Daily Archives: July 30, 2009

Obama still should apologize, he was wrong!

The beer summit does not get it.

Obama should apologize for rushing to judgment without the facts, and for insulting the Cambridge police in favor of his friend.

It is not the facts of this particular case that are really important here.  It is the fact that the President of the United States made it a national incident and he didn’t have the facts.  He even prefaced his statements saying he did not have the facts.  He kept saying “from what I heard.”  He heard it from Gates, so he only had one side and was quick to condemn the police.  He is a lawyer and he knows you don’t make judgments on hearsay, not even to mention that he is a Harvard scholar, as is Gates.

Neither is it about the entire history of the country nor about every single thing that has ever been done wrong.

Every incident has to be judged on its own merits, which is what a court of law or a grievance committee is for if one believes they were wronged.  Crowley is entitled, as a U. S. citizen, to the presumption of innocence.  Gates is entitled to have his side heard as well.  But not on the scene – in a proper proceeding.

I don’t think it does any good at all to have all this talk, talk, talk.  We don’t need more dialogue.  It only divides.  If we could just get a clean slate and not drag up 200 years of what happened before we were born, we may be able to make some progress.  But then we have made progress – tremendous progress.  In this case alone, we have a president who is black, we have a governor of Massachusetts who is black, and we have a mayor of Cambridge who is black.  It seems they have all done pretty good in America.  In fact, Gates is an educated, well-heeled, man who returned to Martha’s Vinyard after the meeting.  The president returned to the White House.  So who is the little guy in this scenario?

It’s kind of like a troubled marriage.  If every time there is an argument, you bring up every single thing that has happened throughout the marriage, all the things that have hurt your feelings or made you mad, this marriage is doomed.  It divides and it will never save a marriage.  For reconciliation, at some point there has to be forgiveness, a line drawn in the sand, and move on from there to build or rebuild the relationship.

So the beer summit was just that – B.S.

I did not think Sgt. Crowley should attend it, but he did the right thing, came out and answered questions, said they had agreed to disagree.  Just heard somebody say to watch Crowley, he’ll probably be the next head of the FBI.  🙂

But President Obama is using this “beer around a picnic table” to avoid taking responsiblity for his mistake.  He clearly hurt a lot of people by making this a national issue, from the citizen who made the 911 call, to the police department, to Crowley’s colleagues, the City of Cambridge, the families involved, the children involved.

Update:  I am just watching an incident that happened in Florida where the cops “made up stuff.”  Horrible.  I did notice that it involved a white cop and a white woman.  Just because you are white does not mean that you can’t be a victim in this country.  But, again, every case on its own merits!

Posted:  07.31.09  Update:  07.31.09 @ 1:49.

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Restless tea baggers in Missouri and N. C. this week (Videos)

Crazy ass tea baggers!!  🙂 This is what MSNBC, et al, is trying to stop, disparage, down play.  If all these people are just crazy, then we better build some more insane asylums.    Everybody has a right to be heard in this country.  This is America.  And this is what congress does not want to deal with on recess.

Claire McCaskill holds Town Hall meeting in Missouri on July 27, 2009

Obama comes to Raleigh, North Carolina, on July 29, 2009, below.


I watched the Town Hall from Raleigh, and it all looked great from the inside of the building and it appeared that all were in favor of the health care, didn’t it?  Just didn’t show what was happening outside.  (5:24 in the video is revealing)

Posted:  07.30.09

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Sinking: Presidential approval index at minus 12, disapproval on Gatesgate

Forty percent (40%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -12. That’s the lowest rating yet recorded for President Obama.

Overall, 48% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the President’s performance. That is the lowest level of total approval yet recorded for this President. Fifty-one percent (51%) now disapprove.

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See  Rasmussen Reports.com.

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The poll by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center found that 41 percent disapproved of Obama’s handling of the Gates arrest, compared with 29 percent who approved. The poll also found the incident and Obama’s reaction saturated the public consciousness. As many as 80 percent of Americans said they are now aware of Obama’s comments on the matter.  (Poll conducted Wednesday to Sunday last week.)

Entire poll at Pew Reasearch.org.

Should Crowley meet for the beer fest?  Vote here: https://bellalu0.wordpress.com/2009/07/27/should-crowley-meet-with-president-gates-poll/

Posted:  07.30.09

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Who gets the swine flu vaccine? Seniors get left-overs if there are any

Let the rationing begin:

Jul 29, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – The top US advisory panel on immunizations recommended today that groups totaling up to 159 million people be targeted for vaccination against the pandemic H1N1 influenza virus but that a narrower population of about 41 million have priority if initial supplies are short.

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) picked five target groups for initial immunization because of their increased risk of H1N1 infection or complications or their contact with vulnerable people:

  • Pregnant women
  • Household contacts of babies under 6 months of age
  • Healthcare and emergency medical services (EMS) workers
  • Children and young people aged 6 months through 24 years
  • People between 25 and 64 years who have chronic medical conditions

But if the demand for vaccine outstrips supplies, said Dr.Anne Schuchat of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the five groups would be as follows:

  • Pregnant women
  • Healthcare and EMS workers who have direct contact with patients or infectious substances
  • Household contacts of babies younger than 6 months
  • Children aged 6 months through 4 years
  • Children and adolescents from 5 through 18 years who have risk factors for flu complications

Healthy people between the ages of 25 and 64 can be immunized after the demand from the target groups has been met, said the committee, which advises the CDC. Because people 65 and older seem to have a lower risk of H1N1 infection than younger people, they can be vaccinated as supplies permit and other groups are served, the panel advised.

[Think about this.  It does not look good for the adult population and even worse for ages 65 plus, who essentially won’t be considered until the entire population has been vaccinated.  Even under the first scenaro, 65 plus are not allowed the vaccine.  It does not bode well for babies under 6 months old either.  It appears they have used the Complete Lives System advocated by Presidential Advisor and brother of Rahm, Dr. Ezekiel Emanual.]


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Now let’s see, Peter Singer equation as follows:

“If a teenager can be expected to live another 70 years, saving her life counts as a gain of 70 life-years, whereas if a person of 85 can be expected to live another 5 years, then saving the 85-year-old will count as a gain of only 5 life-years. That suggests that saving one teenager is equivalent to saving 14 85-year-olds.”

Excerpt from Why We Must Ration Health Care by Peter Singer published NYT.com on July 15, 2009.

See previous post What Price is Life? Peter Singer and Obamacare.

Related links:

http://cbs5.com/health/cdc.thomas.frieden.2.1010328.html

http://pundita.blogspot.com/2009/05/h1n1swine-flu-have-cdc-and-dr-thomas.html

Posted: 07.30.09

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