Tuesday, February 22, 2011

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The Scrubbing has Begun...

Today the state of Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing, announced that it would begin "looking into accusations that a number of local doctors provided the notes for protesters who missed work during the week...the department will review complaints with the independent Medical Examining Board as soon as possible." This of course comes one day after a spokesman for University of Wisconsin Health said that it too was looking into the matter.

While this peddles slowly along, some of profiles are being scrubbed clean. The profiles of Hannah Keevil and Valerie Gilchrist remain, while Kathy Oriel, James Shropshire, Lou Sannon, Patrick McKenna, and Elizabeth Kvach have all been expunged from the Department of Family Medicine Faculty and Staff Directory page. You can search the UFM Departments Faculty and Staff Directory here.

I find it interesting that those featured on video have now been removed from the faculty and staff page. Is this merely an attempt to cover up and avoid additional embarrassment or is University of Wisconsin Health making attempt to reestablish its reputation by coming down hard on a few as an example to the many? We will know soon enough.

Thanks to Instapundit, Protein Wisdom, and Gateway Pundit the links..

Plus the issue has its own memeorandum thread...

The Happy Hospitalist adds commentary~
Why would a University system, with union employees no doubt, be doing this? Is it because they have been relieved of their duties? Is it an attempt to suppress information and protect the privacy of these doctors?

I think not. In fact, The Happy Hospitalist has learned the truth about what's going in in Wisconsin. The profiles of these Family Medicine physicians have been expunged from the staff directory page not because they've been fired and released of their duties. In fact, all these policians have been promoted to leadership positions in the newest residency training program to hit the Wisconsin University campus. It's called the Political Medicine Specialty and it's going to revolutionize the way doctors in Wisconsin practice medicine.

That's right folks, Kathy Oriel, MD, PMS former residency director of the Madison Family Medicine program has been promoted to department head of the new Political Medicine Specialty program. As head of the PMS college, she has been given just one directive:

To work closely with government unions to fund new covert methods of helping patients steal time and resources from their government employers.
In other news:
Gaddafi Speaks from Underground Bunker: "I Will Die a Martyr"
Physicians Betraying Their Oath and Their Professionalism!
Vote in Our Poll: What will happen in Libya?

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Video- Clinton: Libyan Bloodshed "Unacceptable;" Obama Silent

Wow, go figure.  President Obama says absolutely nothing as chaos consumes part of the world.  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is actually doing her job; even the freaking U.N. has condemned the bloodshed.



So let's check the Obama scoreboard:
It would be nice if President decided whether he stands up for freedom for all people, or not.  Either way, he should try to be consistent.

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Chicago Elects New Mayor Today.

The citizens of Chicago are electing a new Mayor this afternoon. However, all six candidates are liberal Democrats and Rahm Emanuel, who served as Chief-of-Staff in President Barack Obama's White House is almost guaranteed to win in the City that elected Mayor Richard Daley six times over two decades.

In fact, the real decision is when Emanuel will win - today, or in April - because he'll win today if he receives a pure majority of the vote (50% plus one), and he will win in April since his closest opponent would be behind by twenty points to begin with.

Talk about a real competitive election!

Pundit Press does not have a favored candidate in today's Mayoral election, but we would really like to see at least one Republican Alderman elected - especially since the only Republican City Council member* is not runnng for reelection.

What say you?

* -Brian Doherty is retiring after twenty years on the Council.

Watch Obama Speech Live, February 23, 2011

Silent on the protests going on in Libya until now, President Obama is schduled to speak in just a few minutes (or now, if this article is a couple of minutes old).  You can watch the speech here:



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If you missed the beginning of the speech, you can catch up with a full transcript here.

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Interview With Darryl Gaddis

 Pundit Press is proud to present interview number 27 in our ongoing series. Today we're interviewing Darrly Gaddis, who recently made waves by endorsing businessman Donald Trump for President. Mr. Gaddis himself is a business owner and in a press release explained some of the problems the country is facing:
The “new government” is following a recipe for failure and disaster.  Business owners/ job creators understand that you can’t spend and borrow your way out of debt. Business owners understand that if you sell a product that customers don’t want - you go out of business and are not bailed out“, states Gaddis.” Bottom-line, the current administration is dead set on crashing our system, destroying the United States and turning us into a third world country.


 1. Why have you decided to make this announcement supporting Donald Trump for President?

I have decided to make this announcement supporting Donald Trump for President because he is the only candidate that is viable and not a part of the big political machine. He is not a trained professional liar and I trust him. He is honest and can turn the country around.
Our country is disrespected and in a state of emergency, and current administration is dead set on destroying it and I think Donald trump can change that..

2. Why should prospective voters listen to your call?

Voters should listen to my call if they love their way of life, their freedom, eating, having a job, being able to afford the of cost living and all the wonderful advantages America has to offer.


3. Has President Obama been better or worse than you expected?

 President Obama has been a disaster. He has not done one thing to improve the country.  We have 46 States Collapsing, 26%-30% Interest Rates, No Loans, High Unemployment, Job Loss, Banks and the Government ROBBING people of their  homes, Unemployment Benefits for three years (turning the country into a welfare state). Food and Gas prices rising to the moon and  Insane Stimulus Plans.

