Saturday, December 29, 2007

State Health Officials Fault Lack of Federal Action on Waterproofing Sprays

By ERIC LIPTON
Published: December 29, 2007

WASHINGTON — The Consumer Product Safety Commission is unnecessarily leaving the American public at risk through its failure to properly investigate a long-running series of lung injuries tied to widely available waterproofing sprays, public health officials from several states say.

Several products have been associated with complaints of respiratory problems.


The complaint concerns inexpensive sprays sold nationwide that rely on a water-repelling ingredient that contains a Teflon-like chemical known as a fluoropolymer.

Because the chemical resin is not considered hazardous at this concentration, federal laws do not require that spray-can labels mention its presence, and typically they do not, said Susan C. Smolinske, a professor of toxicology at Wayne State University in Detroit and the director of a Michigan regional poison control center.

But in the past several years, thousands of consumers are likely to have suffered respiratory problems — including shortness of breath, persistent cough and in some cases long-term lung injuries — after using these waterproofing sprays, Dr. Smolinske said, citing a smaller number of formal reports filed with poison control centers. [read more]


Photo, Susan Etheridge for The New York Times

FDA warns against Chinese-made supplements

Agency: Chemicals used for erectile dysfunction drugs putting users at risk

updated 5:47 p.m. CT, Fri., Dec. 28, 2007

WASHINGTON - Some Chinese-made dietary supplements marketed to provide male sexual enhancement contain undeclared erectile dysfunction drugs putting users at risk, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned Friday.

The agency advised consumers to stay away from Shangai Chaojimengnan supplements sold under the names Super Shangai, Strong Testis, Shangai Ultra, Shangai Ultra X, Lady Shangai and Shangai Regular. The Chinese-made supplements are packaged and distributed by Shangai Distributor Inc. of Puerto Rico. [read more]


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Friday, December 28, 2007

Colorado Attorney General Won't Challenge Hospital Sale That Could End Abortions

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
December 27, 2007


Denver, CO (LifeNews.com) -- Colorado's the top attorney says he won't challenge a Catholic hospital's id to purchase another medical center that could result in ending abortions there. Sisters of Charity Leavenworth Health System is purchasing Exempla Lutheran Medical Center in Wheat Ridge, a suburb of Denver, and the sale could stop abortions at Exempla.
State law requires the Attorney General John Suthers to approve the transfer of assets and he has until December 30 to do so.


As LifeNews.com reported earlier this month, doctors at Exempla are upset that the hospital will be sold to a Catholic medical facility that does not allow abortions.

Physicians there tried to persuade Suthers to void the sale but he announced in a statement on Thursday that the transaction can proceed. [read more]

Bhutto Buried as Violence Spreads

Unrest Grows After Pakistani Opposition Leader's Assassination

By ASHRAF KHAN,AP
Posted: 2007-12-28 10:52:51
Filed Under: World News


GARHI KHUDA BAKSH, Pakistan (Dec. 28) -- Hundreds of thousands of mourners, weeping and chanting for justice, thronged the mausoleum of Pakistan's most famous political dynasty in a raw outpouring of grief for Benazir Bhutto. The government blamed al-Qaida and the Taliban for the assassination of the opposition leader, who was buried alongside her father.

Furious supporters, many of them blaming President Pervez Musharraf's government for the shooting and bombing attack on the former prime minister, rampaged through several cities in violence that left at least 23 dead less than two weeks before crucial elections. [read more]

Thomas Jefferson's Birthright Law

An Act declaring who shall be deemed citizens of this Commonwealth (Virginia).

"Be it enacted by the General Assembly, That all white persons born within the territory of the Commonwealth, and all who have resided therein two years next before the passing of this act; and all who shall hereafter migrate into the same, other than alien enemies, and shall, before any Court of Record, give satisfactory proof, by their oath or affirmation, that they intend to reside therein; and moreover, shall give assurance of fidelity to the Commonwealth; and all infants, whenever born, whose father, if living, or otherwise, whose mother was a citizen at the time of their birth, or who migrate hither, their father, if living, or otherwise, their mother becoming a citizen, or who migrate hither without father or mother, shall be deemed citizens of this Commonwealth until they relinquish that character, in manner as hereinafter expressed (expatriation); and all others not being citizens of any of the United States of America, shall be deemed aliens."


H/T to Immigration News Daily.

Fred Thompson's Plan For Education

Here is yet another forward thinking plan from Fred Thompson. As a parent with children in school I would like nothing better than to see Fred's plans for education get enacted. It is vital that parents have the say in their children's education.

