And speaking of the health benefits of Canadian-style health care…

Canadian clinic forced to apologize after using unsterilized surgical equipment on patients FOR FOURTEEN YEARS.

Health officials in New Brunswick are contacting nearly 2,500 patients after discovering that unsterilized biopsy forceps were used at a hospital clinic for 14 years.

The problem at a colposcopy clinic at the Miramichi Regional Hospital began in May 1999 and was detected on May 24 of this year, the province’s Horizon Health Network said Wednesday.

“I on behalf of everyone at Horizon apologize for this error and the resulting apprehension this may cause our patients,” said John McGarry, the CEO of the Horizon Health Network.

14 years of using unsterilized surgical equipment on colonoscopies has GOT to leave a lot of Canadians feeling a little bent out of shape…

 
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August 28th, 2013 by exurbankevin

Man dies after a 34 hour wait in the ER

Oh, the heartless American hospital system and what it does to patients! Is it any wonder this sort of thing happens in such a mean, cruel country that doesn’t have single-payer, universal health care? 

Wait, this happened in Canada? Nevermind.

An inquest was told Tuesday that a man who died in a hospital emergency room was ignored almost the entire 34 hours he was waiting for care, even when he threw up three times.

Sgt. John O’Donovan said 150 people moved through the ER the weekend Brian Sinclair died, but he was the only one who didn’t receive medical treatment.

O’Donovan, who watched the surveillance footage of Sinclair’s time at the Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre in September 2008, said the video shows no one paid attention to the double amputee while he languished in the emergency department.

But Obamacare will be different. Obama and Nancy Pelosi tell us that’s so.

 
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August 28th, 2013 by exurbankevin

Two Unrelated, Related Stories

North Korea’s brutal regime isn’t just content to punish the individuals who displease them: They punish three generations of the family of anyone who’s tried to defect or commit a similar act of freedom


The Department of Justice is suing the state of Texas in order to re-instate parts of the Voter Rights Act of 1965 that were declared as invalid and unnecessary by the Supreme Court earlier this year. 

Don’t worry too much Texas. If North Korea is any indication, you’ve got another 27 years to go then the progressives will let you out of their pretend prison. 

 
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August 27th, 2013 by exurbankevin

Unexpecting the expected.

A group of women (and men) protested in Vancouver, Canada, this week, demanding that women should have the right to go topless, just like men. Marching through the streets of that fair city, they cried out “Nudity isn’t sexual!”, at which point, dozens of mens of men with camera began to film the demonstration and prove them wrong. 

Whoops

A handful women chanting “Free your breasts, free your mind” inspired a chaotic scene on Robson Street Sunday as surprised shoppers whipped out their iPhones, tablets, iPads and cameras to get a shot of the spectacle. 

The march quickly gathered far more followers than participants, and by the time the group arrived at Robson Square, several hundred camera-wielding voyeurs were ready to get their close-ups of the bared breasts.

Look,  I can march in the street and yell out “Gravity doesn’t affect me!” all I want, but when my beliefs meet the cold-hard reality of a 30 foot drop, it’s going to end rather poorly for me, just like it did for these demonstrators.

 
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August 27th, 2013 by exurbankevin

L’Italia sta andando Galt

Turn your country into a hostile business environment, and companies will take their business elsewhere.

Earlier this month, the owner of an electrical components factory in the north of the country waved his employees off on their summer holidays. Then, without informing them, he moved the entire operation, lock, stock and barrel, to Poland.

Fabrizio Pedroni, 49, said he was driven to the drastic course of action because his factory, located near the city of Modena, had not turned a profit for five years and he was being strangled by high salaries, crippling taxes and dismal rates of productivity.

Moving the factory to Eastern Europe was the only way of saving his company, which was founded 50 years ago by his grandfather. 

To borrow from a timeless Internet saying, businesses interpret excessive taxation as damage and find ways around it. 

 
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August 26th, 2013 by exurbankevin

Yeah, about that “The DHS Is Hoarding Ammo” meme….

Remember earlier this year, when ammo couldn’t be found, and people were wondering why the Department of Homeland Security was buying millions and millions of rounds?

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reserves the right to buy up to 750 million rounds of ammunition over the next five years and currently has “two years worth” of ammo on hand, or around 247 million rounds in its inventory, the department’s top procurement official said Thursday during congressional testimony.

