North Texas Drivers Stopped at Roadblock Asked for Saliva, Blood
Some drivers along a busy Fort Worth street on Friday were stopped at a police roadblock and directed into a parking lot, where they were asked by federal contractors for samples of their breath, saliva and even blood.
It was part of a government research study aimed at determining the number of drunken or drug-impaired drivers.
“It just doesn’t seem right that you can be forced off the road when you’re not doing anything wrong,” said Kim Cope, who said she was on her lunch break when she was forced to pull over at the roadblock on Beach Street in North Fort Worth.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which is spending $7.9 million on the survey over three years, said participation was “100 percent voluntary” and anonymous.
But Cope said it didn’t feel voluntary to her — despite signs saying it was.
“I gestured to the guy in front that I just wanted to go straight, but he wouldn’t let me and forced me into a parking spot,” she said.
Once parked, she couldn’t believe what she was asked next.
“They were asking for cheek swabs,” she said. “They would give $10 for that. Also, if you let them take your blood, they would pay you $50 for that.”
At the very least, she said, they wanted to test her breath for alcohol.
She said she felt trapped.
“I finally did the Breathalyzer test just because I thought that would be the easiest way to leave,” she said, adding she received no money.
In this edition of Afterburner, Bill Whittle asks the burning question: How much will a people endure before they rise up and stop the madness?
Quit a lot, apparently.
Via KTRH and Twitter:
@EricHughesSD: MT @seanagnew “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan” – UPS drops 15k spouses from insurance, cites Obamacare http://t.co/kk6Rz8NEHD
All is proceeding according to plan.
Holder attempts en-run around voter ID law. Prompts swift reaction: Texas Officials, Activists to Holder on Voter ID: If It’s War You Want, It’s War You’ve Got - PJ Media
And we do? - IRS employee union: We don’t want Obamacare - Washington Examiner
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Feeling good, Lewis! - Hopey-Changey Poll: U.S. Race Relations Have Plummeted Under Obama Regime - Gator
No remorse required: Planned Parenthood and Medicaid Fraud in Texas - CH 2.0
Less is more, or something: Mediocrity Celebrated, Greatness Ignored - The Other McCain
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Maybe some remedial math would help: WATCH: Students sign petition to legalize abortion after childbirth - Campus Reform
Stand your ground works: SHOCKING VIDEO – TX WOMAN STANDS HER GROUND AND SHOOTS KNIFE-WIELDING ASSAILANT - Liberty News
Bass ackward alert: Nancy Pelosi: We Need More Gun Control To “Protect And Defend” The Constitution! - Mr. Conservative
Texas Senator Ted Cruz is on fire!
Taking Charge of Our Own Healthcare
By Keith Friend, Fort Worth, TX
At a time in my life when most are thinking of their family’s future relating to kids going to college, weddings and maybe even future grandkids, I was hit with a very different future, or even no future at all. At the age of 41, I had been diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer.
After my diagnosis, I went home – my mind still racing – to find a haunting statistic: the 5-year mortality rate for patients with this stage of colon cancer is 92 percent. Determined to be part of the eight percent, I have worked closely with my doctors. And thanks to the innovative treatments that are currently available, more than 115 chemo treatments and 4 ½ years later, I am happy to be alive. Since I have been so fortunate, I have become dedicated to being an advocate for other patients who might be going through the similar experiences.
In the U.S., we have always valued the need to both develop new medications for patients and give physicians access to the information that will help them better treat their patients. We know that decisions about the best course of action for each individual patient are something that must be decided between the patient and his physician. Taking a “one-size-fits all” approach to medicine would not have worked for treating my cancer.
And it will not work for other patients either.
It is important to remember that every body is different. Unfortunately, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has begun taking steps that lead me to worry that there is work being done that will interfere with the patient-physician relationship. The sacred nature of this relationship – and the results it provides – is why I can write this column today.
For example, HHS has begun a $30 million pilot project to establish a “government detailing” program. This program calls for government contractors to visit individual physicians and encourage them to change their prescribing decisions based on comparative effectiveness research (CER) study results.
While it may sound like a harmless, if not positive, approach towards giving physicians access to more information to make better decisions, the patient community should be concerned with where this new program could lead. Three things make me worry about this program – it isn’t transparent, it involves the government trying to cut costs, and it relies on judgments about how doctors should change their treatment recommendations.
These new “government detailing” programs could interfere with the doctor/patient relationship by pressuring physicians to follow recommendations based on broad population averages that do not reflect the differences of individual patients. Because every patient is different, CER results that detailers recommend may not be in the best interest of a specific patient. It would be hard to find someone who is against sharing the latest medical research. I am concerned, however, that the government’s contractors might use CER results to interfere in the relationship between my doctors and me.
In addition to encouraging doctors to use the latest CER results, government detailers will also be urging doctor’s offices to implement U.S. Preventative Services Task Force recommendations. Unfortunately many of these recommendations have been criticized by members of the patient community.
In 2009, the Task Force received overwhelming pushback when they recommended that mammography screening for average-risk women under forty was unnecessary. They concluded that the benefits did not outweigh the downfalls of screening, which included stress that can be caused by false-positive results and the need for further testing. Given my experience, I can say without reservation that some stress is well worth being alive!
