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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Cost Saving Electronic Medical Records
Made of Unicorn Farts and Pixie Dust

You may remember, in February of this year, the Obama Administration announced $975 million in grants to help states, doctors and hospitals move from paper to computerized record-keeping. That is almost a billion dollars.

That's ok though because, as AP pointed out then via ABC...

Studies show electronic medical records help reduce medical errors and improve the quality of patient care. The grant money comes from the economic stimulus passed by Congress last year and is part of a push to get health care providers to adopt electronic record-keeping.

The White House says the awards will help make electronic record-keeping technologies available to more than 100,000 hospitals and primary care physicians by the year 2014 while helping train thousands of people for careers in health care and information technology.

Studies show? Well, let's look into the future via my time machine*, across the pond to the UK and the NHS.

Electronic patient care records will require an "enormous effort" and a "high cost" to fulfil their potential, a study warns.

#rsrh RNC takes a "swing" at Obama's golfing

Via Allahpundit

Sadly, I agree with Allahpundit...

Bush’s golfing was Big News because it fit the “out of touch” icy-hearted Republican stereotype; Obama, by contrast, gets to sway along to the end of “Hey Jude” with nary a peep uttered in the press because they know that, between those “na na na nas,” he’s aching for the gulf’s shrimping industry.

Make sure to read the whole thing.

Aaron B. Gardner

Dana Loesch and Erick Erickson in Playboy!!

H/t, oddly enough, to Dana Loesch.

In an article entitled "Rogues of K Street" an anonymous consultant paints a picture of the core Tea Party movement and some of it's movers and shakers for Playboy. One of these Tea Partiers is none other than Dana Loesch, of which our anonymous author writes...

Loesch is the sweet Midwestern goth version of Laura Ingraham. At the Conservative Political Action Conference she had a constant stream of such interviewees as Phyllis Schlafly, Ann Coulter, Ken Blackwell and Newt Gingrich. She fits right in, except she doesn’t look like a troll.Moore is one tough gal. Her Twitter bio reads, "Smart Girl Politics Director of Technology & Midwest RC, Political Troublemaker, Spy. Bodybuilder. I’m not mean, you’re just a sissy."

Sounds like your average girl next door to me.

Also mentioned is Erick Erickson, whom I write with on RedState. Erick is quoted in relation to the question of truthers in the Tea Party... blogger Erick Erickson wrote, "In Texas, Tea Party activists have rallied to Debra Medina, who just yesterday refused to definitely dismiss the 9/11 truther conspiracy as crackpot nonsense. If a candidate cannot do that, we cannot help that candidate. It’s that simple."

The anonymous consultant builds from there...

Our candidate-interview process is pretty simple. The candidate is asked two questions:
(1) Are you a birther?
(2) Are you a truther?
If the answer is anything but "no" or "hell no," the conversation ends right there. If the candidate answers correctly, the conversation continues, looking at viability and whether we can have a worthwhile impact. The reality of this litmus test is as patriotic as practical. Donors don’t contribute to lunatics.

In general, if you adhere to conspiracy theory there is a good chance that you are a brand of crazy that conservatives, whether you call us Tea Partiers or not, just can't abide.

The article closes with a glimpse at the budding relations between these shadowy masters of activism and elected members of Congress...

Various Republican congressional leaders met for hours with our leadership and our finance team in the Richard Nixon suite at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington. Never in my career had I had a congressman look me in the eyes behind closed doors and say with such sincerity, "Give me a list of what you need me to do." The second meeting drew 10 congressmen. There we sat, inside the Capitol Hill Club (which shares the building that houses the Republican National Committee), sharing ideas on how we can work together. The third meeting drew 17 congressmen. We’ll see help with fundraising and research from friendly members of Congress. It’s what you won’t see that’s more important. Our role is to quietly help a dozen grassroots conservative candidates win in the fall, using traditional and nontraditional means. If you don’t hear from us directly, we will have done our job.

Make sure to read the whole thing.

Aaron B. Gardner

Boy, That Escalated Quickly
Don't Jaywalk in Seattle

Via the NY Daily News comes video of a Seattle cop attempting to arrest a 17 year old for jaywalking...

Again, this was for jaywalking.

Things began when an unnamed police officer spotted a teen jaywalking across Martin Lurther King Jr. Way South around 3:10 p.m.


"The officer instructed the females to step over to his vehicle," officials said. "They were verbally antagonistic."

When one of the women, a 19-year-old, began to walk away, the officer approached her and escorted her back.

"The female subject began to tense up her arm and pull away from the officer while yelling at him," police said.

Then as the Officer is struggling with the teen, a second lady attempts to intervene/interfere...

As the officer and the 17-year-old struggled with one another, the woman can be seen pushing the officer, who then responds by punching her in the face.

The crowd reacted with shock, and a voice is heard saying, "Are you serious?!"

Yeah, it did.

Aaron B. Gardner

P.S. Another reason to always have a Flip UltraHD Camcorder, 120 Minutes (Black) camera.

#rsrh Renee Ellmers (R-Cand) #NC02 47 seconds of #pwn

Via Allahpundit, and if you need back story on this then follow the links in AP's post or check out this and this.


Aaron B. Gardner

P.S. Should you ever be in the circumstances where you wish you had a camera you will kick yourself for not having had clicked below.