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7/28/2015

Boy Scouts Of America Bows To LGBT, But Not Enough

Filed under: General — Dana @ 6:35 am

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Bowing to pressure from LGBT groups:

The Boy Scouts of America decided Monday to allow openly gay men and women to be volunteer leaders and work in the organization’s offices, a major concession by the group in a protracted battle between the Boy Scouts of America and LGBT activists.

The decision was prodded by gay rights groups threatening lawsuits against the organization and has caused consistent infighting in the organization

An exemption provided for local groups (religious based) will remain in place:

“Chartered organizations will continue to select their adult leaders and religious chartered organizations may continue to use religious beliefs as criteria for selecting adult leaders, including matters of sexuality,” the Boy Scouts of America said in a statement. “This change allows Scouting’s members and parents to select local units, chartered to organizations with similar beliefs, that best meet the needs of their families. This change also respects the right of religious chartered organizations to choose adult volunteer leaders whose beliefs are consistent with their own.

And, as you would expect, LGBT groups remain dissatisfied because of the exemption:

“Today’s vote by the Boy Scouts of America to allow gay, lesbian and bisexual adults to work and volunteer is a welcome step toward erasing a stain on this important organization,” Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin said in a statement. “But including an exemption for troops sponsored by religious organizations undermines and diminishes the historic nature of today’s decision. Discrimination should have no place in the Boy Scouts, period.”

–Dana

7/27/2015

It’s About Time: Carly Fiorina Gaining In The Polls

Filed under: General — Dana @ 6:04 pm

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Good news for Carly Fiorina supporters:

Public Policy Polling released a new national poll last week, which has Fiorina tied for sixth place with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)a nd Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY).

The PPP listed the GOP candidates in the following ranking:

Donald Trump with 19%
Scott Walker with 17%
Jeb Bush with 12%
Dr. Ben Carson and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) with 10%
Mike Huckabee with 8%
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Carly Fiorina, and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) with 4%
Chris Christie and John Kasich with 3%
Bobby Jindal, Rick Perry, and Rick Santorum with 1%
Jim Gilmore, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and George Pataki with less than 1%

Fiorina is tied for seventh place in a national Economist/YouGov poll conducted July 18th to July 20th:

Donald Trump with 28%
Jeb Bush with 14%
Scott Walker with 13%
Ben Carson with 7%
Rand Paul (R-KY) with 5%
Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) tied with 4%
Chris Christie, Carly Fiorina, and Mike Huckabee with 3%
Lindsey Graham, Rick Perry, John Kasich with 2%
Bobby Jindal and Rick Santorum with 1%
George Pataki with 0%

If Fiorina can keep the momentum going, she’ll have a seat at the debates. Of course she still has to meet the criteria and place in the top 10 candidates based on the ranking from an average of five national polls. But it’s looking good for her right now.

Fiorina has been a tireless campaigner. She gives non-stop interviews and unlike her female rival, she is always available to the press and doesn’t shy away from questioning.

In a debate this weekend with Jess McIntosh of Emily’s List, Fiorina was nothing less than fierce as she eloquently destroyed her:

–Dana

Try As They Might: Planned Parenthood’s Ongoing Problem With Reason And Experience

Filed under: General — Dana @ 7:04 am

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Ross Douthat is very good:

And the problem these videos create for Planned Parenthood isn’t just a generalized queasiness at surgery and blood.

It’s a very specific disgust, informed by reason and experience — the reasoning that notes that it’s precisely a fetus’s humanity that makes its organs valuable, and the experience of recognizing one’s own children, on the ultrasound monitor and after, as something more than just “products of conception” or tissue for the knife.

That’s why Planned Parenthood’s apologists have fallen back on complaints about “deceptive editing” (though full videos were released in both cases), or else simply asked people to look away. And it’s why many of my colleagues in the press seem uncomfortable reporting on the actual content of the videos.

Because dwelling on that content gets you uncomfortably close to Selzer’s tipping point — that moment when you start pondering the possibility that an institution at the heart of respectable liberal society is dedicated to a practice that deserves to be called barbarism.

