A federal judge in Michigan ruled today that the Bush administration’s use of warrantless wiretaps was illegal. This ruling was met with much joy by every garden variety of idiot- as if somehow, the Bush administration were being punished for the greatest civil right’s outrage since slavery.

Now, pay attention.

The outrage over warrantless wiretaps is curious.

In the early 1990’s, President and Hillary Clinton violated the privacy rights of their perceived political enemies by wrongly accessing and misusing (emp- SC&A) the FBI files of the Reagan and first Bush Administration staffers, among others.

Over 900 files were illegally gathered. This scandal became known as “Filegate. In an effort to discredit the women who charged President Clinton with sexual misconduct, personal files and papers were illegally obtained and released. The courts found, under the Privacy Act, that privacy of Linda Tripp and Kathleen Willey had been violated.

When faced with discovery, the Clinton-Gore White House further compounded their legal troubles by launnching a cover-up and and failing to turn over documents as required by subpoena. (Learn more about White House E-mail Scandal)

To be clear, Filegate was about some 350 to 900 files of American citizens considered political enemies, that somehow ended up in the Clinton White House.

We don’t recall similar outrage- and that should have been the order of the day, given the then White House prediliction to use private investigators to engage in ‘dirty tricks’ and intimidation. Certainly, the White House did not keep both houses of Congress informed that FBI files of the ‘enemies’ list were being sent to Mrs Clinton.

Outrage? By whom? The same people that gave the Clinton White House a free pass when they violated the rights of political enemies? Those American citizens weren’t terror suspects.

The left is only to happy to concern itself about the rights of those who would do us harm. They haved proved not to care, however, in action or outrage at the violation of rights of those Americans who disagree with their agenda.

Hypocrisy it seems, has few limits.

This post was originally published on December 18, 2005. If you had been paying attention then, like you should have been, we would have no need to repeat ourselves.

We wrote about outsourcing healthcare, below.

Of course, SC&A are always ahead of the curve We have also written on outsourcing Grandma. There is a whole town being built for the foreign retiree in need some medical care

It is a very realistic idea because we already have a lot of young people based in Britain who have explored the possibility of finding a home for their parents here.

“It is quite feasible as care services in India are very well developed now. There are historical links between India and Britain and English is the official language.”

…has been attracting a lot of queries from the US and Britain. Dignity Lifestyle, as the new township is known, is a first-of-its-kind concept in India. The foundation is emphatic about the fact that it is not an old-age home. It is about “productive ageing”, where the elderly are able to enjoy facilities like libraries, film shows and talks.

Visiting Grandma will never be the same…cookies to curry? Blueberry pie to Burfi?

Of course, there is something to be said for good Burfi. It’s not Junior’s (if you don’t know Junior’s, you haven’t lived), but pretty darn good.

Maxed Out Mama notes how one US Company is ‘outsourcing’ surgery to India, as part of it’s medical insurance program.

Well, there’s more to the story. That company is a part of a much bigger picture.

See this:

While figures are hard to come by, the trend of Americans seeking non-emergency treatment abroad appears to be rising as more people become uninsured or have to contend with large upfront costs of high-deductible health plans.

Dental tourism in particular is a growing market as seniors learn that Medicare doesn’t cover dental work, and some U.S. health experts are urging consumers to proceed with caution.

Older “snowbirds” who live part of the year near the Mexican border sometimes cross it when they need expensive dental work such as crowns, bridges and partial or full dentures, said Dr. Michael Stuart, a dentist in Mesquite, Texas.

The savings can be anywhere from 50% to 75%, but because quality varies widely in Mexico, where the practice is largely unregulated, there’s often a big risk built into the cut-rate price, he said.

MedRetreat ‘…where smart medicine and exotic travel come together,’ is one company that specializes in ‘medical tourism,’

..save up to 80% for the exact same procedure performed at world-class medical facilities staffed with board certified surgeons using state-of-the-art equipment.

MedRetreat offers medical services in Thailand, Malaysia, Brazil, India, Turkey, Argentina and South Africa.

…you’ll have your procedure performed by some of the best surgeons, at world-class medical facilities, with state-of-the-art equipment.

