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Archive for September, 2009

Are your medical records sitting on a fax machine in Indiana?

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Doctors mistakenly fax patients’ data to Indiana company
Doctors continue to send information to wrong number

Doctors’ offices in Tennessee have been accidentally sending patient information, including Social Security numbers and medical histories, to an Indiana businessman’s fax machine for the past three years.

The sensitive medical information was supposed to be sent to the Tennessee Department of Human Services, but Bill Keith, owner of SunRise Solar Inc. in Indiana, says hundreds of confidential medical faxes having been coming to him.

“This is a total breach of privacy,” Keith said. “This is supposed to be confidential, and it just so happens we have some scruples here and wouldn’t do anything with that information. We’ve shredded them, but you can have a file an inch thick in no time.”

Keith has tried to correct the problem with the state and doctors’ offices but to no avail. He even called the governor’s office. State officials say they have contacted the doctors’ offices and told them to be sure to use the correct fax number.

Venezuela bans Family Guy for promoting pot use

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Venezuela bans Family Guy cartoon

Authorities in Venezuela say they will punish TV stations if they continue to broadcast episodes of cult US animation Family Guy.

Justice Minister Tareck El Aissami says the show should be banned because it promotes the use of marijuana.

He took exception to a recent episode in which one character – Brian, a talking dog – started a campaign to legalise the drug.

“Hello my fellow citizens! Please do not let the talking animated dog trick you into taking drugs.”

Does every government think their subjects are clueless idiots?

Which administration was whackjob Boykin speaking of?

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

From the gathering of nutters, aka the “Take Back America Conference“:

“If you look at the classic model for moving to Marxism,” said retired Lt. Gen. William Boykin, who would give the conference’s opening speech, “you look at what every Marxist organization has done, they nationalize. They redistribute wealth. They restrict gun ownership. They then go out and suppress the opposition. And then, finally, they censor the media.”

Sounds like General “Islam is the devil” Boykin’s speech is only about 8 years late.

Kentucky county halts census after death

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

Census surveys halted in rural Ky. county

Census surveys will remain suspended in a rural Kentucky county while law enforcement investigates the death of a part-time Census worker who was found dead in a cemetery, hanging from a tree with the word “fed” written on his body, an official said Sunday.

The death of Bill Sparkman has not been linked to his Census work. But the Census Bureau said door-to-door visits in the area will be halted until it gets a “better understanding of what happened,” spokesman Stephen Buckner said.

Sparkman, 51, died from asphyxiation, according to the preliminary finding of the local coroner. The man who found the body in Clay County told the Associated Press that Sparkman was nearly naked and had duct tape over his mouth.

If this turns out to be a murder prompted by the insane paranoia of some inbred hillbilly, we have to ask, what exactly are they afraid of from the census? Have they been listening to this unhinged dingbat?

The last laugh on Kelo

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

One of the worst Supreme Court decisions ever ends up a bust:

Eminent domain win is hollow

NEW LONDON, Conn. — Weeds, glass, bricks, pieces of pipe and shingle splinters have replaced the knot of aging homes at the site of the nation’s most notorious eminent domain project.

There are a few signs of life: Feral cats glare at visitors from a miniature jungle of Queen Anne’s lace, thistle and goldenrod. Gulls swoop between the lot’s towering trees and the adjacent sewage treatment plant.

But what of the promised building boom that was supposed to come wrapped and ribboned with up to 3,169 new jobs and $1.2 million a year in tax revenues? They are noticeably missing.

Proponents of the ambitious plan blame the sour economy. Opponents call it a “poetic justice.”

…New London officials decided they needed Kelo’s land and the surrounding 90 acres for a multimillion-dollar private development that included residential, hotel conference, research and development space, and a new state park that would complement a new $350 million Pfizer pharmaceutical research facility.

Kelo and six other homeowners fought for years, all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. In 2005, justices voted 5-4 against them, giving cities across the country the right to use eminent domain to take property for private development.

In July, backers halted fundraising for the project’s crown jewel, a proposed $60 million, 60,000-square-foot Coast Guard museum.

The poor economy meant that donations weren’t “keeping pace with expenses,” said Coast Guard Foundation President Anne Brengle. The group hopes to resume fundraising, she said.

So the state takes the legal property of a citizen and gives it to a developer in return for pie in the sky hopes of new jobs and taxes…and now the land sits barren? How about we sue the developers and at least get the promised tax revenue?

The Plague

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

On the one hand, we have lifeforms that have spent just short of four billion years evolving into independent, autonomous organisms, each and every generation of them—barring the occasional planetary catastrophe—more capable and successful than the last. On the other hand, we have these poor, failed offscourings whose desperate wish is to reverse the course of evolution, to crawl back into the Precambrian slime and coagulate hideously somehow into a single, crude, gigantic, shambling nightmare, a multicelled mutant monstrosity they call “the People”.