That’s a hard thing to accept. It’s part of why so many people hover in the conflicted borderlands of the pro-choice side. They don’t like abortion, they think its critics have a point … but to actively join our side would require passing too comprehensive a judgment on their coalition, their country, their friends, their very selves.

In the chop shop that is Planned Parenthood, Nucatola and Gattner did the unthinkable: they told the truth. And we all heard it. And we all saw it. And we all know it. And that is what Planned Parenthood and the left are so desperate to to undo. As is standard for the left, truth must be suppressed. So we live in a continual state of condemnation that the purest among us are worth more in death than in life, worth more in pieces than in whole.

In the house of humanity, we are watching a frantic effort to sweep away the devastating duo of reason and experience. The collective searing conscience must be stilled. With the promise of more videos to come, we can be assured of more mad scrambling: Cecile Richards will continue to spin and deflect, Democrats will cry foul, the MSM will give them support as they attack the Center for Medical progress, and movie stars and politicians will sanctimoniously demand governmental investigations into this grotesquerie of … editing. This as they studiously ignore the actual content of the videos because they cannot and must not look at truth. It cannot be allowed to touch them because it will cut them deep down beneath the bone. There is no room for reason and experience, let alone price negotiations for body parts. It’s almost as if they know that if they look, really look, they would see what we see. And then they would know. Just like the rest of us…

–Dana

Ted Cruz Was Right When He Said…

Filed under: General — Dana @ 5:56 am

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…the Senate under Republican control is no different from when Democrats were in control.

Sean Davis ‏@seanmdav

All McConnell had to do was allow a vote on taxpayer funding for PP. That’s it. It’s all he had to do. And yet he couldn’t do it. B/c Ex-Im.

But when you have Senate leaders who fill the tree and file cloture to block amendments they don’t like, you don’t really have a Senate.

7/26/2015

That Time Jon Stewart Yelled “F*** Off” To Only Black Staff Writer For Objecting To Offensive Impression Of A Black Person

Filed under: General — Dana @ 5:46 pm

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On a WTF with Marc Maron podcast, Wyatt Cenac talked about when he was the only black writer at the Daily Show and confronted John Stewart about what he saw as his offensive impression of then-GOP candidate Herman Cain. Cenac explained:

“I don’t think this [impression] is from a malicious place, but I think this is from a sort of naïve, kind of ignorant place,” he remembered thinking. “It’s like, ‘Oh no, you just did this and you weren’t thinking about it. It was just the voice that came into your head.’ And so it bugged me.”

The confrontation didn’t go too well:

Since Stewart had received heat from Fox News for doing a racially insensitive voice impression on-air, the host had planned to poke fun at the issue in another segment centered around the theme of “everything I do is racist,” until Cenac stepped in and told Stewart the entire bit frankly made him uncomfortable.

“I’ve got to be honest, when I heard it, it bothered me.” Cenac, who had watched Stewart’s news segment on Cain from his hotel room, remembered telling the “Daily Show” staff in an email. “I was the one black writer there. It was this thing where it’s like, when you’re the one — whether you want to or not — you’re speaking for everybody. I felt like I had to speak for all the minorities, because there’s nobody speaking for them.”

Cenac recalled voicing his reservations again at a writers meeting, which then got Stewart riled up. “I raised a concern, like, ‘Are you sure you want to do this?’ … He got incredibly defensive. I remember he was like, ‘What are you trying to say? There’s a tone in your voice.’ I was like, ‘There’s no tone. It bothered me.’ … And then he got upset. He stood up and he was just like, ‘F— off. I’m done with you.’ And he just started screaming that to me, and he screamed it a few times. … ‘F— off! I’m done with you.’ And he stormed out. I didn’t know if I had been fired.”

It must suck to find out you don’t really walk on water, and actually resemble the people you mock for a living.

–Dana

7/25/2015

Remember When Going To A Baseball Game Was Actually About Watching The Game And Not Breaking Up A Marriage??

Filed under: General — Dana @ 11:48 am

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So, two sisters at a baseball game not only decided it was their business to spy on the woman in front of them and read her text messages, they also took it upon themselves to disrupt a marriage of 29 years:

Two sisters attending a baseball game claim that they exposed a man’s cheating wife after catching her running the bases with another man on her cellphone.

