A Week in Junk Science : David Atherton

Science has become a political football to be controlled to stage-manage advocacy for a pre-set agenda. We can’t afford it to be

http://www.thecommentator.com/article/3037/a_week_in_junk_science

On March 18th, case number CV 12-5168-JGB,, James E. Enstrom vs. The Regents of University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), came before the US District Judge, the Honorable Jesus G. Bernal.

Dr. James Enstrom, an employee of UCLA for nearly 40 years, was allowed to proceed with his case by Bernal since it was alleged his rights were violated under the First and Fourteenth amendments. He has not received a salary for a year and his research funds have been confiscated.

Why? Well, after his long slog as a Research Professor of epidemiology at the university, he was fired since his “research [was] not aligned with the academic mission.”

It seems Enstrom’s main problem is that he produces honest science.

Firstly, in 2003, the British Medical Journal (BMJ) peer-reviewed and published his paper, co-written with Dr. Geoffrey Kabat, “Environmental tobacco smoke and tobacco related mortality in a prospective study of Californians, 1960-98.” The research was paid for, between 1960 and 1997, by anti-smoking money and the data of 118,094 adults was supplied by the evidently anti-smoking American Cancer Society (ACS).

By 1997 the results were assembled. But, despite the obvious bias and intended mission to prove that environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) caused lung cancer and heart disease in non-smokers, Enstrom and Kabat honestly concluded that “The results do not support a causal relationship between ETS and tobacco related mortality.” Oh dear.

ISRAEL’S DEMOGRAPHIC MIRACLE: DAVID GOLDMAN

http://www.jewishpolicycenter.org/4058/israel-demographic-miracle “The word ‘miracle’ in Hebrew does not possess the connotation of the supernatural,” Rabbi J. B. Soloveitchik once wrote. “Miracle describes only an outstanding event which causes amazement.” Whether the term applies to Israel’s demographics is a question for higher authority, but the Jewish State’s population characteristics stand out as unique in the developed […]

When it Comes to Iran, Energy Market Shows the World Believes U.S. is Bluffing By David P. Goldman

http://www.jinsa.org/fellowship-program/david-p-goldman/when-it-comes-iran-energy-market-shows-world-believes-us-bluffing The Obama administration has utterly failed to convince the world that it is serious when it says the U.S. would attack Iran if it does not halt its nuclear weapons program. Analysis of energy markets reveals that crude oil is trading today with no greater risk than stocks and currency. Even China, notoriously conservative […]

JENNIFER RUBIN: THE HILLARY LEGACY…NOT SO PERFECT AS DEMS WOULD HAVE IT

http://www.nypost.com/Page/Uuid/6e26bd28-9449-11e2-9ea1-1499282d03fe

Hillary Clinton managed to convince most of the chattering class that she was not only a good secretary of state, but a great one. Some of this stems from the media’s own desire to rush to her aid and to fawn over her purported achievements.

Part of this stems from political reporters who know little about foreign policy drooling over atmospherics and Clinton’s daunting travel schedule. But much of her free ride owes to the time delay between errors and consequences.

In the case of Benghazi, she didn’t quite make it out the door unscathed. Her plaintive cry in response to queries about the phony cover story for the attack in Libya (“What difference does it make?“) might be answered: “It matters to your legacy, for one thing.”

And with each passing week since her departure, more and more consequences of her entirely reactive and ineffectual tenure come to light. Take the pledge she continually reiterated that the Obama team would “restore” U.S. stature in the world.

The Pew poll reports, “Confidence in Obama in Muslim countries dropped from 33% to 24% in his first term. Approval of Obama’s policies declined even further, from 34% to 15%. And support for the United States in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Pakistan is lower today than it was in 2008 in the closing year of George W. Bush’s administration.”