In fact, the recommendations were rejected by the American Cancer Society and caused an uproar among patients, particularly breast cancer survivors, who attribute routine mammogram screenings to saving their lives. While not the case for all Task Force recommendations, there are serious dangers of pressuring a doctor’s office to follow their recommendations.
If my team of doctors had taken that one-size-fits all approach for me, I think I would be part of that 92 percent statistic I mentioned earlier. Every time I have a re-occurrence, I consult my medical team and, through them, I receive expert opinions to make my decision. A standard treatment or cookie-cutter approach for colon cancer would not have worked for me. Simply, I need to be in charge of my healthcare, not government detailers.
With healthcare reform, it is not easy to be aware of how every component of the new law will affect us. But when the government begins visiting our doctor’s office and tells them how to treat us, we should all take caution. After all, patients’ lives are at risk.
Keith Friend is a 5th generation Native Texan. In June of 2008, he was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer and is looking forward to celebrating the 5th anniversary of this diagnosis this summer.
At noon on Tuesday, May 21st, Southeast Texas Tea Partiers rallied in front of the Edison Building in Downtown Beaumont where the local IRS office is housed. The group came out in response to recent allegations of scrutiny by the IRS of right-wing political groups.
In an act of solidarity known as “Rein In the IRS” Tea Party members across the nation were holding similar rallies. Headed by Southeast Texas Chairman Jeff Sadighi, the group also included members of the Texas Nationalist Movement and several staff members of US Congressman Steve Stockman CD36; including Brad Lewis, David Covey, Jonathan Covey and Mike Sheeran.
Holding signs with statements such as “Intimidate Retaliate Subjugate,” “Flat Tax Now – Abolish the IRS” and “There is no Left or Right. There is only Liberty or Tyranny” the group chatted with passersby, handed out information and gave interviews to local news reporters. According to the SETX Tea Party, the event was an important one because “The IRS has crossed a line and set a precedent where individuals and their businesses may be targeted and harassed based solely on their political views or volunteer memberships.”
US News reported that the protests were originally scheduled only for Cincinnati, where the IRS has said employees responsible for the targeting were based, but Tea Party Patriots head Jenny Beth Martin received requests to protest across the country.
Here are a few pictures from the rally.
Follow Karen Brantley on Twitter: @karenbrantley1
Cincinnati IRS “staffers have been threatened with their jobs if they are caught talking to the media.”
From Capitalism Institute
The IRS targeted liberty-oriented groups. We know this now. Obama’s response was fake “firing” someone who was going to be gone next month anyway while still trying to cover-up how deep the actual scandal went. And how deep does it go?
The IRS tried to swing the election towards Obama. As Investor’s Business Daily reports, emphasis mine, “USA Today found that in the 27 months after Feb. 2010, the IRS did not approve a single Tea Party application. Over those same months, however, dozens of applications submitted by liberal groups that were engaged in the same type of activities and were seeking the same tax status as the conservative ones sailed through the agency.”
In other words, between the midterm election and the presidential election, the IRS stopped the Tea Party from growing in order to combat Obama. In a close election, that can be the difference between victory or defeat. That’s election rigging. That’s fraud. That’s illegal. That means people should go to jail.
Top 10 facts we learned in the Benghazi Hearings – via
Two “stand-down” orders were given while the #Benghazi attacks were in progress.
The “protest” about a YouTube video was a complete fabrication by the Obama administration.
Cheryl Mills, Clinton’s lawyer at the State Department, told witnesses not to speak to House investigators.
The diplomatic personnel on the ground acted with incredible, unheralded heroism.
Democrats came to rebut the eyewitnesses with talking points.
Democrats kept bringing up Funding for the Embassies, Cummings, Maloney, Connolly, 149 Total voted to Cut Funding.
18 Days till the FBI could get to the Crime Scene.
Aircraft over Libya would have been granted permission to fly and no one asked.
Ambassador Stevens Called Mr. Hicks and Said they were UNDER ATTACK!
Mr. Hicks WAS NEVER INTERVIEWED BY THE FBI.
From Doug Ross -
While you’re checking the timeline, you can watch this playlist of some of the most compelling testimony from the hearings. I may add more if they come available. Alternately,I think the entire video is up at CSPAN3.
Texas Representative Steve Stockman garnered the illustrious “Fun Tweeter of the Day” award at Bluegrass Pundit, possibly due to this tweet:
Right now Jodi Arias is regretting not killing an ambassador or Philadelphia infant.
— Rep. Steve Stockman (@SteveWorks4You) May 8, 2013
See more Stockman tweets at:
Speaking of Twitter, there was a ton of commentary being flung around on the Tweetosphere as the hearings progressed. Doug Ross compiled a few. Here’s one of my favorites:
Republicans are at a hearing investigating Al-Qaeda attacks on #benghazi, Democrats are at same hearing investigating attacks on Obama.
— El SOOPer!! (@SooperMexican) May 8, 2013
Read more at Doug’s place:
Michelle Malkin warns:
Also, A.F. Branco has posted a roundup of his previous cartoons on the Benghazi debacle: