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Uninsured Twice as Likely to Die in ER

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 17th, 2009 5:46 am by HL

Uninsured Twice as Likely to Die in ER
A new Harvard study has uncovered another disturbing reality of America’s broken health care system: Trauma patients without insurance are almost twice as likely to die in the emergency room. Researchers were unable to determine why, but hospitals’ eagerness to transfer the uninsured could be to blame.  —PZS AP via MSNBC: Uninsured patients with traumatic injuries, such as car crashes, falls and gunshot wounds, were almost twice as likely to die in the hospital as similarly injured patients with health insurance, according to a troubling new study. The findings by Harvard University researchers surprised doctors and health experts who have believed emergency room care was equitable. Read more READ THE WHOLE ITEM

A new Harvard study has uncovered another disturbing reality of America’s broken health care system: Trauma patients without insurance are almost twice as likely to die in the emergency room. Researchers were unable to determine why, but hospitals’ eagerness to transfer the uninsured could be to blame.? —PZS

AP via MSNBC:

Uninsured patients with traumatic injuries, such as car crashes, falls and gunshot wounds, were almost twice as likely to die in the hospital as similarly injured patients with health insurance, according to a troubling new study.

The findings by Harvard University researchers surprised doctors and health experts who have believed emergency room care was equitable.

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GOP Moves To Block Gitmo Detainees From Coming To Illinois Prison

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 17th, 2009 5:45 am by HL

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Quick Fact: Scarborough falsely claimed trials of foreign terror suspects through U.S. judiciary are “unprecedented”

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 17th, 2009 5:44 am by HL

Quick Fact: Scarborough falsely claimed trials of foreign terror suspects through U.S. judiciary are “unprecedented”

MSNBC host Joe Scarborough falsely claimed that it is “unprecedented” to try foreign terror suspects through the United States’ judicial system, stating, “It’s unprecedented to afford constitutional rights to, basically, prisoners of war.” In fact, during the Bush and Clinton administrations numerous foreign terrorists have been tried and imprisoned by our federal system, including 9-11 conspirator Zacarious Moussaoui and 1993 World Trade Center bomber Ramzi Ahmed Yousef.

Scarborough suggested trials of foreign terror suspects in federal justice system are “unprecedented”

From the November 16 edition of MSNBC’s Morning Joe:

SCARBOROUGH: Giuliani called it ideology run wild. You had ideology, a lot of Democrats would say, on the right for eight years under George W. Bush and Dick Cheney where these people were thrown in prisons and they didn’t get lawyers and of course we’ve debated that debate.

It seems to me Eric Holder and Barack Obama come into office and Democrats take over and we go all the way to the other side doing something unprecedented. And Mark Halperin, you had Pat Leahy – and I must say I am completely flummoxed as to why the chairman of the Judiciary Committee would compare Khalid Shaikh Mohammed to Timothy McVeigh. Timothy McVeigh, born in the United States of America, a citizen of the United States of America, afforded all the constitutional protections that are afforded to those who are citizens of the United States of America. And he and people like him have been afforded those constitutional protections for over 200 years. People that blow up Americans – kill them – this has never happened before. It’s unprecedented to afford constitutional rights to, basically, prisoners of war.

Fact: Clinton and Bush administrations tried and imprisoned foreign terror suspects in our federal system

Bush administration used federal justice system to bring several foreign terrorism suspects to justice. During the George W. Bush administration, several foreign terrorists were brought to justice through the federal justice system, including 9-11 conspirator Zacarious Moussaoui, “Shoe bomber” Richard Reid and East African embassy bombing perpetrators Wahid el-Hage, Mohammed Sadiq Odeh, Mohammed Rashed al-Owhali, and Khalfan Khamis Mohammed.

Clinton administration also used federal justice system to bring foreign terror suspects to justice. During the Clinton administration, 1993 World Trade Center bomber Ramzi Ahmed Yousef and “urban terrorism” plotters Sheik Oma Abdel Rahman and others were brought to justice through the federal justice system.

There are already 216 international terrorists in U.S. prisons. A May 29 Slate.com article reported that according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, “federal facilities on American soil currently house 216 international terrorists and 139 domestic terrorists. Some of these miscreants have been locked up here since the early 1990s. None of them has escaped. At the most secure prisons, nobody has ever escaped.”


Landrieu Camp Mum On $25K “Donation” To U.S.

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 17th, 2009 5:43 am by HL

Landrieu Camp Mum On $25K “Donation” To U.S.
Why did Sen. Mary Landrieu’s campaign “donate” over $25,000 to the U.S. Treasury last year? It won’t say.

Affidavit In Birther Suit Contains Extraordinary Claims Against Orly Taitz
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Investigators Probing Whether Sparkman Manipulated Death Scene For Insurance Scheme: Report
Investigators are considering whether Census Bureau worker Bill Sparkman committed suicide, but intentionally made it look like murder in order to allow his son to make a life insurance claim, law enforcement sources tell the AP.


The GOP: Blinded By the Wrong

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 17th, 2009 5:39 am by HL

The GOP: Blinded By the Wrong


Quote of the Day

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 17th, 2009 5:38 am by HL

Quote of the Day
“It’s a good time to be in Bejing.”

— Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman (R), the current ambassador to China, when asked by Chuck Todd about the current ideological fight in the Republican party.

Newsweek Sexist?
Sarah Palin blasted Newsweek for its cover photo on this week’s issue:

newsweek-palin-cover.jpg“The choice of photo for the cover of this week’s Newsweek is unfortunate. When it comes to Sarah Palin, this ‘news’ magazine has relished focusing on the irrelevant rather than the relevant. The Runner’s World magazine one-page profile for which this photo was taken was all about health and fitness — a subject to which I am devoted and which is critically important to this nation. The out-of-context Newsweek approach is sexist and oh-so-expected by now. If anyone can learn anything from it: it shows why you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, gender, or color of skin. The media will do anything to draw attention – even if out of context.”