Photos taken over the woman’s shoulder during Wednesday night’s Atlanta Braves game showed the unidentified woman appearing to sext someone in between cuddling with her man.

Delana and Brynn Hinson posted photos of her texts on Twitter, Brynn writing: “These hoes ain’t loyal so we expose em.”

The texts included declarations of love and some were sexual in nature.

Upon leaving the stadium, the sisters handed the unaware husband a note:

“Your wife is cheating on you. Look at the messages under Nancy! It’s really a man named Mark Allen,” it read.

At least two photos taken over the woman’s shoulder shows racy messages sent to a ‘Nancy.’ They later appear to refer to the person on the other end as ‘Mark Allen.’

One of the sisters further provided her phone number on the note, saying she took photos of her phone and can share them if the texts are deleted.

“We handed it to him as they were walking away.. She was in front of him.. He quit walking and gave us a thumbs up,” Delana, who lists herself as a criminal justice major online, said on Twitter.

As a result of being informed of his wife’s texting, the husband apparently contacted them for evidence of her infidelity. After providing him with photos, the husband told the sisters that he appreciated that they had told him what was taking place.

And most ironically, this from one of the sisters:

After I sent him the pictures, we didn’t talk… I don’t think he’s confront her yet.

I want to ask him, but it’s not my place.

The sisters have been lauded for their interference intervention involvement, as well as criticized for putting their noses where they didn’t belong.

–Dana

Introducing The “Uber Approach” To Medicine: On-Demand Doctor Apps

Filed under: General — Dana @ 10:53 am

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As most readers know, that innovative private taxi company upstart, Uber, has been taking a lot of hits lately from the left which tends to frown upon competition, no matter how much it benefits Americans. Now another innovative idea has arrived, on-demand doctor apps that bring the “Uber approach” to medicine:

House calls were once commonplace in the U.S. Today, 9 out of 10 general practitioners say they do not typically make house calls, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians.

But new phone apps may signal a comeback for house calls.

Pager is currently only available in New York City but it will expand to San Francisco in coming weeks. A rival company on the West Coast, Heal, already operates in San Francisco, Orange County and L.A

Gaspard de Dreuzy, one of Pager’s three co-founders, says the services’ typical customers are working mothers ages 30 to 45.

“It’s really an urban population that is busy and values its time,” he adds.

So much so that they are willing to pay a premium. Like other services, Pager is not currently covered by insurance. Customers pay a $50 fee for their first visit and $200 for subsequent visits from one of the company’s 40 health practitioners, including doctors, nurses and physician assistants.

That fee is about 10 times more than the typical $15 to $25 doctor co-pay for patients with insurance. But there are situations where a Pager visit might be cheaper than conventional care. For instance, $200 is significantly cheaper than the median cost of an emergency room visit: $505, according to federal figures. The ER is often the only medical option for people without insurance.

“We’re trying to move forward to a model where the Pager service will be as affordable as any other care option for people who are insured or not,” de Dreuzy says.

Some medical professionals are wary of the idea and cite potential drawbacks:

Dr. Robert Wergin of Milford, Nebraska says on-call services could be useful for one-time medical needs. But treating chronic conditions like diabetes, arthritis or Alzheimer’s requires careful, consistent attention over many years. A doctor responding to a phone app may not be familiar with a patient’s family history, medications, allergies and other critical details.

“If these apps develop and they further fragment care it’s not going to help the health care delivery system. We’ll get more of what we already have: higher costs and lower quality,” says Wergin, president of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Other experts worry about doctors making appropriate prescribing decisions when patients are paying $100 or more for their services.

“The visit becomes much more transactional,” says Dr. Jonah Feldman, a specialist in health care delivery at Winthrop University Hospital. “And it will be much harder for that doctor to come out of that visit without giving some kind of treatment, and that exposes patients to the risks of overtreatment.”

But there is also good news in that traditional medicine and on-demand doctor business can co-habitate:

The sector’s oldest company, Medicast, founded in 2013, recently abandoned its direct-to-consumer model in favor of collaborating with large hospital networks. The company recently helped Providence Health & Services — a medical system in the Pacific Northwest — launch its own house call app for the Seattle area.

