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Saturday, March 5, 2011

Nightclub Dancer: I Had a "Crazy" Six Year Romance with Gaddafi's Son

Is this news worthy?  Maybe, but the details of the story are humorous and horrifying at times, sometimes both at once.
The couple
Bulgarian Dafinka Mircheva said that, starting when she was 21, she and Saadi Gaddafi had a six-year romance.  Here are just some of the details of the story:

- The couple met after Mircheva's hair caught on fire.
- Mircheva states that Saadi Gaddafi spent upwards of $300,000,000 on himself annually
- Gaddafi spent approximately $700,000 for the Pussycat Dolls to perform at his birthday party
- Beating his servants, Gaddafi would allegedly scream, "I have no friends, only servants!"
- Talking about the first time they met, Mircheva stated: "I was dancing on the stage and as I turned I saw him sitting there, in a white suit with blonde highlights in his hair, just staring at me."

And then there are the love letters that he wrote her:

H/T Daily Mail

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Hasn't Happened Yet, But It's Only a Matter of Time!

The Happy Hospitalist alerts us all to a very common, but troubling event that takes place in hospitals across the country on a daily basis. It is not for the faint of heart, so if you have an over active vagus nerve you should probably look away at this point....

OK. So what's a hospitalist to do? I dropped my hospital pager in the toilet today, before I had a chance to flush. I didn't even flinch. I reached right in a pulled it out.

I'm not sure I really had a choice? If I flushed it, I'm sure it would have clogged the toilet of the 450 pound guy in room 728 with explosive diarrhea.
I couldn't do that to the nurses. So I reached right in and grabbed it, bare hands and all, then quickly grabbed some paper towels to place it on, wiped it dry, took the battery out, wiped it dry, put it all back together and then realized there was a water bubble under the screen and the beeper chirp it made sounded like the time for palliative pager care was near.
I made a paper towel coffin for him, washed my hands and after a moment of respectful silence, I carried the pager out to show my partners and learned that they too had experienced a similar death of their beloved pager in years past. After a moment of prayer for our lost friend we hold close to our hearts, I carried my poor buddy out to the operators area and explained what happened. They laughed and told me me to throw it in the garbage.
Rest in peace Mr Pager. Rest in peace. You will never be bothered again.

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The Power of the Muslim Lobby: Who can criticize radical Islam in the US?

Fred Grandy  is a former actor who had roles in a number of  television series including “Maude” and “The Love Boat, and was later elected to the US House of Representatives. Most recently, he has had his own radio talk show, along with his wife, Catherine, "The Grandy Group,” on  WMAL in Washington, D.C.

The Grandys have used the program to warn about the dangers of radical Islam in the US and around the world.  Last week, according to Fred, "Catherine delivered a very tough indictment against stealth jihad" and as a result she was fired. Fred then resigned in protest.
 According to several observers, the station reacted to pressure from  the Council on American Islamic-Relations (CAIR), a Muslim lobbying organization that claims to be a civil-rights group, “similar to a Muslim NAACP”, but in fact is an unindicted co-conspirator in the federal Holy Land Foundation terror-financing trial.

Though CAIR tries to pass as a moderate organization, Daniel Pipes has unmasked the group. Among other things, CAIR has defended Osama Bin Laden, denying his role in the attacks of 9/11, and  claiming that treating Bin Laden  as an enemy was “offensive to Muslims”. According to the FBI's former chief of counterterrorism, Steven Pomerantz, "CAIR, its leaders and its activities, effectively give aid to international terrorist groups."

In connecting the dots we find that the 1994 cofounders of CAIR  had close ties to the Islamic Association for Palestine, to Hamas, and to the Muslim Brotherhood, radical Islamist groups that share the common goal of destroying America and turning it into a Muslim nation.

According to Pipes, CAIR has consistently defended Islamic terrorists, all the while labeling any actions against terrorists as Islamophobia and racism... It labeled conviction of those who perpetrated the 1993 World Trade Center bombing "a travesty of justice."  It described the extradition of  terrorist Mousa Abu Marook as "anti-Islamic".

Further, it has supported those who finance terrorism, such as the Holy Land Foundation, Unfortunately, many who should know better have been fooled. As a result, CAIR has collected large sums, and has received media accolades  and White House invitations.

According to Pipes, CAIR has also been involved with intimidating moderate Muslims by  issuing  death threats against them. It has defending killers; CAIR praised and raised funds for Jamil Al-Amin ( H. Rap Brown) after his conviction for the murder of an Atlanta policeman. It has promoted hatred of Jews under the guise of teaching about Islam. Its chairman made the statement "Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Koran . . . should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on earth." In other words, CAIR isn’t simply another religious or ethnic organization. It does not represent the best of Islam, but rather is the mouthpiece for the worst of radical Islam.

For some time now, CAIR has complained about Fred and Catherine Grandy’s outspoken criticism of their organization and other radical groups. Rather than shun this group, radio station WMAL apparently listens to them and takes them seriously. According to Pamela Geller of Atlas Shrugs, WMAL’s management told Grandy on March 2, 2011 that he needed to “tone down” his reporting on radical Islam and informed him that they were dropping his wife, a  critic of Islamist radicals, from future programs. As a result,  Fred Grandy resigned.

