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Friday, July 06, 2007

But Can They Do Doctor Stuff?

There has to be something missing from this story:

Payola
Charleston (WV) Gazette editorial


All three of West Virginia’s taxpayer-supported medical schools drew low grades because they let pharmaceutical agents woo doctor trainees and interns, to persuade the future physicians to prescribe high-cost drug brands touted by the agents.

Both West Virginia University and Marshall University got “F” rankings in a study by the American Medical Student Association. The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine at Lewisburg got a “D.”

Well, what would you expect in a state where officialdom almost condones payola to doctors? (link)
These medical schools got failing grades because salesmen talked to future clients?

How awful.

And, if I were a betting man, totally inaccurate.

Hope For The Armpit Of The Commonwealth?

I hope this isn't just hype:
Boom time for Petersburg
Investment and development have been surging even before news that Fort Lee will expand

By David Ress, Richmond Times-Dispatch Staff Writer

More than half a billion dollars of investment is pouring into the region's newest development hot spot. It's Petersburg.

One of the most impoverished cities in the state, with a fifth of its residents living below the federal poverty line, Petersburg is now in the midst of a building boom.

It's not just the historic downtown, now highlighted with big, brown directional signs over Interstate 95. Development in Petersburg is more than rehabbed historic homes and restaurants in 19th-century commercial buildings. It's also proposals for a convenience store, hotel and housing development in the area around U.S. 460 and Fort Lee. (link)
Let's hope this brings about a turnaround for this once-vibrant town. As of the release of the last census estimate, however, Petersburg, at least in terms of population, is still in precipitous decline (3.8% just sine 2000).

Let's hope ...

'Just Wrong & Ignorant'

It must be so much fun to be the person at the Roanoke Times tasked with the responsibility of (carefully) opening and reading letters to the editor. One (or a part of one) that gave me a chuckle this morning:
Blame ignorance for forming wrong opinions

The lack of understanding and pure ignorance of the U.S. Constitution by The Roanoke Times editorial staff never ceases to amaze me. I have read several editorials (June 27, "Legal attrition" and June 30, "A return to segregation") bashing the 5-4 decisions of the Roberts court. The editors are just wrong and ignorant. (link)
That theory might explain a lot ...

So The World Was Going To End Even Back Then?

New old news on the "We're all going to die from global warming" front:
Team finds proof of forests once thriving in Greenland
The Associated Press

Ice-covered Greenland really was green a half-million or so years ago, covered with forests in a climate much like that of Sweden and eastern Canada today.

An international team of researchers recovered ancient DNA from the bottom of an ice core that indicates the presence of pine, yew and alder trees as well as insects.

The researchers, led by Eske Willerslev of the University of Copenhagen say the findings are the first direct proof there was forest area in southern Greenland.

Included were genetic traces of butterflies, moths, flies and beetles ... (link)
Had those butterflies, moths, flies and beetles only done something about the scourge of global cooling when they had the chance ...

For juicy irony, The New York Times this morning wags its finger at us (see "Global Warming and Your Wallet") and tells us that we are going to have to expect to fork over huge piles of tax dollars if we are going to solve the global warming problem.

A problem that appears not to be a problem, or maybe it's a recurring problem, but who really knows for sure.

You're Not Being Fair

Osama Obama is getting no respect. Here he is beating Hillary Clinton in the fundraising competition and he still has to put up with criticism like this:
Obama rakes in big bucks, but message seen lacking
By Donald Lambro, The Washington Times


Sen. Barack Obama, who leads in the Democratic presidential fundraising race, will rake in more than $100 million in primary campaign money this year, allowing him to go toe-to-toe next year with front-runner Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, party strategists said this week.

But Democratic campaign advisers cautioned that the Illinois senator, who has trailed Mrs. Clinton in all national presidential-preference polls, will need more than money to catch up to the New York senator. They said he will need a more compelling message. (link)
What's wrong with "Up with hope, down with dope?" Or is it "Hope is audacious?" "Hope springs eternal?"

"The audacity of hope!" That's it!

Not sure what it means but ...

A Waste Of Taxpayers' Money

Manned (and womanned) space flight is a waste of our time and energy. And tax dollars. We could do ten times the interplanetary and galactic exploration with unmanned flights into deep space as we do with our shuttle missions that are built around nothing more than a colossal plan to keep a handful of astronauts alive for a few days.

Our space program has cost us hundreds of billions of dollars and we have nothing to show for it except the occasional probe that has sent back data from Mars, Jupiter, and the like.

Oh, and we know how well tomato seeds grow in a weightless, airless environment. Thanks, shuttle team.

Give some thought to all that we don't know but could learn from an unmanned mission to the sun as you read this:

NASA Flushes $19M Into Space Toilet
New York Post Wire Services


July 6, 2007 -- It's the world's - make that the solar system's - most expensive toilet. NASA has agreed to pay $19 million for a Russian-built john for the International Space Station. The figure may sound astronomical for a toilet, even in space, but NASA officials said it was cheaper than building their own.

The new system is scheduled to be delivered to the U.S. side of the space station next year. It will offer more privacy than the old one, and that will definitely be needed: The space station's crew is expected to grow from three to six by 2009. The toilet has leg restraints and thigh bars, and fans suck waste into the commode. (link)

$19 million for a toilet.

Meanwhile, scientists are coming around to the theory that the earth's heat wave (call it global warming) has something to do with sunspots.

How?

We don't know. We may never know. We're more concerned about $19 million crappers.

Haven't They Done Enough?

As government gets more involved in our health care delivery system, that system gets more confused, less effective, and much, much more expensive. So what do government-types propose to do about it?

Need you ask?

2008 Candidates Vow to Overhaul U.S. Health Care
By Robin Toner, The New York Times


Washington, July 5 — There is no better measure of the power of the health care issue than this: Sixteen months before Election Day, presidential candidates in both parties are promising to overhaul the system and cover more — if not all — of the 44.8 million people without insurance.

The major Democratic candidates propose strengthening the private-employer-based system, through which most working families get their coverage. But many Democrats also see a strong role for government, including, in some plans, new requirements that individuals obtain insurance and that employers provide it, along with substantial new government spending to subsidize coverage for people who cannot afford it. (link)


A couple of facts:

1) We have the best devised, most effective health care delivery system in the history of mankind. One that provides coverage - increasingly expensive coverage - to the vast majority of the citizenry, coverage that protects the people of America in ways our grandparents never dreamed of.

2) Because a gang of leftist egalitarians in this country can't stand the thought that some have access to adequate health care while others don't, they are prepared to draw down the system in order to accommodate everyone, even those who choose not to be insured. They - Republicans and Democrats alike - are in the process of doing just that.

Regardless what Michael Moore says, ours is the envy of the world. But take a good look at it. From here on out, because we allow politicians to be insurance bureaucrats and gestapo, the system will never be the same.

And it's all our fault.

If Only More Supremes Would Read The Thing

An interesting observation from Chief Justice John Roberts comes to us via Mark Fitzgibbons:
By far the most interesting observation made by Chief Justice Roberts in his majority opinion [Wisconsin Right to Life v. Federal Election Commission] was a knock against the Supreme Court itself he wrote, seemingly to emphasize his point, towards the end of his opinion. “As is often the case in this Court’s First Amendment opinions, we have gotten this far in this analysis without quoting the Amendment itself: ‘Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech.’ The Framers’ actual words put these cases in proper perspective.”
"Words Matter under Wisconsin Right to Life," Human Events, July 4, 2007