4. Any plans to run for public office yourself? 

If the opportunity should arise for me to run for public office...I would.
If I had the money and the backing I would run for president and have Donald Trump as my running mate.

5. If not Trump, then who? 

If not Donald Trump, I would support an accomplished
business person that has track record and is not a career politician.

6. Anything else you'd like to add? 

Our Country cannot prosper with the leadership of this current administration. They are leading America on a road of destruction. We need business owners/job creators to step up to the plate, and get the country back on the right course. Business owners are the last line of defense.

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Gaddafi Speaks from Underground Bunker: "I Will Die a Martyr"

Note: This article is being updated as Gaddafi speaks.

Update: The speech has surpassed an hour in length.

Update #2:  The speech has concluded at almost an hour and a half.  Major points and pictures are below.

Angry and most likely deranged, Libyan dictator Maummar Gaddafi spoke quickly and enraged in a rambling speech that aired on Al Jazeera that lasted from the morning into the early afternoon.
For the first twenty five minutes, Gaddafi attempted to explain "how great he is."  He spoke of conquests and history, rewriting it along the way.  One of the first things he stated was, "I will die a martyr...I will never leave."

"Where were you," he screamed.

He continued, "The struggle for power has been resolved.  When America raided us, we fought the French in the south and Sadat in the north.  And we fought him.  All forces of the colonials...We said no!"

"I call on the Libyan people to form new principalities," Gaddafi went on.  "On the day of the revolution, where were you!"

As you can probably tell, Gaddafi's speech was disjointed and angry, while he yelled for the majority of it.
"Young people are given the armed vehicles in Benghazi...collect your children in you love Gaddafi," he rambled on.  "Take the greasy rats out of the street.  If we have to use force, we will used it based on the Libyan constitution."

Some excerpts of his speech:

"I will fight until the last drop of my blood with the Libyan people behind me...we have been bitten by American aggression!  They took away your children from you!  Your children are dying for what reason, for what purpose?  No reason.  Your children died!"
"Rats will reach the oil fields and blow it!"

"Americans... dropping bombs on it!"

"Any Libyans who raise an arm will be punished with death."

About 20 minutes into the speech, Gaddafi even began to read from a book, giving various reasons why he will kill protesters:
"I am not leaving," he went on.

Eventually, in disgust, Gaddafi even took off his glasses and pointed accusingly at the camera:
"Your children from tomorrow, not those youths, if they were handed to the authorities so they could be rehabilitated to become better members of their community, all people should go out to the streets!  Take over the streets!  I am the head of the people revolution!"

"All Libyans should wear guns on their arms!"

Gaddafi then grabbed an apparently pre-prepared paper to read from it:
"Wear your head high without being teased!"

"Start from tonight apprehending from now!  A new administration will be formed."

"When they are caught, they will beg for mercy and we will not be merciful."

Honestly, I don't know where he keeps getting these props.

"Libyans do not need to have an armed rebellion."

"It's not a joke, I will do whatever it takes."

At one point he even seemed to smell his glasses as he put them on:
Half way through the speech, the translator on Al Jazeera switched with another.

"We know each other by name.  We know that area...we know other tribes..."

"All the demonstrations support us!"

"Are you gangsters?  It's impossible!"

"Don't destroy your country for no reason!  What's come over you?!"

Gaddafi then drank a glass of water before reading a poem:
"It's impossible for our youth to be controlled by anyone else.  Will they be controlled by someone with a beard?  Impossible!"

At the end of the speech, Gaddafi went into another room in his bunker and shook hands with several people, after being kissed by one of his sons:
Here is a fifteen second speech that Gaddafi gave yesterday (and yes, he has another prop, this time an umbrella):


And here is the entirety of the speech.  If you don't understand it, you don't speak Arabic:


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Four American Hostages Killed by Pirates on Yacht

Unfortunately, the Americans who were captured by Somali pirates were murdered just minutes ago, according to the United States military.

Yahoo has more:
Four Americans taken hostage by Somali pirates off East Africa were shot and killed by their captors Monday, the U.S. military said, marking the first time U.S. citizens have been killed in a wave of pirate attacks plaguing the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean for years. 
U.S. naval forces, who were trailing the Americans' captured yacht with four warships, quickly boarded the vessel after hearing the gunfire and tried to provide lifesaving care to the Americans, but they died of their wounds, the U.S. Central Command said in a statement. 
Two pirates died during the confrontation and 13 were captured and detained, the U.S. Central Command said in a statement from Tampa, Fla. The remains of two other pirates who were already dead for some time were also found. The U.S. military didn't state how those two might have died. 
Negotiations had been under way to try to win the release of the two couples on the pirated vessel Quest when the gunfire was heard, the U.S. military said.

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It's About Time: Knicks Get Carmelo Anthony

Finally, the drama is over.  ESPN called it 'Melo drama, I call it pulling teeth.  Either way, Carmelo Anthony is a Knick and will be for years.
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ESPN reports:
As a part of the deal, the Knicks will send Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgov and a 2014 first-round draft pick to the Nuggets, who would get additional picks and cash, the sources said. Along with Anthony, New York would acquire Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams, Anthony Carter and Renaldo Balkman.

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Monday, February 21, 2011

Herman Cain for President?

