Posted: 19 Sep 2008 12:55 PM CDT
Baroness Warnock aka Lady Warnock is a veteran UK Government adviser who deals with medical ethics. Warnock believes the "demented" are " wasting people's lives – your family's lives – and you're wasting the resources of the National Health Service."
According to The Telegraph, 700,000 people in UK suffer from degenerative diseases such as Alzheimers and experts predict by 2026 there will be one million dementia sufferers costing the National Health Service an approximate £35billion a year. ($64,344,971,304.98 in U.S. currency)
Helen Mary Warnock is an advocate for euthanasia and believes people should be able to opt for euthanasia even if they are not in pain, for the sake of their family and society, they have, in her words a "duty to die."
Warnock states, if people cannot care for themselves she hopes others will be "licensed to put others down."
The Baroness also believes prisoners who do not wish to be a burden on society should also be allowed to be euthanized.
But in her latest interview, given to the Church of Scotland's magazine Life and Work, Lady Warnock goes further by claiming that dementia sufferers should consider ending their lives through euthanasia because of the strain they put on their families and public services.
Warnock wrote an article recently called "Duty to Die" in which she argues there is nothing wrong with deciding to die for the sake of others.
In her own words she states, "I think that's the way the future will go, putting it rather brutally, you'd be licensing people to put others down."
Her words have brought about some criticisms from different quarters, such as the chief executive of the Alzheimer's Society, Neil Hunt, who says, "I am shocked and amazed that Baroness Warnock could disregard the value of the lives of people with dementia so callously.
"With the right care, a person can have good quality of life very late in to dementia. To suggest that people with dementia shouldn't be entitled to that quality of life or that they should feel that they have some sort of duty to kill themselves is nothing short of barbaric."
Others leveling criticism at Warnock include the executive director of the campaign group Right to Life, Phyllis Bowman, who asserts, "It sends a message to dementia sufferers that certain people think they don't count, and that they are a burden on their families. It's a pretty uncivilised society where that is the primary consideration. I worry that she will sway people who would like to get rid of the elderly."
The Conservative MP for Mid-Bedfordshire, Nadine Dorries, declares Warnock's words as "extremely irresponsible."
Others are calling her comments "immoral" and "barbaric."
Warnock's ideas stem from the fact that the National Health Service, which is the publicly-funded healthcare systems of the United Kingdom, cannot afford to continue carrying the weight of all the people's healthcare, therefore she believes those suffering from dementia and other degenerative diseases have a duty to die for the good of society.
These are the lessons that America needs to learn about socialized healthcare, the type of socialistic tendencies that the left, specifically Barack Obama, stands for.
Socialized medicine is not sustainable over the long run and brings people to the point where they have to try to push radical ideas such as Warnock's ideas, in order to "cull the herd" so to speak, because the Government cannot afford to pay the healthcosts of everyone.
Those who do not learn the lessons examples show them, are doomed to repeat the mistakes and thinking like Warnock's, is what happens when an agenda is unworkable yet is implemented anyway.
Posted: 19 Sep 2008 12:12 PM CDT
McCain and Obama supporters bickering in the media and throughout commentary and the constant barrage of information brought out about the candidates are expected in a tight race. Threats and vandalism against either candidate is ugly and unacceptable.
Rasmussen shows the candidates are still locked in a tied race, other polls favor Obama, and still others favor McCain and the tighter the race becomes the more we see activity in commentary, on television and in political forums.
There is nothing wrong with that. A heated campaign turns into heated debates, but when it goes beyond rhetoric and stars manifesting itself into threats of life and vandalism of billboards and offices, that is a level of ugliness that is not acceptable and shouldn't be acceptable to anyone no matter what side of the political aisle they are on.
Reports from Freep.com Barack Obama billboards with swastika, letters symbolizing the Ku Klux Klan and hooded figures painted onto them. The billboard has since been removed and the authorities are investigating the billboard vandalism.
Reports of vandalism from The Star Press, of the Republican Party Headquarters are also coming out where anti-Mccain graffiti is painted on the walls with a painted hand gesturing with its middle finger.
Threats on Obama's life are also being investigated by way of letters sent to two Obama locations, one stating the wish that Obama "gets a bullet," and the other warning a business owner to "think hard about who you are trying to elect."
During the Democratic National Convention people were arrested and were being investigated for a possible plot to assassinate Barack Obama with the suspects saying "blacks don't belong in political office."
