Sunday, July 29, 2012

I HOPE THE HOLE IS DEEP ENOUGH SO HE CAN'T GET OUT!


Matters not to me what “party” you identify with, 'cause the party is over. These figures tell a compelling story and should challenge everyone to think beyond partisan politics and finger pointing and get a grasp of reality before it is too late. 

Socialism is here; also hyper inflation, hidden from all of us by the fed. It won't help much if you're a high incomer with well funded retirement. After the 2012 election the buying power of the dollar will begin an accelerated descent to zip.

The ‘hope’ and ‘fundamental change’ promised for America will be far from what you may have expected beginning in 2008.

There is a common denominator in all this...the question is, what can we do about it? 

DON'T OVER THINK THE PROBLEM!!!
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TAKE TWO ASPIRINS AND A TICKET AT THE END OF THE LINE … HOW OLD ARE YOU?


Doctor Shortage Likely to Worsen With Health Law


GETTING A TICKET AT THE DELI COUNTER AND GETTING SERVED WOULD TAKE LESS TIME … 
WELL YOU GOTTA PASS THE BILL TO SEE WHAT'S IN IT!
RIVERSIDE, Calif. — In the Inland Empire, an economically depressed region in Southern California, President Obama’s health care law is expected to extend insurance coverage to more than 300,000 people by 2014. But coverage will not necessarily translate into care: Local health experts doubt there will be enough doctors to meet the area’s needs. There are not enough now.

Other places around the country, including the Mississippi Delta, Detroit and suburban Phoenix, face similar problems. The Association of American Medical Colleges estimates that in 2015 the country will have 62,900 fewer doctors than needed. And that number will more than double by 2025, as the expansion of insurance coverage and the aging of baby boomers drive up demand for care. Even without the health care law, the shortfall of doctors in 2025 would still exceed 100,000.

Health experts, including many who support the law, say there is little that the government or the medical profession will be able to do to close the gap by 2014, when the law begins extending coverage to about 30 million Americans. It typically takes a decade to train a doctor.  {WHO WOULD HAVE GUESS THE INSURANCE CENTERED SYSTEM WOULD FAIL BEFORE IT EVEN BEGAN?}

“We have a shortage of every kind of doctor, except for plastic surgeons and dermatologists,” said Dr. G. Richard Olds, the dean of the new medical school at the University of California, Riverside, founded in part to address the region’s doctor shortage. “We’ll have a 5,000-physician shortage in 10 years, no matter what anybody does.”

Experts describe a doctor shortage as an “invisible problem.” Patients still get care, but the process is often slow and difficult. In Riverside, it has left residents driving long distances to doctors, languishing on waiting lists, overusing emergency rooms and even forgoing care.

“It results in delayed care and higher levels of acuity,”
said Dustin Corcoran, the chief executive of the California Medical Association, which represents 35,000 physicians. People “access the health care system through the emergency department, rather than establishing a relationship with a primary care physician who might keep them from getting sicker.”

In the Inland Empire, encompassing the counties of Riverside and San Bernardino, the shortage of doctors is already severe. The population of Riverside County swelled 42 percent in the 2000s, gaining more than 644,000 people. It has continued to grow despite the collapse of one of the country’s biggest property bubbles and a jobless rate of 11.8 percent in the Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario metro area.

But the growth in the number of physicians has lagged, in no small part because the area has trouble attracting doctors, who might make more money and prefer living in nearby Orange County or Los Angeles.

A government council has recommended that a given region have 60 to 80 primary care doctors per 100,000 residents, and 85 to 105 specialists. The Inland Empire has about 40 primary care doctors and 70 specialists per 100,000 residents — the worst shortage in California, in both cases.

Moreover, across the country, fewer than half of primary care clinicians were accepting new Medicaid patients as of 2008, making it hard for the poor to find care even when they are eligible for Medicaid. The expansion of Medicaid accounts for more than one-third of the overall growth in coverage in President Obama’s health care law.

Providers say they are bracing for the surge of the newly insured into an already strained system.