Then, you’ll recuperate in a beautiful, serene setting, with peace and quite. As an added benefit, you may also choose to enjoy the interesting attractions your destination offers. You will receive all this for a fraction of the cost of the medical procedure alone in the U.S. Make this vision a reality by selecting MedRetreat as your medical tourism service agent.

Another company, Medical Holidays,is clear about their target market; If you are

‘Tired of the NHS (the UK healthcare program- SC&A)?

Are you in pain and currently waiting for treatment or surgery in the UK?

Now fly direct to India and get operated or treated in one of the world’s leading hospitals…

Finally, Medical Tourist:

We specialise in arranging knee replacements, hip replacements, heart care, cosmetic & dental surgery abroad.

Is this the future of western medicine?

When La Shawn Barber talks, people listen. While, that may not exactly be original, it is true.

Her post, Blogging: An Innocent Fraud?, encapsulates and gives a voice to a lot of what many bloggers have trouble articulating. Her post also puts into sharp focus what it is that defines success, and in doing so, it is easy to disntinguish why some succeed at blogging and others do not.
On this busy (and somewhat crazy) news day, La Shawn’s post is not exciting or earth shattering. It is an honest, informative, clear and cogent look at the world of blogs and bloggers.

La Shawn’s look at the world of blogs and bloggers is nuanced and sublime. It’s a classy post from a classy blogger.

Here’s your chance to sit in the chair instead of lying on the couch. The matter was brought to our attention because the patient is in proximity to children. As we share some of the case notes and particulars, keep that in mind.

The patient is a white male, 43 years of age.
There is documented evidence of belligerance and intimidation by the subject at his place of employment. Co-workers and others testified that they were in fear of bodily injury when in proximity to him.

Other mental health care proessionals were confident enough in their assesments to profile this individual as an ‘abuser.’ Law enforcement too, were made aware of this individual, and voiced their concern. Their concern was exacerbated by the fact that this individual’s spouse had been subject to injuries consistent with abuse. However, the spouse never confirmed the suspicians of the authrorities.

The patient is on record as being verbally abusive for years.

At one point, the patient in question was investigated by the proper authrorities and found to be lacking in fitness for some of the responsibilities he was entrusted. Witnesses that were interviewed at the time testified to the patient’s instability. Nevertheless, legal wrangling and unorthodox manoevers kept this unstable patient in a position of authority, with a monitor to oversee the patient’s behavior.

On the day that legal ruling was issued, the patients employers went to court to apply for a temporary restraining order that would keep the patient off the premises. As part of the affadavit, a sworn statement by a co-worker read, “I am in fear for my safety and welfare as well as that of others…” The witness also testified that the patient asked to be accompanied to work by two policemen “because he didn’t know how he would act and didn’t want to go off.”

The patient’s employers did not want him to show up unaccompanied by police officers, for fear he would ‘go off.’

The patient eventually moved and changed employers and within a short while, the bizarre behaviors started again. Expert testimony confirmed that those close to the patient had ‘ a history of trauma.’ There was also testimony given that the patient delibertately interfered with others in the discharge of their duties and obligations.

In addition, other testimony indicated the patient was given to emotional and psychological abuse, even to those close to him. This had gone on for years. Further, testimony was given that the patient was exteremly controlling and overbearing.

Earlier psychiatric treatment records indicated that the patient was prescribed ‘several psychotropic medications.’ The patient attempted to attack a female family member and later, a male family member was ‘the subject of a violent rage’ by the patient. The patient …”got so upset that he suddenly snapped, and he grabbed me by the throat and threw me down on the couch, had one hand around my neck and the other was in the air, ready to punch me in the face.” Further investigations showed the patient’s ex girlfriend “relayed a paralyzing fear” of the patient.

The patient also has been alleged to have made innapropriate sexual advances to women.

Can you identify the patient?

Maybe

August 17, 2006

While the jury isn’t quite in, it appears that a whole lot of people owe John Ramsey and his late wife Patsy, an apology. John Mark Karr, an American detained in Thailand, has admitted killing Jonbenet Ransey.

Maybe. Look for lots of questions. For example, John Ramsey said he had no idea who Karr was. When you consider that police authorties determined that whoever killed Jonbenet was very familiar with the Ramsey home, questions arise. That’s just one of many questions being asked.

Well, analysis of DNA  left at the scene will tell the story.

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