What now? We need to curb the power of the radical Islamist lobby, which seeks to destroy the very underpinnings of our tolerant and open society. How do we do this?

First, the largest part of the solution needs to come from moderate Muslims, of whom there are many. Some of these courageous individuals tour and speak on college campuses, where they are heckled by the Muslim Student Association and their naïve and deluded progressive supporters. Unfortunately, they lack the resources and numbers of the jihadists, who often have money from Iran and  Saudi Arabia supporting them. Moderate Muslims  need our support.

Secondly we need to expose the agenda of radical groups like CAIR, groups that wish to undermine the democratic institutions that we take for granted. The terrorist group Hamas, their parent the Muslim Brotherhood, their creation CAIR, and many other advocates for radical jihadist Islam, work together toward their common goal of destroying America, and replacing it with an Islamist nation ruled by Sharia law. To this end,  and we need to expose enabling  institutions like WMAL, and strip away their positions of influence.

And finally, we must confront and deal with other enemies include naiveté, political correctness, wishful thinking, failure to consider the  lessons of history and of human behavior, and enchantment by charismatic leaders who accrue power by tearing down our institutions while replacing them with the false chimera of failed or utopian solutions.

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Scott Walker Approval Plunges to 43%

Not quite horrid numbers, but pretty bad for a governor who just took the oath of office two months ago. Governor Walker beat his Democratic opponent with 52% in the traditionally blue state of Wisconsin. Now it appears that many are turning on him for his brave stance against public union bosses.

This poll comes from Rasmussen, the most accurate of the major pollsters:

Scott Walker performance as governor:
Approve: 43%
Disapprove: 57%
Other/und: 0%


This is certainly a hiccup, but not the end of the road. Governor Walker has to stay firm, especially considering what would happen if he backed down.



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Obama Campaign Begins Collecting Money

Barack Obama's re-election bid is expected to spend over a billion dollars on next year's election. Obama proved a massive cash machine, coupled with hundreds of millions from union contributions could be a very potent force.

Now he's at it again. The Washington Post is reporting that the Obama 2012 re-election campaign is swinging back into gear:
Obama's team, anticipating a closely fought general election, is focused on the key components of campaign machinery: money, organization and strategy. (The message was laid out in the president's State of the Union address - win the future - and will evolve with events).

Start with money. Obama raised about $750 million in his 2008 campaign, an astounding amount. There has been talk, still speculative, that he might be the first $1 billion candidate in 2012.

There's talk reported by Politico that the Obama campaign will be looking for tens of thousands of dollars to be donated by individual donors! He would want almost $60,000 in some cases for his campaign, significantly higher than the entire wages of most American workers, from one person!

Party of the working and middle class, indeed.

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Who's Up for Some Charlie Sheen Linguistic Analysis?

Yes, there are some people with not enough to do. There are even more people with so little to do or focus on they write an article about the original analysis of Charlie Sheen's speech patterns. The source of the enlightening piece? Salon, which couldn't rely simply on bashing Sarah Palin. At least they're good for some sort of entertainment once in a while.

One example:

Sheen's breakout role was playing a grunt in Platoon, and he's still playing it. "Sniper team one, sniper team one, take 'em out," he joked, during an interview with TMZ, when he appeared to spot paparazzi. Many of his favorite metaphors are military ones. "I'm dealing with soft targets," he said, referring to his enemies, "and it's just strafing runs in my underwear before my first cup of coffee." The aircraft he most identifies with? "Most of the time—and this includes naps—I'm an F-18, bro, and I will destroy you in the air, and I will deploy my ordnance to the ground." He can be other weapons, too. "He might be Nails," Sheen said on a radio show, referring to the center fielder Lenny Dykstra by his nickname, "but I'm frickin' bayonets, you know? I'm battle tested, man." Sheen's fight with CBS over Two and a Half Men is not a mere skirmish. "We are at war," he says. "Defeat is not an option."

Truly a god among us mere mortals!

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Sorry for the Outage

If you follow Pundit Press, you can see that we haven't updated much in the last day and a half. Aurelius and I had our internet out for over twenty-four hours and lost access to the site. So forgive us this inconvenience!

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Video: Tea Party forced to Clean Up After WI Protesters

 Go figure:




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Friday, March 4, 2011

Barack Obama Believes in the Second Amendment?

During President Obama's joint press conference with Mexican president Felipe Calderon yesterday afternoon, the President proclaimed that he believes in the Second Amendment right of all Americans to bear arms. The statement came in response to an absurd question by a Mexican reporter as to why Obama doesn't just veto the second amendment.

Stop the presses!!!!

Is this coming from the man who nominated Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, two anti-second amendment judicial activists who have already opposed the right to bear arms in McDonald v. Chicago, to the United States Supreme Court during the first half of his first term in office? Neither Justice would ever be the choice of a real Constitutional lawyer.

As a proud member of the NRA (National Rifle Association), which has over four million members now, I find the President's claim not only laughable, but absolutely incorrect with his actions since the 2008 election - starting with his poor selection of anti-gun Eric Holder to become America's Attorney General.

President Obama might not be as public, or as pursuant, about his anti-second amendment views as President Bill Clinton was in the 1990's, but he definitely isn't on the side of more than 80 million gunowners in the United States today, and I would wager he's our first President to never hold a firearm in his life.

