Kevin Collins’ “Coach Is Right” is now on WesternJournalism.com. All the same great, news-breaking, liberal-busting content is here on Western Journalism just like it was back on CoachisRight.com.
Kevin Collins’ “Coach Is Right” is now on WesternJournalism.com. All the same great, news-breaking, liberal-busting content is here on Western Journalism just like it was back on CoachisRight.com.
The past 2 decades have witnessed an alarming increase in the number of Americans diagnosed with mental illness. Is modern psychiatry reaping an immense profit by impulsively—perhaps even deliberately–conflating mental illness with a growing, public aversion to the demands of personal responsibility?
In the summer of 2011, The New York Review of Books published two lengthy articles by Marcia Angell, MD—Senior Lecturer in Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School and former Editor in Chief of The New England Journal of Medicine. In these articles, Angell reviewed three books that take a critical look at psychiatry and its relationship with the pharmaceutical industry and also examined the DSM-IV-TR (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, Text Revision).
Some of the findings of the books she reviews are quite disturbing. The major psychoactive drugs are revealed to be no better than placebos; the “chemical imbalance” theory of mental illness is mostly nonsense; psychoactive drugs are being given to children as young as two; and the process whereby the DSM—a major source of income for the American Psychiatric Association—is compiled is fundamentally flawed.
One of the reviewed authors—Irving Kirsch, PhD–obtained all the clinical trials data on six major psychoactive drugs via the Freedom of Information Act. There were 42 trials, and most of them were negative. Bear in mind that drug companies must turn over all clinical trial data to the FDA but need only show positive results in two studies to gain approval, and these of course are the ones that are published in the journals. The FDA regards the negative studies as confidential material.
But even as the value of psychotropic drugs is being questioned, Dr. Angell acknowledges that “Americans are in the midst of a raging epidemic of mental illness, at least as judged by the increase in the numbers treated for it.” She also notes that the number of Americans who qualify for Supplemental Security Income or Social Security Disability Insurance based on mental illness more than doubled between 1987 and 2007—from one in 184 to one in 76.
In a study that focused on adults over 50, Dr. Dawn Alley of the University of Maryland found high rates of depression among those behind in their mortgage payments and a higher likelihood of making unhealthy financial trade-offs regarding food and needed prescription medications. Alley comments: “We knew of the link, but we were surprised by the magnitude of the problem. These people were more than bummed out.” One Maryland nonprofit statewide mental health counseling referral service reports that almost one-third of cases now involve people who have lost their homes or their jobs.
In short, people who have experienced one or more of the misfortunes of life are being systematically diagnosed as mentally ill; their unfortunate circumstances are contributing greatly to the income both of psychiatrists who prescribe psychotropic medications and the drug companies that make them.
So visit a psychiatrist, take a pill, and obtain absolution from the unpleasant vagaries of the human condition! After all, the mentally ill can’t be expected to deal with the pressures of a lost job or an unpaid mortgage.
Can there be a more disgraceful way to “treat” the American public?
Since the 1820s, America’s police have protected everyone, whether they were rich or poor. Of course, the wealthy got the best of what their police forces offered; but the poor got reasonable services as well.
Nevertheless, police services are changing, and not in a way everyone will like.
The NRA rejoinder “When seconds count, the police are only minutes away” is becoming more of a reality by the day. Years of being bogged down with ancillary activities and continuing budget cuts are taking their toll on what we think police should be doing.
For the “stretched to the limits” police forces around the country, something has got to change; and that “something” now means withdrawal of services in specified circumstances. When services are withdrawn in earnest, they will not be made in poor neighborhoods (read: minorities) where crime is committed; they will be made in more affluent (read: white) neighborhoods where victims live. Victims are an “accepted” byproduct of managing dwindling police resources.
The supine majority have always just “grinned and accepted” being victims, but this is beginning to change. The purpose of police protection is beginning to turn back to its original, pre-1820s mission, which was protecting and serving the wealthy.
Wealthy people are not going to hide in their basements when their town’s police stop driving by their homes. They will, and have already started to, hire private police to protect them. This may be just the beginning, but it will undoubtedly come to parallel the gap between the average public school and the average private school.