DHS has already purchased around 41 million rounds of ammunition this year alone, Nick Nayak, DHS’s chief procurement officer, said during an oversight hearing on Capitol Hill. Some $37 million in taxpayer dollars will be spent on the purchase of ammunition in the entirety of fiscal year 2013.

Several lawmakers on the House Oversight Committee said they were surprised by the requisition and asked why DHS has been purchasing such large quantities of ammo for its 72,000 officers, most of who rarely discharge their weapons in the line of duty. 

At the time, people thought we were crazy for asking such questions. Turns out the crazy was at the DHS

A Department of Homeland Security manager in charge of buying weapons and ammunition for the government is, on the side, running an inflammatory website that throws around gay slurs and advocates the mass murder of “whites” and the “ethnic cleansing” of “Uncle Tom race traitors,” according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. 

So the guy in charge of buying ammo for the people buying up all the ammo turns out to be a bigot intent on starting a race war. 

Who’s crazy now, people, who’s crazy now?

 
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August 23rd, 2013 by exurbankevin

Power Play

Hippie (To me): “Nuclear energy is bad, man, solar is the way to go!” 

Me, to hippie: “Umn, you know the Sun is just one big nuclear explosion, right? So by wanting solar power, you’re actually supporting nuclear power.”

Hippie: “…”

 
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August 20th, 2013 by exurbankevin

They told Glenn Reynolds that if he voted for Romney, moral prudes and churches would influence elections, and they were RIGHT!

Who needs laws when there’s a self-righteous moral cause to support?

The Center for Public Integrity took at peek at donations flowing into the Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly gun control PAC, and they found several thousand dollars in donations from at least two private foundations and a church that cannot legally donate to political action committees.

If my church in the heart of one of Arizona’s reddest districts decided to support, say, reduced taxes with the tithes and offerings, we give them, Progressives of all stripes would (rightfully) cry foul over the obvious use of a church’s money to support a political cause. Now that two progressives 501C3’s have been found with their hands in political cookie jar, I expect a massive chorus of crickets from the same voices on the left who would complain about the same behavior from GOP-aligned non-profits.

 
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August 18th, 2013 by exurbankevin

The Washington Post *swears* the Obama is a nice guy most of the time, it’s just that sometimes he gets angry and hurts them.

Someone get this newspaper to a shelter for battered spouses and a book on co-dependecy.

The Post was able to interview John Delong, NSA director of compliance for the article and they were initially informed “DeLong and members of the NSA communications staff said he could be quoted ‘by name and title’ on some of his answers after an unspecified internal review.”  However, the WH subsequently changed their minds.  The Washington Post included the following statement with their article:

The Obama administration referred all questions for this article to John DeLong, the NSA’s director of compliance, who answered questions freely in a 90-minute interview. DeLong and members of the NSA communications staff said he could be quoted “by name and title” on some of his answers after an unspecified internal review. The Post said it would not permit the editing of quotes. Two days later, White House and NSA spokesmen said that none of DeLong’s comments could be quoted on the record and sent instead a prepared statement in his name. The Post declines to accept the substitute language as quotations from DeLong.

The Washington Post went on to say that it’s not Obama’s fault that he treats them this way, it’s their fault. You see, they’ve been having a problem with sassin’ their mouths off to Obama and not treating him with the respect he wants, so the Post believes they deserve this sort of thing. 

 
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August 16th, 2013 by exurbankevin

Well, at least Michael Bloomberg is consistent.

First, his ban on (some) sugary drinks was given an EPIC beatdown in New York State Court.

Then, he financed Illegal Mayors Against Guns, which managed to change the gun laws of Colorado, but at a high cost for the legislators who backed his wackobird ideas. 

Now, his policy of stopping and frisking minority yutes who look like they’re all uppity and up to something has been laid low by the courts, who remembered that yes, we have a Fourth Amendment for a reason

Judge Scheindlin found that the city “adopted a policy of indirect racial profiling by targeting racially defined groups for stops based on local crime suspect data.” She rejected the city’s arguments that more stops happened in minority neighborhoods solely because those happened to have high-crime rates.

“I also conclude that the city’s highest officials have turned a blind eye to the evidence that officers are conducting stops in a racially discriminatory manner,” she wrote.

We live in a world where a minority homeowner who protects his property from a wannabe thug is a racist murderer, but a liberal white male billionaire who allows minorities to be interrogated by the police whenever the police want to do so is a champion of freedom.

Strange days indeed.

 
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August 12th, 2013 by exurbankevin