What’s Up With Our Health Care Leadership?

Many questions can be raised…

Why are all the big disease trade associations against e-cigarettes? At best, they are concerned over tenth-order effects, and seem to care little for actual harm reduction. Why do they continue to advocate a high-carb low fat diet, despite mounds of evidence that this stance has single-handedly caused the obesity and type 2 diabetes epidemic?

Why do they insist on pursuing a low-salt diet when there is NO evidence that this is healthy, and plenty of studies showing that it promotes a variety of diseases?

Rack your brain all you want, but all roads lead to only one conclusion: The powers that be want us sick, poor, and dependent on them. And, in the case of banning e-cigs, want that cig tax revenue.

Is this health care, by any name?  Where is a public health policy, when you really need one?

Dream–When You’re Feeling Blue

“Dream,” with music and lyrics by Johnny Mercer, has been covered by dozens of artists. The song was introduced in 1945 by the Pied Pipers, and hit number 1. Not long after, Frank Sinatra released a version. Other well-known covers were done by Roy Orbison, Ella Fitzgerald, The Skylarks, and Michael Bublé.

The first time I heard the song, I was probably five years old, and it was on someone’s AM radio—peppered with plenty of static, no doubt. It was to become one of my all time favorites.

With the advent a few years ago of easy music downloads, a hobby of mine has been to listen to many versions of a particular piece, evaluate them, and save only the best. Eventually, I would go through this exercise with “Dream.”

Without question, the best performance of this song comes from Susannah McCorkle’s 1986 album called—appropriately enough—”Dream.” Backed by a small group featuring New York heavyweights Ben Aronov (piano) and Frank Wess (tenor sax), Susannah slows it down a bit, and includes the seldom heard intro verse.

Get in touch with that sundown fellow
As he tiptoes across the sand
He’s got a million kinds of stardust
Pick your fav’rite brand, and…

Now for the chorus, which is even slower, giving plenty of space for tasty piano and sax fills.

Dream, when you’re feeling blue
Dream, that’s the thing to do
Just watch the smoke rings rise in the air
You’ll find your share of memories there

So dream when the day is through
Dream, and they might come true
Things never are as bad as they seem
So dream, dream, dream

Next is a dreamy sax solo by Wess, setting up Susannah’s reprise

So dream when the day is through
Dream, and they might come true
Things never are as bad as they seem
So dream, dream, dream

Her final “…and they might come true” is wistful as is her “Things never are as bad as they seem.” Perhaps she was trying to convince herself.

Never a big star, McCorkle was doing well enough in 1986, but suffered from depression, and was to finally lose her record deal and her spot at the Oak Room Supper Club. She was apparently off her meds when she leaped to her death from her 16th floor apartment on May 19, 2001. As it happens, her father and an aunt had also committed suicide.

Does suffering make for better art? Not always, but it’s for sure that sincerity does, and even if Susannah did not completely believe the lyrics, she really wanted to.

Give her version a spin some time.


Lyrics © WB Music

Do nothing faculty lounge lizards

 By Jim Emerson

During difficult times the community organizer does what he does best. Retreat to the faculty lounge and hide. The White House is no longer the resident to the head of the executive branch but a faculty lounge. The only thing the “do nothing” community organizer does when an enemy attacks America or its allies is to run and hide.  The only time he shows his face, is when he has to, somewhat like an adjunct professor passing out assignments to the staff and quickly retreat to the faculty lounge. The isolated pretentious intellectual’s only friend is the teleprompter. Consider his recent responses.

On the Islamic State he said, “We don’t have a strategy yet” completely disregarding the fact that the United States military has prepared plans for any contingency in the world. The arrogance of the faculty lounge administration is such that they believe they are smarter than the combat commanders who have actual real world military experience.

Barack Obama is looking for a solution to the Islamic State threat without getting his hands dirty, and that is the same as doing nothing. There were probably more ideas in the bust of Winston Churchill than the Chicago community organizer ever had.  Essentially the administration just announced it going to do nothing. While we are on the do nothing theme where is the Secretary of State; the guy who served in Viet Nam?  Obama has sent him to cobble together a coalition to “confront the threat.” This is not leading but passing the buck.

On Ukraine:

The Russians are invading Ukraine to help the pro-Russian separatist.  Bill Clinton, John Major, Boris Yeltsin and Leonid Kuchma – the then-rulers of the USA, UK, Russia and Ukraine – agreed to protect Ukraine from Russia if they agreed to get rid of their nuclear weapons left over from the former Soviet Union. The Budapest Memorandum included security assurances against threats or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of Ukraine as well as those of Belarus and Kazakhstan. Obama doesn’t believe that military action will solve the Ukrainian problem. He will go to Europe to give a pep talk to NATO but will not lead a coalition to force the Russians out. Obama broke the promise and the treaty. In order to please his base and fund raisers Obama will let the world burn. He believes that “Global Warming” is more dangerous than Russia or the Islamic State.

