Archive for January 9th, 2008

09
Jan
08

Liberal Group Stands Up for Fraud

The Center for American Progress (CAP; also known as Crybabies Against Personal-empowerment) has taken a hard stance against ethics, and endorsed voter fraud, disguising it as disenfranchisement. After all of the screaming and ranting about how Bush stole the election in 2000, one would think liberals might want clarify some voting laws; or maybe they realize they win more elections more often than not by stealing them.

Indiana has a state law that, according to CAP, poses unnecessary hardships: they require a photo ID. Oh, the horror of horrors…. What if Americans were forced to have a photo ID for flying, or to use credit cards, to get into bars, or…oh wait, never mind. An Indiana state study suggests that 99% of people already do have photo ID’s.

Those against voter reform say this equates to a new poll tax; and people shouldn’t have to pay for the right to vote. First Friday agrees, people shouldn’t have to pay for the right to vote; fortunately John Fund points out that they do not have to pay anything.

“[Indiana] Judge Barker also noted that Indiana provided a photo ID for free to anyone who could prove their identity, and that critics of the law ‘have produced not a single piece of evidence of any identifiable registered voter who would be prevented from voting.'” (Fund also revisits ACORN, a liberal group prosecuted for voter fraud in Missouri last year.)

So that’s theory #1 shot out of the sky, could CAP conceive of some other ill-begotten theory? Liberals never fail at this. CAP whines that proving citizenship can be hard. Well it can be, if you’re not a citizen. It can also be hard if you are looking to cast fraudulent ballots. People born in this country are born with social security numbers, and you get your very own birth certificate when you’re born. If one legally immigrates to this country, again, one gets paperwork proving ID that would be sufficient for voting in Indiana.

It gets even better. For as long as us at First Friday can recall (depending on the hangover, it may not be that far back), elections tend to be on the first Tuesday of November. Maybe it’s just a coincidence, but if you really want to vote, why not have your ID before then? And just in case you can’t get it together by then, Indiana lets you vote anyway and then gives you 10 days to prove your identity.

As usual, liberals don’t really want reform, they just want it their way.

UPDATE: Check out this story.  If it weren’t true we’d have to make it up.

On the eve of a hearing before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Indiana Voter ID law has become a story with a twist: One of the individuals used by opponents to the law as an example of how the law hurts older Hoosiers is registered to vote in two states.

Read the whole story.

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09
Jan
08

Two stories of doctors, one about getting it right, the other about getting press.

First the good news, doctors in the UK have been told to stop giving out antibiotics like they’re candy because there are Don't pop thesemore and more antibiotic resistant bugs out there now due to overuse. 

Doctors are to be told to stop prescribing antibiotics for coughs, colds and sore throats because over-use of the drugs is fuelling the spread of killer hospital superbugs.

You would think with all the schooling needed to become a doctor that they would learn antibiotics are useless on viruses, but many times doctors prescribe them because it makes the patient feel better in a placebo way.  They’re going to get over their cold anyway, they take a drug and it makes them think they got over it because of the drug and they go back for more next time they catch a cold.  Repeat the cycle.

Only problem is that antibiotics not only kill most bacteria infecting your body, they also harm your immune system temporarily.

“The past 60 years have seen great advances in health care and medicine. For example, the use of antibiotics has saved countless lives, but antibiotics do not work on most coughs, colds and sore throats and their unnecessary use can leave the body susceptible to gut infections…”

Unlike the UK, where they have a loser pays tort system, doctors in the US have another reason to over prescribe antibiotics; lawsuits.  Doctors here give out antibiotics like crazy, too, because they don’t want to be sued if it turns out the patient really does have a bacterial infection.  They don’t want to tell someone in their office to wait it out, there’s nothing we can do for the common cold (that’s why it’s so common, we can’t beat it), so they just give them some pills.

Eventually antibiotics will become useless anyway, and there aren’t many, if any, companies developing new ones because there isn’t any money it them and the FDA makes it expensive and time consuming to bring new drugs to the market.  Common sense reforms are desperately needed in this area, but no one is talking about it.

