Walk This Way

 Joe Perry performing at Sarnia Bayfest 2007

Joe Perry of Aerosmith endorsed John McCain. He’s Livin’ on the Edge:

“I’ve been a hardcore Republican my whole life,” he told the Herald. “My mother and father drilled into me from the very start that if you work hard and be positive, you’ll get what you’re working for. I guess I’m living proof of that.”

BTW, Aerosmith is Back in the Saddle, but it’s not the Same Old Song and Dance:  Guitar Hero Aerosmith is expected to be one of the top-selling games this Christmas (the Guitar Hero franchise has sold more than $1.3 billion since 2005).

Joe Perry on Guitar Hero Aerosmith:

“We’ve put a lot of ideas into the game so that fans can have fun interacting with our music, getting inside our body of work and learning about the band’s history,” said Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry. “It’s great for rock since the record companies are struggling to make sense of how things are changing. Fans want to get and experience music in new formats—and there are going to be some of them who will play the game, then pick up the guitar for real and start bands. It’s what’s happening now, and it’s only going to build more momentum in the future. It’s a massive change for the music business.”

Plus, Joe Perry makes ‘Rock Your World’ Hot Sauce.

Alabama Constitutional Amendment Election 2008

There are six Amendments to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901 on the ballot Tuesday.

Amendment 1 applies Statewide; Amendments 2 through 6 apply to Shelby, Limestone (City of Madison), Blount, Russell, and Macon (City of Tuskegee) Counties.

I vote NO to Amendment One, because I don’t trust the Alabama legislature to pay back the Alabama Trust Fund and furthermore because borrowing for current expenses from future income is bad policy.  Strangely enough, this is the same position held by AEA President Paul Hubbert, who said “The thing that’s a little troubling to me is we may be preventing proration for one year, but we’ll be paying back the debt for six years to get one year…”

However, a couple of politicians I respect are urging a YES vote:  Governor Bob Riley ‘wants citizens to support Amendment 1′; and Bradley Byrne, Chancellor of the Community College System, wrote (et al.) that “Your “yes” vote on Nov. 4 is not just a temporary fix. It is an investment in the future of education in Alabama. We urge you to join us in voting “yes” for the Rainy Day Amendment 1 on Nov. 4.”

A friend of mine won’t vote for ‘local Amendments’ because it’s his way of protesting the lack of home rule in Alabama.  He figures that if enough people consistently vote NO on local Amendments, maybe the Legislature will eventually support home rule or even a Constitutional Convention.

In past elections, I haven’t voted either way on local Amendments, hoping that people who actually know and care about the Amendment will decide the issue.  However, this time I’m going to vote NO to all local Amendments.

Regarding the local Amendments, the only one that is relevant to the Huntsville area is Amendment Three, which would raise ad valorem (property) taxes on the part of Limestone County that is within the City of Madison (equalizes ad valorem tax for all residents of the City of Madison).

Here’s more on Amendment Three from the Madison County Record:

It is really just an equity issue, Dee Fowler, Madison City Schools Superintendent, said.

Fowler said if the referendum passes it would not add any spendable revenue to Madison City Schools because they school system is required to pay 10 mills of the collected tax to the state in order to receive its share of the States Foundation Program…

Athens Mayor Dan Williams wrote:

The governing body of the city of Madison has found an innovative way to place the taxation decisions of Madison County residents upon the citizens of Limestone County in the name of equalization of ad valorem taxes. To ensure the success of the tax-raising measure, the amendment provides that the majority of voters in the State approves, and the majority of the voters of the City of Madison residing in Madison and Limestone Counties fail to approve (NO VOTE), then the amendment would allow the governing body of the City of Madison to call for subsequent elections every twelve months, hereafter, without legislative approval…

To have Madison County voters impose taxes upon Limestone County citizens does not seem to be a good thing. I am sure whatever method either of these outside cities come up with to stick it to the citizens of Limestone County, the others will soon follow with the same thing.

More from Limestone County Probate Judge Mike Davis:

According to Limestone County Probate Judge Mike Davis, the portion of the City of Madison inside Madison County has more than 23,600 registered voters, and the portion of the city inside Limestone County has about 1,350 registered voters.

He said it is unlikely the measure will fail because Limestone voters have little voice.

Davis said he was unaware of the measure before he saw it on the ballot and said many residents may not know of the proposal.

Although it is a statewide amendment, the measure requires a majority vote of Madison registered voters. It could pass statewide but still would not be implemented if it does not pass in Madison, Davis said.

However, if the measure does pass statewide but fails in Madison, members of the Madison City Council would be allowed to call for subsequent elections every 12 months without legislative approval.

“It appears to be an effort to ensure the success of the tax-raising measure,” Davis said.

But if the measure fails to gain a majority of voters statewide, it could not be brought back before voters without legislative approval.

Davis said he does not recall any legislation that addresses taxation in annexed portions of a county, making this amendment groundbreaking.