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And the Dead Beat Goes On

Now we’re getting tough!  Since the Tea Party Turnaround last November the new Republican majority in Congress is taking the bull by the horns and showing that they mean business!  They would only agree to raise the debt limit for two weeks.  That’s like telling your shopaholic alter ego who’s emptied the family savings, overdrawn the checkbook, mortgaged the house, and taken out a juice loan with a loan shark just to cover the interest, “This has got to stop!  Here’s a new credit card, but you can only use it for two weeks.”  How could that possibly go wrong?  Just charge it to someone who hasn’t been born yet. They never seem to complain.
In a letter to James Madison, referring to the idea of running up a national debt beyond the power of the current generation to fully fund or pay off, Thomas Jefferson said, “I say, the earth belongs to each of these generations during its course, fully and in its own right. The second generation receives it clear of the debts and encumbrances of the first, the third of the second, and so on. For if the first could charge it with a debt, then the earth would belong to the dead and not to the living generation. Then, no generation can contract debts greater than may be paid during the course of its own existence.”
Currently the national debt of the United States stands at over 14 trillion dollars and it’s growing at the rate of more than one trillion per year for as far as the eye can see.   It has increased by an average of $4.13 billion per day since September 28, 2007.  We can question the wisdom of this but did you know that it is illegal to question the validity of the practice?  According to the14th amendment Section 4 it’s illegal to question the validity of the National Debt.  This section says, “The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law … shall not be questioned.” 
When we take actions like making Health Care a right we have just placed an obligation on everyone else to pay for it.  I want to be healthy.  I want everyone else to be healthy.  I also want the economy to be healthy.  Creating another entitlement that requires taking money from productive people and using it to give benefits to a third party only points to the coming double-dip in this Great Recession and the shell game which is our national budget.  We sent Bernie Maddoff to jail for doing on a smaller scale what our government does every day: robbing Peter to pay Paul.  The problem with robbing Peter to pay Paul is eventually Peter changes his name to Paul.
Although it was stated before it was illegal to do so Thomas Jefferson was willing to say the practice of robbing our children and grandchildren because we cannot quit spending is not a valid way to manage our affairs, “The conclusion then, is, that neither the representatives of a nation, nor the whole nation itself assembled, can validly engage debts beyond what they may pay in their own time.”
Along with much of the wisdom of our Founders this has been forgotten by an ever growing government seeking to be all things to all people.  Our current leaders may have forgotten the wisdom of our Founders but they seem to have accepted the wisdom of Salvador Dali, “I believe that the moment is near when by a procedure of active paranoiac thought, it will be possible to systematize confusion and contribute to the total discrediting of the world of reality.”  This may describe our current descent into the bizarre world of a fundamentally Transformed America, but it doesn’t sound promising as a plan for political success.
We can’t spend our way to prosperity. We can’t borrow our way to solvency, and we shouldn’t condemn our descendants to a life of limited opportunity crushed under the debt for the entitlements we wanted but couldn’t afford.  That’s the reality our actions are ignoring as our shopaholic alter ego pouts, “But, I want it now!”
Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion for Southside Virginia Community College.  He is the author of the History of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com View the trailer for Dr. Owens’ latest book @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ypkoS0gGn8 © 2011 Robert R. Owens dr.owens@comcast.net  Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

South Korea, WordPress Under Massive DDoS Attack

Breaking- Both South Korean government websites and WordPress are experiencing massive Denial of Service attack (DDoS).

KBS News reports on South Korea:
The Web sites of the presidential office of Cheong Wa Dae, the Foreign Ministry, the National Intelligence Service and other agencies came under DDoS attack on Friday. 
Antivirus developer Ahnlab says 40 Web sites of South Korean government agencies, NAVER and other major Web portals and financial institutes were struck by so called distributed denial-of-service attacks (DDoS) at 10 a.m.
Techie Buzz reports on WordPress (emphasis mine):
If you are experiencing issues with your WordPress service, you are not alone. WordPress says it is under, what they think is, the largest DDoS attac[k] they have ever seen. The size of the attach is multiple gigabits per second and tens of millions of packets per second. The attach has affected all three datacenters WordPress uses in Chicago, San Antonio and Dallas.

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A Look at Obama's Approval Ratings

 This is your roundup of the major polling of the President's approval ratings. In this edition we can see that Obama's numbers appear to be dropping several points as gas prices go up and the Middle East is facing more chaos.

So let's take a look at some of the top pollsters:

Gallup:
Approve: 46%
Disapprove: 47%

Rasmussen:

Approve: 45%

Disapprove: 54%

The RCP average is held up by a Newsweek poll that has his approval at 50%. All of the other major pollsters have him below.



In the Real Clear Polling average:
Approve: 47.2%

Disapprove: 46.3%

It appears that the benefit of the doubt coming after the Tuscon shootings is fading. Rising oil and gas prices are squeezing ordinary Americans and Obama's statements on Wisconsin's public union fight are making him look partisan.


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Ohio Pushes Forward, Senate Approves Bill Stripping Public Bargaining

 Ohio, under the leadership of Governor John Kasich, appears to be taking the lead in the struggle with public-sector unions. Ohio has seen protests on a much smaller scale than Wisconsin but has many more union members. Kasich, like Scott Walker in Wisconsin, is facing a large deficit.

