Thursday, November 30, 2017

How Hateful Are the Democrats? This Hateful

The following article appeared on Powerline on November 29th

By John Hinderaker

You can’t make this stuff up: Vogue, a reliable Democratic Party outlet, has gone crazy over First Lady Melania Trump’s White House Christmas decorations:

"Melania Trump unveiled the White House holiday decorations on Monday, which are, as some people on the internet have noticed, very, very white."
White decorations at Christmas? The horror!

No, wait, that was the Obamas in 2015. Never mind…

This is truly beyond the pale:

In a year during which many have speculated that Melania hates her husband and does not want to be First Lady at all (a claim that has recently resurfaced), Melania’s White House Christmas could be interpreted as a snowy and desolate manifestation of her own isolation, which begs the question: Is she trying to tell us something?

This isn’t just over-the-top partisan, it is borderline insane. The craziness continues:

Indeed, some of the decorations brought to life an apocalyptic, barren landscape similar to what some of us imagine lies in America’s future, or the calming white walls of a mental institution.

You have to see it for yourself, or you would never believe how nutty–speaking of mental institutions–today’s Democrats have become. 
Vogue goes on to assemble some of the “best reactions to Melania’s White House creations.” All of which are sick. Here is just one example:

“melania makes a lot more sense as a person if you just imagine she's a sim trapped in the real world”

When I read this sort of thing, I always wonder: did anyone say anything like this about Michelle Obama? I lived through those long eight years, and I can tell you the answer is No. As an antidote to the Democrats’ hatefulness, let’s close with some photos of this year’s White House decorations:
Imagine how far gone in hate a liberal must be to attack Mrs. Trump for her efforts to decorate the White House. There is simply no bottom to left-wing depravity, as manifested in the Democratic Party press.

Here’s Why Matt Lauer Was Fired So Quickly

The following article appeared in Fortune on November 29th

By Chris Morris

The speed at which Today Show host Matt Lauer was fired was stunning—not only because of his long tenure at NBC, but because of his status as one of the network’s most prominent faces.

But behind the scenes, NBC officials were apparently worried about a looming bombshell about the anchor that would have caused a public relations disaster and decided to act proactively. Two reporters at Variety confirmed they had been working on a story about sexual harassment allegations against Lauer for more than two months. And Brian Stelter of CNN’s Reliable Sources says The New York Times was nearing publication on one as well. NBC management was reportedly aware that both stories were close to being published.

The Variety reporters say their research revealed multiple victims.

Lauer’s dismissal has additionally brought forward others who say they were aware of his alleged behavior, but were too afraid to say anything because of his position of power.

NBC News chairman Andrew Lack said in a memo that this was the first reported incident Lauer has faced in more than two decades with the network. However, while there had been no other complaints, Lack said he had “reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident” – perhaps a reference to the looming reports.

Lauer has been, in many ways, the public face of NBC for decades. He has long hosted the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade and, because he hosts the Today Show (a combination of news and entertainment), he has been cleared to appear as himself in several movies.

That fame—and power—has made him an expensive commodity for NBC. Lauer has topped the charts for highest paid TV hosts, coming in at number three this year, according to Business Insider. In 2012, Lauer had signed a multi-year contract with NBC, reportedly worth between $20 million and $25 million per year. And last year, the anchor reportedly signed another two year deal through 2018.

Academic Insanity Syndrome

Indoctrination of today’s Students by the Far Left

By Suzanne Eovaldi, staff writer
I do cry for you, Champaign-Urbana. The truth is I have left you. Now through all of my quiet days. Your old promise of giving students an education. Was it all just an illusion?  Forgive me for my sarcasm in taking liberty with Evita's famous lyrics, but Wright Street is fast becoming Wrong Street when we realize academia is indoctrinating rather than educating America’s young people.

Here is what a University of Illinois “academic” just published: "On many levels mathematics operates as Whiteness."  In a newly published math education book, School of Education Professor Rochelle Gutierrez states that teachers “must be aware of identity politics surrounding the subject of math.” Apparently, some old white dude named Pythagoras is giving Gutierrez a hissy fit because she believes that, “Greek terms give Caucasians unearned credit for the subject of math." 
Rochelle Gutierrez

Hang on. It gets worse. "Things cannot be known objectively; they must be known subjectively," claims Gutierrez. And then there is the gem that: "Math perpetuates racism and WHITE PRIVILEGE."  (

Now back to that old white dude named Pythagoras.  Way back in C.570-494 B.C. he formulated the Pythagorean Theorem. "This constitutes a very rational mathematical approach to reason."

Pythagoras said that the square of the hypotenuse of a right triangle is equal to the sum of the squares of the other two sides.  And yes, Pythagoras is right every time, race and White Privilege be damned!

It has been a slow week down here in Florida and this old teacher has been spending way too much time fussing over what the Chicago south crazies are now teaching in classrooms I once attended.  A soft subject instructor, Tariq Khan was arrested for assaulting 2 conservative students at a protest meeting right in front of our "Mother," -the iconic, recently renovated statue on campus. It seems Mr. Khan threw someone's expensive phone to the ground because the young man dared disagree with him. Leftists are SO open minded.