Evidently, we aren't supposed to endorse political candidates here, so I will say this. Herman Cain fires me up!



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Physicians Advised to Avoid Malpractice by not Documenting?

Just noted this at WKOW in Wisconsin.

They have followed up on the developing story of UW Health physicians giving out sick notes without a physical exams. In their report they interviewed David Minko, associate attorney in health care and employment law with Murphy Desmond. He states the following, "Patient records must be created when treating someone. If something wasn't documented, then it did not occur....so, if there was an exam and it wasn't documented, then it did not occur from a malpractice standpoint."

Consider this, I see a patient in the office for a headache, send them home with a get out of work free card and a recommendation to take two aspirin and call me in the morning. If, by chance, they happen to die in the night from a ruptured aneurysm I won't be liable as long as I haven't documented the encounter?

No offense to David Minko, Esq, but I will seek legal counsel elsewhere.

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Not a Supersuit, but Still Meaningful! And other links.

From a commenter at the PJ Tattler

I am the physician quoted by Instapundit. Thank you for quoting me here.

I am incensed by today’s events in Madison. I’ve been a physician not quite 30 years. It was drummed into me in my training, and at every moment since, that my integrity and honesty matter. It matters to my patients, to my colleagues, to the community at large, and — both first and as a consequence — to me. Without these no patient and no doctor will trust me.

As doctors we sign all kinds of notes and documents. Scripts. Orders. Documentation letters. And yes, excuses from work and school. Who in the world is going to trust these doctors in the future? They’ve just shown us that they’ll sign phony excuse notes for their political fellow-travelers.

The doctors on the street in Madison are selling their white coats, and for what — politics? For a public employee union? Is that all their integrity is worth? What else will they do?

I hope their colleagues in Wisconsin will react to this. I hope a white coat still means something.


The thoughts expressed above brought to mind the scene in "The Incredibles", where Frozone is looking for his supersuit so he can participate in the defense of the greater good of society. I have a sense that these doctors felt as if their white coats would protect them as well. I am beginning to have my doubts.



These colleagues are part of a noble profession that is much bigger than they are individually or collectively. Forgetting what it actually means to be a doctor they have participated in a nearsighted plot to provide "social justice" to political allies. In so doing they have contributed in soiling, just a bit, the white coats of every physician. They used some of the most sacred aspects of the profession, the patient/physician interaction, and reduced it to a sidewalk afterthought.

While it is true that in the big scheme of things filling sick notes is nothing for a doctor. In fact, it is one of the more mundane aspects of the profession. It's not like they were writing prescriptions of oxycontin to everyone with a stubbed toe, but even with the sick note there is an expectation that is carried with it. One that, as a rule, won't be challenged by a school superintendent, as being less than what it appears to be. In truth, it is professionalism and the integrity and honesty that comes with it that is being sacrificed. I don't appreciate and ask other doctors to speak out.

Now for some updates.

The Happy Hospitalist knows what I am talking about! Who is the Instapundit?

Other Doctors are beginning to take notice. Check out Notes from Dr. RW. Healthcare BS has thoughts and We Stand Firm, a Pajamas Media contributor speaks to the breaches of professional ethics, and is not nearly as boring as it sounds!

The Wisconsin State Journal has an update from the University of Wisconsin, via Gateway Pundit.

Dr. Tim Bartholow, a senior vice president of the medical society, said the doctors may have meant well but could end up harming physicians’ reputation.

“I’m sure they were acting out of conscience,” he said. “But our actions as professionals have got to earn the public trust.”

“If the person is currently ill, you need a physical examination and history,” Derse said. “If someone is ill enough not to go to work, to have them standing outside in the cold in front of you is kind of an oxymoron.”

UW Health said its investigation “will identify which UW Health physicians were involved and whether their behavior constituted violations of medical ethics or University of Wisconsin and UW Health policies and work rules.”

Bartholow said the underlying events at the Capitol underscore why doctors must be concerned today about their public image. State and federal budget pressures are forcing tough decisions about health care expenses, and many are looking to doctors for input, he said.

“We need that public trust,” he said.


Right Klik and Left Coast Rebel have found the always elusive PGY 1. By my count, that makes 7 providers identified. Let me know if you have more...

Nearly finally, while I expect more from RS McCain at least Theo Spark is here to fill in with "The Pathologies of the Progressive Left".

Finally, big thanks to the folks at Richocet, for the links here and here.




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Muslim Brotherhood Leader: Gaddafi Must Die

URGENT- Read our Live Blog of the events in Libya today, 8/21/11.

With the tensions exploding in Libya, protesters being massacred in the street, and entire cities falling to rioters, the Muslim Brotherhood is not keeping quiet.
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The Muslim cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi, a spiritual head of the MB, stated today:
"Whoever in the Libyan army is able to shoot a bullet at Mr Gaddafi should do so."
Sky News reports:
Influential Muslim cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi has issued a fatwa that any Libyan soldier who can shoot dead embattled leader Muammar Gaddafi should do so 'to rid Libya of him.' 
'Whoever in the Libyan army is able to shoot a bullet at Mr Gaddafi should do so,' Qaradawi, an Egyptian-born cleric who is usually based in Qatar, told Al-Jazeera television. 
He also told Libyan soldiers 'not to obey orders to strike at your own people,' and urged Libyan ambassadors around the world to dissociate themselves from Gaddafi's regime.