Eventually, the big cities will not get the best applicants to join their police forces. Becoming a big city cop will mean an entire career of always working in dangerous high crime areas. Every call will be fraught with danger; and eventually, the private police will get and keep the best applicants.
Private police are already patrolling some parts of Houston, Texas and Stockton, California. It won’t be long before other cities see them on their streets as well.
Those who understand how much they have to lose based on how America is changing will not roll over and accept what the system dishes out. When private police become the norm, America’s “civil divorce” will proceed at full speed. Those who can’t/won’t pay for enhanced police protection won’t get it. Those who can pay will get it.
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The social security number (042-68-4425) bearing the name “Barack Obama” has failed the United States’ Social Security Number verification check. “I was outraged; nobody vetted this man,” said Seattle housewife Linda Jordon, who filed a self-check investigation listing herself as Obama’s employer (as a U.S. taxpayer). Jordon exposed the absurdity of a man who has access to the code for America’s nuclear football but couldn’t get clearance to pick tomatoes because his social security number has been flagged and kicked back! For her diligent efforts as a concerned American citizen, Jordon is being slammed with over $13,000 in fees and court costs because a judge deemed her investigation of the anomalies surrounding Obama’s social security number “frivolous.” ”I’m a mom, wife, homemaker,” says Jordon, who compared the 1 1/2 year vetting process her son had to go through to become a deputy sheriff with the lack of investigation into Obama’s history and documents. “Something is very wrong here.”
Three red boxes surrounded the SSN number claimed by Obama. One red box states: “The SSA record does not verify, other reason, SSA found a discrepancy in the record.” A second red box says: “Obama, Barack H. 08/17/2011-Date of Mismatch.” The third red flag says, “042-68-4425, Employee’s SSN, Case Verification # 2011229111431GY.” The form letter sent to Obama, flagging his number, is posted online along with the mismatch information.
Mrs. Jordon went deeper and researched the Social Security publication known as the POMS book. She learned that the designations given this SSN “are reserved for very few recipients and involve possible fraud.” Jordon began looking into the Obama document forgeries when she heard him say that his kids played with those of domestic terrorist Bill Ayers. “Bill Ayers’ kids were 23 years older than Obama’s kids. . .(Ayers) must have had (them) when he was 60, ” she said. Radio talk host Rick Wiles of www.TrueNews.com points out in their audio interview that Obama said his father got his education because of the GI Bill. However, “his father never (was) in the Military.”
A picture of Barack SOETORO on a Columbia University “Foreign Student” identity card is posted at the end of a very long thread about the BC fraud. Many have posted links to questions surrounding the Obama Selective Service card which Cold Case Posse lead investigator Mike Zullo has described as “poorly forged!”
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Long menacing bolts of lightning flashed, and noisy rumbles of thunder rolled; but patriots unfurled the Gadsen flag above the Star of David, right next to a large beautiful American flag at the May Day Protest against Marco Rubio and his Gang of Eight’s cruel immigration bill.
No one does a thunderstorm like Florida does, and she was in her glory Wednesday night. I haven’t gotten that soaked, soaked to my skin, since I canoed the Des Plaines River in Illinois many years ago with a supervisor from the Big House in Joliet. Between rain drops, he told me about the rough time prison doctors were having getting the colostomy bags in the sides of gay prisoners because their nether regions were not accepting the equipment, to put it mildly. So here I was along with many patriots standing in drenching rain with our signs unfurled, telling Marco Rubio and his 854 page amnesty bill that it was dead in our waters!
One forty-year-old man who had been out of work for over three years stuck a sign in the parkway that said “Fire Obama.” He told me he drove down over 3 1/2 hours from Tampa with his very young daughter because “this is the only way I can get Rubio to listen to me.” The young man, clearly an able-bodied young American male who wanted and needed to work, said he had tried for weeks to get our erstwhile Florida Senator to speak to him. To no avail! Finally, one female clerk in Rubio’s office said “The Senator will not speak to you because he’s too busy.” So the earnest White male made the drive, stood hours in the drenching Florida rain, and held on high his sign that told Rubio “No Amnesty for Illegals.” Another young man of like age said he’d been out of work in the construction industry for over four years because “construction companies hire illegals.”
