31 March 2008
Not surprisingly, this medicine would frequently be added to the formulary soon after. The military system had to put a draconian ethic system in place because the problem spiraled out of control. Every new drug to hit the market was making its way into the military treatment facilities, no matter what it cost. Even after these new rules were in place, it was a long time before pharmacists and doctors started having trouble working around the restrictions. One pharmacist I knew made sure the drug reps knew exactly how much they could spend per person without running afoul of the regulations... this was down to the penny. It was ten times worse in the civilian hospitals I worked.
I'm all for tort-reform but people need to remember why it became popular in the first place.
30 March 2008
But Grady has been praised for preparing the campus police department. He boosted the number of training programs for officers and required they all be certified in first aid.
He had plans for various crisis scenarios, including an on-campus shooting. Grady had ordered his officers to go after a gunman immediately.
This police chief is superbly qualified and made sure his officers were too. Plans were in place and followed. The only people who could find fault with his performance would be anti-gun, anti-police moonbats who would say he went too far. As a matter of fact, he moved from his previous two positions for just that reason... resistance to what he believed were necessary minimums for getting the job done.
He has doubts and guilty feelings over losing five people that day, as any good man would question himself after such a tragedy. The fact is, he did everything he could to minimize the risk to his folks, then ran toward the sound of the guns when the murderer began killing innocents. He is a hero in every sense of the word.
Contrast this to what would have likely happened if students were allowed to carry their personal weapons for protection. Knowing the campus policy, instead of considering NIU a "target-rich environment", the killer may have been deterred from even beginning his attack. If he intended to die, as it appears, then even one student returning fire would likely have limited the killing. Even if you intend on dying, getting shot at tends to distract you from killing others. If that student were well-prepared, and/or joined by other students prepared to defend themselves, the killer might have been stopped before fatally shooting anybody.
It's past time to allow students to exercise their right of self-defense. If it can happen in a setting with Police Chief Grady there, it can happen anywhere there is a "gun-free" zone. When seconds count, help is only minutes away... unless you can help yourself.
Lt. Lee Packnett, an Army public affairs officer in Washington, confirmed that the Maupins were notified Sunday that their son's remains had been identified. Packnett said an official statement about the identification would be released Monday.
Matt Maupin was a 20-year-old private first class when he was captured April 9, 2004, after his fuel convoy, part of the 724th Transportation Company, was ambushed west of Baghdad.Prayers and condolences for the family and friends of Sergeant Maupin. I sincerely hope his killers have already been sent to hell.
29 March 2008
What do you do when the religious beliefs of parents endanger their children? I am a strong supporter of parental rights and the freedom to practice religion, but kids have rights too.
The family believes in the Bible, which says healing comes from God, Leilani Neumann said.
If they believe in God and the Bible, where do they think medical knowledge comes from? If a child breaks a bone, is it a sin to put a cast on? The parents have three other children who are now staying with another relative while this is being investigated. I hope the investigation is thorough, but that won't bring Kara back.
28 March 2008
I love when simple things are used in new ways that make you say, "Dang! I should have thought of that!" This article just started me wondering about other technologies that have been around for decades might be useful in unique ways.
As decibels rise, the colors on the new monitoring system change from green to yellow to red, hushing chatty parents or doctors so the babies get the rest they need to develop.
It will be interesting to see some longevity studies on the efficacy of these monitors.
27 March 2008
So the last quarter growth was down to 0.6% of GDP, which is much lower than the previous quarter's "sizzling" 4.9% growth.
The Commerce Department reported Thursday that the gross domestic product, or GDP, increased at a feeble 0.6 percent annual rate from October through December. The reading, unchanged from a previous estimate a month ago, provided stark evidence of just how much the economy has weakened. In the previous three months, the economy had a sizzling 4.9 percent growth rate.
The GDP measures the value of all goods and services produced in the United States and is the best barometer of economic health.
If last quarter's growth was so "sizzling", why were we getting the doom-and-gloom stories throughout the past year? Why should anyone doubt that the media has been spinning the economic news for the past 7 years? We still haven't had a single quarter of negative growth and the talk of a recession has been non-stop. It's disgusting how the media's hatred of the Bush administration has dominated the coverage. If this were a Democrat in office, this last quarter would have been the "blip" or "market" correction and seen as temporary. Since it's not, the media deciders inform us that it is just a portent of things to come.
That's not all however, down further in the article we get this:
In a second report, fewer people signed up for unemployment benefits last week, although that did not change the broader picture of a deteriorating job market. The Labor Department said jobless claims fell by 9,000 to 366,000, a better showing than many economists forecast. Still, unemployment is expected to rise this year given all the problems affecting the economy.
Unemployment goes down, so of course that means unemployment is going to go up. George Orwell ain't got nothing on the MSM.
26 March 2008
Trust me... you wouldn't want to see me singing and dancing (sideways, because Mom had similar camera skills to this one) to "It's Howdy-Doody Time!" when the Howdy Doody Show came on. My wife hated it so I broke the habit long ago (but I still remember the words... heh)
I spend so much time over at Patterico's because the quality of both the posts and the comments is so high (despite my own sometimes inane contributions). I thought about DRJ's comment for quite a while before responding. Afterwards, I decided that a new thread was probably the best avenue to get further opinions from the (extremely discerning) few people who come here semi-regularly, along with maybe some informed opinions from any casual passersby (hello and welcome). Comments are always welcomed and encouraged.
Here is what I wrote back:
He should be placed on the State Department's list of nations that are supporters of terrorism. Period.
25 March 2008
When I wrote about this back on the 7th of March, I said that Chavez would look for any excuse to rekindle tensions as an excuse to invade Colombia. I haven't seen anything yet to make that seem less likely.
Because the international courts are bastions of justice. Feh.
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