Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Report Finds More Flaws in Digitizing Patient Files

New York Times ^ | 1/8/2014 | Reed Abelson 

Although the federal government is spending more than $22 billion to encourage hospitals and doctors to adopt electronic health records, it has failed to put safeguards in place ... The report, released on Wednesday by the Office of the Inspector General for the Health and Human Services Department, is the second in two months to warn about flaws in the oversight of the ambitious federal program aimed at converting patient records from paper to electronic.
(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee: Change the Word 'Welfare' to 'Transitional Living Fund'

CNSNEWS ^ 

 By Susan Jones

(CNSNews.com) - In a brief speech on the House floor Wednesday, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) hailed the war on poverty, endorsed government welfare programs, and said the "safety net has to be something for all of us."
"Maybe the word welfare should be changed to something of, 'a transitional living fund.' For that is what it is -- for people to be able to live," she said.
Jackson Lee hailed the Earned Income Credit, food and nutrition programs, jobs training and education programs, Medicaid, Medicare, and the Affordable Care Act as "huge safety nets -- not handouts, but safety nets, she said.
As part of her five-minute speech, she displayed a photo of people in a long line "who are possibly looking for work." Jackson-Lee said there's no way to know which of those people "are near the edge of poverty or living in poverty simply because they cannot find work."
She urged Congress to pass emergency unemployment insurance -- "a transitional outreach to individuals who are chronically unemployed," as she put it.
"Quite frankly, of all the wealthy nations, we have the lowest safety net and the highest poverty, because we're not willing to accept the fact that sometimes an American needs help. Even a veteran -- even a soldier.
(Excerpt) Read more at cnsnews.com ...

Poverty level under Obama breaks 50-year record!

Washington Times ^ | January 7, 2014 | Dave Boyer 

Obama doesn’t plan to commemorate the anniversary Wednesday of Johnson’s speech in 1964, which gave rise to Medicaid, Head Start and a broad range of other federal anti-poverty programs. The president’s only public event Tuesday was a plea for Congress to approve extended benefits for the long-term unemployed, another reminder of the persistent economic troubles during Mr. Obama’s five years in office.
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Although the president often rails against income inequality in America, his policies have had little impact overall on poverty. A record 47 million Americans receive food stamps, about 13 million more than when he took office.
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Obama’s anti-poverty efforts “are basically to give more people more free stuff,
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too many government anti-poverty programs still discourage marriage, factoring into statistics that show more than four in 10 children are born to unmarried parents.
“When the war on poverty started, about 6 percent of children were born outside of marriage,” he said. “Today that’s 42 percent — catastrophe.”
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...

Are all the president’s critics racists?

The Washington Times ^ | January 7, 2014 | Ben S. Carson 

It’s time to ignore the inflammatory rhetoric of the haters and dividers!

A few years ago, I was participating in a national radio interview when the questioner asked me, “Dr. Carson, I notice that you don’t speak very often about race. Why is that?” I replied, “It’s because I’m a neurosurgeon.” The puzzled look on her face demanded further clarification.
I proceeded to explain that when I take a patient to the operating room and open the cranium, exposing the brain, I am operating on the actual thing that makes that person who they are. The hair, scalp and skull bones are merely external coverings of the critical entity — namely, the brain — which determines all the most important things about us as human beings.
We have a choice of concentrating on superficial characteristics, which mean little or nothing, or concentrating on the source of our humanity, our intellect, our personality and the content of our character.
A few weeks ago, during her television program on the Fox News Channel, Megyn Kelly made reference to the racial makeup of Jesus Christ and Santa Claus. She indicated that in American culture they are usually portrayed as Caucasian.
This ignited a firestorm of protests and disagreement as do many innocent remarks in today’s hypersensitive culture. There was little discussion of who Jesus Christ was or his message, nor was there much reference to the symbolism of Santa Claus.
Instead, accusations of racist tendencies were leveled.
In the Bible, many characters are described in some detail when it is relevant to the story being told. The fact that there is little or nothing describing the physical appearance of Jesus should serve as an indicator of the irrelevance of racial descriptions for someone with such an important mission.
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...