The bill has barely passed the Senate, by one vote, 17-16. This came after seven Republicans turned tail and voted with the Democrats. It appears that the bill will next pass the Assembly, where Republicans have a large majority. After Kasich's signature, it will become law. It is the first step in checking the corrupt influence of public sector union bosses.

 Of course, the Obama White House is not happy:

U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis criticized the moves in Ohio and other states to curtail bargaining rights. "Some state leaders have gone too far," Ms. Solis said Wednesday night, in a conference call with thousands of activists from the Communications Workers of America. "Budget sacrifices are one thing, but demanding workers give up their rights as union members is another."

Hopefully this will be an impetus for Wisconsin.

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Wikileaks Leaker Bradley Manning Charged with 'Aiding the Enemy'

Bradley Manning, a former private in the United States Army, has been officially charged with "aiding the enemy" for handing over sensitive documents to Wikileaks. Manning may have published as many as a quarter-million of the classified papers-- in the largest intelligence foil in American history.


Manning could face the death penalty.

Although aiding the enemy is a capital offense under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, Army prosecutors have notified the Manning defense team that it will not recommend the death penalty to the two-star general who is in charge of proceeding with legal action.

Fry the traitor. Unfortunately, the military is not seeking it.

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Good news: Post Office Broke by End of Year

As we are are nearing a fiscal disaster, we can see one part of it approaching by the end of 2011. Despite some changes made in the United States Postal Service, it will go broke by the end of this year. Lower rates of mail coupled with high salary and benefits for the federal workers have pushed the agency under.

And just like in Wisconsin it has similar causes:

Donahoe said that as of Sept. 30 his agency will owe the federal government a payment of $5.5 billion to fund medical costs, in advance, for future retirees, and in November it will need to make a $1.3 billion payment for worker's compensation.

But it gets worse:

The requirement was imposed in 2006, and since then the post office has paid $21 billion into the fund and, during the same period, has had a net loss of $20 billion, explained Ruth Goldway, head of the independent Postal Regulatory Commission.

"Prefunding health benefits is an incredible burden," Donahoe said. "In 2007 and 2008 we would have had net profits except for the prefunding."
Great. Welcome to Wisconsin 2020 if Walker's proposals are blocked. Likely California, Illinois, New York 2015.

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Time is on Scott Walker's Side.

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has one thing on his side that the fourteen Democrat State Senators don't: time.

The short term budget deficit can be dealt with by laying off as many as 1,500 state workers and the entire situation can be resolved by passing legislation to weaken public sector collective bargaining power separately from the quorum required budget process that has held up Walker's plan for two weeks now.

Walker has options and time; the Democrats have neither.

One of their state Senators is very pregnant and wants to return home; another is broke and will eventually need to retrieve some cash and all fourteen of them are facing a daily $100 fine that's likely to cost them hundreds-to-thousands of dollars if they don't return home soon.

Each Senator will lose 1% of their salary per week if they don't return home.

Just as the 2003 edition of Democrat State Senators fleeing ended victoriously for Texas Republicans, so will this for Wisconsin's Republicans. Citizens don't respect those who abandon their responsibilities, regardless of political party, and labor union threats will only be able to separate fourteen individuals from their families for so long.

All Governor Walker has to do is remain uncompromising, promise goodwill to the 14 State Senators who seem worried about how they will be treated by their counterparts in session once they do return, and continue to educate the public on what his budget really seeks to do for their state.

Oh, and remember that time is on his side during this political showdown.

Stay strong Governor Walker.

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Obama: Race a "Key Component" in Conservative Opposition

From the outset, let me say that I am a ethnically varied male with mostly a European heritage.  And let me say as well, I do not care that President Barack Obama is an African American man.  I simply cannot care less.  If he were a Native American, that's fine.  If he was Caucasian, that's fine.  If he was a woman, or handicapped, or old, or young, that's fine too.

That said, I do not support that much of the President's agenda.  It is not because of race but because how I want the country to move and how it should be done.  Now that I said that, here is the main part of the article:

In a new book, President Barack Obama is quoted as having stated that race is a "key component" both in the Tea Party's rise and conservative opposition as a whole.

In Family of Freedom: Presidents and African Americans in the White House, journalist Kenneth T. Walsh recounts a candid conversation with the President.  It starts off normal, with Mr. Obama stating:
"Americans, since the victories of the civil rights movement, I think, have broadly come to accept the notion that everybody has to be treated equally; everybody has to be treated fairly."
But as soon as one might believe that the conversation is run of the mill, the President begins veering into different regions.  For example, Walsh writes (emphasis mine):
In May 2010, he told guests at a private White House dinner that race was probably a key component in the rising opposition to his presidency from conservatives, especially right-wing activists in the anti-incumbent "Tea Party" movement that was then surging across the country.
And just as bad:
A guest suggested that when Tea Party activists said they wanted to "take back" their country, their real motivation was to stir up anger and anxiety at having a black president, and Obama didn't dispute the idea. He agreed that there was a "subterranean agenda" in the anti-Obama movement—a racially biased one—that was unfortunate.
Sigh.  What can I say?  Can I say that Tea Partiers are simply upset that their government is not only spending money faster than it can print it, but that they fear the government's growth?  Can I say that, if you believe in limited government and are against abortion, that you are not automatically a racist?