As a media type, I particularly was aghast at the complete lack of any big media trucks at the Rubio anti-immigration protest. I saw not one media vehicle, even though these miserable excuses for journalists had at least three days advance notice. Only a portable cameraman and reporter were apparent, and they may have been our local and unbiased YourVoiceWeekly.com paper that had emailed me that they were going to show up.
So as a recent CiR commenter said so presciently, “I will Never vote for another Rino.” I have to agree. I know our American males will get us through the Rino/Democrat attempt to flood America with millions of illegal immigrants. I saw strength, resolve, determination, and resilience on May Day. Yes we can; we will win this thing!
They attend schools whose faculties hate and fear the free market. They couldn’t wait to run to the polls to vote for “Brother Barack.” Once he was elected all of their troubles would be over and they could join him and his Party in rubbing the “oppressive” White majority’s face in the dirt; or so the students at America’s “historical Black colleges” thought.
Like virtually every other group that joined Barack Obama’s coalition and worked to get him elected, students at America’s Black colleges – which sport some of the worst graduation rates in the country – have been screwed by their Messiah.
Because the new system of doling out college loans is built on actual credit checks for locatable parents, many Black students are learning economics lessons without ever setting foot in a classroom.
The loans that have been most difficult for Obama’s fans are federal student loans from a program called PLUS. The problem for Obama’s fans is that PLUS loans demand proving you have a financial history of actually paying back past loans and don’t have your picture on the wall at your local collection agency.
It really doesn’t matter to Obama and his administration that the students being denied PLUS loans worked their hearts out for Obama’s elections. That was yesterday.
The National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education, an organization that works for Black college students, says that in just the first year of these news regulations 15,000 denial letters went out and only about 15% of these decisions were successfully appealed. In only the first two months of this year almost double that number have been turned down.
Cold reality can be especially cruel when it unexpectedly visits those who have spent a lifetime looking to government for everything. Being asked to meet standard requirements, when such things have always applied to someone else, is a lesson about being careful for whom you vote that the facilities at these schools don’t understand, let alone ever want to teach. Not to worry though, the free market they all so deeply hate and fear has taken care of that. Lesson taught; lesson learned.
Don’t expect to see this story in the Democrat controlled media.
All the bleating and hand-wringing from the liberal psychopaths about America’s wasteful and gluttonous use of natural energy resources are lies.
According to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), America’s total energy consumption per Real Dollar of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is lower than it has ever been (and less than half of what it was in 1973. )
The EIA has released a report proving that America is now the most energy efficient country in known history. The ratio of energy used to the cost of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) dollar is at a low point never reached before.
Last year, America used 6,990 BTUs of petroleum, natural gas, nuclear power, and renewable energy per actual dollar of GDP. We produced 2.2% more real GDP in 2012 than the preceding year, but 2012 saw a reduction of America’s energy consumption of 2.45%, providing a net reduction of 4.6% in total energy use as compared in GDP.
What these numbers say is that the American spirit of “we can do it bigger and more efficiently” is very much alive and growing. The complete report shows that to derive our GDP, America uses less than half of the energy she did in the 1970s.
We are twice as energy efficient now because of technological innovation and improved delivery systems, the majority of which have been brought to us by our private sector and not Barack Obama’s government.
The very word “efficiency” encapsulates the American spirit of entrepreneurship and is the antithesis of what government gives us. This has never been truer as during the years of Obama’s administration, when he gave billions of our tax dollars to phony “green” companies whose only real purpose was kicking back campaign money to Democrats.
Without government interference, America has been a brilliant example of how to use the energy natural resources God gave us.
The numbers don’t lie. Free enterprise practiced by a free people can, and always will, do things better and cheaper than what comes from a government-managed system.
Keep these facts in mind when you hear the lies about “green this” and “green that” being better than free enterprise practiced by a free people. They never have been true and never will be true.