K. T. McFarland

My choice for Senator? http://www.nndb.com/people/530/000118176/ Kathleen Troia McFarland better know as :
K. T. McFarland
K. T. McFarlandAKA Kathleen Troia
Born: 1952
Birthplace:
Madison, WI
Gender: Female (tough)
Religion:
Anglican/EpiscopalianRace or Ethnicity: WhiteNationality: United States
Executive summary: Former Kissinger staffer


"I had one of the most difficult childhoods imaginable," McFarland said. "I was beaten up, I was whipped with a belt, I was kicked, I was shoved, and my father took a gun to us on a couple of occasions at a very young age."
High School: Madison West High School, Madison, WI (1969)
University:
BA Chinese Studies, George Washington University (1973)
University: BA, Oxford University
University: MA, Oxford University (1978)
University:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Council on Foreign Relations
RAND Corporation consultant (1976-79)
US National Security Council research assistant to Henry Kissinger (1970-76)
Ford Fellowship
Defense Distinguished Service Medal (1984)
Sicilian Ancestry
Paternal

How is this hope and change working out for you?

STOP TRASHING OBAMA
by COL.
ROBERT F. CUNNINGHAM and PATRICK RISHOR,
The
Gilmer Mirror

ALBUQUERQUE,
NM

– 15 October 2013 -- Quit trashing Obama's accomplishments. He has done more than any other President before him. Here is a list of his impressive
accomplishments:

First
President to apply for college aid as a foreign student, then deny he was a foreigner.
First
President to have a social security number from a state he has never lived in.
First
President to preside over a cut to the credit-rating of the United
States.
First
President to violate the War Powers Act.
First
President to be held in contempt of court for illegally
obstructing oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.
First
President to require all Americans to purchase a product from a third party.
First
President to spend a trillion dollars on "shovel-ready" jobs when there was no such thing as "shovel-ready" jobs.
First
President to abrogate bankruptcy law to turn over control of companies to his union supporters.
First
President to by-pass Congress and implement the Dream Act through executive fiat.
First
President to order a secret amnesty program that stopped the deportation of illegal immigrants across the U.S., including those with criminal convictions.
First
President to demand a company hand-over $20 billion to one of his political appointees.
First
President to tell a CEO of a major corporation (Chrysler) to
resign.
First
President to terminate America’s ability to put a man in
space.
First
President to cancel the National Day of Prayer and to say that America is no longer a Christian nation.
First
President to have a law signed by an auto-pen without being
present.
First
President to arbitrarily declare an existing law unconstitutional and refuse to enforce it.
First
President to threaten insurance companies if they publicly spoke out on the reasons for their rate increases.
First
President to tell a major manufacturing company in which state it is allowed to locate a factory.
First
President to file lawsuits against the states he swore an oath to protect (AZ, WI, OH, IN).
First
President to withdraw an existing coal permit that had been properly issued years ago.
First
President to actively try to bankrupt an American industry
(coal).
First
President to fire an inspector general of AmeriCorps for catching one of his friends in a corruption case.
First
President to appoint 45 czars to replace elected officials in his
office.
First
President to surround himself with radical left wing
anarchists.
First
President to golf more than 150 separate times in his five years in office.
First
President to hide his birth, medical, educational and travel
records.
First
President to win a Nobel Peace Prize for doing NOTHING to earn it.
First
President to go on multiple "global apology tours" and concurrent "insult our friends" tours.
First
President to go on over 17 lavish vacations, in addition to date nights and Wednesday evening White House parties for his friends paid for by the taxpayers.
First
President to have personal servants (taxpayer funded) for his
wife.
First
President to keep a dog trainer on retainer for $102,000 a year at taxpayer expense.
First
President to fly in a personal trainer from Chicago at least once a week at taxpayer expense.

First President to repeat the Holy Quran and tell us the early morning call of the Azan (Islamic call to worship) is the most beautiful sound on earth

First President to side with a foreign nation over one of the American 50 states (Mexico vs Arizona).

First President to tell the military men and women that they should pay for their own private insurance because they "volunteered to go to war and knew the consequences."

Then he was the First President to tell the members of the military that THEY were UNPATRIOTIC for balking at the last suggestion. (Thank God he didn't get away with THIS one.)

Profits

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Doggie Welfare

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Man Made Climate Change

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Illogical

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Hard Water!

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Michael Moore

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Recheck Your Math!

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Cheating

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Cover Girl

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The Reaction!

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Positive Spin?

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Shut up!

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What HE wants!

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...a religious CULT!

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WOMEN

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The Best Part...

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Not alike

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Explain to me...

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Higher Capacity

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As you'd expect!

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Design?

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Redesign America?

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Up and Running!