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BREAKING NEWS: AMA Throws Support Behind Note-Forging Physicians in Wisconsin

In a shocking move the AMA has come out in support of the small cadre of physicians from the University of Wisconsin. The press release is to come out today, but you can find the advanced copy here.

An excerpt~
The American Medical Association (AMA) announced late last night that it wholeheartedly supports the pro-union protest activities of certain physicians from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine’s Department of Family Medicine.

In 2007, the AMA’s Initiative to Transform Medical Education (ITME) released its Recommendations for Change in the System of Medical Education, concluding that the current shortage of primary care physicians in the United States is due to a cohort of medical students who are insufficiently altruistic, unwilling to be advocates for social justice issues, and too fixated on problem-solving and intellectual pursuits to be the effective community organizers that primary-care physicians ought to be.

Do take the time to read the whole thing!

H/T~ The Happy Hospitalist
Note- this piece is of satirical value only


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Gaddafi Speech

To view live updates from Gaddafi's speech on Feb. 22, 2011, follow this link:
http://punditpress.blogspot.com/2011/02/gaddafi-speaks-in-underground-bunker-i.html

There is word coming out from the BBC that Libyan dictator Muommar Gaddafi may be making a speech shortly. This news comes from the Libyan Foreign Ministry-- which is now stating that the leader will address the nation. Last night Gaddafi's son Seif al-Islam Gaddafi made a speech saying that the regime would hold until the "last man" and "last bullet."

Today we learned that two military jets and some civilian helicopters landed in Malta after being ordered to open fire on the demonstrators. There is also a story coming from the UK Foreign Minister saying that the Libyan dictator has fled, on his way to Venezuela.

Gaddafi, if he speaks, will be carried on al Jazeera. That Arab-based channel has a live English-language feed here:
http://english.aljazeera.net/watch_now/

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Libyan Pilots That Flew to Malta: We Were told to Bomb Protesters

In an update to a news story that received press earlier today, the two Libyan pilots that flew to Malta earlier today have explained their actions:  they defected because they were "asked to bomb protesters."

It was also reported earlier that Libyan jets had opened fire on civilians.  Not only does the statement from the pilots confirm that report, but it also shows that the Gaddafi regime gave the order to fire on protesters with jet fighters.
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A Reuters story explains:
Two Libyan Air Force fighter pilots defected on Monday and flew their jets to Malta where they told authorities they had been ordered to bomb protesters, Maltese government officials said. 
They said the two pilots, both colonels, took off from a base near Tripoli. One of them has requested political asylum.
This further shows that Gaddafi's military is not completely loyal to him anymore, something that could signal the collapse of his regime.

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Poll: Plurality of Americans Support Walker

Well, I guess the liberal cries of Americans siding with them is, unsurprisingly, not true.  According to a poll released today, 48% of Americans support Governor Scott Walker's attempts to balance the Wisconsin state budget.  That is a plurality, compared to the 38% that support unions.

The best part of this poll is that fact that pro-union protesters were eager to call Walker a Nazi, a "turd," Benito Mussolini, and even Osama bin Laden.  With this new poll, I suppose these union followers will now call a plurality of Americans Nazis and such.  In other words, according to unions, there are a hundred million Osama bin Ladens running around the United States!

The poll continues that 14% of Americans are undecided.

As could be expected, there is a strong partisan split.  Democrats and liberals were much more likely to side with unions while Republicans and conservatives were much more likely to side with Governor Walker.

68% of Democrats support unions in the dispute, while the same percent of Republicans side with Walker. Very telling, however, is the fact that a solid majority of independents side with the governor: 56%.
Walker
The poll also covers reducing deficits.  Oddly, only 50% of Americans support reducing their state's budget by 1% every year for ten years:
Fifty percent (50%) of voters favor reducing their home state’s government payroll by one percent a year for 10 years either by reducing the number of state employees or by cutting the pay of state workers. Twenty-eight percent (28%) oppose a cut of this nature, while another 23% aren’t sure about it. 
In a survey last month, voters were evenly divided over the idea of a 10% across-the-board pay cut for all state employees to help reduce overall spending. 
Then again, this could be explained by liberals who don't want the budget cut and conservatives that want to cut it more.  The article further states:
A sizable majority of Americans say their states are now having major budget problems, and they think spending cuts, not higher taxes, are the solution.

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Gaddhafi To Venezuela, Venezuela Denies

 There is increasing word that Libyan dictator Muommar Gaddhafi has fled the country. One of the most common lines is that he is on his way to Venezuela. This has been confirmed by the British Foreign Secretary. Whether he is on his way has not been publicly stated by the Libyan government.
 Adding to media rumors, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said earlier on Monday he had seen information to suggest Gaddafi had fled Libya and was on his way to the South American oil-exporting nation.
However, Venezuela has denied that the dictator is on his way there.

Venezuelan officials seemed surprised by the rumor Gaddafi may come, though Chavez is famous for taking unexpected decisions.

I guess we'll find out soon....

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The War in Madison - So Now What?

The "War in Madison" between Governor Scott Walker and the teachers unions has reached a stalemate: neither Walker, nor the unions will back down from their current position on public union rights and collective bargaining. And to make matters worse - the entire Democrat state Senate delegation is in hiding.

