other news, we learn of Rom Houben, British man who for 23 years was thought to be in a coma. He was in a traffic collision and doctors declared his consciousness "extinct." In other words, they said he would never recover and his brain was essentially destroyed. Three years ago, a more advanced scan revealed that he was not, in fact a vegetable, but was instead simply paralyzed. Allan Hall reports in the Daily Mail
"I screamed, but there was nothing to hear," said Mr Houben, now 46, who doctors thought was in a persistent vegatative state.
"I dreamed myself away," he added, tapping his tale out with the aid of a computer.
Mr Houben said: "All that time I just literally dreamed of a better life. Frustration is too small a word to describe what I felt."
He is never likely to leave hospital, but as well as his computer he now has a special device above his bed which lets him read books while lying down.
Mr Houben said: "I shall never forget the day when they discovered what was truly wrong with me - it was my second birth."
"I want to read, talk with my friends via the computer and enjoy my life now that people know I am not dead."
Good thing his wife hadn't found another guy and decided to pull the plug.At The Hill
, Maryann Dreas, Sydelle Moore and Tony Romm ask a simple question: does the push for a jobs bill mean the "stimulus" package failed? Remember, we were told that if the package wasn't passed immediately
, without delay, not even long enough for anyone to read it, then unemployment would reach as high as eight percent!
Now that the unemployment rate is over ten percent in the United States, Democrats in Washington are looking for new ways to spend money. Answers from pundits and bloggers varied. Those on the right said "obviously, since rather than being limited, unemployment went up by more than 2% higher than was warned." Those on the left said "oh no it worked, just not enough
so we need to spend even more!
murderer Major Nidal Malik Hasan had a good side, he liked to give to charities, according to Joseph Rhee, Anna Schecter and Brian Ross at ABC News
Investigators also found that Hasan donated $20,000 to $30,000 a year to overseas Islamic “charities.” As an Army major, his yearly salary, including housing and food allowances, was approximately $92,000. A number of Islamic charities have been identified by U.S. authorities as conduits to terror groups.
Generous fellow, donating a third of his total yearly income. Turns out he was less than stellar even in his job:
One of Hasan’s commanding officers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Lieutenant Colonel Melanie Guerrero, told investigators she had considered failing him as an intern but “decided to allow him to pass since he was going into psychiatry and would not be doing any real patient care.”
Guerrero told ABC News his performance problems stemmed from his lack of competence in the intensive care unit, including problems with recommending the proper medications or coming up with the right kind of patient treatment plan.
I was told once by a soldier that the only real requirement to get your Majority was to have a pulse. One wonders, based on this information if that isn't so. Tim Blair
muses "If Hasan beats his murder rap, he’s due for a promotion." ABC's story is primarily focused on Hasan's worries about getting AIDS.Detroit
continues to suffer from the bad economy worse than the rest of the nation. Michigan has had a big head start on the US under leftist radicals in charge of government so they're ahead of the curve. Paul Kedrovsky
looked at unemployment data and came up with a handy chart showing the top fifty cities in America. The graph shows how many people are looking for a job in that city compared to the number of job listings:
Detroit, of course, is the worst by far. Washington DC has the fewest people looking for work because the one job sector that's grown the most (other than ammunition manufacturing) is the federal government whose hiring has exploded under President Obama. Live in DC, you can find a job. Live in Detroit, not so much so. Portland, the big city nearest me, is not doing so well, either.Last
week a story came out in the Examiner
about Obama's Attorney General Eric Holder. It seems that he hired on a bunch of lawyers who once were defense attorneys for Guantanamo Bay detainees. In other words, he hired the guys for the prosecution who were previously working to defend the very same clients. I sat on the story waiting for more to come out, and more has. It seems, based on a few firings, that the White House may be clearing some of these lawyers out. Leftist Steven Soltz at Psyche, Science and Society
It’s beginning to look as if the... Obama administration may be purging those officials who don’t understand that human rights take last place, after placating the intelligence community and looking strong so Liz Cheney doesn’t mock them.
In the Examiner report, Byron York details how congressmen tried to find out if any of Holder's hires were formerly defense for the detainees and terrorists in Guantanamo Bay, but he was reluctant at best to respond, saying "I'll consider it." Steven Soltz and other leftists don't seem to grasp that this is an ethical and legal violation. It's called "conflict of interest," because these are the guys that have been holding up the entire process by throwing one legal challenge after another up. You shouldn't hire people defending people to then be their prosecutors. So these guys are being let go, apparently.
Remember Cash for Clunkers? I have another update on the program. When Edmunds.com published their analysis of the program showing that the program actually ended up costing tens of thousands of dollars a car, the White House was swift to act and defend their scheme, claiming that 1.7% of the third quarter growth came from cash for clunkers alone! Except, as National Review Online notes in the Corner, like the growth estimates the contribution by Cash for Clunkers wasn't quite so great.
The revised numbers out today indicate that automotive consumption was less than half of what was initially estimated, contributing 0.81 of a percentage point to growth.
Was that worth it? Not when you consider the drawbacks
of the program as well as the fact that this was more like borrowing money from a credit card to pay for another credit card: it just delays the loss.Emergency!
2 teaspoons of mercury were found in a street in Twin Falls, Idaho. The FDA was swift to act, sending agents to clean up this environmental disaster as rapidly as possible. The cost? A measly $50,000. As Larrey Anderson at American Thinker
notes, old style bulbs have been outlawed
in favor of compact fluorescent bulbs. Putting aside how unconstitutional, dictatorial, and absurd it is to have the federal government telling you how to light your own house those bulbs all contain mercury
and have to be disposed of very carefully or they constitute a legal environmental hazard.Speaking
of mercury gas filled fluorescent bulbs, a study done recently in Engineering and Technology magazine found some problems with manufacturer's claims about the bulbs. The BBC
Energy-efficient light bulbs lose on average 22% of their brightness over their lifetime, a study has found.
In some cases they emit just 60% as much light as traditional models which are being phased out of shops, it says.
Of the 18 energy-saving bulbs tested over 10,000 hours by the Institution of Engineering and Technology, three stopped altogether.
The nanny state: making your life worse, for your own good. At your expense.
That's the Word Around the Net for this week. Those of you who are American readers, I hope you had a great Thanksgiving!