Pay attention to me!!!Our second story is just a quick word on Dr. Phil McGraw. 

You’ve heard about Britney’s breakdown over the last week, and we’re not looking to pile on her.  We aren’t fans, but we have no desire to watch her destroy herself or celebrate as it happens.  But Dr. Phil is a different story.

He showed up at the hospital to help, or so he says.  Why they couldn’t get a non-television host doctor to help is beyond us.  Since then, he and the family have had a falling out because, they say, he betrayed their trust.  Why anyone would trust a doctor who wanted to do a show on your troubles rather than quietly try to help you is, once again, beyond us.  It’s their lives to lead or screw up how they want.

But this line from Dr. Phil caught our attention:

“Somebody needs to step up and get this young woman into some quality care-and I do not apologize one whit, not one second, for trying to make that happen.”

Dr. Phil, you should not apologize for stepping up and trying to help, but you should apologize for calling a press conference to announce that fact, and all the statements you’ve made since. 

09
Jan
08

This may well be the coolest computer ever! (so far)

Can’t wait to eat breakfast on your computer?  Literally?  May not be that far away. (video has been around a while, but still very freaking cool if you haven’t seen it.)

09
Jan
08

He’s popular at home, but few want him to run.

The desire of the media for a viable third party candidate in the Presidential election aside, the desire of  New Yorkers for that candidate to be Mayor Michael Bloomberg is minimal.  While a majority like him (52 percent), only 34 percent actually want him to run for President.

Maybe the reason for this that there are already 2 viable New Yorkers in the race (okay, 1 and 1/4 since Hillary is from Illinois, Arkansas and Washington, too) and the prospect of 3 New Yorkers running in a national race would mean that city and state are up for grabs, thus subjecting them to 8 months of campaign ads on their TVs (think Iowa and New Hampshire combined on crack because of all the Electoral Votes New York has).

Bet the Democrats are hoping Bloomberg sits this one out.  When it comes to expanding government, raising taxes and infringing on personal liberty, they don’t want the competition.

In case you missed it, Bloomberg has already spoken out on what he thinks his chances are.

09
Jan
08

Not exactly the change we want.

What we'll have left

In an excellent article, titled ‘Change’ For Our Children, Robert Samuelson makes a compelling argument that none of the leading presidential candidates have sincerely addressed the looming fiscal crisis for young Americans through proposing policies to prevent or even alleviate it-such as reforming entitlement programs and raising the retirement age.  To put Samuelson’s point more bluntly, most of our nation’s politicians are in the pocket of the AARP.  And why not?  After all, politicians tend to behave like billiard balls, set in motion by the various special interest cue sticks.  James Madison knew we can’t expect the cue sticks to be anything but self-interested, even if they do love their grandchildren.

The problem, then, is that there is no power in the ‘young’ cue sticks.  According to a 2006 study by the Pew Research Center, titled ‘Who Votes, Who Doesn’t and Why’, just 22 percent of Americans age 22-29 are ‘Regular’ voters.  Americans age 50-64 and 65 and older are nearly twice as likely to be ‘Regular’ voters, at 42 and 41 percent, respectively.  No wonder, then, that politicians do AARP’s bidding.  Given America’s aging population, unless young Americans think they can refute Madison’s Federalist no. 10 and get their parents and grandparents to vote to help them, they are headed for down a road to poverty.  And along that road will walk both Republicans and Democrats.  An American Association for Young Persons (AAYP), anyone?

09
Jan
08

Bill Gates has a sense of humor, or at least his writers do.

This video is long, but worth the watch.  And damn near everyone on the political Left appears in it, too. 

09
Jan
08

If it worked once…

Now it’s Bill Clinton’s turn to cry, this time not over the frustrations of running for President, but the outcome of last night’s primary. 

Odd thing about what Bill says is that New Hampshire didn’t vote for him in 1992, they voted for Paul Tsongas.  Bill actually lost by 12 points, much more than Hillary won by, by he declared himself the “comeback kid” and skipped town while the results were rolling in and he was only down 8. 

The amount of spinning they are able to do with a straight face is enough to make a pirate sea sick.




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