Previously letters were sent to the McCain campaign with a white powdery substance saying "Senator McCain, If you are reading this then you are already DEAD! Unless of course you can't or don't breathe."
That caused McCain staffers to have to go to the hospital for testing to make sure the substance wasn't toxic.
When the tight political race for presidency goes beyond spirited debate and spirals downward into vandalism and threats against the candidates lives, it is time for every supporters, of every candidate, to stand up as one and say "enough," and denounce those committing these crimes in one voice.
This is one area where every thinking human being can come together and speak out against this type of vitriol.
Posted: 19 Sep 2008 10:52 AM CDT
While the Obama campaign has seen a few Republicans switching to Barack Obama, word is coming down that more and more Democrats are publicly coming out for John McCain.
The Obama campaign touts Republicans like Rep. Wayne Gilchrest of Maryland, former Iowa Rep. Jim Leach and former Rhode Island Sen. Lincoln Chafee.
Recently a high profile Clinton supporter and DNC member, Lynn Forester de Rothschild also known as a "Hillraiser" (someone that helped collect over $100,000 for the Clinton campaign) made a public announcement that she was endorsing John McCain and would be campaigning on his behalf until election day.
Yesterday we reported that real estate magnate Donald Trump had announced his endorsement of John McCain and he did so on CNN's Larry King. Trump has previously donated to Hillary Clinton until May when he made contributions to the McCain campaign
Today we see more previous Clinton supporters coming out in favor of McCain, such as lifelong Democrat Miguel D. Lausell who is a leading Latino backer of Hillary Clinton.
Lausell is a Puerto Rican businessman and longtime Democratic activist and fund-raiser and he says that while he doesn't agree with McCain on every policy issue, he finds "McCain to be a sound person and a man with a track record." He continues on to say "I know where he is coming from."
Mr. Lausell said he feels Sen. Obama "doesn't really regard the Hispanic community as important." Sen. Clinton won a large majority of the Hispanic vote in most primaries, and Latino voters are an important bloc in swing states such as Florida, Nevada and New Mexico. Most polls show Sen. Obama leads Sen. McCain among Latinos.
Lausell gives his reason for opposing Obama as president by saying, "The U.S. is in a very difficult situation these days and I don't want someone without experience at the helm."
Other registered Democrats, every day voters, are going to see McCain/Palin's campaign stops and rallies and saying they too will be voting for McCain in November.
Kathy Riordan of Wausau is a registered Democrat who planned to vote for Sen. Hillary Clinton.
While the latest Rasmussen poll shows McCain and Obama still tied, people are starting to pay attention to the choices before them and more and more former Clinton supporters that had previously not made up their minds are finding themselves drawn to the McCain/Palin ticket.
Riordan says her decision has nothing to do with gender, but is instead based on politics. Her problem with Obama she says is that he is too far to the left for her liking.
Now that prominent Clinton supporters are going public with their support for John McCain, it will not be surprising if many more follow their lead.
[Update] Hat Tip to NewsBusters we see Rothschild explain her support for John McCain in the video below.
Posted: 18 Sep 2008 08:28 PM CDT
Highlights from day two of Fox News' Sean Hannity interview with GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin including Iraq, foreign policy, her son's deployment and more.
Videos above are part 5 & 6, which is the beginning of the day two interviews from Hannity and Colmes.
Part 7 is at YouTube.
Last night part one of the two part interview aired on Fox bringing Hannity & Colmes their second highest night's ratings with 4.9 million viewers, with 1.4 million of those viewers being their key demographic of adults 25-54. The only night where ratings for the show was better was during Governor Sarah Palin's Republican National Convention speech, as reported by TV Week.
Sean Hannity continues to question Sarah Palin and the highlights of day two of the interview including Palin's take on Iraq, foreign policy and a personal look at Palin's life, with the full segment of this portion of the interview shown on Hannity & Colmes, Thursday at 9 p.m. ET.
Palin on all the reporters and Obama opposition researchers in Alaska tells Hannity she hopes the spend a lot of money there, it is good for Alaska's economy. She also said she has no doubt they will find some people with ruffled feathers and says "so be it," she goes on to say the American people are thinking about the issues, the economy, education, the workforce and that is what she is going to focus on.
On her comments about community organizers in her Republican National Convention speech and she says, "I certainly didn't mean to hurt his feelings. "Didn't mean to offend any community organizers either."
She adds: "I do have respect for those who have chosen public service. What I was doing certainly, should be obvious, was direct a comment to him as he had taken a shot at small mayors across the nation."