Temetry Lindsey, the chief executive of Inland Behavioral & Health Services, which provides medical care to about 12,000 area residents, many of them low income, said she was speeding patient-processing systems, packing doctors’ schedules tighter and seeking to hire more physicians.

“We know we are going to be overrun at some point,” Ms. Lindsey said, estimating that the clinics would see new demand from 10,000 to 25,000 residents by 2014. She added that hiring new doctors had proved a struggle, in part because of the “stigma” of working in this part of California.

Across the country, a factor increasing demand, along with expansion of coverage in the law and simple population growth, is the aging of the baby boom generation. Medicare officials predict that enrollment will surge to 73.2 million in 2025, up 44 percent from 50.7 million this year.

“Older Americans require significantly more health care,” said Dr. Darrell G. Kirch, the president of the Association of American Medical Colleges. “Older individuals are more likely to have multiple chronic conditions, requiring more intensive, coordinated care.”

The pool of doctors has not kept pace, and will not, health experts said. Medical school enrollment is increasing, but not as fast as the population. The number of training positions for medical school graduates is lagging. Younger doctors are on average working fewer hours than their predecessors. And about a third of the country’s doctors are 55 or older, and nearing retirement.

Physician compensation is also an issue. The proportion of medical students choosing to enter primary care has declined in the past 15 years, as average earnings for primary care doctors and specialists, like orthopedic surgeons and radiologists, have diverged. A study by the Medical Group Management Association found that in 2010, primary care doctors made about $200,000 a year. Specialists often made twice as much.

The Obama administration has sought to ease the shortage. The health care law increases Medicaid’s primary care payment rates in 2013 and 2014. It also includes money to train new primary care doctors, reward them for working in underserved communities and strengthen community health centers.

But the provisions within the law are expected to increase the number of primary care doctors by perhaps 3,000 in the coming decade. Communities around the country need about 45,000.

Many health experts in California said that while they welcomed the expansion of coverage, they expected that the state simply would not be ready for the new demand. “It’s going to be necessary to use the resources that we have smarter” in light of the doctor shortages, said Dr. Mark D. Smith, who heads the California HealthCare Foundation, a nonprofit group.

Dr. Smith said building more walk-in clinics, allowing nurses to provide more care and encouraging doctors to work in teams would all be part of the answer. Mr. Corcoran of the California Medical Association also said the state would need to stop cutting Medicaid payment rates; instead, it needed to increase them to make seeing those patients economically feasible for doctors.

More doctors might be part of the answer as well. The U.C. Riverside medical school is hoping to enroll its first students in August 2013, and is planning a number of policies to encourage its graduates to stay in the area and practice primary care.

But Dr. Olds said changing how doctors provided care would be more important than minting new doctors. “I’m only adding 22 new students to this equation,” he said. “That’s not enough to put a dent in a 5,000-doctor shortage.”


Annie Lowrey reported from Riverside, and Robert Pear from Washington.

100 AND COUNTING … EVEN MATCH OR BAD POLLING?


AS POLES GO … MY DOG NEVER MISSES ONE ON THE ROAD.  There's always a faint reminder of a passing, German Shepard, Poodle, Pit Bull, or a newly minted mix of genetic material of a dog without a heritage.  A squat or three legged stance delivers an update of DNA to the poll.

Like riders into a storm, … the count-down starts even before the "convention" … a bonding for faux cheerleaders (drive-by media) as in an Italian funeral for the local economy gets a "boost" in the anemic arm, soon forgotten like yesterday's weather.  Cities of course always host these cheerleaders and loving their man parties.  Nothing new ever comes of such events, except maybe a human nature story or two of charitable giving and receiving.  The stories, year in and year out, have been written over and over by the so called journalists out on loan waiting only to be filed.  It's merely a formality of fill in the blanks on the age worn report template of American Politics.  I bet Page Six is the real back story of seedy personalities and their errant behavior bubbling to the narcissistic surface of their face of wrinkles and crevices which record time has taken its toll, each with a storied passages of I, Me, My bravado.  I'm great, you are great, we are all great to the faint background music of "We are the Champions" … sad as the culture and sacrifice of a life time of honor ebbs and seeps into the sewer, another convention is finished.