Education

Fred Thompson believes that every child in America deserves a quality education, and that every parent should determine how that is best accomplished. Despite the tens of billions of dollars spent on education by Washington each year, and the hundreds of federal education programs now in place, our children are still falling behind, particularly in subjects crucial to success in the global economy in which we live. Given the importance of education to our nation's security, prosperity, and unity, we should all be alarmed and committed to solving this problem.

At a time when America is behind other developed countries in education excellence, the federal role in education is too intrusive and too bureaucratic, and has become part of the problem. No Child Left Behind was a good start -- the testing component, in particular, was a necessary measure. The associated federal mandates, however, have put significant administrative burdens on teachers and caused many States to lower testing standards.

State and local governments are closest to the parents, the kids, and the schools. They are best situated to implement changes and innovations that result in better educated children. A new, simplified, federal education block grant program with objective testing standards would bring us closer to reaching the shared goal of improving our schools, while preserving local control. We must begin by returning to our core principles of more parental control and choice, higher standards, and greater accountability....[read more]

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Founding Fathers Quote

The Tenth Amendment is the foundation of the Constitution.

Thomas Jefferson

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Fred Thompson on Bhutto's assassination

In Case You Missed It.... Interview with Fred Thompson this afternoon on Fox News, discussing the assassination of Benazir Bhutto

HARRIS FAULKNER : Senator, your reaction, first, to the assassination of Benazir Bhutto.

FRED THOMPSON : It is a tragedy, of course. It reminds us that things can happen in faraway places of the world that can affect the United States. I think this should be of great concern to us. It is almost a perfect storm in a very bad sense because two forces are operating against each other that are both desirable. One is democracy: they were making progress in that regard in that country. Former prime minister Bhutto was an important part of that process. But the other is stability. Pakistan is a nuclear country, and we cannot afford to let nukes fall into the hands of dangerous Muslim radicals. We are hoping those two things can be balanced out. We can see the continued progress toward a democratic society but also maintain stability in the country, which seems to be very much in doubt right now.

FAULKNER: I know you are running for the White House, so I don't want to put you in a position to second guess the president. But I'm interested in your opinion. President Bush is due to talk with Pervez Musharraf shortly. What do you anticipate that conversation should be like?

THOMPSON: Those two things that I mention probably would be high on the agenda. What could be done to not impose martial law, to not crack down, but be mindful of the fact that there are radical elements in that country, and perhaps even within the government, that would like to see instability and chaos and see those weapons fall into the wrong hands. This is part of a bigger problem. We need to understand that this is not a criminal investigation any more - so we find the bad guys and bring them to justice - it's a war.

This proves again the mindset of the radical elements that we are dealing with. We are seeing this all across Northern Africa and various places. We're seeing it across the Middle East and in parts of Asia including Indonesia and other places. We have to come to terms with that and do the things necessary to prevail. One of the things we need to be talking about is what Musharraf can do, additionally, to crack down on the Taliban. I think they have been insufficient in that respect.

FAULKNER : Taliban also supporters of al Qaeda in that country. Pakistan has been an important ally in the war on terror, so have do you walk that line?

THOMPSON: You just walk it. No one said it has been easy and simple. Pakistan has never been easy or simple. I had a chance a few years ago to talk to Musharraf before things got quite as complex as they are now. But it has always been an important part of the world. They're next door to India. They've had a crisis after crisis with regard to them. They're next door to Afghanistan, and they're important to us. They've been helpful to us. But we' re going to have to walk that line between democracy on the one hand and stability on the other. But I think it's possible.

Lou Dobbs to the Rescue?

By TEDDY DAVIS and KEVIN CHUPKA
Dec. 27, 2007

Share CNN's Lou Dobbs could come under pressure to run for president from a group opposed to illegal immigration if the GOP nominates former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Arizona Sen. John McCain or former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

"We still hope that we can get a comprehensive enforcement candidate out of the Republican field," William Gheen, the president of Americans for Legal Immigration PAC, told ABC News. "But if we can't, we're going to grab Lou Dobbs by the ear and drag him into the race."

Multimedia
Who's Your Candidate? Find Your Presidential Match!Dobbs has not taken any formal steps to become a presidential candidate. But The Wall Street Journal reported last month that friends of Dobbs say he is "seriously contemplating a race for the first time, although it's still unlikely." [read more]


H/T to Immigration News Daily.

Anti-Christian violence escalates in India

New Delhi, Dec. 27, 2007 (CWNews.com) - Violence against Christians continues in India's eastern Orissa state, despite the curfew imposed by local authorities in an effort to curb the activities of Hindu mobs.

