe Patient Project at Consumers Union, and a longtime activist regarding hospital-acquired infections, said that “It’s highly likely many hospitals around the country have had outbreaks, and they haven’t been...
  • Disabled veteran needs help to buy a tractor to farm his land in Indiana

    03/10/2015 9:58:41 AM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 7 replies
    N/A ^ | March 10, 2015
    Dean Graham is a friend of mine (and all of us) who was permanently disable while fight for our freedoms. He has been a tireless champion for other disabled veteran (including his own wife Patricia) for a number of years. He has been selfless to a fault and now needs a helping hand. He has an account at gofundme.com http://www.gofundme.com/o1m7f4 that can receive the donations he needs to reach his goal. Please help Dean and Patricia Graham gain their independence and the life they have earned defending us.
  • MORE ON THE ENDOSCOPE-RELATED CRE OUTBREAKS

    03/10/2015 9:09:15 AM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 15 replies
    coachisright.com ^ | Mrch 10, 2015 | Michael D. Shaw, staff writer
    Last week’s story on this topic generated plenty of interest (despite the small number of posted comments), so we continue our coverage… Yet another prestigious hospital joins the ranks of those reporting Carbapenem resistant enterobacteriaceae (CRE) infections, linked to endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) endoscopes. On March 4th, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles discovered that four patients were infected with CRE, and 67 others may have been exposed. Lisa McGiffert, director of the Safe Patient Project at Consumers Union, and a longtime activist regarding hospital-acquired infections, said that “It’s highly likely many hospitals around the country have had outbreaks, and...
  • Google thinks we'll live to be 500 years old

    03/09/2015 8:50:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    The London Telegraph ^ | March 9, 2015 | Szu Ping Chan
    Bill Maris, head of Google's investment arm, says humans will live to be 500-years-old in the future, while today's cancer treatments will soon seem "primitive" as scientists continue to hunt for cure. Humans will live to be 500-years-old, according to a top Google executive, who said the company was investing millions of dollars in life sciences to ensure this vision became a reality. Bill Maris, a venture capitalist and the managing partner of Google Ventures, the internet giant's investment fund, said it had hired scientists as partners in order to identify start-ups that could cure cancer and make chemotherapy "seem...
  • Inside the Weird World of 3D Printed Body Parts

    03/09/2015 7:11:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Back Channel ^ | March 4, 2015 | Andrew Leonard
    Laura Bosworth wants to 3D print breast nipples on demand. The CEO of the Texas startup TeVido Biodevices is betting on a future in which survivors of breast cancer who have undergone mastectomies will be able to order up new breasts printed from their own living cells. “Everyone,” she says, “knows a woman who has had breast cancer.” Right now their options are limited. Reconstructed nipples using state-of-the-art plastic surgery techniques, she says, “tend to flatten and fade and don’t last very long.” A living nipple built from the patient’s own fat cells, and reconstructed to the precise specification of...
  • Trying to Rebuild the Democratic Party Machine in Wisconsin w/o the Scott Walker Hate Meme

    03/09/2015 5:29:35 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 24 replies
    Last week I grabbed a cup of coffee and had a chat with Democratic National Committee member Jason Rae, one of a spate of Democrats vying to succeed Mike Tate as Chairman of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. I met with Jason at his request, but rather than sit and interview him, he wanted to pick my brain about the DPW Chair race and the state of the Democratic Party here in Wisconsin. As I shared my thoughts on the DPW Chair race, I started by noting the many, many criticisms of the poor messaging efforts on the part of...
  • The WHY of Obama

    03/07/2015 8:59:15 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 41 replies
    The first civil war was truly about state’s rights. The next one will be also! The president is not a stupid man. He may be cunning, devious, easily given to retribution, a monstrous ideologue, an Islamic terrorist denier, and a socialist at heart. But he is not stupid. On the other hand he is not that smart. His actions betray his intellect. What he does with executive orders and lawless edicts and vetoes shows that he is more of an accomplice than a leader. In his measured and reluctant “fight” against ISIS, Obama shows his deference to Islam. By setting...
  • Walking the Walker Way - Leader of the pack?

    03/06/2015 6:34:48 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | March 6, 2015 | Geoffrey Norman
    Scott Walker has had a pretty good run as of late. He’s made some new friends and wrong-footed the right enemies and became, in fairly short order, a leader among the pack of Republican politicians running for president. Perhaps even the leader. Not bad for a mid-Western governor, whom none would call “charismatic.” And only four years after he faced a recall election in which he was a high value target in the cross hairs of organized labor. He won that election and then ran for reelection in the normal order of things two years later. He was, in effect,...
  • Rahm screams at mental health activists, “YOU’RE GONNA RESPECT ME!”