That President Obama could believe such things truly shows how out of touch he is.  It makes me wonder what else he doesn't understand.

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Internists Remind Physicians About Universal Ethical Principles



Not sure how I missed this last week, but I was in the hospital all week putting a lot of hours and things were bound to slip by. Regardless, I did miss it, and thank RCentor at db's Medical Rants for posting it for all to see.

Last week the American College of Physicians (ACP), which represents 130,000 internal medicine physicians and students, released a statement speaking to the lapse of judgement demonstrated by the FP doc's in Wisconsin. The fact that this was addressed to the members of the ACP and not to the American Board of Family Practitioners does little to take the sting out of the blow. On February 28 the ACP "reminded physicians that professional ethics does not allow for them to sign off on false "sick notes" to excuse patients to engage in political advocacy purposes." This may not seem like much, but in the world of governing medical bodies, this is blistering criticism.

The full statement is as follows:

Internists remind physicians about universal ethical principles

PHILADELPHIA, February 28, 2011 – "Honesty is a core professional obligation and lying, even for a patient, is a breach of that obligation," J. Fred Ralston Jr., MD, FACP, president of the American College of Physicians (ACP) reminded all physicians, including the organization's 130,000 internal medicine physician and medical student members today.
ACP's statement was issued amid reported confusion surrounding "sick notes" issued without a medical evaluation to some protesters absent from work to attend rallies at the state capitol in Madison, Wis.
"This has most recently been discussed in Wisconsin, but it's not a state-based issue, like a state law," said Steven B. Pearson, MD, FACP, governor of the Wisconsin Chapter of ACP. "Rather it is a universal ethics principle on which ethics policy is based."
"Society empowers and trusts physicians to serve the interests of individual patients," Ralston said. "But physician authority and privileges also come with responsibilities to the community, even when individual patients want otherwise."
The 'sick note' situation is only one example of an array of ethical issues addressed by ACP in its Ethics Manual. The organization also develops policies and case studies providing ethical guidance and recommendations to help internists and their patients with many situations.
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The American College of Physicians (www.acponline.org) is the largest medical specialty organization and the second-largest physician group in the United States. ACP members include 130,000 internal medicine physicians (internists), related subspecialists, and medical students. Internists specialize in the prevention, detection, and treatment of illness in adults. Follow ACP on Twitter (www.twitter.com/acpinternists) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/acpinternists).

For more commentary along the same lines I refer you to Dr. Rich's Covert Rationing Blog where he discusses at some length his unique observations on lying physicians.
Instead, these doctors were, in a professional capacity, lying. They did not lie in any truly malicious way, however. They lied because they have been trained to believe in a higher cause than mere professional ethics, namely, the cause of social justice. They lied in full confidence that telling lies to advance such a noble cause is a natural duty of the medical profession. They never expected to be criticized for it (except perhaps by Rush Limbaugh and sundry teabaggers and the like), and they almost certainly will be stunned into indignant incoherence if they end up actually receiving the full punishments their actions allow.
But what really interests DrRich is the near-perfect silence we have seen from the mainstream news media regarding this sad episode. While it’s easy to find stories about the phony sick excuses all over Fox News and conservative websites, major outlets like the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, CBS and NBC – sources one might expect to express at least some sympathy for these doctors and their work to advance a just cause – have reported next to nothing about it. When a left-leaning mainstream outlet does report on the episode (for instance, this article appearing in the Atlantic), rather than expressing any support for the Wisconsin doctors, they express at least mild dismay. It seems plain to DrRich that the mainstream media wish the whole thing hadn’t happened, and that perhaps their silence might help it go away as soon as possible.
So here we’ve got a small cadre of youthful and idealistic physicians, behaving in a manner entirely consistent with what they’ve just learned during their medical training, and not only are they facing formal investigations and potential punishment, but also the very people and organizations whom they were surely counting on for support have retreated into an embarrassed silence, or worse, criticism.
What gives?
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McCain: "I Reaffirm my Call to Impose a no Fly Zone in Libya"

Just moments ago, Arizona Senator John McCain reaffirmed his stance that there should be a "no fly zone" over Libya.  Writing on Twitter, McCain stated that this could help limit bloodshed in the country:
In the last week, hundreds of Libyan protesters have been killed by pro-government forces using jets to fire on the crowds.  It is argued by supporters of a no fly zone that it could force the Libyan military to ground their planes, thereby limiting deaths.

Those against a no fly zone argue that the United States, NATO, and the UN have no right to impose their will on the Libyan government and Dictator Maummar Gaddafi.  Some also worry about the monetary effect such an action could have.
Gaddafi
Little over a week ago, Libyan jet pilots defected to Malta after being ordered to fire on protesters by Gaddafi.

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Reports: Gunman in Germany not named "Arif Uka," but "Arid Uka"

According to new reports from AP, the gunman who shot several soldiers in Frankfurt, Germany was not named "Arif Uka," but "Arid" Uka.  This means that most of the reporting of the last five hours, at least of the gunman's name, was wrong.