Republicans will never win Hispanic votes. The sooner the Grand Old Party establishment (GOPe) acknowledges this, the better off this country will be.
The gulf between how Republicans think Hispanics see the world and how Hispanics actually do see the world is much too large.
The only areas of general agreement between the GOPe and Hispanics are their shared disapproval of gay “marriage” and abortion. But since these issues are about as important as whether Arbor Day will be celebrated this year, there isn’t much mileage to be gained from these small agreements.
The media-fueled mantra of “faith and Family” as the core of the Hispanic community is as specious as the myth of the “conservative black family.”
Both are false hopes offered by the Left to a Republican establishment eager to find a way to sell illegal alien amnesty and a larger “social safety net” to its base.
A new Public Opinion Strategies (POS) poll crashes into the false propaganda the GOPe dearly loves to use in its efforts to sell the idea of wasting money and time trying to clone its sprinkling of Latino supporters.
The POS survey shows that Latinos see “social and cultural issues” not as Republicans do, but as a road to getting all the free stuff they can from the greater society. In this regard, Hispanics appear to be much more practical than the GOPe.
Republicans have to acknowledge that Mitt Romney’s 47% has grown to more than 50%; so talk of “faith and family”, especially to the two groups that are the largest users of abortion for family planning and whose leaders are four square in favor of gay “marriage”, really don’t want the faith and family morals the GOPe is selling. They aren’t pretending; it’s “let’s see the money!” if you want their vote.
The POS found Latino sentiment was,“Republicans don’t want us here”; and whatever they say about the economy “will naturally be to the advantage to the wealthy and hurt the working class.”
For the very life of our country, GOPe types have to hear what these people are saying. They are telling you straight out that they will never be on your side. The survey showed that the Latinos’ favorite Republicans are people like Chris Christie, Susana Martinez, and Jeb Bush, who talk the “free stuff” talk they want to hear.
Play make-believe with these remarks if you will, GOPe; but the destruction of America will be on your hands if you don’t let go and rethink this quixotic quest to win the votes of people who will only vote for Republicans who act like Democrats.
It’s your move, GOPe.
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While gun owners have been fixated on threats to ban “assault weapons” and virtually every other sort of semi-automatic rifle and pistol, Barack Obama and Regime gun confiscationists have quietly advanced a far more insidious assault on 2nd Amendment rights.
In New York State, the thoroughly unconstitutional SAFE Act is responsible for the confiscation of Pistol Owner ID Cards (one needs a state approved ID Card to own a pistol in the Empire State) along with pistols themselves. And the gun owners currently being honored with this violation of their right to keep and bear arms “…have been discovered to have been prescribed …different types of psychotropic drugs, such as those for Depression or Anxiety.”
In short, “…unknown sources have seen fit to take it upon themselves to share confidential medical records with NY State Officials without authorization, a massive HIPPA violation.” Lists of users of prescribed medications have been illegally supplied to NY officials, where they are compared with lists of New York’s holders of Pistol Owner ID Cards. Anyone on the left still want to suggest that national firearm registration by Big Brother would not really represent a danger to 2nd Amendment rights?
And how will the Regime apply such illegally acquired medical information to the violation of 2nd Amendment rights on the national stage? Last year, voters in Colorado and Washington State decided to ignore federal law by legalizing marijuana use in the 2 states. Did the Obama Department of Justice launch immediate legal action against the two states as they had against Arizona when that state chose to ENFORCE federal immigration law? Uh, no. In fact, attorneys for the Congressional Research Service made it clear that the federal government could exercise great “flexibility” in prosecuting citizens of Washington or Colorado for marijuana use.
However, these Regime attorneys were QUITE certain “…that federal firearms regulators will be aggressive about banning anyone who uses marijuana from buying – or possessing – a weapon.” Rest assured that the names of marijuana users will be collected by both states and turned over to the FBI, where they will be included in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), making it impossible for these individuals to purchase a firearm.
And will Americans insured under ObamaCare also have their personal information on drug use become part of a national database? Will the use of marijuana in 1994, recently confessed to an ObamaCare physician, eliminate an individual from consideration for the purchase of a firearm?