A template headline: {NUMBER OF DAYS REMAINING} election remains a {toss up or up for grabs (choose one)}, but the struggling economy may be a game changer

Lead:  {Candidate Name leads contender or under dog by a narrow margin in most national poles, but the {struggling, faltering, weak, again choose one}  {slightly wider, narrower than expected, or be creative, your choice} economy may hurt his bid for a second term.

[READER REACTION: GET THE AIR SICKNESS BAG]

ON AND ON THE DRIBBLE FLOWS FROM THE WRINKLES AND CREVICES,  AS WITH CHEVY CHASE IN "GROUND HOG DAY", RE-LIVES THE LAST 24 HOURS GIVING NEW MEANING TO BORING.   AS THE LIBERAL "JOURNALISTS ON LOAN" WORKING FOR THE LIBERAL SINDICATED MEDIA FABRICATE THE NEWS FOR THE LOCAL, STATE, SWING STATES AND NATIONAL POLES OF WHATEVER GROUP WISHES TO SWAY THE OPINION OF THE VOTERS.

I WRETCH.






















REALLY, WHO WOULD HAVE GUESSED?


'Muslim Brothers plotting overthrow of Gulf states'

By REUTERS
07/26/2012 13:03



Dubai police chief warns of "international plot" against Gulf states, says Iran, Syria and MB must know Gulf is a red line.
A POLITICAL LINE IN THE SAND IS EVER SHIFTING … 
DUBAI - Dubai's chief of police has warned of an "international plot" to overthrow the governments of Gulf Arab countries, saying the region needs to be prepared to counter any threat from Islamist dissidents as well as Syria and Iran.


The comments by Dahi Khalfan, one of the most outspoken security officials in the United Arab Emirates, follow the detention in the UAE since April of at least 20 dissidents, according to relatives of the detainees and activists.


"There's an international plot against Gulf states in particular and Arab countries in general...This is preplanned to take over our fortunes," Khalfan told reporters at a gathering late on Wednesday marking the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.


"The bigger our sovereign wealth funds and the more money we put in the banks of Western countries, the bigger the plot to take over our countries...The brothers and their governments in Damascus and North Africa have to know that the Gulf is a red line, not only for Iran but also for the Brothers as well."


Most of the detainees since April are Islamists, targeted by an official clampdown amid concern they may be emboldened by the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in other Arab countries such as Egypt.


UAE Interior Ministry officials have not been available to comment on the arrests. Last week, UAE officials announced that authorities were investigating a foreign-linked group planning "crimes against the security of the state".


"I had no idea that there is this large number of Muslim Brotherhood in the Gulf states. We have to be alert and on guard because the wider these groups become, the higher probability there is for trouble," Khalfan said on Wednesday.


"We are aware that there are groups plotting to overthrow Gulf governments in the long term."



Egyptians taunt Hillary Clinton by chanting 'Monica, Monica'

