Today the FDA dropped a big m-fing hammer on 23andme, a service that will allow you some insight into your own genome. They offer, along with the ability to get a raw report about the specific genes they track, some level of analysis of your genome. They can use your data to look for specific [...]Continue reading I Want My — I Want My — I Want My DNA
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The following, unbelievable story is happening in America of all places! DEARBORN, MI This past fall, Emily Sanders enrolled her son Adam into Haigh Elementary School in Dearborn. Emily a devout Evangelical Christian is a single mom trying to make ends meet and faces additional challenges as a minority in a majority Muslim community. “I [...]Continue reading ACLJ Threatens Lawsuit Against Public School that Supports Muslim Missionary/Charity Efforts
I haven’t blogged about the shutdown, because, well, I haven’t blogged much about anything. Mea culpa. I haven’t had time because I’m, quite frankly, not personally or professionally affected. Warren Meyer of Coyote Blog, however, is very personally AND professionally affected. Warren operates private concession operations that handle all on-site activities at parks, with a [...]Continue reading As Painful As Possible, For As Many As Possible
Well… we knew that the 4th and 5th amendment meant nothing to them… never mind HIPAA… but really? Obamacare Marketplace: Personal Data Can Be Used For ‘Law Enforcement and Audit Activities’ Maryland’s Health Connection, the state’s Obamacare marketplace, has been plagued by delays in the first days of open enrollment. If users are able [...]Continue reading Bye Bye 4th and 5th amendment: Obamacare info may be used for Law Enforcement and Audit activities
This whole government “shutdown” thing has brought out a lot of talk about federal pay. A liberal of my acquaintance posted something on facebook a couple days ago: “A Republican I know said, ‘If you got furloughed because of the shut down, maybe you should get a real job.’ Yeah… about that…” ‘pon which he [...]Continue reading Don’t you wish YOUR job had raises like this?
So, once again, telling people the truth about Social Security produces indignation, and the expression of common misconceptions… to wit: “Hey wait a second. I paid into Social Security for 47 years. I’m just getting out that I paid in, and the return on my investment. It’s not my fault congress didn’t do what it [...]Continue reading The scope and scale of the fraud… and the misconception that allows it to continue and worsen
I mentioned Social Security as an entitlement payment in my post on the government shutdown, and it raised a fairly common objection in several who read it: They don’t think of Social Security as an entitlement, or a welfare payment; they view it as their right, by virtue of having contributed to the system for [...]Continue reading It isn’t, wasn’t, aint ever gonna be…
The Feds just arrested the owner of Silk Road, a black market web drug marketplace, and seized the domain name. Now, there are obviously a lot of reasons why they’d want to catch this guy. But I was struck by the headline at the above linked article: Feds arrest the alleged founder of Bitcoin’s largest [...]Continue reading A Simple Question About Motive
Welcome to the sideshow folks… Step right up and enjoy the posturing, rhetoric, and antics of our congressional clown crew… Over to your right you’ll see the amazing vocal endurance of Republican Senator from Texas Ted Cruz as he tosses red meat to the base… … To be serious, there are a large group of [...]Continue reading Defunding and Debt Limits and Shutdowns Oh My!
Open Thread Question of the Day: Now that ObamaCare is Here, What Are You Going to Do About Your Own Healthcare?Tuesday, October 1st, 2013
Like it or not, ObamaCare is here. Much has been written about the overall chaos this law will have on employment, the cost of healthcare, and the economy overall. What I am interested in, however; is what are you as an individual going to do regarding your own healthcare choices? Are you going to stay [...]Continue reading Open Thread Question of the Day: Now that ObamaCare is Here, What Are You Going to Do About Your Own Healthcare?
Ken @ Popehat, in a very good post related to general nanny-state-ism and the potential legalization/decriminalization of prostitution: I think that if you are going to tell someone what they can or can’t do for their own good, you ought to hear what they have to say about it, and look them in the eye [...]Continue reading Quote Of The Day
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Bashar al-Assad has allegedly crossed what President Obama called a “red line” using chemical weapons against up to 1,000 people. The threat of chemical weapons and other WMD by such unsavory characters as Saddam Hussein was the major pretext for “preemptive” war with Iraq. President George W. Bush argued that regime change was necessary due [...]Continue reading Declassified: CIA Aided Iraq’s Chemical Weapon Attacks on Iran
“If the UK and US governments believe that tactics like this are going to deter or intimidate us in any way from continuing to report aggressively on what these [Snowden] documents reveal, they are beyond deluded. If anything, it will have only the opposite effect: to embolden us even further. Beyond that, every time the [...]Continue reading Quote of the Day: Failed Attempt at Intimidation Edition
As you might have heard, many Californians were awakened by their phones last week for a late-night Amber Alert: Russ went to bed early, setting “do not disturb” mode on his iPhone so no one could wake him up. His phone did wake him up, though, screeching and lighting up with an Amber Alert message [...]Continue reading The problem with mobile Amber Alerts
If something isn’t done to stop the train wreck known as Obamacare before next year, the healthcare system and the economy will suffer. Tea Party Republicans in the House and Senate have vowed to “defund” Obamacare even if it means shutting the government down. Obviously, opponents of this law should do everything possible to stop [...]Continue reading Don’t Bail the Democrats Out By ‘Defunding’ Obamacare
It’s been nearly a month since Radley Balko’s latest book Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces was released. Now Balko is making the rounds with the various media outlets about this subject which normally receives very little attention by the media. As one would expect, Balko has more than his [...]Continue reading Reason’s Mike Riggs Interviews Radley Balko on Police Militarization
MSNBC is typically a safe place for the Obama administration to promote talking points, propaganda, and bald faced lies. Imagine Press Secretary (or more accurately, Obama’s Minister of Truth) Jay Carney’s surprise on Morning Joe when the host Joe Scarborough wouldn’t allow him to get away with arguing that the ongoing congressional investigations into the [...]Continue reading Joe Scarborough vs. The Minister of Truth
Ultimately, it is the job of the media to give straight, objective coverage of any story. Whatever the final verdict on Zimmerman, the media is clearly guilty of playing on the most primitive racial divisions in our society to fuel racial animosity and boost ratings. There are no winners here. -Juan Williams Related: Justice for [...]Continue reading Quote of the Day: No Winners Edition