A female U. of Illinois agitator allegedly strode into a Campus Republican meeting causing disruption because she opposed their discussion of Chief Illiniwek. BTW, getting rid of the only respectful icon of Illinois' now extinct indigenous (thank you) American Indian tribe is really a big sore point with me.
Pythagoras, an Old White Dude

For the record, I just dropped out of a course (my first time for dropping a course) at the University of Central Florida, senior learner’s curriculum. Wait. Their disclaimer disclaims any connection to UCF! 

A former local print outlet reporter led a long bashing of President Trump during what was supposed to be class time.  And a biology discussion group looked at me as though I had three heads when I asked: "Is there anything the Republicans can do that you would like?" Yes, "resign," one other senior student said. The discussion had quickly gone off the rails as the "teacher” started bashing the new GOP tax reform legislation. Incidentally, the course was named Biology Updates or something like that. I respectfully declined to jump in when she began discussing her nostrils, now in siege from a long infection that was not responding to an antibiotics regimen.  I could have, but did not attempt to explain that most sinus infections are due to fungal invasions and therefore immune to an antibiotic regimen.  Me, personally, Professor. . .I just rinse out that area with a salt bath. Wait, stop this madness.

Academia sucks, Dudes.  While waiting for Professor Gutierrez to manufacture a sexual harassment charge for insertion into her next math-ed tome, let's just call the liberal bad-rapping of white males and mathematicians what it really is!  Academia is just another agenda-driven organization working to dumb-down America, discredit our European heritage and promote someone else's culture—likely one which has contributed absolutely NOTHING in the long march of time. 
Tariq Kahn, UCF "instructor"
Why are Leftist loons allowed to turn current day American academia into just another Democrat indoctrination exercise; you know, for Democrat votes on election day? Long suffering American parents allow these learner loons to take taxpayer dollars and churn out robots who can spout identity politics but neither read nor comprehend the written word. When today’s students can’t write a cogent letter in proper format to apply for (gasp) a job, or even add two plus two, it’s time to realize we are not getting our money's worth from America’s schools. Parents and students who run up huge debts for this nonsense need a remedial course in common sense. 

So here's a heads up:  as long as some teacher can get away with running the classroom clock by promoting Left Wing politics rather than actual course content, the obscene cost shifting of our taxpayer dollars will continue to fly into their salaries, into academia's maw of foolishness and into our country's dumbness.  Being taught that logic and reason promote ethnic bias is pathetic, indeed.

America's academia has become a big nothing burger.

For patients struggling with opioids, Emergency Department visit can mark new start

The following article appeared in American Medical on November 22nd, 2017

By Andis Robeznieks

The emergency department may be, for many patients, a last-resort source of care. But the ED is showing potential as a starting point for people to receive coordinated treatment for opioid-use disorder.

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is initiated in the ED at Washington University Medical Center (WUMC) in St. Louis, where emergency physicians can write an initial buprenorphine prescription and then link patients to local treatment programs via an established referral network.

The WUMC program was implemented in January. The most important part, and maybe also the hardest, was establishing the relationships needed to build the referral network, said Evan Schwarz, MD, assistant professor of emergency medicine at the Washington University School of Medicine.

“The first step for emergency departments and hospitals is to figure out what facilities are in your area and establish that connection,” said Dr. Schwarz, who is also WUMC’s medical toxicology section chief.

Yale program provides model

WUMC’s program is patterned after the one started at Yale New Haven Hospital in 2009. At Yale, ED patients exhibiting signs of opioid withdrawal were referred to a treatment program and given enough buprenorphine to last until they could schedule an appointment with the referred program.

A study published in 2015 in JAMA showed a positive outcome. In a randomized trial involving 329 patients between 2009 and 2013, 75 percent of those who received buprenorphine and a referral were still engaged in treatment after 30 days, compared with 37 percent who were referred to a program but not given a prescription.

“It’s a model people can copy or change to meet their needs and be successful,” Dr. Schwarz said.

The early results at WUMC show promise, Dr. Schwarz said. He noted that pairing buprenorphine with counseling is a winning combination, in part, because it removes a reason for patients to self-medicate.

“If patients are not treated and they’re in withdrawal, their motivation is to get out of withdrawal,” Dr. Schwarz said. To do this successfully, a combination of providing physical relief and easing psychological fears is required, he added.

Another opioid-reduction strategy at WUMC was to develop order sets and order bundles that include non-opioid pain-treatment choices such as Lidocaine or nerve blocks.

“It doesn’t do any good to tell others not to use opioids, but then don’t say what the alternatives are,” Schwarz said. “This gives a nice list of options.”

One challenge to establishing a successful ED program to initiate MAT may be having enough physicians certified to provide ongoing treatment, Dr. Schwarz said. That problem exists despite a dramatic increase in the number of certified physicians nationwide, with more than 37,000 as of this year, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

The AMA favors ending this federal regulatory barrier to buprenorphine. In an Oct. 25 statement provided to the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce, the AMA told Congress that removing the certification requirement would provide patients with new access to treatment. “The safety and effectiveness of MAT is well-established, and we need to do all we can to encourage more qualified clinicians to care for patients with an opioid use disorder,” the AMA said.