The violence that began on Christmas Eve continued through December 27, with arson attacks that destroyed the homes of 300 Christian families and caused at least 3 deaths. During the night of December 26-27, a group of Hindu zealots, defying a curfew order, attacked a home of the Missionaries of Charity in Kandhamal, the AsiaNews service reports. [read more]

Senate Confirms President Bush's Nomination of Pro-Life Vatican Ambassador Email this article

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
December 26, 2007


Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- Before the Senate closed up shop for the year, lawmakers approved the nomination of a respected pro-life attorney to sere as the ambassador to the Vatican. President Bush nominated Harvard law professor Mary Ann Glendon to become the next delegate to the Holy See but her confirmation vote had been held up by both Democrats and Republicans.
The current ambassador to the Catholic state, Francis Rooney, recently resigned and is expected to leave office before the Pope’s visit in April 2008.

Though Glendon's nomination drew praise from the pro-life community, a Republican senator placed her nomination on hold because she has served as an advisor to Mitt Romney. The Republican presidential candidate has received significant criticism over his change of position on abortion.

One Republican leader told a conservative media outlet that Glendon's nomination probably wouldn't receive action until next year.

However, as LifeNews.com has learned, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing on Glendon's confirmation and sent her name to the full Senate. There, lawmakers approved her along with a flurry of other last-minute appointments on a voice vote.

Before the vote, Rep. Vita Fossella, a pro-life Republican from New York, issued a letter to Senate Democratic leaders asking them to stop delaying a confirmation vote. [read more]

Fred Thompson's Plan For Social Security.

While most candidates just have talking points Fred has plans and here is a good one.

The Plan

Since its inception, Social Security has done a good job of reducing poverty rates among the elderly, reducing them from 35% in 1959 to 9.4% in 2006. The current program, however, is fiscally unsustainable. Social Security actuaries warn that if nothing is done, the Social Security Trust Fund will run out of money around 2041. When that happens, retirees will face an immediate 23 percent cut in their benefits. Or, Congress could change the law and impose a 30% increase in taxes just to sustain the promised benefit level. Without question, therefore, future generations of Americans will not have the same retirement system that current seniors enjoy available to them unless the Social Security program is transformed and saved. Few young workers today have confidence that Social Security will be there for them when they retire.

While 2041 sounds as if it is far off, one-third of the people now in their fifties and the great majority of people younger than 50 will be collecting benefits when Social Security runs out of money thirty-four years from now. Fred Thompson believes that we cannot afford to wait, because the longer we do the larger the problem grows. Rather, we need to take action now to save and protect Social Security and put it on a sustainable path for our children and grandchildren. The longer we delay reform of the current system, the more draconian the reforms will have to be.

We still have time to save Social Security, protect it, and provide a more secure retirement for all American workers...if we act now. [read more]

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT...The Ottumwa Courier: "Support Thompson"

Important Iowa Newspaper Endorses Fred Thompson

"Support Thompson"
Editorial Board
The Ottumwa Courier
December 27, 2007

Fred Thompson is the unlikely candidate. Perfectly content with his status as a former senator and Hollywood actor, Thompson says he happy in his private life.

But despite the pitfalls of the rough and tumble world of politics, the Republican says Washington, D.C. needs a "consistent" conservative to lead the United States into a new direction.

Thompson is unapologetic on his views and is a straight-shooter.

"These are clearly challenging times. I don't think we've fully come to terms with the kind of world we live in," he told members of the Courier editorial board recently.

Indeed, Thompson believes work must continue in Iraq despite growing concerns American troops should return home.

We have to "finish what we're doing," he said, adding the United States must continue the fight there and in Afghanistan.

Thompson said the United States can no longer ignore the instability in Afghanistan and in nearby Pakistan because of issues ranging from the Taliban to the country's economic dependence on the opium trade.

When it comes to domestic issues, Thompson again admits there are no simple answers.

On energy concerns, he believes in "a balanced approach to energy security that increases domestic supplies, reduces demand for oil and gas, and promotes alternative fuels and other diverse energy sources."

He also seeks "an energy policy that invests in the advanced technologies of tomorrow and places more emphasis on conservation and energy efficiency."

But the answers are not readily available.

"Oil independence, in the near future, is not to be had," Thompson concedes, adding he thinks Americans are "willing to trade some discomfort to get some honesty."

On economic issues, Thompson is blunt. The time is now to reform the American economy.

He says the country needs "market-based approaches to reform that guarantee benefits for those who need them and embrace personal responsibility and cost-effectiveness without raising taxes."

Thompson said "it is a moral imperative that requires action now" and he wants a full account of the government's fiscal books for "all to see and understand."

The man from Tennessee is no-nonsense, speaks plainly and believes action is needed now, not later.