    03/05/2015 4:41:53 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 31 replies
    preaprez.wordpress.com ^ | 03/05/2015 | Matt Ginsberg
    Photo montage of Rahm at Wicker Park incident: Kenzo Shibata.- By Matt Ginsberg-Jaeckle as posted on the Mental Health Movement’s Facebook page.Mental Health Movement members Debbie Delgado and Matt Ginsberg-Jaeckle just confronted Rahm face-to-face about his mental health clinic closures. Rahm was about to address a small room of developers and residents at the Wicker Park field-house. 3 years after he closed half of Chicago’s public mental health clinics, he may have thought the issue had gone away. But then Debbie, sitting in the front row, a few feet from the mayor, stood up to tell her story. She told...
  • Man pleads guilty to abusing mentally disabled person

    03/05/2015 9:20:36 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Quad City Times ^ | March 5, 2015 | Tara Becker
    Tyshon VanBlueA Davenport man faces up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to sexually abusing a mentally disabled person at a Davenport residential care facility in August. Tyshon M. VanBlue, 24, pleaded guilty Wednesday to a single count of third-degree sexual abuse, a Class C felony. In exchange for his plea, prosecutors from Story County will drop five counts of third-degree sex abuse stemming from an unrelated case involving two Special Olympics participants. VanBlue will be sentenced April 15. VanBlue's plea comes less than a week before he was to be tried in the Scott County case. VanBlue,...
  • How 3D Printing Could End The Deadly Shortage Of Donor Organs

    03/04/2015 6:05:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | March 2, 2015 | Macrina Cooper-White
    Three-dimensional printing has been used to make everything from pizza to prostheses, and now researchers are working on using the emerging technology to fabricate hearts, kidneys, and other vital human organs. That would be very big news, as the number of people who desperately need an organ transplant far outstrips the number of donor organs available. On average, about 21 Americans die every day because a needed organ was unavailable. What exactly is the promise of 3D printing organs and tissues, or "bioprinting?" How does the technology work, and when might it start saving lives? For answers to these and...
  • Taylor Swift grants last wish of 4-year-old with cancer - to 'Shake It Off' together

    03/04/2015 12:02:05 PM PST · by huldah1776 · 12 replies
    FoxNews Latino ^ | March 3, 2015 | NA
    Jalene Salinas loves Taylor Swift. All the 4-year-old Texas girl wanted was a chance to meet her idol and dance to her hit song “Shake It Off.” Meeting the pop singer was the only thing left on what the toddler’s bucket list – as the family calls the list that they started about 10 months ago after she was diagnosed with brain cancer. On Monday night, the little girl got her wish. Jalene’s mom Jennifer Arriagas told Eyewitness News that the pop singer chatted with the family for 20 minutes during a surprise call via Facetime.
  • It’s All Bad News for ObamaCare

    03/04/2015 11:12:09 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 22 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/04/15 | Alan Caruba
    Make insurance more affordable by ending Washington mandates and giving choice back to the states, individuals and families. Support Americans in purchasing the coverage of their choosing On Wednesday, March 4, the Supreme Court will hear the King v. Burwell case. It is likely to deliver a death blow to ObamaCare when the decision is announced in a few months. About the only good thing ObamaCare demonstrated is that the federal government should be kept from taking over sectors of the nation’s economy that are working just fine without it. Health care expert Edmund Haislmaier and legal expert, both of...
  • 17 Errors & Omissions in Vox's Otherwise Excellent History of King v. Burwell

    03/03/2015 11:03:33 AM PST · by Ray76 · 1 replies
    Forbes ^ | Mar 2, 2015 | Michael Cannon
    This week, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in King v. Burwell, one of four legal challenges to an IRS regulation that purports to implement the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, but in fact vastly expands the IRS’s powers beyond the limits imposed by the Act. Just in time for oral arguments before the Court, Vox’s Sarah Kliff has produced what I think may be the best history of King v. Burwell and related cases I’ve seen. Still, there are a few important errors and omissions.... Kliff reports that all congressional staff involved with the drafting of the...
  • Socialist Bernie Sanders on single payer: Will you believe me or the tidal wave of red ink?

