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Police Militarization Is The Only Abuse Of Power The Left Seems To Care About

Brian Joondeph
Retina Surgeon
A police officer aims his weapon at a demonstrator protesting the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Missouri August 13, 2014. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Ongoing events in Ferguson, Missouri have raised the issue of the militarization of the police. The Department of Defense distributes surplus military equipment to U.S. police departments. In 2013, nearly half a billion dollars of equipment was distributed, ranging from pistols and rifles to armored personnel carriers used in Iraq and Afghanistan. This trend is well outlined in Radley Balko's recent book, Rise of the Warrior Cop. While on the surface this is a disturbing trend, there are other aspects to police militarization that are worth discussing.

Ebola: Are We Being Told Everything?

4:25 PM 08/04/2014

American physician Dr. Kent Brantly, infected with the Ebola virus, recently returned to the United States for treatment. While he is improving, according to the director of the Centers of Disease control Dr. Tom Frieden, it is too soon to know whether he will survive this devastating infection. Nancy Writebol, a coworker of Dr. Brantly, also infected with Ebola, will be transported to the U.S. later this week. Should we be worried? Is this a real life version of the new TV series "The Strain"?

New Regulations Force Doctors To Choose Between Expensive Medicine And More Visits

11:24 AM 07/11/2014

We rely on the FDA to protect public health "by assuring the safety, efficacy, and security” of medical drugs and devices. The FDA takes its marching orders from Congress via the legislative process. One such law is the Compounding Quality Act of 2013, passed in response to a series of fatal infections due to improper compounding pharmacy processes. While such oversight is important and well meaning, the unintended consequences may be profound.

Healthcare Workers Facing Arrest For Speaking Out

12:02 PM 07/02/2014

Our southern border is leaking like a sieve, with immigrants illegally entering the U.S. from Mexico, Central America, and who knows where. Along with the huddled masses of refugees comes a host of communicable diseases such as tuberculosis, scabies, hepatitis, and chicken pox. The public health implications are staggering as these refugees, along with their diseases, are being sent all over the country, where they can share their pathogens with everyone they come in contact with. Does anyone remember the flu pandemic from almost 100 years ago where 50 million people died, including 675,000 in the U.S?

General Shinseki’s Resignation Won’t Fix The VA

3:36 PM 05/30/2014

As the VA scandal unfolds, with continued revelations of secret waitlists and delayed or denied medical care, calls have been building Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign. Today he did just that, resigning because, “He had become a distraction as the department struggles.”

French Foreign Minister Cries Wolf About Climate Change: ’500 Days’

1:11 PM 05/15/2014

Secretary of State John Kerry met with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius this week to discuss economic issues. In joint remarks prior to their meeting, one might expect to hear about pressing world economic concerns such as national debt, inflation, or unemployment. Instead the first comment from the French Foreign Minister was about climate change. In French, undoubtedly for the benefit of the French-speaking Mr. Kerry, the Fabius told the gathering, “We have 500 days to avoid the climate chaos.”

VA Wait Lists — A Preview of Coming Attractions

6:14 PM 05/08/2014

A Veterans Administration hospital in Fort Collins Colorado, it was recently revealed, falsified its wait times for outpatient clinic appointments. In order to appear to meet the goal of clinic appointments within 14 days, the hospital taught its clerks how to falsify the appointment records to create the illusion that the appointment goals were being met. Many of the 6,300 veterans treated at this clinic actually waited months for their appointments. Yet the clinic clerks were required to “cook the books” else they were punished by being placed on a “bad boy list.” Aside from the moral outrage of treating our veterans in such a callous manner, this episode provides a glimpse of coming attractions for health care delivery in the US.

IRS: Break the rules and get a bonus

4:32 PM 04/24/2014

IRS agents, delinquent in paying their own taxes, are awarded bonuses and extra time off.

Behind the 7.1 million Obamacare sign-ups

10:37 AM 04/04/2014

President Obama gloated over the administration's figure that 7.1 million individuals enrolled in Obamacare. Time described his speech as, “A celebratory turn before the cameras.” Remember when the media last swooned over premature presidential comments? How about President George W Bush’s “Mission Accomplished” speech ten years ago?

I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for healthcare today

12:23 PM 03/28/2014

Peeling back the layers of the Affordable Care Act onion once again reveals another surprise, this time a delay in the individual mandate. This is the same individual mandate that the Washington Post editorial board claimed, “Holds the key to health-care reform.” And the fourth time President Obama has delayed his signature piece of legislation in the same manner he chastised Republicans for trying to do.

Is this any way to treat America’s doctors?

7:04 PM 03/19/2014

Congress enacted the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula in 1997 as part of the Balanced Budget Act of that same year. Designed to limit the growth in Medicare spending for physician services, it is tied to projected growth in GDP.

The Olympic medal count and competition for world-class talent

4:49 PM 02/24/2014

Congratulations to the Russians for hosting a successful Winter Olympics. Successful in terms of no terrorism, despite threats and concerns leading up to the games. Also a victory for host country Russia, which won the medal count; gold and overall medals. Russia’s political rival, the United States, won four fewer gold and five fewer overall medals. Does this have geopolitical or economic implications for the two countries, or does it end with the Olympic closing ceremonies?

Kerry and climate change: Weapon of mass misinformation?

2:02 PM 02/21/2014

Speaking to a group of Jakarta students and government officials, Secretary of State John Kerry warned, "Climate change can now be considered the world's largest weapon of mass destruction, perhaps even, the world's most fearsome weapon of mass destruction.” He further declared that the science is settled, equating skeptics to Flat Earth Society Luddites. The idea of a flat earth was “settled science” once upon a time, or at least until Aristotle unsettled this scientific belief. Much as bloodletting was once standard medical treatment in medieval Europe, until it too became an unsettled science. Yet Professor Kerry, political science major from Yale, with lower grades than the “Village Idiot from Texas," presumes to know which bits of science are settled.