So now what?

Conservatives are reduced to declaring this the modern version of the Boston police strike and praising Franklin Roosevelt's stance on collective bargaining, while liberals attempt to drag police officers and firemen into a budget dispute that has nothing to do with them. And the unions are doing what unions do:
  1. Comparing Governor Scott Walker to President Hosni Mubarak.
  2. Teachers are illegally striking and doctors illegally writing notes.
  3. Bused in thousands of pro-union activists and thugs into Madison.
This situation is absolutely useless for everyone involved right now, but the issue of beating back the greedy, power hungry public unions is pivotal. We cannot afford to lose this fight when we're so close to achieving victory over public union hacks. Governor Scott Walker must continue to fight.

So the blogosphere must continue to support Walker; the media must continue to cover the war between fiscal sanity and union interests; the Republicans must continue to remain defiantly united and the Democratic Senators must return to Madison, and debate the people's business.

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Confirmed: Gaddafi Flees Libya

Yesterday we reported that, according to unconfirmed sources, Dictator Maummar Gaddafi had fled Libya.  This information is now confirmed, according to the Daily Mail.

Amongst riots in the street calling for the downfall of the Gaddafi regime that has ruled for over four decades, Gaddafi has fled the country fearing for his life.  Surely as his plane took off, Gaddafi looked outside the window and wondered why this all had to happen.  Well, Democracy Happens.
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The Daily Mail headline reads:  Gaddafi flees Tripoli as protesters set the Libyan parliament building alight and crowds celebrate victory in Benghazi.  This could mark the utter collapse of the Libyan government.

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Libyan Jets Fire on Protesters

Libyan police are  murdering hundreds of protesters every day.  A man who seized power 41 years ago tries to retain his rule over a country that wants him out.  Now, according to multiple reports, jet fighters are firing live ammunition into groups of protesters.

Witnesses, Al Jazeera, Iran's Press TV, and Israel's Haaretz News are all reporting that Libyan jets fired upon protesters today as the revolts in Libya grow to their most intense yet.  Just yesterday, the son of Maummar Gaddafi, Saif al-Islam, warned that protesters "will pay" for their alleged "crimes," promising bloodshed.  Deploying jets to kill revolutionaries could just be the first step.
A Libyan Jet
Press TV stated:
The Air Force now has dispatched fighter jets to attack protesters amid a revolution that appears imminent. 
Saif al-Islam Gaddafi also tried to explain away the protests last night as a "plot against Libya" and "people on narcotics."  He also stated that Libya falling would be "one thousand" times worse than Egypt falling.  He also stated that "tomorrow" Libyans would create the Libya "we all dreamed of."

Apparently, to the Gaddafis, murdering civilians with aircraft is the Libya they dream of.

As the unrest continues, opposition leaders in Libya have called for renewed and bigger protests at sundown, which is coming soon.  Even Libyan officials who serve as Libyan ambassadors have resigned, as the LA Times reports:
Diplomats at Libya's United Nations mission in New York announced that they were breaking with the regime to support anti-government protesters on Monday. 
The diplomats, with the exception of the Libyan ambassador, made the decision to distance themselves from Moammar Kadafi's government "because of the regime's despicable actions to attack the Libyan people," according to Adam Tarbah, a nine-year veteran of the diplomatic service.
Additionally, some of Gaddafi's own administration officials have resigned in protest.  It looks like the fall of the Gaddafi regime is imminent.

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Vote in Our Poll: What will happen with the Wisconsin Budget?

Governor Scott Walker's attempts to balance Wisconsin's budget have been met with both support and derision.  Thousands of protesters have lined the streets of Madison, Wisconsin while 14 Democratic State Senators fled the state in order to prevent a vote on the bill.  Thousands of teachers have also filled out fake doctors' notes in order to miss work.

Meanwhile, Republicans say that the 'silent majority' of Wisconsinites support Walker, while a large group of Tea Partiers have organized numerous counter-protests.  Entering the seventh day of the standoff, the question that everyone wants to know is: what will happen?  Who will win?

So now I put it to you.  What do you think?  Will Walker prevail, or will he capitulate?  Will there be compromise, or maybe even no budget at all?  Vote below:



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Gaddafi Speech Live, February 22, 2011

Live updates found here:
http://punditpress.blogspot.com/2011/02/gaddafi-speaks-in-underground-bunker-i.html

Angry and possibly deranged, Maummar Gaddafi spoke quickly and enraged in a rambling speech that aired on Al Jazeera this morning.
"Where were you," he screamed.

He continued, "The struggle for power has been resolved.  When America raided us, we fought the French in the south and Sadat in the north.  And we fought him.  All forces of the colonials...We said no!"

"I call on the Libyan people to form new principalities," Gaddafi went on.  "On the day of the revolution, where were you!"

As you can probably tell, Gaddafi's speech was disjointed and angry, while he yelled for the majority of it.
"Young people are given the armed vehicles in Benghazi...collect your children in you love Gaddafi," he rambled on.  "Take the greasy rats out of the street.  If we have to use force, we will used it based on the Libyan constitution."