Passive Solar Technique: Let Nature Heat Your Home

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 17th, 2009 5:37 am by HL

Passive Solar Technique: Let Nature Heat Your Home
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Why Won’t Obama Give You a Job?
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Neocon-Realist Collaboration on Ending Cuba Embargo?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 17th, 2009 5:36 am by HL

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Hoffman ?Un-Concedes? The NY-23 Election After Prodding From His ?Mentor? Glenn Beck

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 17th, 2009 5:34 am by HL

Hoffman ?Un-Concedes? The NY-23 Election After Prodding From His ?Mentor? Glenn Beck
On Nov. 3, Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman conceded the special election in New York’s 23rd district after finding out that he was losing considerably to Democrat Bill Owens, who has already been sworn in and cast an important vote for health care reform. However, “a standard process of correcting human errors in election […]

Doug Hoffman On Nov. 3, Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman conceded the special election in New York’s 23rd district after finding out that he was losing considerably to Democrat Bill Owens, who has already been sworn in and cast an important vote for health care reform. However, “a standard process of correcting human errors in election night spreadsheets” has narrowed Owens’ lead over Hoffman from more than 5,000 votes to about 3,000, and the New York Board of Elections is counting around 10,000 absentee ballots.

A Hoffman win is still a longshot, but on Glenn Beck’s radio show today, he said he was feeling hopeful. He even told Beck that he was un-conceding the race:

BECK: Alright, so let me ask you two questions. Are you currently bowing to me at the waist? (LAUGHTER) Have you bowed, or will you bow, to anyone, at the waist? No? Okay, good. Second question for you, are you officially un-conceding at this moment?

HOFFMAN: Yes, if I knew this information at the election night, I would not have conceded.

BECK: So are you un-conceding?

HOFFMAN: If that’s possible, yes.

BECK: If the President can bow to an emperor and nobody says anything, yeah, I think you can unconcede.

Listen here:

If anyone could get Hoffman to unconcede the race, it would be Beck, whom Hoffman has called his “mentor.” Hoffman has signed a pledge to uphold Beck’s 9/12 Project principles in Congress and lurched to the right to curry favor with the right-wing host.

Shields: I?m ?Nostalgic? For A ?Manly Man? President Who Will ?Kick Some Tail And Ask Questions Afterwards?
Since reports emerged last month that top commander in Afghanistan Gen. Stanley McChrystal asked President Obama for upwards of 40,000 additional troops to continue the war there, the right wing has been attacking the President for taking time to make a decision on his new strategy. “It is absolutely unconscionable,” Liz Cheney said yesterday on […]

Since reports emerged last month that top commander in Afghanistan Gen. Stanley McChrystal asked President Obama for upwards of 40,000 additional troops to continue the war there, the right wing has been attacking the President for taking time to make a decision on his new strategy. “It is absolutely unconscionable,” Liz Cheney said yesterday on Fox News, that Obama “is denying our troops on the ground in Afghanistan the resources that they need to prevail to win that war.”

Also during that time, Obama has made reflective gestures to those who have fallen in the wars he is now running, paying tribute to returning war dead at Dover Air Force Base and making an impromptu visit to Section 60 at Arlington Cemetery on Veterans Day to commemorate Iraq and Afghanistan war casualties. Yesterday on Inside Washington, during a discussion of Obama’s upcoming decision on Afghanistan, syndicated columnist Mark Shields scoffed at Obama’s demeanor, wishing instead for a “manly man” in the White House:

SHIELDS: We have a president of real intellectual horse power who is cool, detached and analytical and if anything you can watch the emotional side of him emerge in this whole process. … There’s an emotional aspect, the comforter in chief as well as the commander in chief. Both roles. And I think it makes me nostalgic for those days when we had a manly man in the White House who could say, “Let’s kick some tail and ask questions afterwards” you know? That’s what we really need instead of any reflection.

Watch it:

Shields’ rhetoric is eerily reminiscent of New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman’s justification for the war in Iraq, who in May 2003 argued that after 9/11, the U.S. had to invade in order to “burst” the terrorism bubble:

FRIEDMAN: And what they needed to see was American boys and girls going house to house, from Basra to Baghdad, and basically saying, “Which part of this sentence don’t you understand? You don’t think, you know we care about our open society, you think this bubble fantasy, we’re just gonna to let it grow? Well, Suck on this, okay?” That Charlie is what this war [in Iraq] is about. We could of hit Saudi Arabia, it was part of that bubble. Could of hit Pakistan. We hit Iraq because we could.

Of course Saddam Hussein’s Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11 and after nearly 4,400 U.S soldiers dead, 32,000 wounded and nearly $1 trillion spent, the U.S. still has well over 100,000 troops stationed in Iraq.


Why Sarah Palin Is Bad for the GOP

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 17th, 2009 5:31 am by HL

Why Sarah Palin Is Bad for the GOP
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KSM Trial Will Be Intel Bonanza for Al-Qaeda
John Yoo, Wall St. Journal
'This is a prosecutorial decision as well as a national security decision,” President Barack Obama said last week about the attorney general's announcement that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and other al Qaeda operatives will be put on trial in New York City federal court.No, it is not. It is a presidential decision—one about the hard, ever-present trade-off between civil liberties and national security. Trying KSM in civilian court will be an intelligence bonanza for al Qaeda and the hostile nations that will view the U.S. intelligence methods and sources that such a trial…

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