All the zombie movies Hollywood makes can be taken as a metaphor for the plague of authoritarian collectivism that we suffer under as a consequence. As they scuff and shuffle toward you, utterly devoid of physical or philosophical integrity, losing a thumb here, an eyeball there, disintegrating bit by bit as they draw irrevocably nearer, the politically undead will stop at absolutely nothing to make you one of them.

Today (ironically as it happens, given their ultimate objectives) they smear anyone who refuses to share in their carefully cultivated insanity, preferring to be left alone by the state, as a Nazi or a racist. Or they pretend to see “terrorists” in every shadow and under every bed—exactly as they claimed to see communists in the 1920s and the 1950s—faking evidence or forcing confessions out of every hapless immigrant cab driver. Am I wrong about that? How do you know? How can anybody tell if they ever find a real threat, after the way they lied about Dallas in 1963, the Gulf of Tonkin “incident”, Ruby Ridge, Waco, the Murrah building, the World Trade Center, and the Pentagon?

After the way they have constructed an empire of lies?

Strong stuff from L. Neil Smith.

OKC bomb tapes- edited?

Monday, September 28th, 2009

Attorney: Oklahoma bombing tapes appear to be edited

Long-secret security tapes showing the chaos immediately after the 1995 bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building are blank in the minutes before the blast and appear to have been edited, an attorney who obtained the recordings said Sunday.

“The real story is what’s missing,” said Jesse Trentadue, a Salt Lake City attorney who obtained the recordings through the federal Freedom of Information Act as part of an unofficial inquiry he is conducting into the April 19, 1995, bombing that killed 168 people and injured hundreds more.

Trentadue gave copies of the tapes to The Oklahoman newspaper, which posted them online and provided copies to The Associated Press.

The tapes turned over by the FBI came from security cameras various companies had mounted outside office buildings near the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. They are blank at points before 9:02 a.m., when a truck bomb carrying a 4,000 pound fertilizer-and-fuel-oil bomb detonated in front of the building, Trentadue said.

“Four cameras in four different locations going blank at basically the same time on the morning of April 19, 1995. There ain’t no such thing as a coincidence,” Trentadue said.

Nothing to see here folks, move along. Your benevolent federal government has it well in hand.

Amazing how these “coincidences” keep happening, ain’t it?

William Safire, RIP

Monday, September 28th, 2009

William Safire, speechwriter, NY columnist, dies

NEW YORK – William Safire, the conservative columnist and word warrior who feared no politician or corner of the English language, died Sunday at age 79.

Safire spent more than 30 years writing on the Op-Ed page of The New York Times. In his “On Language” column in The New York Times Magazine and more than a dozen books, Safire traced the origins of words and everyday phrases such as “straw man,” “under the bus” and “the proof is in the pudding.”

Goodbye, Mr. “nattering nabobs of negativism”. You’ll be missed.

Remind me, how did this end the last time?

Monday, September 28th, 2009

Top 1% got 2/3 of all U.S. income gains – 2002-07

Gap between top 1% and bottom 90% now worse than at any time since 1928.

Ottawa (10 Sept. 2009) – Two-thirds of all American income gains from 2002 to 2007 flowed to the top 1% of U.S. households, giving that privileged minority a larger share of income at the end of the period than at any time since 1928.

During the period, the average inflation-adjusted income of the top 1% of households soared by 62% compared to a gain of just 4% for the bottom 90% of households.

So how did we do the last time?

Oh yeah. Oh.

Eat the rich: Great song, bad social policy

Friday, September 25th, 2009

Paterson: Taxing the rich backfired; the rich left the state

ALBANY — This year, the deep pockets of New York’s rich were tapped like never before. The state’s wealthiest pay new higher income tax rates, higher taxes for limousines and yachts, more to enter a horse in a race and more to dabble in real estate.

Meanwhile, many are losing millions from the closing of business tax loopholes and those making over $1 million are losing tax deductions others get.

Now, early revenue figures suggest that taxing the wealthy more under this year’s state budget may have driven away richer New Yorkers. That could make the economic comeback for the state even harder.

“You heard the mantra, ‘Tax the rich, tax the rich,”‘ Paterson said Wednesday at a gathering of newspaper editors at an Associated Press event in Syracuse. “We’ve done that. We’ve probably lost jobs and driven people out of the state.”

“People aren’t wedded to a geographic place as they once were. It’s a different world,” New York Lt. Gov. Richard Ravitch said.

Ravitch said last year’s surcharge on income taxes for the next three years won’t likely meet budget expectations. He said Albany must look to politically difficult spending cuts, rather than more taxes, to meet a deepening shortfall that Paterson estimated Wednesday could reach $3 billion.

On the other hand, it did cause Rush Limbaugh to move out of state. That’s gotta be a plus, right?