Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Excessive Drinking. Excessive Smoking. Excessive swearing...From Paris

(continuing from last evening) There was excessive drinking. There was excessive smoking. There was excessive swearing-- and THAT was ON stage! I squirmed, awkward and out of place. I leaned over during the concert and whispered to Mr Paris "I think I need a cleansing concert like James Taylor and Carole King, where the audience is respected, the artists sip water bottles and I like the music."
The band? They had a break out single remix of "Big Yellow Taxi" (a great classic song).
When you attend a concert, and there are beer bottles on stage, you know you're in a bit of trouble. When you attend a concert, and you're old enough to be the mother of any member of the band, you stick out in the crowd like Ruth Buzzi, with a hairnet and health shoes. If you don't know who Ruth is, YOU'D LOVE this concert (Counting Crows)!

Paris Responds To Sal...From Paris

Please check the comment section on my recent post about thin French women. Sal raises a "salient" point. Carla Bruni is not French. She is a beautiful thin Italian model, married to a Frenchman.

Alas, Paris is thin too.

Please note that 'Paris' is in fact, not French.

So what did the Libs spend a trillion for?

Fed projects weaker growth, higher unemployment...

Paul is the second Dr to defend Dr. Berwick. I defer to those who know.

More info on Berwick.

Highly regarded by hospitals and physicians in leadership roles.

You and I have possibly benefited personally by his initiatives while we were undergoing surgery.

My hospital (and Marc's) have adopted many of his recommendations over the past 5 years


Well-researched background on Jane Orient (author of Czar Berwick piece in today's DB).  I used to be a member of her organization, but she got way too looney for my taste.

Most MDs look rather askance at her and her activities.

yes, there was

WAIT, WASN’T THERE A SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE SKIT ABOUT THIS? New White House talking point: Al Qaeda is racist.

There was a time I happily marched with the NAACP. They have become what they originally fought.

TUNKU VARADARAJAN: The Tea Party Isn’t Racist: It’s The NAACP That’s The Throwback. “The NAACP, this vestigial bone on the American body politic, has thrust itself into the headlines by voting, at its annual meeting Tuesday, to censure as ‘racist’ the Tea Party movement. This controversial public rebuke—delivered a day after the first lady, Michelle Obama, addressed the NAACP’s conference—has opened up a raw, new racial front in the run-up to the November elections. In effect, the self-congratulatory, post-racial Obama camp is reaching for the crudest weapon in the Democratic arsenal: the racial blunderbuss.” They’re desperate. But the weapon isn’t what it used to be, thanks to greeting-card overuse and the like.

Plus this: “If black Americans are suffering due to our current economic woes, Obama’s own policies are hardly helping them. The NAACP can’t bitch about ‘the Man’ anymore because the Man is Obama. And so instead it turns its racially monolithic vituperation on the Tea Party, which has never been in power, and has had no impact on the economic condition of black Americans—except to advocate policies (smaller government, lower taxes, radically reduced deficits, etc.) that would  improve the standard of living of all Americans

POLITICO: Tea party to NAACP: ‘Grow up’.

Backwards on civil rights

The current Congress is working hand in glove with the Obama administration to take us ever further backwards on civil rights. This week's example is section 342 of the Dodd-Frank bill.

The bill generally grants the federal government ever greater power over the financial services industry. As Diana Furchtgott-Roth noted last week, section 342 of the bill requires all federal agencies governed by the bill establish an Office of Minority and Women Inclusion responsible for "all matters of the agency relating to diversity in management, employment, and business activities."

Among other things, these offices must "develop standards" for "assessing the diversity policies and practices of entities regulated by the agency." That means the whole financial industry. Financial regulation and affirmative action all in one. It is a "major power grab."

The U.S. Civil Rights Commission is not standing idly by. Yesterday four individual commissioners -- Peter Kirsanow, Gail Heriot, Ashley Taylor and Todd Gaziano -- sent a letter to Senate leaders opposing the bill's affirmative action provisions. It is not an official Commission later, since the commissioners sought to get the letter out before the bill is voted upon this week. The letter was signed by four of the eight commissioners. The more interesting paragraphs in the letter sent by the four commissioners run this way:

The potential for abuse should be obvious, but sadly sometimes it is not to those who are unfamiliar with the workings of governmental and corporate bureaucracies. All too often, when bureaucrats are charged with the worthy task of preventing race or gender discrimination, they in fact do precisely the opposite: Consciously or unconsciously, they require discrimination by setting overly optimistic goals that can only be fulfilled by discriminating in favor the groups the goals are supposed to benefit.

Reality catches up

CBS SHOCK POLL: 13% believe President's policies have helped them...
'White House waving white flag'...
Panic button...
WIRE: Dems show signs of battle fatigue...
Federal deficit gap tops $1 trillion through June...
Republicans propose cutting Obama budget...
New Regulations Hits Farmers... Business Groups Air Concerns...