Yahoo! Reports:
In Mitrovica, family members said the suspect's name was spelled "Arid" not "Arif," saying that he was born and educated in Germany where his family moved some 40 years ago. 
Uncle Rexhep Uka said the suspect's grandfather was a religious leader at a mosque in a village near Mitrovica. 
Rexhep's son, Behxhet, said he spoke to the alleged gunman's father, Murat Uka, several times by telephone from Frankfurt after the family had been contacted by Kosovo police, who told them that they only thing he knew was that his son did not come home from work on Wednesday.

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Obama Speech Live, March 2, 2011

President Obama is making an unannounced speech on the shootings in Germany today.  You can watch it live here:



Update: The speech is over.  It was very brief, only consuming about a minute and a half.  The President said the events were tragic and that it shows the danger that our men and women in uniform voluntarily and heroically take on every day.

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BREAKING: "Arif Uka" Identified as Frankfurt Airport Shooter

The name of the Frankfurt airport shooter has been released. According to Kosovar officials, Arif Uka is a citizen of the small Balkan nation. It is unclear if he is Christian or Muslim, but his name suggests that he is a Muslim.

Uka was identified by the Kosovar government after German officials would not do so.

"This is a devastating and a tragic event," Rexhepi said. "We are trying to find out was this something that was organized or what was the nature of the attack."

Two people have been killed in the attack and another critically wounded. One of those killed was a member of the US Air Force and the other was the driver. The bus was filled with American military personnel.

A Facebook account belonging to a person of the same name can be found here:
http://sq-al.facebook.com/people/Arif-Uka/100000940324351

But there are no obvious signs of jihadist tendencies on his Facebook and he looks older-- so it may not be the same Uka.

UPDATE 12:16 EST: Uka has been identified as 21 years old, so the Facebook profile is most likely not his.

UPDATE, 6:07 EST:  According to conflicting reports, the gunman in question could be named "Arid" and not "Arif."

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Sirhan Sirhan Parole?

Sirhan Sirhan, the assassin of former Senator Robert F. Kennedy, is looking to be released from jail. Sirhan assassinated the presidential candidate in 1968 in Los Angeles as it appeared that he was poised to win the Democratic nomination.

Now Sirhan is attempting to get out of jail on parole. Although release may be unlikely, this is his 13th attempt at release. He obviously has been turned down every time so far.

The parole board has repeatedly rejected Sirhan's appeals for release for failing to accept responsibility or show remorse for Kennedy's death.

Sirhan had shot Kennedy on behalf of the Palestinians, or so he says.

Personally, I don't know why we haven't fried the guy yet.

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U.S. Soldier Killed in Frankfurt Shooting.

UPDATE (1:07 PM):

Nothing new has been reported on Frankfurt..... I'm guessing we'll be learning a lot more about this terrorist act for the next few days, and possibly weeks.

UPDATE (12:52 PM):

Please pray for those who were killed and wounded today in Frankfurt. We will get revenge for this terrorist act.

UPDATE (12:37 PM):

In my opinion this was a clear act of Islamic terrorism against the United States. It doesn't take much to connect the dots when you examine the initial evidence.

UPDATE (12:24 PM):

Mitrovica is 81% Kosovo Albanian and 10% Serbian.

UPDATE (12:19 PM):

All three of the servicemen were members of the U.S. Air Force.

UPDATE (12:14 PM):

Congressman Patrick Meehan says the shooting looks like a terrorist attack.

UPDATE (12:12 PM):

The gunman has been indentified as Arif Uka of Mitrovica, Kosovo.

-- Original Article --

News reports are indicating that a U.S. Soldier was murdered in Frankfurt this afternoon when a gunman opened fire on a bus transporting servicemen to the airport. Two other U.S. Soldiers were seriously wounded, while the bus driver, who has yet to be identified, was also killed in the attack.

The motive is officially unknown, but the gunman is from Kosovo.

Stay tuned for updates.

Frankfurt Bus Attack in Germany on US Troops

Word out of Germany is that a lone gunman fired on a bus carrying US service members. At least two are dead. It is unclear if is a foreign terrorist, but is a Muslim:

Two people have died after a gunman opened fire on a bus carrying American soldiers at Frankfurt Airport, police say.
The driver of the bus and a US soldier were reportedly killed, while two others were seriously injured.
A 21-year-old suspect from Kosovo is said to have been arrested after the shooting in front of Terminal 2 at Europe's second-biggest airport.
Police have told German media it is not clear if it was a terrorist attack.
Police spokesman Jurgen Linker told Germany's Die Welt newspaper that the incident seemed to have taken place inside the bus.
US Army Europe has not yet issued a comment, but said it was looking into the incident.
The BBC's Stephen Evans in Berlin says the airport is not far from Ramstein Air Base, the US Air Force's headquarters in Europe.
Four Islamists were convicted in March last year in Germany for plotting to bomb targets including Ramstein Air Base.
Last month the German parliament extended by one year the military mission in Afghanistan.
Germany has 4,860 troops there, despite domestic polls suggesting the mission's unpopularity.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-12621832

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Arif Uka Facebook Profile Found?

Update #2:  There are new, conflicting reports between whether the gunman's name was "Arid" or "Arif."  According to AP, the correct spelling is "Arid."  If the gunman was indeed named "Arid," then the person below is not the gunman.