Some excerpts of his speech:

"I will fight until the last drop of my blood with the Libyan people behind me...we have been bitten by American aggression!  They took away your children from you!  Your children are dying for what reason, for what purpose?  No reason.  Your children died!"
"Rats will reach the oil fields and blow it!"

"Americans... dropping bombs on it!"

"Any Libyans who raise an arm will be punished with death."

About 20 minutes into the speech, Gaddafi even began to read from a book, giving various reasons why he will kill protesters:
"I am not leaving," he went on.

Eventually, in disgust, Gaddafi even took off his glasses and pointed accusingly at the camera:
Live updates with even more pictures:
http://punditpress.blogspot.com/2011/02/gaddafi-speaks-in-underground-bunker-i.html

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Report: Libyan Air Force Bombing Protesters

 This report is coming to us from Israel's newspaper Ha'aretz. We cannot independently confirm this, but it appears to be along the lines of other actions of the Gaddafi regime. This also comes right after Libyan fighter jets fled the country and landed in Malta.

It's unclear what is going on, but apparently some of the rebels attempted to take a Libyan military base. In response, the Air Force bombed the crowd.
The protesters were reportedly heading to the army base to obtain ammunition, but witnesses said the air force bombed the demonstrators before they could get there. 
 This is likely a sign of desperation.

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Palin to Unions: "This is the wrong fight at the wrong time"

Former VP candidate and Alaska governor Sarah Palin is not sitting quietly by as protests in Wisconsin grind the state to a halt.  Speaking directly to members of unions in Wisconsin, Mrs. Palin made the case that, while educators are important and must be respected, "this is the wrong fight at the wrong time" to protest Governor Walker's budget plans.
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Mrs. Palin blamed "union bosses" for forcing these protests; she goes on to plead with "union brothers and sisters" not to be taken in by bosses who are only looking out for themselves.  She wrote:
Hard working, patriotic, and selfless union brothers and sisters: please don’t be taken in by the union bosses. At the end of the day, they’re not fighting for your pension or health care plan or even for the sustainability of Wisconsin’s education budget. They’re fighting to protect their own powerful privileges and their own political clout. The agenda for too many union bosses is a big government agenda that only serves the union bosses themselves – not union members, not union families, and certainly not the larger community.
Here is the entirety of Mrs. Palin's message:
The union-led school closures and demonstrations in Madison have left most ordinary Americans shaking their heads in disbelief. Months ago, I penned a message to my fellow union brothers and sisters when I found myself on the receiving end of union boss Richard Trumka’s wrath. Yesterday’s demonstrations reminded me of the full-page ads taken out against me when I put my foot down in dealing with union demands while I served as governor. My message then and now to good union brothers and sisters is that you have another option. You don’t have to kowtow to the union bosses who are not looking out for you, but instead are using you. You can join millions of other union members in a commonsense movement to help fight for the right causes in our great country – for budgets that share the burden in a truly fair way and for commonsense reforms that take power away from vested interests like union bosses and big business lobby groups, and put it back where it belongs – with “We the People.”

Here we are still struggling to get out of a deep recession and coping with high unemployment, record deficits, rapidly rising food prices, and a host of other economic problems; and Wisconsin union bosses want union members out in the streets demanding that taxpayers foot the bill for unsustainable benefits packages. I am a friend to hard working union members and to teachers. I come from a family of teachers; my grandparents, parents, brother, sister, aunt, and other relatives worked, or still work, in education. My own children attend public schools. I greatly admire good teachers and will always speak up in defense of the teaching profession. But Wisconsin teacher unions do themselves no favor by closing down classrooms and abandoning children’s needs in protest against the sort of belt-tightening that people everywhere are going through. Union brothers and sisters: this is the wrong fight at the wrong time. Solidarity doesn’t mean making Wisconsin taxpayers pay for benefits that are not sustainable and affordable at a time when many of these taxpayers struggle to hold on to their own jobs and homes. Real solidarity means everyone being willing to sacrifice and carry our share of the burden. It does no one any favors to dismiss the sacrifices others have already had to make—in wage cuts, unpaid vacations, and even job losses—to weather our economic storm.

Hard working, patriotic, and selfless union brothers and sisters: please don’t be taken in by the union bosses. At the end of the day, they’re not fighting for your pension or health care plan or even for the sustainability of Wisconsin’s education budget. They’re fighting to protect their own powerful privileges and their own political clout. The agenda for too many union bosses is a big government agenda that only serves the union bosses themselves – not union members, not union families, and certainly not the larger community. Everybody else is just there to foot the bill; and if that bill eventually takes the form of thousands of teachers and other public sector workers losing their jobs because the state of Wisconsin can no longer afford to keep them on the payroll, that’s a risk the union bosses are willing to take as long as their positions are secure. Union brothers and sisters: you are better than this and you deserve better. Don’t be led astray.

One final word of warning to my fellow Americans: back in 2009, I warned about what would happen if states accepted short-term unsustainable debt-ridden “Stimulus Package” funds. Accepting those funds allowed states to grow government, increase already unsustainable levels of spending, kick the can down the road on reforming entitlements, and create public expectations that they would continue financing these new mandates once the federal funds ran out. States were not in a position to grow government and take on new financial commitments then, and now the chickens have come home to roost. As goes Wisconsin today, so goes the country tomorrow.