The recklessness of this faculty lounge administration has gravely damaged the reputation of the United States as a superpower. Its inaction has caused and will continue to cause far too many people to die at the hands of evil men. On his last day as President Mr. Obama will probably receive a “Thank You” note from President Putin for Egypt, Iraq, Syria and Ukraine.

 

The Democrat Party, today’s KKK, has achieved their political grandfathers’ fondest dream

 

By Kevin “Coach” Collins

Immediately after the Civil War caused the collapse of the plantation system southern Democrats, who had been slave masters, formed the Klu Klux Klan to force their former Black slaves back onto their plantations.

By the end of the first one hundred years of their efforts the KKK was well on its way to success. Democrats were fully in charge of the federal government and could do whatever they wished with their new “slaves.” Today, the Democrats’ efforts to push Blacks back onto their plantations has reached its maximum level of success and what makes  the arrangement even better for the Democrats is that Blacks now think it is their idea to vote for their slave masters year after year.

Where Democrat KKK founder Nathan Bedford Forrest had to ride around Black homes at night dressed as a “ghost,” today’s Democrats merely have to yell, “White Republican” or “TEA party” and never break a sweat.

In his brilliant outline of the damage the KKK Democrats have done to the Black spirit, Walter Williams makes several points.

 “In 1950, female-headed households were 18 percent of the black population. Today it’s close to 70 percent. One study of 19th-century slave families found that in up to three-fourths of the families, all the children lived with the biological mother and father. In 1925 New York City, 85 percent of black households were two-parent households. Herbert Gutman, author of “The Black Family in Slavery and Freedom, 1750-1925,” reports, “Five in six children under the age of six lived with both parents.” Also, both during slavery and as late as 1920, a teenage girl raising a child without a man present was rare among blacks.”

Fortunately, try as they might, during the height of their lynching spree, (1882 – 1968) the KKK Democrats were able to kill no more than a confirmed 3,446 Blacks.

Nevertheless, this number pales in comparison to the rate at which Blacks kill each other in just two years.  As indicated by official FBI statistics, just during the years 2011 and 2012 Blacks killed other Blacks a combined total of 4859 times. To match the handiwork of their “new field hands” at killing Blacks, the racists Democrats would have had to lynch over 208,000 Blacks.

It has been said, “The greatest trick the devil ever played was to convince us he doesn’t exist.” If this is so than surely the next greatest trick ever played is to convince Black people Democrats are their friends and Republicans are their enemies.

Sources: http://www.lewrockwell.com/2014/08/walter-e-williams/blacks-must-confront-reality/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lynching_in_the_United_States       https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=FBI+statistics+on+Blacks+murdering+Blacks+2011

http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2012/crime-in-the-u.s.-2012/offenses-known-to-law-enforcement/expanded-homicide/expanded_homicide_data_table_6_murder_race_and_sex_of_vicitm_by_race_and_sex_of_offender_2012.xls

 

 

A threat assessment of The Islamic State

By Jim Emerson

The Islamic state in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) was created in the spring of 2010. It has evolved from a rag tag group of terrorists to become a full blown Army those now controls large swaths of territory across Syria and northern Iraq.  In June 2014, ISIL’s founder Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, declared the captured territory a caliphate and shortened its name to Islamic State.  The Combating Terrorism Center at West Point ran an article by Michael Knights detailing the raise of the terrorist organization from the fall of al Qaeda in Iraq to the rise of the Islamic state. (1) He points out that a thorough analysis of the Islamic State’s recent accomplishments would be difficult due to the lack of intelligence after the collapse of Iraq’s federal security forces in Mosul last June.

Since its reboot in 2010 The Islamic State under al-Baghdadi’s leadership slowly rebuilt itself steadily strengthening and actively shaping well focused planning of future operation. Its early attack on pro-government targets during multi-year operations against on-duty and off-duty Iraqi security forces was part of the group’s preparatory operations that weakened their military opposition.

The American withdrawal from Iraq and the coming Syrian civil war allowed the Islamic State to create secure bases of operations to train jihadists by drawing on the combat experiences of urban and mobile warfare fighters from Syria, Iraq, Balkans and Chechnya. ISIL has used this time to build a highly-motivated cadre of quality light infantry forces. Their training camps were set up in northern Iraq complete with anti-aircraft defenses to keep out helicopters.

ISIL’s success on the battlefield has been in offensive moves but its glaring weakness is defending its territory.  As a defensive force ISIL has a difficult time holding its ground from sophisticated attack from well-trained armed forces. The Kurds have been effective in forcing the terrorist group to retreat when confronted with simultaneous attacks at multiple points. ISIL operation depends on non-direct attacks and mobility and will have to depend on hit and run operations. As a terrorist origination it will be around a long time, as a caliphate it can only last until the world gets tired of their existence and decides to act. This, however, could take a very long time.  

 

  1. 1.     https://www.ctc.usma.edu/v2/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/CTCSentinel-Vol7Iss8.pdf

 

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