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The Run-Off Election

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DANGER!

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How Obamacare really works.

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Towering Obama Arrogance and Superbia Confirmed in Robert Gates' New Tell-All Book...

Reaganite Republican ^ | 08 January 2014 | Reaganite Republican 


"I may be the secretary of defense, but I am also an American citizen
and there is no son-of-a-bitch in the world who can talk to me like that." 


Turns out that (genuinely bipartisan) former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates -the only high level official to stay-on from the Bush to Obama administrations, and who worked in some capacity for every US president since Richard Nixon- 'almost quit' in a 2009 Afghanistan strategy meeting, after being treated like crap by a President who he felt had zero grasp of "the uncertainties and unpredictability of war.' "

This -among other things- was revealed in Gates' new 600-page memoir
'DUTY- Memoirs of a Secretary at War', an advance copy of which has been obtained by the NY Times... this is gonna hurt Hillary and Biden, too- 

Gates on Obama:
  • In March 2011 Afghanistan 'War Room' meeting with Obama and others: "“As I sat there, I thought: The president doesn’t trust his commander, can’t stand Karzai, doesn’t believe in his own strategy and doesn’t consider the war to be his,” Mr. Gates wrote.
    "For him, it’s all about getting out."
  • Re. dealing with snotty WH staff: "controlling nature" of the staff "took micromanagement and operational meddling to a new level."
  • (Obama's) White House was by far the most centralized and controlling in national security of any I had seen since Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger ruled the roost.
  • "“Hillary told the president that her opposition to the (2007) surge in Iraq had been political because she was facing him in the Iowa primary. . . . The president conceded vaguely that opposition to the Iraq surge had been political. To hear the two of them making these admissions -and in front of me- was as surprising as it was dismaying." 
  • And in one of the more serious charges that a defense secretary could make against a commander in chief, Gates says Obama had more than doubts about the course he had charted in Afghanistan. The president was “skeptical if not outright convinced it would fail...
  • Thoughts in strategy meeting with Obama: "I quit. Find somebody else. It was, I am confident, a fantasy widely shared throughout the executive branch..."
  • "It is difficult to imagine two more different men than ... Bush and ... Obama. Clearly, I had fewer issues with Bush... I don't recall Bush ever discussing domestic politics—apart from congressional opposition—as a consideration in decisions he made during my time with him...
  • Bush was willing to disagree with his senior military advisers, but he never (to my knowledge) questioned their motives or mistrusted them personally. Obama was respectful of senior officers and always heard them out, but he often disagreed with them and was deeply suspicious of their actions and recommendations. Bush seemed to enjoy the company of the senior military; I think Obama considered time spent with generals and admirals an obligation.
  • With Obama... I joined a new, inexperienced president determined to change course—and equally determined from day one to win re-election. Domestic political considerations would therefore be a factor... in virtually every major national security problem we tackled. The White House staff—including Chiefs of Staff Rahm Emanuel and then Bill Daley as well as such core political advisers as Valerie Jarrett, David Axelrod and Robert Gibbs —would have a role in national security decision making that I had not previously experienced...
  • Thomas Donilon, initially Obama’s deputy national security adviser, and then-Lt. Gen. Douglas E. Lute, the White House coordinator for the wars, are described by Gates as regularly engaged in "aggressive, suspicious, and sometimes condescending and insulting questioning of our military leaders."
On Biden:
  • "a man of integrity", yet "wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades"
  • Gates -who also worked at the CIA and National Security Council- was highly critical of VP Joe Biden- accusing him of "poisoning the well" for military leadership.
On Congress:
  • I saw most of Congress as uncivil, incompetent at fulfilling their basic constitutional responsibilities (such as timely appropriations), micromanagerial, parochial, hypocritical, egotistical, thin-skinned and prone to put self (and re-election) before country.
  • I was more or less continuously outraged by the parochial self-interest of all but a very few members of Congress. Any defense facility or contract in their district or state, no matter how superfluous or wasteful, was sacrosanct. I was constantly amazed and infuriated at the hypocrisy of those who most stridently attacked the Defense Department as inefficient and wasteful but fought tooth and nail to prevent any reduction in defense activities in their home state or district.
  • I also bristled at what's become of congressional hearings, where rude, insulting, belittling, bullying and all too often highly personal attacks on witnesses by members of Congress violated nearly every norm of civil behavior. Members postured and acted as judge, jury and executioner...