- Sarah Palin


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Libyan Jets Flee to Malta

 At least two French-made Libyan fighter jets have fled the country. They have left the North Afrcian nation for the island country of Malta. It is immediately unclear why or who the pilots are. However, it shows again that the existing Qaddafi regime is in trouble.

Mirage jets-- not the ones that landed
 They landed today. They were reported to be French Mirage jets:

Local newspaper reporters saw the single seater Mirage jets land at Malta's international airport on Monday afternoon. The Maltese Foreign Ministry said it was trying to establish why the planes had landed.


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Photos of Libyan Protests

With the Gaddafi regime on the brink of total collapse, it is important to see what is going on on the ground in Libya.  Here are pictures of protesters striving for the fall of Gaddafi in Libya:

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi
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Protesting "Sick" Teachers Could Cost Wisc. Schools $3,000,000 per Day

Teachers in Madison, Wisconsin protesting the agenda of Governor Scott Walker will not only miss days of school, but they will also cost the state of Wisconsin up to one million dollars a day.

A brief explanation: When teachers call in sick in Wisconsin, they still get paid.  So, even though the vast majority of teachers who called in sick last week were only doing so to protest, they still got their wages.  According to the Madison Metropolitan School District administration, this is costing the state a tremendous amount of money.

Over $900,000 a day, to be precise.

And because these protests are going on day after day, and because many teachers have no compunction about lying to children's faces, the amount grows.

Even worse, the school district has the ability to dock the pay of teachers if they cannot prove they were sick.  Unfortunately, as we reported two days ago, fake doctors notes are being handed out en masse at these protests.
Protests in Wisconsin
While much of the phony notes have been exposed, it will be difficult for employers to prove that specific notes are indeed fake.  On top of that, the collective bargaining rules in place in Wisconsin also make it so "sick days" are almost automatically compensated because they are considered "excused."

Making matters worse is that there are almost certainly other fake notes being handed out.  Fake/unethical doctors handed out notes, what is to stop others from doing the same?  And more discreetly?

It must also be pointed out that the $900,000 figure is only in the Madison school district.  State-wide, the amount could be substantially more.  In other words, this will make Wisconsin's financial situation worse, while Wisconsin children are losing days of education.  If all the teachers in Madison and Milwaukee alone call in sick, daily expenses for "sick days" exceeds $3,000,000.

The MacIver Institute continues:
If all the teachers in Milwaukee and Madison are paid for the days missed, the protest related salaries for just the state’s two largest districts would exceed $6.6 million dollars. 
Using a figure of $100,005 for average teacher compensation in MPS and an average yearly workload of 195 days, these teachers cost approximately $513 per day in salary and benefits to employ. Spread over 5,960.3 full-time licensed teachers in the district, this adds up to $3,057,634 in daily expenses.

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Anti-Gaddafi Protests Spread to...Malta

Have you ever heard of Malta?  It is an island nation in Europe underneath Italy.  Maybe this map will help:
Europe in the late 1930s.  The map is also in German
Even if that map does not help, this will.  While Malta is directly south of Italy, its proximity to Libya is also important.  The island is directly north of Libya and is less than an hour away.

Protests against the Libyan regime have spread there.  It is being reported that 200 Libyans living in Malta are protesting in front of the Libyan embassy there, demanding the ambassador resign and Gaddafi be dethroned.

Hopefully they listen.

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Pictures of Wisconsin Pro-Union Rallies

These are the same people who screeched that they were the "civil" ones.  These types of people are the ones who blamed the Right for Jared Loughner.  These are the people who compared Bush to Hitler then wailed and whined when Obama had the same thing done to him, screaming, "That NEVER happened to Bush!"

What I'm trying to say is that these people are hypocritical morons.  Enjoy the pictures:
The poor kid in this one, dragged to do his father's (I assume) bidding when all I'm sure he wants is a juice box and a blanket:

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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Report: North Korea Preparing for Nuclear Test

North Korea, which claims to have several nuclear weapons, is preparing a "nuclear test," according to a new report from South Korea.  This raises concern in both the South and the United States, as fear of war rise once again.

In November of 2010, the Korean peninsula seemed on the brink of war, as the North illegally shelled a South Korean island.  The South responded by playing war games; in response, North Korea threatened nuclear retaliation.  War was avoided when the North backed down its rhetoric.

This new report may be an indication that tensions will rise once again.
The site
Fox News has more:

"South Korean and U.S. intelligence authorities have spotted North Korea building several other underground mines at Punggye-ri where it had run two nuclear tests," the unidentified source was quoted as saying. 
"It is judged to be clear evidence of preparing for a third nuclear test." 
Military talks broke down between the two sides this month, dealing a setback to the resumption of six-party aid-for-disarmament negotiations, which North Korea walked out of over two years ago.

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Reports: Gaddafi Has Left Libya, Fled for Venezuela

Update #5 (2/23):  The Daily Mail and various sources were apparently mistaken, as Gaddafi, speaking from an apparently underground bunker, said that he was still in Libya.  He also promised that he would "Die a martyr."

Update #4:  The Daily Mail confirms:  Gaddafi has left Libya.

Update: In a news conference, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi tried to explain away the protests as a "plot against Libya" and "people on narcotics."  He also stated that Libya falling would be "one thousand" times worse than Egypt falling.  He also stated that "tomorrow" Libyans would create the Libya "we all dreamed of."  If not, he continued, everyone "will pay."