Medicast CEO and co-Founder, Sam Zebarjadi says the company is working with a dozen other hospital systems on similar offerings. Previously the company operated its own doctor networks in Miami, Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego. But Zebarjadi says he found that consumers have “a really big issue around trust, which is one of the reasons we decided to start partnering with hospitals and health systems.”

These collaborations may also further another key goal: getting insurance coverage. Like Pager, Medicast is currently a cash service. The company offers to file the bill for a house call with a patient’s insurance provider, to see if they are willing to cover it. But in coming months Zebarjadi expects some insurance providers to begin covering Medicast visits.

–Dana

7/24/2015

Ted Cruz Accuses Mitch McConnell Of Lying To The American People

Filed under: General — Dana @ 10:38 am

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Earlier this morning, in what the AP is calling a “stunning” attack, Sen. Ted Cruz took to the Senate floor and boldly called out Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for lying to him, to Republicans and to the American people, as well as claiming that the Senate under Republican control is no different from when Democrats were in control:

Watch the whole thing.

–Dana

Federal Officials Request DOJ To Open Criminal Investigation Into Hillary Clinton Emails

Filed under: General — Dana @ 8:35 am

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As a result of a federal review of Hillary Clinton’s private email account, the DOJ has been requested to begin a criminal investigation:

Two inspectors general have asked the Justice Department to open a criminal investigation into whether sensitive government information was mishandled in connection with the personal email account Hillary Rodham Clinton used as secretary of state, senior government officials said Thursday.

The request follows an assessment in a June 29 memo by the inspectors general for the State Department and the intelligence agencies that Mrs. Clinton’s private account contained “hundreds of potentially classified emails.”

This in spite of Hillary’s claims made in March:

I did not email any classified material to anyone on my email. There is no classified material. So I’m certainly well aware of the classification requirements and did not send classified material.

The Justice Dept. has not said whether they will comply with the request.

And here is an interesting tidbit about the NYT:

The paper initially reported that two inspectors general have asked the Justice Department to open a criminal investigation “into whether Hillary Rodham Clinton mishandled sensitive government information on a private email account she used as secretary of state.”

That clause, which cast Clinton as the target of the potential criminal probe, was later changed: the inspectors general now were asking for an inquiry “into whether sensitive government information was mishandled in connection with the personal email account Hillary Rodham Clinton used as secretary of state.”

The Times also changed the headline of the story, from “Criminal Inquiry Sought in Hillary Clinton’s Use of Email” to “Criminal Inquiry Is Sought in Clinton Email Account,” reflecting a similar recasting of Clinton’s possible role. The article’s URL was also changed to reflect the new headline.

As of early Friday morning, the Times article contained no update, notification, clarification or correction regarding the changes made to the article.

One of the reporters of the story, Michael Schmidt, explained early Friday that the Clinton campaign had complained about the story to the Times.

“It was a response to complaints we received from the Clinton camp that we thought were reasonable, and we made them,” Schmidt said.

Nick Merrill, a spokesman for Clinton, said in an email that Clinton always followed “appropriate practices.”

“Contrary to the initial story, which has already been significantly revised, she followed appropriate practices in dealing with classified materials. As has been reported on multiple occasions, any released emails deemed classified by the administration have been done so after the fact, and not at the time they were transmitted,” Merrill said.

–Dana

Ted Cruz Shuts Down Code Pink: “It Is Very Interesting To See Those Who Profess To Believe In Free Speech Are The Ones Afraid Of Speech”

Filed under: General — Dana @ 7:35 am

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Never one to avoid a confrontation and always one to embrace an opportunity to engage and enlighten, Ted Cruz has once again demonstrated his skill at deftly handling protesters and getting his conservative message out to voters.

While Cruz was speaking at a protest rally against the Iran nuclear deal, he was confronted by Medea Benjamin and members of Code Pink, who were there in support of the deal. Instead of ignoring protesters, or trying to shut them up, Cruz invited them to have a discussion:

Transcript here.

–Dana

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