“This amendment has far-reaching effects,” he said. “If this passes, Huntsville and Decatur will be lining up to do the same thing next time.”

 

Just a guy who lives in my neighborhood

Barack Obama wrote a review of Bill Ayers’ book A Kind and Just Parent: The Children of Juvenile Court, on Dec. 21, 1997. He said the book was “A searing and timely account of the juvenile court system, and the courageous individuals who rescue hope from despair.”  Obama is also mentioned in the book.

Remember that Ayers bombed the Pentagon, NYC Police, and the Capitol. Remember that Ayers tried to kill Judges and their families. Remember that Ayers said “I wish we had done more” on 9/11.

And then remember that Obama said that Ayers is “just a guy who lives in my neighborhood”.

Courtesy of zombie, read the whole thing (Zombie’s contributions are must reads / sees if you want to understand how hateful and deranged the Left is these days).

Confidential Peer Review

Dale Jackson of WVNN received and posted several documents regarding Parker Griffith’s medical practice.  Here is a summary of the ‘Confidential Peer Review’, the entirety of which is posted at Dale’s blog.

The ‘Confidential Peer Review’ was performed by Confidential Peer Review, of Kenosha, Wisconsin and delivered on December 21, 1988. The Review was led by Dr. Michael Zeihen of Kenosha, who contributed to the book ‘Measuring and Managing the Quality and Appropriateness of Radiological Services’.  Zeihen prepared the Review with assistance from Dr. John Duttenhaver of Savannah, Georgia and Dr. David Weems of Savannah.  CPR reviewed 107 patient records.  Based on these findings, almost all (97%) of Griffith’s patients were provided care “below the generally recognized standard”: most through poor documentation, many through poor treatment, and some through harmful treatment.

Quality of care rating of 1 = 0.9% (“Medical record documents care of good quality.”)

Quality of care rating of 2 = 1.9% (“I would not have treated the patient this way, but I find no major problems.”)

Quality of care rating of 3 = 56.1% (“Medical record documents care below the generally recognized standard for deficiencies in documentation, i.e., late history and physical, absent progress notes, etc.”)

Quality of care rating of 4 = 35.5% (“Medical record documents care below the generally recognized standard for deficiencies in treatment.”)

Quality of care rating of 5 = 5.6% (“Medical record documents care that is below the generally recognized standard and may have (or did) contributed to patient injury.”)

CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS REGARDING DOCTOR GRIFFITH

Based upon the findings previously mentioned in this Report, it is our determination that Doctor Griffith is practicing radiation oncology care far below the generally recognized standard.  The substandard nature of his clinical practice is quite prevalent and is confirmed by all our consultants.

The Review recommends giving Griffith “the opportunity to review the findings” and “Due to the fact that this Report documents substandard care, we recommend that Huntsville Hospital strongly consider instituting those steps that would lead to the termination of appointment to the Medical Staff for Doctor Griffith and the revocation of his clinical privileges”.

The Review includes Clinical Summaries with comments like these on some specific cases:

MR#2605 – Diagnosis CA Breast.  “This is an unacceptable plan.” “This technique almost guarantees complications due to radiation overdosage in the breast and should never have been allowed to be carried out.”

MR#2548 – Diagnosis Prostate Cancer. “The absence of information from the attending physician suggests that the patient was treated without adequate physician supervision.”

MR#2439 - Diagnosis Squamous cell carcinoma. “This patient received completely inappropriate and inadequate radiation resulting in unnecessary complications, as well as probably a preventable local recurrence.”

UPDATE: Patricia McCarter of The Huntsville Times wrote Griffith’s past career faces new questions:

Another scathing review of Democratic congressional candidate Parker Griffith’s medical career has surfaced, this one saying he provided substandard care to 44 out of 107 cancer patients whose charts were scrutinized 20 years ago…

A separate agreement one month later, signed by Griffith and then-Huntsville Hospital CEO Ed Boston, stated that while the hospital board of directors recommended Griffith’s privileges be revoked, it would allow the oncologist to resign as long as he withdrew his request for a hearing before the board, would not reapply for appointment and would not appeal the dismissal of his antitrust suit or file a new suit…

When asked last month about that motive, Dr. Bob Williams – who in 1988 was the hospital’s chief of medicine – said the hospital board had received numerous internal complaints about Griffith’s care, and there were concerns the oncologist was “warehousing” patients and too aggressively treating terminal patients rather than allowing them to die in peace at home…

Dr. John Raymond Duttenhaver, who still practices radiation oncology in Savannah, said Tuesday he doesn’t remember all of the specifics of Griffith’s review, but he does recall that it wasn’t a good one.

“I do remember the overall impression that it wasn’t favorable,” he said.

Kudos to McCarter and The Times for reporting the story.

UPDATE:  The Times quoted Griffith: “I have a clean license… I just want to make sure that the public knows that I could practice medicine tomorrow.”

