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Thursday, August 16. 2012
Althouse went to hear Bob (her photo)
I'll be seeing him soon
College Slut Doubles as Hooker: ‘It was the best job a woman in Manhattan could have’
I guess she did the math
How to find that perfect husband in college
The New York Times' attack on Lolo Jones
5 Differences Between Boys and Real Men - Being 18 and male doesn't make you a man.
John C. Goodman: Why the Doctor Can't See You - The demand for health care under ObamaCare will increase dramatically. The supply of physicians won't. Get ready for a two-tier system of medical care.
Doctor Pay and Social Priorities - Med-school grads make less than business-school grads, and take on far more risk. Is this model sustainable?
Welfare Dept. Mailing Roils Massachusetts Senate Race
Democrats Target Janna Ryan
Cute Wellesley grad, lawyer, stay at home Mom with three kids. What's not to hate?
Paul Ryan, Master Bowhunter
Michelle Obama: If You Elect Mitt Women Will Die From Cancer
The Race Card Cometh Again...And Again
New Black Panthers to RNC: Our 'Feet Will Be On Your Motherf***ing Necks'
The Pitfalls of Private Investing in the Obama Era Obama created a high-risk, low-reward environment, yet the left wonders why companies aren't investing.
The shooting: I Blame Rachel Maddow!
I blame global warming
Obamacare Doubles Premiums for Many Americans
That's a lot of votes
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I would like to think she is in Missoula to help slow down the steam roller that's going through this town under the "rape at the university" theme. The dems have come in by the bus loads from WA state and other unpleasant places. They are working the doors and the phones, and at higher levels they are laying the groundwork for a new system of law. One that is based on the needs of women rather than body of proof.
Bird Dog: Michelle Obama: If You Elect Mitt Women Will Die From Cancer
Mitt Romney causes wife cancer
Daily Show???? What's next for a critical source URL - the Onion? Cracked Mag? DU?
Bird Dog: John C. Goodman: Why the Doctor Can't See You - The demand for health care under ObamaCare will increase dramatically.
Well, yeah. The U.S. has far too few primary care physicians, and spends far too much on expensive specialist care when what most people need is someone to monitor their blood pressure medication and look at that mole.
Of course, the U.S. needs more primary care physicians, and nurse practitioners too. More people receiving primary care is a good thing.
Who are you to declare that the US spends "too much" on specialist care? Are you a physician? A primary care physician these days mainly serves as a gatekeeper for Big Medicine to limit access to specialists. I'm not saying the primary care doctor is unimportant, but once you've got blocked arteries he's not going to save your life. Need a hip transplant to improve the your quality of life? Your primary care physician can't help you there. The surgeon can. Perhaps the problem with healthcare in the US is not that we have too few primary care physicians but that we don't have nearly enough specialists. Today there are far too few specialists to serve the huge flood of patients who actually, truly, honestly need their care. It is not that too much money is spent on healthcare, but too little on training doctors who can serve in the high-demand specialties. People have more discretionary income than ever before. I can't think of many better ways for them to spend their OWN money than on healthcare if it serves to improve their quality of life and helps them to live longer.
Agent Cooper: A primary care physician these days mainly serves as a gatekeeper for Big Medicine to limit access to specialists.
"A higher ratio of specialists to population has been correlated with higher mortality rates while a higher ratio of primary care physicians to population is better for health."
Yes, it sure looks like we need more, and will need more, but ...
But, how do they get induced to sign up for this. Sure, they could be "drafted", but that's pretty much guaranteed to produce malcontents and bad doctors. If doctors are leaving, or planning to leave because the hassle isn't worth it, and the malpractice insurance is ridiculously costly... That's a warning to avoid the medical profession(s).
"Politico Equates Obama Attacks with Romney Self-Defense": Quel suprise!
Zachriel is the resident trool.
Horror movie: My blood drained awayyyyyyyyyyy
Attacking Janna Ryan: Who woulda thunk it? I guess there really IS a War on Women (of the right) (by "progressives").
The Dems have a full deck of race cards.
Over 15,000 Chicago young'uns lined up for Obama's "Dream" executive order on illegals in the U.S. under the age of 30. So-o-o-o-o many that the city will need to hold more of these conclaves to meet the needs of all the people identified in his E.O. that have been living off the largesse of taxpayers for many years.
Now they get to have a legal driver's license and, OMG, register to vote Democratic due to Obama's Motor Voter nonsense. Did anyone read Bill Ayres' book about how to establish U.S. residency by combing the graveyards for dead babies that hadn't yet applied for a Social Security number?
And this is a city/state going under fast thanks to the non-voting likes of Obama on pensions and other such legal issues expected of our legislators. Dumb, dumb, dumb.
As I've written before, what was done by Executive Order rather than by legislation can be UNDONE with a stroke of the pen by the next president on January 22, 2013. If I were one of those kids who's registering for amnesty today, I'd be worried. Obama doesn't have a lock on re-election and the government now knows who you are and where you live. You might just be signing your deportation order come 2013.
I say register them all and on Jan 22 use these convenient lists to find illegals and deport them.
New Video out from the SpecialOps and Intelligence (ret.) community who are understandably angry with the administration's intelligence leaks. Beautifully made, powerful, and important. If enough people see it, the election is over. It's called "Dishonorable Disclosures"
RE: Doctor Pay and Social Priorities -
Forget about business school grads -- the guy who operates the big container cranes at our local port makes considerably more per hour than I, works shorter hours with better benefits, no nights or weekends, paid vacation & sick time, mandatory lunch break, etc. He doesn't get sued, doesn't have 2-3 hours of paperwork at the end of the day, gets to leave his work at the job site rather than bring it home.
Now, I'm not bitchin' -- I love this profession, wouldn't do anything else. I still have a reasonable income (albeit about 40% less than 3 years ago), and the satisfaction of doing my job well and helping people is priceless.
But the reality is that this is an extremely demanding, high-stress, high-liability profession. Who in their right mind would go into medicine today, with its 8-10 year training time at low pay, huge student loan debt on graduation, for the reward of being a corporate clone and the virtual guarantee that you will be paid less and less, and sued more and more the longer you practice?
Be prepared for a huge shortfall in physicians in the near future, as the workhorse generation (who thrive on 12-14 hour-or-longer days) retires at a rapid clip, replaced by fewer physicians, many foreign, who will punch the clock, meet all government requirements and fill out the appropriate paperwork in a timely manner, but see very few patients.
Stay healthy, folks...
In more ways than one, Harris-Perry seems to be a female version of Barack Obama. She is biracial but self-identifies as black. Her employment history as an academic is somewhat vague. Unlike every academic I know, her web page at Tulane University does not contain a curriculum vitae or even a standard publications list. You can find a summary of her academic publications on Wikipedia, but that, too, appears abbreviated and incomplete with gaps of missing dates (like Obama's personal bio). For a full professor, her list of publications seems thin to me, suggesting that her rapid rise in academia may owe as much to AA as to her writing skills, research record, or teaching abilities. Judging by her Tulane web page and her personal web page, I'd say for a young faculty member she must be spending an inordinate amount of time generating publicity for herself and her causes. What I don't see is what Tulane gets from this extensive off-campus activity. Her current husband, I assume, is politically active and perhaps politically connected, having run unsuccessfully for New Orleans mayor in 2010. Maybe that's the explanation.