"There's very little credibility coming out of D.C. to deal with these problems, so I think there's an opportunity for someone who is willing to speak the truth," he said.

Fred Thompson will do just that.



To View The Editorial Please Visit :

http://www.ottumwacourier.com/opinion/local_story_360221446.html

Founding Fathers Quote

A generous parent would have said, 'if there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.

Thomas Paine

Fred Thompson TV Ad: "Substance"

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FAIR Releasing Major Study on Illegal Immigration Costs in Iowa

All across Iowa, as ordinary citizens meet face-to-face with the people who are vying for the nation's highest political office, the issue of illegal immigration is raised again and again. Polls indicate that illegal immigration is one of the key concerns on the minds of citizens, and that there is overwhelming public support for sensible enforcement of immigration laws. The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) will introduce its timely cost study to the Iowa media at a news conference in Des Moines, in conjunction with the Iowa 2007 Talk Radio Row -- a two day event at which 22 of the nation's leading talk radio hosts will be broadcasting continuously from Des Moines and focusing on immigration. When: Thursday December 27, 2007 at 11:30 AM CST. Where: Des Moines Marriott Downtown, 700 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA. Second Floor/Salon F. [read more]

H/T to Immigration News Daily.

New US Form I-9 Mandatory On Wednesday, Seeks To Fight Immigration Document Fraud

Washington, DC (AHN) - A new employment verification form, the I-9, must be filled out by every employer in the U.S. as part of the country's battle against immigration document fraud. Its implementation starts Wednesday, although the law creating the form was crafted in 1996. According to immigration experts, the mandatory use of form I-9 is just the first step in a series of federal initiatives to cut down the number of documents used to verify employment. Chris Bentley, spokesman of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, said, "We're anticipating a smooth transition from the old form to the new one." He added, "It's the one we've publicized to the employer community, one they know is coming, and it's as simple as downloading the new form and using that as of the 26th." [read more]

H/T to Immigration News Daily.

Crunch Time in Iowa



H/T: Fredstates.com

Former British Prime Minister Criticized on Catholic Conversion and Abortion Email this article

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
December 24, 2007


London, England (LifeNews.com) -- Former British political leader Tony Blair converted to Catholicism on Friday as Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, Archbishop of Westminster, received him in a ceremony at his residence chapel.
However Blair is coming under fire for refusing to oppose legalized abortions -- an important policy position for the Catholic Church.

Blair’s conversion came under criticism from former Tory MP Ann Widdecombe, who converted to Catholicism in 1993, and she said his public positions had often "gone against church teaching.”

In an interview with the BBC, Widdencombe said Blair's move is ironic given the differences.

"If you look at Tony Blair's voting record in the House of Commons, he's gone against Church teaching on more than one occasion. On things, for example, like abortion," she said. "My question would be, 'has he changed his mind on that?'"

Meanwhile, John Smeaton, director of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, a leading British pro-life group, said in an interview earlier this month in The Spectator that Blair needed to repudiate his pro-abortion views to be fully accepted by pro-life Catholics. [read more]

Researchers Replicate Study Producing Ethical Embryonic-Like Stem Cells Email this article

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
December 24, 2007


Boston, MA (LifeNews.com) -- Scientists at Harvard have replicated two previous studies by scientists in Japan and Wisconsin who turned skin cells into embryonic-like stem cells and avoided the ethical problems normally associated with embryonic stem cell research and the destruction of human life. The new study provides more good news for pro-life advocates.
Previously, the Japanese and Wisconsin teams released studies in the medical journals Science and Cell that show how they were able to make adult stem cells revert to their embryonic form.

The studies confirm that human skin cells (fibroblasts) can be used to make pluripotent stem cells sharing essentially all the features of human embryonic stem cells.

The Harvard team published its findings in the latest issue of the medical journal Nature and they say the new approach is not a fluke but a legitimate method that pro-life group say shows a reduced need for destroying human embryos to advance science.

Dr. George Daley of Harvard Medical School and Children’s Hospital Boston and his colleagues obtained human skin cells from a volunteer, whereas the other two teams used commercially-available stem cells. They used fetal lung and skin cells as well.

That may appear to be a small difference but Daley says it’s an important one because it shows how scientists can use the more ethical method to create stem cells tailored for a patient for transplants. [read more]

Why Fred Thompson

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Founding Fathers Quote

It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood, if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man, who knows what the law is today, can guess what it will be like tomorrow.

James Madison

David Brody Talks to Fred and Jeri Thompson in Iowa 12-19-07

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Founding Fathers Quote

It cannot be emphasized too clearly and too often that this nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religion, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason, peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here.

Patrick Henry

Rep. Steve King (IA-5) Endorses Fred Thompson