Update #3:  According to officials, a different Facebook account has been found and is purportedly that of the gunman.  The person below is not the gunman.

--Original Article--

Arif Uka has been identified as the 21-year-old man who shot and killed several Americans in Germany today.  Through investigative journalism, Pundit Press now believes that it may have found his Facebook page.

Of course, if this in not him, we apologize, but there are three reasons why this could be his profile.  First, and least convincing, is that the man in his profile picture seems to be about the age of 21. We must stress that almost all of the friends on Facebook for this profile are Albanian names, not German. Uka the shooter lived in Germany.

Second, Uka was identified as Kosovan.  Albania has one of the largest Kosovan populations on earth.  Now look closely at the necklace around Uka's neck:
 
It is that of the Albanian flag.

Third, Uka's profile says that he is using Facebook in "Shqip."  That is the language of "Albanian," one that many Kosovans speak natively.

It must be noted that Albanians and Kosovars tend to be very pro-American. It is unclear if this man is Uka and if he is Muslim, although it appears so. Radicalization could have happened in Germany, with a large population of Muslim immigrants, and not Kosovo. We cannot paint ethnic Albanians as extremists, especially considering their rejection of al Qaeda and radical Islam in the 1990s-- even as Serbs attempted to wipe out their population in Kosovo.


Update: On Google, a picture of Uka holding an AK-47 can be found:
If you click on the picture (on Google), it goes to the above Uka's page.

In the attack, it was reported that Uka used an AK-47.

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Arif Uka Pictures?

Update #2:  There are new, conflicting reports between whether the gunman's name was "Arid" or "Arif."  According to AP, the correct spelling is "Arid."  If the gunman was indeed named "Arid," then the person below is not the gunman.

Update #3:  According to officials, a different Facebook account has been found and is purportedly that of the gunman.  The person below is not the gunman. 

--Original Article--

Arif Uka has been identified as the 21-year-old man who shot and killed several Americans in Frankfurt, Germany today.  Through investigative journalism, Pundit Press now believes that it may have found his Facebook page.

Of course, if this in not him, we apologize, but there are three reasons why this could be his profile.  First, and least convincing, is that the man in his profile picture seems to be about the age of 21. We must stress that almost all of the friends on Facebook for this profile are Albanian names, not German. Uka the shooter lived in Germany.

Second, Uka was identified as Kosovan.  Albania has one of the largest Kosovan populations on earth.  Now look closely at the necklace around Uka's neck.
 

It is that of the Albanian flag.


Third, Uka's profile says that he is using Facebook in "Shqip."  That is the language of "Albanian," one that many Kosovans speak natively.

It must be noted that Albanians and Kosovars tend to be very pro-American. It is unclear if this man is Uka and if he is Muslim, although it appears so. Radicalization could have happened in Germany, with a large population of Muslim immigrants, and not Kosovo. We cannot paint ethnic Albanians as extremists, especially considering their rejection of al Qaeda and radical Islam in the 1990s-- even as Serbs attempted to wipe out their population in Kosovo.


Update: On Google, a picture of Uka holding an AK-47 can be found:

If you click on the picture (on Google), it goes to the above Uka's page.

In the attack, it was reported that Uka used an AK-47.


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Qaddafi Forces Counterattack, Claim Oil Refinery

Libya appears to be descending into full-blown civil war. Forces loyal to Libyan dictator Muommar Qaddafi have launched an attack on an oil facility in the western part of the country. Libyan fighter jets also bombed an ammunition depot controlled by the rebels. According to Qaddafi himself, the oil field is now in the control of his forces.


In the capital, Gadhafi vowed, "We will fight until the last man and woman" and he warned that thousands of Libyans will die if U.S. and NATO forces intervene in the conflict.

The attack on Brega facility shows that the Qaddafi forces appear to have some cohesion. If they have actually captured the second largest oil plant in the country, it would be a sign that they are here to stay, at least for the short term.


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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

They're Baaack.......

Darleen @ Protein Wisdom has more!

If you read this blog, you know that I have been an outspoken critic of the physicians found to be handing out doctor's excuses to their political brethren without so much as a physical examination, medical record or legitimate diagnosis. If you are new to the site you can find my thoughts on the matter here, here, here, and here.


In the article entitled "The Scrubbing Has Begun" I noted that the bio's of the physicians known to be involved were removed from the UW DFM Faculty and Staff Directory and wondered "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?"


Unfortunately, I think that now we know. Being ever curious, I decided to reload the names of Wisconsin Health's infamous physicians of Family Practice. Interestingly everything seems to have returned to normal. At some point between the time I posted the referenced article and today all the information regarding Kathy Oriel, James Shropshire, Lou Sanner, Patrick McKenna, and Elizabeth Kvach have returned in all their glory. For some reason a reinstatement of sorts seems to have occurred. This is more than unfortunate. Instead of public chastisement and criticism the University seems more interested in letting bygones be bygones and moving forward. These doctors are an embarrassment to the profession, but Wisconsin seems more interested in promoting the "social good" than setting a example of what it means to be a leader to impressionable residents. As the initial publicity has faded the status quo recurs.