Update #2:  Iran's Press TV is now reporting that Gaddafi has left Libya according to their sources.

Update #3:  News.am is now reporting that Gaddafi has fled for Venezuela.

In reports that are as of now unconfirmed, it is being reported that Libyan Dictator Muammar Gaddafi has left Libya.  This could possibly mark an end to Gaddafi's regime, which has ruled the coutry with an iron fist for over four decades.

Protests have reached the capital of Tripoli, while various news sources are reporting that the government is "faltering."  Even worse for Gaddafi, protesters now hold several cities; not streets or squares, but entire cities.

The German news site TT.com is now reporting that opposition groups in Libya are now saying that "Muammar Al-Gaddafi had to leave the country for Brazil or Venezuela."  Al Jazeera refused to take on the issue straight on, but their reports suggested that Gaddafi is no longer in his country.

Doha, a news site linked with Al Jazeera, is reporting that Gaddafi has in fact fled the country.

Possibly telling, the state news agency of Libya, Jana, is now stating that Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam would "soon" hold a television press conference.  Why Gaddafi's son would be making a news address instead of his father could indicate that the dictator is no longer in the country.
Gaddafi
Gaddafi and Venezuelan autocratic President Hugo Chavez are good friends, which makes it extremely like that if Gaddafi has indeed fled that he would be heading to Venezuela.  Both Chavez and Gaddafi share man ideologies and a hate for the United States.

The protests in Libya have exploded since Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stepped down slightly over a week ago.

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Vote in Our Poll: Should Doctors Handing out Fake Notes in Wisc. lose their Licenses?

Since it broke yesterday, this story has been igniting the internet and blogosphere.  Multiple doctors have been reportedly handing out phony "doctor's notes" in order to prolong and enliven union rallies in Wisconsin.  While unethical and underhanded by itself, these fake notes also break several "rules," as pointed out by this physician:
Is it really his position that he is conducting medical examinations in the midst of thousands of people while attaining a right to privacy? One of the most important things in a genuine patient/physician interaction is honesty and this [man] is dishonest!
The question is, what should happen to them.  Most of their names have been leaked, so they will be unable to escape their actions.  Even Andrew Breitbart was able to get a phony note.  So, what do they deserve?  You decide, you vote:



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Rage Against the Machine Guitarist: Hey, Let's Rage for the Union Machine!

 Rage Against the Machine is one of the most tool-tastic bands of the last twenty years. Not only does their music suck to those above 17 but they are corporate sellouts and whiny bitches, to boot. But that won't stop their members from saying stupid things about events they couldn't possibly understand.
  So the solution to the Wisconsin budget battle? Playing music, of course!
"So clearly, the issue isn't the state budget," said Morello. "It's breaking the right of working people to stand up to corporate power. That's what they want to do, and that's what we're not going to let them do."
Because, of course, a forgotten member of a forgotten (and sucky) band is the rock in which we build the fight for tomorrow (or something):
Morello said he was willing to play in Indiana, Ohio, or any other state fighting for workers' rights. "Wherever The Nightwatchman is needed, The Nightwatchman will be," he said. 
 Another gem was when the guitarist said that Wisconsin was the "next Egypt." And which side do you think the public unions remind you more of.....

Do you wonder why no one listens to your shitty music anymore? Go back to 1997.


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HuffPo: Gee, Those Madison Protesters Were Really Civil

 The Huffington Post has made a lot of headlines lately. They've also been bought out for over $300 million in a massive deal including AOL. But the liberal supersite appears to be stretching the truth, just a little bit in their "reporting" of the protests in Madison, Wisconsin.

The Huffington Post actually did not report on the disturbances rocking the capital of that state. Instead, it copy/pasted an entire Reuters article that at first glance appeared to justify the complaints of the thousands of supporters of the public unions.

The message, of course, was that the protesters were actually very civil. They were all taking on the call of President Obama to have a more reasonable discourse! I should have guess that this was the case, especially considering their non-personal attacks on Governor Scott Walker or members of the Republican delegation to the legislature.

Just for fun, let's see what the Huffington post has to say really happened over the last couple of days in Wisconsin. Even the headline was a farce:

Madison Puts the Civility Back into Discourse

Huh? Am I missing something? All of those Scott-Walker-is-Hitler signs were not enough? All right, what about what the rest of the article says:
Instead, the day was marked by a surprising civility when the shouting stopped and the one-on-one conversations began.
Okay.... what about proof?
Zog Begolli, a 23-year-old bill opponent, met four bill supporters at the Old Fashioned when they helped him get a drink at the crowded bar. "They allowed me to get closer so I could order a beer," Begolli said.
"Beer is something we can all agree on," said Randy Otto, 59, from Lake Mills, one of the bill supporters who let Begolli squeeze in.
"I was outnumbered," Begolli said. "But the conversation was civil."
 So basically the reporters found four people that decided to have a beer together.... and that proved that the sum of the over 50,000 protesters were civil? By ignoring the signs of the protest and the hateful rhetoric-- it's all okay because four people agree that they like Guiness?????

But just in case you forgot what "civility" looks like, let me refresh your memory:





 Do you need any more civility?

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