Hillary greeted with tomatoes and Lewinsky taunts in Egypt

Last Updated: 8:05 AM, July 16, 2012
Posted: 1:17 AM, July 16, 2012
Now that’s a low blow!
A crowd of tomato-tossing Egyptians taunted Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton yesterday with chants of “Monica, Monica.”
The jeers — a reference to the affair her husband, ex-President Bill Clinton, had with White House intern Monica Lewinsky — came as the secretary of state was visiting the newly reopened US Consulate in Alexandria.
The demonstrators also shouted, “Get out, Clinton,” and threw shoes and water bottles in addition to tomatoes at her motorcade.
While neither Clinton nor her vehicle — which were guarded by police in riot gear — were struck by the flying objects, an Egyptian official wasn’t as lucky.
CHEAP SHOTS: Egyptian protesters gather on a street yesterday near the US Consulate in Alexandria, where Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was speaking at a ceremony to mark its reopening (inset).
AFP/GETTY IMAGES
CHEAP SHOTS: Egyptian protesters gather on a street yesterday near the US Consulate in Alexandria, where Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was speaking at a ceremony to mark its reopening (inset).
Hillary Rodham Clinton
EPA
Hillary Rodham Clinton
The official was hit with a tomato in the face.
The protesters were angry over suspicions the United States helped the Muslim Brotherhood win recent elections in Egypt.
A day earlier, angry crowds had gathered outside her hotel.
“I want to be clear that the United States is not in the business in Egypt of choosing winners and losers, even if we could, which, of course, we cannot,” she said yesterday.
“We are prepared to work with you as you chart your course, as you establish your democracy,”
Clinton said the United States wanted to back a “real democracy” in which “no group or faction or leader can impose their will, their ideology, their religion, their desires on anyone else.”
Clinton also met with groups of women and Christians who fear they will be relegated to second-class status during the rule of the Muslim Brotherhood.
America’s top diplomat was in Alexandria to mark the reopening of the consulate.
The consulate was closed in 1993 because of budget problems, but it has been reopened to boost the economy in the critical port city.
Clinton met on Saturday with newly elected president, Mohammed Morsi, who is battling the military for control of the country.
His powers had been limited by the military days before he took office, and Morsi responded by reinstating an Islamist-dominated parliament that the army had disbanded.
Clinton met yesterday with Egypt’s top general, Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, to discuss the issues. She then flew to Israel for top-level talks on Iran’s nuclear program and the Palestinian peace process.


Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/international/monica_monica_I0JPsGNhfQtfe3IexYuw1K#ixzz21pFHHGKD

Saturday, July 28, 2012

BUT WE'RE LOVED BY THE MB WORLD AROUND, WHO WOULD HAVE GUESSED?


'Muslim Brothers plotting overthrow of Gulf states'

By REUTERS
07/26/2012 13:03



Dubai police chief warns of "international plot" against Gulf states, says Iran, Syria and MB must know Gulf is a red line.
A POLITICAL LINE IN THE SAND IS EVER SHIFTING … DUBAI - Dubai's chief of police has warned of an "international plot" to overthrow the governments of Gulf Arab countries, saying the region needs to be prepared to counter any threat from Islamist dissidents as well as Syria and Iran.


The comments by Dahi Khalfan, one of the most outspoken security officials in the United Arab Emirates, follow the detention in the UAE since April of at least 20 dissidents, according to relatives of the detainees and activists.


"There's an international plot against Gulf states in particular and Arab countries in general...This is preplanned to take over our fortunes," Khalfan told reporters at a gathering late on Wednesday marking the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.


"The bigger our sovereign wealth funds and the more money we put in the banks of Western countries, the bigger the plot to take over our countries...The brothers and their governments in Damascus and North Africa have to know that the Gulf is a red line, not only for Iran but also for the Brothers as well."


Most of the detainees since April are Islamists, targeted by an official clampdown amid concern they may be emboldened by the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in other Arab countries such as Egypt.


UAE Interior Ministry officials have not been available to comment on the arrests. Last week, UAE officials announced that authorities were investigating a foreign-linked group planning "crimes against the security of the state".


"I had no idea that there is this large number of Muslim Brotherhood in the Gulf states. We have to be alert and on guard because the wider these groups become, the higher probability there is for trouble," Khalfan said on Wednesday.


"We are aware that there are groups plotting to overthrow Gulf governments in the long term."



Egyptians taunt Hillary Clinton by chanting 'Monica, Monica'

Hillary greeted with tomatoes and Lewinsky taunts in Egypt

A crowd of tomato-tossing Egyptians taunted Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton yesterday with chants of “Monica, Monica.”
The jeers — a reference to the affair her husband, ex-President Bill Clinton, had with White House intern Monica Lewinsky — came as the secretary of state was visiting the newly reopened US Consulate in Alexandria.
The demonstrators also shouted, “Get out, Clinton,” and threw shoes and water bottles in addition to tomatoes at her motorcade.
While neither Clinton nor her vehicle — which were guarded by police in riot gear — were struck by the flying objects, an Egyptian official wasn’t as lucky.
CHEAP SHOTS: Egyptian protesters gather on a street yesterday near the US Consulate in Alexandria, where Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was speaking at a ceremony to mark its reopening (inset).
AFP/GETTY IMAGES