    02/26/2015 8:04:06 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 7 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 12/26/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Socialists, Democrats, Communists and liberals rely on people being kept in the dark about their policies. Things are so much easier for them that way. When the media never asks inconvenient questions, any chance of the truth getting out is generally non-existent. But when the bottom publically falls out of one of their fake “benefits” it becomes impossible for these people to keep us in the dark. When the Berlin Wall was coming down the Communists were still telling people to go back to work at their useless factories where they were making useless commodities no one wanted; but the...
  • Vanity: Prayers needed for my Dad having a "Whipple procedure" tomorrow AM

    02/25/2015 6:20:43 PM PST · by DCBryan1 · 36 replies
    Web MD ^ | 25 FEB 15 | dcbryan1
    As you may already know, Dad has had alot of problems lately. He has early stage (T1) pancreatic Ductile adenocarcinoma (PDAC). He is having a Roux-en-y procedure tomorrow AM, followed by a "Whipple " procedure if the cancer doctors do not find any metastatic tissue. Any prayers for Jim Bryan (#4 all time Arkansas high school basketball scorer with 2,700+ points (before 3-points invented ) ) would be appreciated. Prayers also for St. Vincent's cancer surgeon team and Dr. Jones, too. Thanks!
  • Obama’s Woes With VA Problems Expand to a Lying VA Secretary

    02/25/2015 10:21:46 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 13 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/25/15 | Judi McLeod
    Obama is the most incompetent, lying and untrustworthy, not to mention questionable ethics and suspicious dereliction of character ever to hold high office Only mere weeks into the scandals of Veterans Administration’s improper handlings and bingo; the story gets more odorous when Obama’s hand-picked Secretary of that federal agency admits he lied about his own military service. I have to ask you, the general public, is there anything this usurper of America’s highest executive, administrative, elected officer has done in a proper and legitimate way? I hear you now and I agree, he is the most incompetent, lying and untrustworthy,...
  • Democrats Are The Party Of The Poor

    02/25/2015 5:32:15 AM PST · by LeoMcNeil · 17 replies
    Leo McNeil ^ | February 25, 2015 | Leo McNeil
    The Democrats have presenting themselves as the party of the poor since FDR. The media of course has been lapping this up for at least that long. Despite all of the big government programs pushed by the Democrats, particularly the so-called Great Society programs of LBJ, poverty hasn’t declined. All the Democrats big welfare programs have done is create a stagnate dependent class. Unmotivated and unwilling, these people have been largely living on the dole for decades going on generations. The Democrats have long bought their votes with promises of at least maintaining welfare benefits, if not promising to increase...
  • It’s 2015…Let the ARRA/Obamacare EHR Penalties Begin!

    02/24/2015 8:51:42 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 11 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 2/24/15 | Michael D. Shaw
    A few weeks ago, I had an appointment with my dermatologist–an old school guy, well-loved by his patients. He’s straightforward, no-nonsense, and has long office hours. You know the type: The one you hope will never retire. As I was led to the examining room, I noticed something not too common these days–shelf after shelf of medical records in manila folders. When the doc came into the room, I commented that he did not appear to be an early adaptor of electronic health records (EHRs). He replied that it was definitely worth the Medicare reimbursement penalty (starting in 2015) to...
  • Government Panel Calls for Measures to Upgrade Our Health SATIRE

    02/23/2015 12:57:18 PM PST · by John Semmens · 1 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 21 Feb 2015 | John Semmens
    The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) issued a 571 page report outlining its recommendations for transforming Americans' health. Citing persistent high levels of overweight and obesity, the report proposed "strategies across multiple settings, including health care, communities, schools, work sites, and families." First Lady Michelle Obama hailed the report as "the guiding light toward a healthier and happier America. The notion that individuals can be left on their own to choose what they eat and how much to exercise has proven to be a failure. DGAC's call for 'trained interventionists' to take charge is the right message at the right...
  • Trooper Shines Much-Needed Spotlight on Iraq Vets and Uranium Poisoning [2009 released]

    02/22/2015 3:35:00 PM PST · by huldah1776 · 11 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | February 18, 2015 | Joshua Kors
    ****snip*** The result is Trooper, a beautiful, heart-wrenching film that offers far more than empathy. It dares viewers to explore a disturbing corner of the Iraq War, a realm that no film has yet to touch: the blight of depleted uranium poisoning, which has infected thousands of Iraq veterans but is yet to be acknowledged by the Pentagon and is virtually unknown to the American public. ****snip*** Trooper has just been released on iTunes, Xbox, Vimeo, Playstation, Google Play, and Shaw on Demand. Martini spoke with me about creating the film and why Iraq and the depleted uranium scandal was...