March 8, 2014

Juan Williams Calls Out ‘Disgraceful Double Standard’ In Rutgers’ Faculty Opposition to Condi Rice As Commencement Speaker

Few have defended the Obama administration, and especially Obamacare, as vocally and in my view often unreasonably, as Fox News’s Juan Williams. He has gone so far as to call Republican Party opposition to Obamacare its “original sin,” and absurdly claimed that “massive opposition” from Republicans is what forced HealthCare.gov’s rushed rollout.

One blind spot Williams does not have involves how consistently horribly leftists treat African-American conservatives, or even African-Americans who an occasional sensibly conservative thought. One reason the left is so brazen in its persecution attempts is its knowledge that no matter how uncivil or unreasonable, their attempts will almost never gain wide exposure in the nation’s establishment press. The latest example concerns calls by the faculty at Rutgers University to prevent former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice from her scheduled appearance as commencement speaker there this year. Williams expressed his outrage in a Thursday Fox News column (HT Hot Air; bolds are mine):

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NewsBusted (030714)

Filed under: NewsBusted — Tom @ 7:00 pm

Here we go:

Topics:
– Hillary Clinton
– Obamacare
– Spike Lee
– George Lopez
– Jenny McCarthy
– Ronan Farrow
– Robots
– Planned Parenthood
– Larry King

Best Line:

  • “Rumors are surfacing that Hillary Clinton may be too sick to run for President. But don’t worry, she’ll be fine. It’s not like she enrolled in Obamacare.”
  • “Larry King says he never saw a liberal bias at CNN — which proves that even he didn’t watch CNN.”

Obama Lack (Ability to Spell) ‘Respect’

Filed under: General,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 5:52 pm

Aretha Franklin’s song even spells it for him:

Dan Quayle, call your office.

Latest PJ Media Column (‘The Job Market’s February Crumble’) Is Up

It’s here.

It will go up here at BizzyBlog on Monday (link won’t work until then) when the blackout expires.

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Addendum: The “Birth Death Model” — in which the government estimates the creation or loss of jobs at employers it can’t find — made up 124,000 of the 750,000 actual (i.e. not seasonally adjusted) jobs added in February.

The five prior Februarys were 102K (out of a total 1,038K), 91K (out of 954K), 112K (out of 813K), 97K (out of 434K), and 134K (when 234,000 jobs were lost).

Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (030814)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 am

This open thread will stay at or near the top today. Rules are here. Possible comment fodder may follow. Other topics are also fair game.

Positivity: Fertility treatments succeed without assisted reproduction

Filed under: Health Care,Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Rome:

Mar 3, 2014 / 04:54 pm

A doctor in Italy has seen great success in helping couples conceive by examining their overall health and treating underlying causes of infertility, without artificial reproduction technologies.

Dr. Felice Petraglia, Professor and Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Siena in Italy, runs a clinic specializing in reproductive medicine. However, his clinic does not offer in-vitro fertilization, artificial insemination, or other “assisted reproduction technologies.”

Instead, Petraglia and his team aim to be “classic physicians” by beginning fertility treatments with a basic diagnosis to discover the underlying causes of infertility.

The doctor says that treating these fundamental causes of infertility actually has better results than in-vitro fertilization or other artificial reproductive methods.

Petraglia explained to CNA in a Feb. 21 interview that most doctors in reproductive medicine, upon seeing an infertile couple, “say immediately, ‘go to the assisted reproduction.’”

“That is a mistake,” he stressed.

“There are now data that say if you have a baby by artificial techniques, pregnant women and these babies have more difficulties in growth, in gestation – more problems. So this understanding is suggesting to us, ‘please go back to the original way of conception,’” the Ob-Gyn explained.

In order to treat infertile couples, Petraglia begins with a complete diagnosis of general health, only then moving on to possible reproductive problems. A thorough analysis of “hormones and physiology and anatomy” can allow the doctor to discover underlying issues such as infection, chronic disease, or “anatomical disturbance” like uterine fibroids or endometriosis.

Once a diagnosis is made, the problem is treated through various methods, which may include hormones, medicine, or surgery.

The results have been very strong, notes Petraglia. “We have a percentage of pregnancy in infertile women with endometriosis, going from, let’s say, 20 percent of fertility up to 90 percent in a few weeks, because of the surgery, because of the drugs, because you have an open window for fertility.”

In fact, Petraglia says that treating the underlying causes of infertility leads to a greater chance of pregnancy than that offered by assisted reproductive technologies. …

Go here for the rest of the story.