CHEAP SHOTS: Egyptian protesters gather on a street yesterday near the US Consulate in Alexandria, where Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was speaking at a ceremony to mark its reopening (inset).
Hillary Rodham Clinton
EPA

Hillary Rodham Clinton
The official was hit with a tomato in the face.
The protesters were angry over suspicions the United States helped the Muslim Brotherhood win recent elections in Egypt.
A day earlier, angry crowds had gathered outside her hotel.
“I want to be clear that the United States is not in the business in Egypt of choosing winners and losers, even if we could, which, of course, we cannot,” she said yesterday.
“We are prepared to work with you as you chart your course, as you establish your democracy,”
Clinton said the United States wanted to back a “real democracy” in which “no group or faction or leader can impose their will, their ideology, their religion, their desires on anyone else.”
Clinton also met with groups of women and Christians who fear they will be relegated to second-class status during the rule of the Muslim Brotherhood.
America’s top diplomat was in Alexandria to mark the reopening of the consulate.
The consulate was closed in 1993 because of budget problems, but it has been reopened to boost the economy in the critical port city.
Clinton met on Saturday with newly elected president, Mohammed Morsi, who is battling the military for control of the country.
His powers had been limited by the military days before he took office, and Morsi responded by reinstating an Islamist-dominated parliament that the army had disbanded.
Clinton met yesterday with Egypt’s top general, Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, to discuss the issues. She then flew to Israel for top-level talks on Iran’s nuclear program and the Palestinian peace process.





























































YOU GOTTA BE ON DRUGS TO MAKE SUCH STATEMENTS … OR YOU'RE JUST PLAIN OUT OF TOUCH!


Pelosi: President Obama's Been to Israel ‘Over and Over Again’

10:43 AM, JUL 28, 2012 • BY WILLIAM KRISTOL

Daniel Halper has called attention to Nancy Pelosi's remarkable interview with Al Hunt on the topic of Barack Obama and Israel. I'd note one comment in particular: Pelosi's claim that President Obama "has been there [Israel] over and over again."
obama and pelosi
NANCY I NEVER WENT TO ISREAL AS PRESIDENT … WHERE DID YOU GET YOUR INFORMATION?



Wow. I'm involved with the Emergency Committee for Israel. We have an ad up in several states calling attention to the fact that President Obama, who's been quite the world traveler, has never visited Israel as president. Did we make a terrible mistake? Were we unjust to President Obama? Do we have to pull down the ad?

No, no, and no. Contrary to Pelosi's apparent claim, President Obama hasn't been to Israel over and over again. He's never been as president, which is certainly what Pelosi implied. Well, maybe he visited Israel "over and over" before becoming president, and that's what Pelosi meant to say? No. When he was senator, Obama went on two trips to Israel, once with several other freshmen members of Congress, and then as a presidential candidate. And he'd never been interested enough in Israel to visit as a private citizen. So much for the notion that Obama's been "over and over again."

So Pelosi is wrong, and the Emergency Committee is right. But Pelosi's resort to a whopper to try to reassure pro-Israel voters does suggest how worried Democrats must be about the reaction to Obama's attempt to create distance between his administration and Israel, as Obama's Israel policy gets more scrutiny

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WHO BURIED "THAT" IN THE SAND …


'Muslim Brothers plotting overthrow of Gulf states'

By REUTERS
07/26/2012 13:03



Dubai police chief warns of "international plot" against Gulf states, says Iran, Syria and MB must know Gulf is a red line.
A POLITICAL LINE IN THE SAND IS EVER SHIFTING … DUBAI - Dubai's chief of police has warned of an "international plot" to overthrow the governments of Gulf Arab countries, saying the region needs to be prepared to counter any threat from Islamist dissidents as well as Syria and Iran.