DANIEL MANDEL: STOP USING THE INACCURATE TERM “TWO STATE SOLUTION”

http://www.algemeiner.com/2013/03/20/stop-using-the-inaccurate-term-two-state-solution/ Prior to President Barack Obama’s trip to Israel, he, Secretary of State John Kerry and others reiterated their commitment to a “two-state solution.” We strongly oppose the use of this term – and not for political reasons. One should stop using this term even if one believes that establishing a Palestinian state is necessary […]

The Obamacare ‘Sting’ by FRANK SALVATO

http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/publications/detail/the-obamacare-sting?f=puball In the Academy Award winning movie “The Sting,” the characters played by Paul Newman and Robert Redford set-up a fake betting parlor and racetrack broadcast to “reel in the whale.” The “sting,” or the con game, was set-up from the very start to play out exactly as planned; the winner was predetermined: the con […]

IN PRAISE OF PAMELA GELLER AND ROBERT SPENCER ON THE GLAZOV GANG

http://frontpagemag.com/2013/frontpagemag-com/a-tribute-to-americas-heroes-robert-spencer-and-pamela-geller-on-the-glazov-gang/
In Praise of the Truth-Tellers on CPAC’s “Uninvited” Panel — on The Glazov Gang »
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James Patrick Riley, Morgan Brittany and Ann-Marie Murrell pay tribute to our heroes who won’t surrender to Islamic blasphemy laws.

This week’s Glazov Gang had the honor of being joined by James Patrick Riley, the CEO & Founder of Colony Bay Entertainment, Morgan Brittany, a TV and Movie star (“Katherine Wentworth” in “Dallas”) and Ann-Marie Murrell, the National Director of PolitiChicks.tv. The Gang members gathered to discuss: In Praise of the Truth-Tellers on CPAC’s “Uninvited” Panel. The dialogue occurred in Part I and focused on the courageous truths that Pamela Geller, Robert Spencer and other heroes dare to say about Islamic Jihad. In Part II, the panel discussed Islamic Blasphemy Laws in the U.S., Andrew Klavan on German Philosophy, Sex and Hollywood and Obama’s Abbas Romance on His Visit to Israel. To watch both parts of the two-part series, see below:

DANIEL GREENFIELD: DESMOND TUTU-GODFATHER OF HELL…

http://frontpagemag.com/2013/dgreenfield/desmond-tutu-godfather-of-hell/print/ Desmond Tutu has been busy lately. Two weeks ago he wrote an editorial calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons. A week later he joined an international anti-tobacco campaign. Last month he condemned American drones for killing Muslim terrorists. Last summer he denounced a military-themed NBC Reality Show. A grinning and giggling social butterfly, […]

CAROLINE GLICK: THE MEANING AND CONSEQUENCES OF ISRAEL’S APOLOGY TO TURKEY

http://frontpagemag.com/2013/caroline-glick/the-meaning-and-consequences-of-israels-apology-to-turkey/ US President Barack Obama was on the line when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to apologize for the deaths of nine Turkish protesters aboard the Turkish ship Mavi Marmara on May 31, 2010. For those who don’t remember, the Mavi Marmara was a Turkish ship that set […]

THE WORM IN THE BIG APPLE…MAYOR BLOOMBERG “Government has right to ‘infringe on your freedom’…CHERYL CHUMLEY

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/mar/25/nyc-mayor-bloomberg-government-has-right-infringe-/

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said on Sunday: Sometimes government does know best. And in those cases, Americans should just cede their rights.

“I do think there are certain times we should infringe on your freedom,” Mr. Bloomberg said, during an appearance on NBC. He made the statement during discussion of his soda ban — just shot down by the courts — and insistence that his fight to control sugary drink portion sizes in the city would go forth.

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“We think the judge was just clearly wrong on this,” he said, on NBC. “Our Department of Health has the legal ability to do this. … [They’re] not banning anything.”

Mr. Bloomberg’s remaining months in office have included a firestorm of regulations and policy pushes on wide range of issues. Aside from the soda size ban and a well-publicized call for tighter gun control, another contentious policy he pushed: Nudging hospitals to lock up baby formula to force mothers to breast-feed newborns.