I have a question for these physicians and for the University which employs them. Would you feel the same about a cadre of physicians who started a website whose sole purpose was to provide doctor's excuses? Surely it is no different to standing on a street corner handing them out to passersby who happen to share a political ideology. Take the politics out of it for a moment, please, and try to be honest about the ridiculousness involved.


If you able to find a distinction here I would recommend you create a website of your own. Cater to unions, leftists, progressives and their ilk. I am sure there is quite the business to be had without all the negative publicity.

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University of Wisconsin, Department of Family Medicine is not Responsible? (Updated with Video)
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Deseret News Publishes 2 Articles on Senator Hatch's language.

What is Deseret News reporter Jamshid Ghazi Askar covering for his Arizona based newspaper?

Utah Senator Orrin Hatch's language.

I'm not kidding.

According to Sean Means of the Culture Vulture blog on the Salt Lake Tribune - Mr. Askar has filed two reports on the language of Senator Orrin Hatch at recent events. And the profanity of Utah's senior Senator cannot be ignored by socially responsible journalists who care about the children.

The language in question?

Senator Hatch described Washington D.C. as "a godforsaken city" and President Obama's health care law as "dumb-ass" within the past two weeks.

The humanity! The humanity! Children might have heard his vile slurs!

Deseret News might have once been a respectable news organization, but their operation has obviously fallen to a journalistic low. Publishing two reports on the G-Rated utterances of Senator Hatch has exposed the blatantly liberal bias of this newspaper, and their editor should take note before readers check out.

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Yemeni President Blames US, Israel for Protests

Yemeni dictator Ali Abdallah Saleh has been under tremendous pressure the last several weeks. He has seen protests to his over twenty-year rule blossom on the streets of Sa’ana and his own power base eroding. Key tribes have withdrawn their support and Saleh himself pledged not to run for another term in 2013.
Saleh (left) and his pals

Now, needing a way to justify his further presence, he goes to the predictable refrain of blaming America and the Jews.
“I am going to reveal a secret,” he said. “There is an operations room in Tel Aviv with the aim of destabilizing the Arab world. The operations room is in Tel Aviv and run by the White House,” he said.
He said opposition figures meet regularly with the U.S. ambassador in Sanaa to coordinate efforts.
“Regrettably those (opposition figures) are sitting day and night with the American ambassador where they hand him reports and he gives them instructions,” Saleh alleged.
“The Americans also talk with the government officials about this (the protests), but they tell them `allow these people to demonstrate in the streets’,” Saleh said. “We say that this is a Zionist agenda.”
Further in the speech he stated again that he will not leave. He must believe that this will play to people’s nationalism or provincial beliefs. Most likely he’s wrong, and this will be just another nail in the coffin of his regime.

Cross-posted at WorldThreats.

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Gov. Walker Plans $900M Cut to Education

Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin surely walks the walk. After putting his political career on the line fighting the roll back union privileges, he's now introduced an ambitious spending plan. In the plan he hopes to cut Wisconsin's impending deficits-- by cutting spending!

It's about time that someone actually considered this novel idea.

His plan? Over the next two years roll back state education spending by almost a billion dollars. The $900 million will help significantly in the effort to combat the looming shortfall. This would represent about nine percent of education spending and would help bridge the projected $3.6 billion deficit.

Of course, you can expect the union whine:

Mary Bell, president of the Wisconsin Education Association Council, said more than 2,000 teachers had received nonrenewal notices as of Monday.

"All of this turmoil, all of this chaos, are examples that Walker's proposals are too extreme," she said.
 Good for Governor Walker. Keep it up.


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Interview with John Pike of GlobalSecurity.org

Pundit Press is proud to present its 29th interview in our ongoing series. This time we’re interviewing John Pike, the founder of the site GlobalSecurity.org, which I find myself visiting quite often. The non-partisan site has been up since 2000 and offers a plethora of data on geopolitics around the planet. We wanted to thank Mr. Pike for taking part in the interview.

1. When and why was GlobalSecurity.org created?

We started GlobalSecurity.org in late 2000 to avoid having to get a real job.

2. What has been the most fascinating story that the site has covered since its founding?

The war in Iraq was pretty intense

3. The most surprising?

The uprisings in the Mid-East were widely anticipated, but surprising to all concerned, sort of like the return of the Hidden Imam from Occultation.

4. Do you believe that the current unrest in the Middle East could topple any other governments in the region?

Yemen looks pretty unstable, but everything stops at 2 PM so
they can spend the rest of the day chewing Qat.

5. What is the best thing about running the site?

The freedom to set your own agenda.

6. Do you foresee a democratic transition in Egypt?

More democratic than it was, less democratic than some might hope.

7. Will Iran acquire a nuclear weapon in the next decade?

If they wanted to, they could acquire a nuclear weapon within the next few years.

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Monday, February 28, 2011

Charlie Sheen Today Show Interview Video 2/28

More for our readers, who can't get enough of Charlie!
More: http://punditpress.blogspot.com/2011/02/charlie-sheen-today-show-interview.html




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Charlie Sheen Today Show Interview Video

Well, you asked for it. Here's crazy Charlie Sheen on the Today Show explaining about how great he is. Reminds me of someone I know:
http://punditpress.blogspot.com/2011/02/charlie-sheen-today-show-interview_28.html




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