The comments by Dahi Khalfan, one of the most outspoken security officials in the United Arab Emirates, follow the detention in the UAE since April of at least 20 dissidents, according to relatives of the detainees and activists.


"There's an international plot against Gulf states in particular and Arab countries in general...This is preplanned to take over our fortunes," Khalfan told reporters at a gathering late on Wednesday marking the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.


"The bigger our sovereign wealth funds and the more money we put in the banks of Western countries, the bigger the plot to take over our countries...The brothers and their governments in Damascus and North Africa have to know that the Gulf is a red line, not only for Iran but also for the Brothers as well."


Most of the detainees since April are Islamists, targeted by an official clampdown amid concern they may be emboldened by the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in other Arab countries such as Egypt.


UAE Interior Ministry officials have not been available to comment on the arrests. Last week, UAE officials announced that authorities were investigating a foreign-linked group planning "crimes against the security of the state".


"I had no idea that there is this large number of Muslim Brotherhood in the Gulf states. We have to be alert and on guard because the wider these groups become, the higher probability there is for trouble," Khalfan said on Wednesday.


"We are aware that there are groups plotting to overthrow Gulf governments in the long term."



Egyptians taunt Hillary Clinton by chanting 'Monica, Monica'

Hillary greeted with tomatoes and Lewinsky taunts in Egypt

A crowd of tomato-tossing Egyptians taunted Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton yesterday with chants of “Monica, Monica.”
The jeers — a reference to the affair her husband, ex-President Bill Clinton, had with White House intern Monica Lewinsky — came as the secretary of state was visiting the newly reopened US Consulate in Alexandria.
The demonstrators also shouted, “Get out, Clinton,” and threw shoes and water bottles in addition to tomatoes at her motorcade.
While neither Clinton nor her vehicle — which were guarded by police in riot gear — were struck by the flying objects, an Egyptian official wasn’t as lucky.
CHEAP SHOTS: Egyptian protesters gather on a street yesterday near the US Consulate in Alexandria, where Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was speaking at a ceremony to mark its reopening (inset).
AFP/GETTY IMAGES

CHEAP SHOTS: Egyptian protesters gather on a street yesterday near the US Consulate in Alexandria, where Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was speaking at a ceremony to mark its reopening (inset).
Hillary Rodham Clinton
EPA

Hillary Rodham Clinton
The official was hit with a tomato in the face.
The protesters were angry over suspicions the United States helped the Muslim Brotherhood win recent elections in Egypt.
A day earlier, angry crowds had gathered outside her hotel.
“I want to be clear that the United States is not in the business in Egypt of choosing winners and losers, even if we could, which, of course, we cannot,” she said yesterday.
“We are prepared to work with you as you chart your course, as you establish your democracy,”
Clinton said the United States wanted to back a “real democracy” in which “no group or faction or leader can impose their will, their ideology, their religion, their desires on anyone else.”
Clinton also met with groups of women and Christians who fear they will be relegated to second-class status during the rule of the Muslim Brotherhood.
America’s top diplomat was in Alexandria to mark the reopening of the consulate.
The consulate was closed in 1993 because of budget problems, but it has been reopened to boost the economy in the critical port city.
Clinton met on Saturday with newly elected president, Mohammed Morsi, (of the MB) who is battling the military for control of the country.
His powers had been limited by the military days before he took office, and Morsi responded by reinstating an Islamist-dominated parliament that the army had disbanded.
Clinton met yesterday with Egypt’s top general, Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, to discuss the issues. She then flew to Israel for top-level talks on Iran’s nuclear program and the Palestinian peace process.


THERE HAS BEEN 62 YEARS OF THE PALESTINIAN PEACE TALKS AND THE SHOW CONTINUES … THESE ARE THE POSTER CHILDREN OF BAGS OF WIND WITH NO DESIRE TO END THE FAMILY FUED!  I GUESS THE SAND BOX IS TOO SMALL FOR CO-EXISTANCE AND GETTING SMALLER AS EACH YEAR PASSES!