On her counterpart from the Democratic ticket, Joe Biden she says, "Sen. Biden has a tremendous amount of experience. I think he was first elected when I was like in second grade."
She goes on to say, "He's been in there a long, long, long time. So he's got the experience. He probably has the sound bites. He has the rhetoric. He knows what's expected of him. He is a great debater, also. So yes, it's going to be quite a task in front of me."
On Hillary Clinton, she said while she disagrees with her policies, she holds respect for her and what she has done.
Hannity asks Palin how she is dealing with some of the attacks that have been leveled against her.
She says the shots she is taking, she knows the truth so she is fine there. Then points out how those attacks affect the campaign.
She says people are worried about losing their house, people have lost children, those are important issues so she is keeping it all in perspective and those are the issues she is going to focus on.
Fox News reports on some other highlights, such as Palin's comments about what has become known as "Troopergate," which she separates from the issue of her former brother-in-law.
Palin, in an interview with FOX News' Sean Hannity, said the firing of Walt Monegan in July had "nothing to do" with her former brother-in-law.
Then about the former brother-in-law, Wooten:
The full transcript at Fox News.
Here are the three portions of yesterdays interview and all of tonight's will be added at the Fox YouTube channel as soon as they come out, in case I don't get them up tonight.
Transcript from part one of the interview found here.
Posted: 18 Sep 2008 04:46 PM CDT
Not only did the person that hacked into Sarah Palin's personal and private email account, break the law as did others which published information they knew was illegally obtained,, but the person claiming responsibility for hacking the account stated that he was deliberately trying to find incriminating information about Palin and came up EMPTY.
Wired provides the information the self-admitted hacker posted on 4chan, which has since been deleted.
rubico 09/17/08(Wed)12:57:22 No.85782652
Surprise surprise, the person claiming to be the hacker is also the son of a Democratic state representative in Tennessee.
Posted: 18 Sep 2008 02:44 PM CDT
Paul McCartney, a member of the legendary Beatles musical group, has refused to cancel his appearance In Israel for a concert to be held celebrating Israel's 60th anniversary, despite threats issued on McCartney's life.
According to India's Sify, Mossad agents with be responsible for keeping McCartney safe during his trip to Israel after militant Islamic activist Omar Bakri Muhammad told Sunday Express in an interview, "If he values his life Mr McCartney must not come to Israel. He will not be safe there. The sacrifice operatives will be waiting for him," as reported by The Guardian.
Omar Bakri Muhammad now lives in Lebanon after having lived in the UK for 20 years and he is now barred from returning to the UK.
Bakri continued on to say, "Instead of supporting the people of Palestine in their suffering, McCartney is celebrating the atrocities of the occupiers. The one who is under occupation is supposed to be getting the help."
McCartney's response to the threats and to those trying to get him to not attend is, "I do what I think and I have many friends who support Israel," he further states, "I was approached by different groups and political bodies who asked me not to come here. I refused."
The concert will be held, as scheduled, on September 25, 2008, in Tel Aviv and is named 'Friendship First."
One India reports McCartney's family, specifically his children, Mary, Stella, James and Heather are worried about the rock legends safety, but according to a source, "It's understood his kids would prefer him not to do the show but they also accept that their dad will do what he believes to be right and won't be scared off."
Posted: 18 Sep 2008 01:52 PM CDT
With Obama's advisers stating that the financial crisis would benefit Barack Obama for the November elections, the Democratically controlled congress seems to agree and in a splendid example of them once again putting an election before America, they have decided to do nothing about the situation and to instead, adjourn until after the elections.
McCain's response was quick and it should be made into an ad immediately.
Those same Congressional leaders who give Senator Obama his marching orders are now saying that this mess isn't their fault and they aren't going to take any action on this crisis until after the election. Senator Obama's own advisers are saying that crisis will benefit him politically. My friends, that is the kind of me-first, country-second politics that are broken in Washington. My opponent sees an economic crisis as a political opportunity instead of a time to lead. Senator Obama isn't change, he's part of the problem with Washington.
Anyone still want to argue that the Democrats care one iota about the country in comparison to how much they care about Obama's career?
I have said it once, I have said it again and I will repeat, this is why the Democratically controlled congress has reached the lowest level of approval in the 35 year history of polling for congressional approval.
This is also why the U.S. Congress holds the lowest confidence rating among all US institutions.
I haven't seen Obama comment yet about the Congress and Senate's plans...maybe because he feels his career should come before the country as well.
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