Make no mistake: the Obama Regime will use any means (and any excuse) to prevent American citizens from owning a gun. The criminal misuse of medical records will become a standard method of banning gun ownership.
The left realize that banning guns is far too dangerous a tack at the present time. So Regime minions have decided to aggressively ban owners.
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A Republican media consultant recently showed us who he really is. In a conversation he thought was “off the record,” Frank “Rat Top” Luntz has tipped his hand and reminded us why we can’t trust him. When he thought only those in front of him would hear his words, he attacked talk radio conservatives for destroying Marco Rubio’s plans to erase our national borders.
A Fox News favorite, Luntz has a big mouth and an awful horse tail brown toupee. (Does it ever occur to people like him that no one on earth has that color hair?) He is a stereotypical caricature of the out-of-touch “country club Republican” liberals and true conservatives both love to mock and hate. One look at him tells you he is not a guy you would want to have next to you in a fox hole. Everything about him says “Please Mr. Liberal Alligator, just eat the guy next to me and we can be friends.”
Foolishly believing that since he was a guest speaker of the University of Pennsylvania Republican Club (his alma mater) he could trust his audience to refrain from recording his duplicitous remarks, Luntz made a mistake and spoke “off the record,” revealing what he really thinks about the struggle to save America. He blamed conservatives, especially talk radio hosts, for dividing the Republican Party.
Watching him lecture conservatives about the need to essentially be “better Red than dead” tells us that Luntz really doesn’t like conservatives and would rather surrender to liberals than stand for anything. His suggestions for shying away from talking about capitalism and replacing conservative principles with nicer-sounding euphemisms reinforces that conclusion.
Now we have his very troubling attack on talk radio because of its refusal to stand by and let Rubio help Chuck Schumer destroy America. Rat top’s insistence that recording devices be shut off tells us all we need to know about this parasite’s true colors. He is a man who lives by teaching others the value of white lies, half- truths, and obfuscation, so we really couldn’t have expected anything else. He has disqualified himself from ever standing with us again.
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After 46 years the Texas Tower sniper killings still raises important questions.
On August 1, 1966 Charles Whitman a 25 year old former Marine and college student started his day by killing his mother and wife. He then packed up a variety of guns and a large quantity of ammunition and drove to the University of Texas Austin campus took the elevator to the top floor and began to shoot people as they walked by 28 floors below.
When he was finished he had murdered 17 including an unborn child and injured another 32 innocent people. For 1 hour and 45 minutes Whitman kept killing until he was gunned down by two brave Austin Police officers.
According to reports armed civilians arrived at the scene and helped the police by concentrating suppressing fire at Whitman. This kept his head down and likely saved lives until the police could get up to the observation deck and kill Whitman.
Armed citizens acting in the truest spirit of the Second Amendment helped the police stop a killing rampage in 1966 Austin Texas. Is there any chance this could happen today?
Can anyone deny that if this were to happen today the police would video tape the civilians and arrest them after “talking” Whitman down?
Whitman did four years in the Marine Corps. He spent 18 months at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina in the early 1960s. The government has admitted that during the same period those who were stationed at Camp Lejeune were exposed to several very dangerous chemicals in the drinking water provided to them.
Some of those who were exposed to these chemicals are now suffering from fifteen acknowledged maladies including various cancers. Among the dangerous chemicals was vinyl chloride which is linked to cancerous brain tumors. Whitman’s autopsy showed he had a glioblastoma brain tumor the size of a pecan. Was the tumor big enough to alter his behavior?
Did Charles Whitman suffer from brain cancer because he drank the chemicals the Marine Corps fed him? The government says just 30 days exposure is enough for them to cover treatment for fifteen serious illnesses with no questions asked.
Whitman’s suicide notes show he fought a losing battle to control urges to kill he could not understand. He asked for the autopsy. Shouldn’t Whitman’s murders be reexamined or does a possible finding that he killed because he was sick from government water make that impossible? How many other Marines committed unthinkable out-of-character crimes that might be traced back to Camp Lejeune water?
Did the poison water cause Charles Whitman to become a killer?