I sent an email to the Alabama Board of Medical Examiners asking if they are reviewing Griffith’s license now that the Peer Review is public. I’ll be sure to share the response.

The Code of Alabama, Title 34 Professions and Businesses, Chapter 24 Physicians and Other Practitioners of Healing Arts is the law setting up the Board of Medical Examiners and governing the practice of medicine .

Guilty as Hell, Free as a Bird

Back in the early eighties… Bill Ayers remembered his reaction upon learning that he would not be prosecuted by the government for his bombing spree as a member of the Weather Underground. “Guilty as hell, free as a bird—America is a great country”…

Calling Bill Ayers a school reformer is a bit like calling Joseph Stalin an agricultural reformer. (If you find the metaphor strained, consider that Walter Duranty, the infamous New York Times reporter covering the Soviet Union in the 1930s, did, in fact, depict Stalin as a great land reformer who created happy, productive collective farms.)

That from an article, The Bomber as School Reformer in City Journal (which I recommend).  [EDIT: Note that Walter Duranty won a Pulitzer Prize in 1932 for reporting on Stalin's Five Year Plan to Industrialize the Soviet Union, in which Duranty denied the famines in the Ukraine (the Holodomor), where Stalin killed 2 or 3 million people. The New York Times has a long history of covering for Leftists.]

And for those who believe that the Weatherman never tried to kill anybody, here’s Fire in the Night, The Weathermen tried to kill my family:

Stephanopoulos then asked Obama to explain his relationship with Ayers. Obama’s answer: “The notion that somehow as a consequence of me knowing somebody who engaged in detestable acts 40 years ago, when I was eight years old, somehow reflects on me and my values, doesn’t make much sense, George.” Obama was indeed only eight in early 1970. I was only nine then, the year Ayers’s Weathermen tried to murder me.

In February 1970, my father, a New York State Supreme Court justice, was presiding over the trial of the so-called “Panther 21,” members of the Black Panther Party indicted in a plot to bomb New York landmarks and department stores. Early on the morning of February 21, as my family slept, three gasoline-filled firebombs exploded at our home on the northern tip of Manhattan, two at the front door and the third tucked neatly under the gas tank of the family car…

The same night, bombs were thrown at a police car in Manhattan and two military recruiting stations in Brooklyn. Sunlight, the next morning, revealed three sentences of blood-red graffiti on our sidewalk: FREE THE PANTHER 21; THE VIET CONG HAVE WON; KILL THE PIGS.

Palin Email Hacker Indicted

David Kernell, the “Obamacrat” son of a Democrat Tennessee State Senator, was indicted by a Knoxville Grand Jury and turned himself in for Arrest:

David C. Kernell, 20, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Knoxville for intentionally accessing without authorization the e-mail account of Palin, the governor of Alaska…

If convicted, Kernell faces a maximum of five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and a three-year term of supervised release. A trial date has not been set.

Guess which party? Funny how the party affiliation of Kernell and his legislator father weren’t mentioned in the article…

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Huntsville Run-Off Election Results

Tommy Battle defeated Mayor Loretta Spencer in the race for Huntsville Mayor, 56% to 44%, with 37,958 votes cast.

City of Huntsville Election Results

Mayor Spencer carried 7 of the top 10 of Huntsville’s largest (by vote) precincts.  The top three were: Cove United Methodist, Aldersgate, and Weatherly Heights (note that Absentee Voters would actually count as the third largest precinct). These three were also Tommy Battle’s largest by-vote precincts, and then Battle carried the next three largest precincts:  Hillwood Baptist, The Dwelling Place, and Chapman Middle School. Northwest Huntsville turned out for Battle in big numbers and high percentages, for example: First Missionary Baptist (1049 total ballots, 76%), Johnson High School (1006 ballots, 75%), and Ed White Middle School (870 ballots, 74%) .

Mayor-Elect Battle’s best precincts (by %) were AAMU, Calvary Hill, Showers Center, Lewis Chapel, and New Shiloh.

Mayor Spencer’s best precincts (by %) were Monte Sano, Southwood Presbyterian, Cove United Methodist, Absentee Voters, and Trinity United Methodist.

For City Council District 5, Will Culver defeated Richard Gipson by 53% to 47%.

For School Board District 1, Laurie McCaulley defeated Pat King by 55% to 45%.

For School Board District 5, Alta Morrison defeated Susan Currie by 53% to 47%.

UPDATE:  One fact jumps out at me from the Mayor’s race – winning the biggest precincts doesn’t necessarily lead to victory. Tommy Battle won 38 of 55 precincts…

UPDATE: Voter turnout was about 33% (37,958 votes / 113,807 registered voters). Turnout increased in the run-off, which is unusual – the August election had a turnout of 28%. In August, 30,047 voters cast their ballots – before you check my turnout math, note that about 6,000 people registered to vote between August and now – so turnout increased in both real and relative terms.  BTW, there are about 202,000 registered voters in Madison County.

Huntsville Run-off Election

Vote Tuesday!

The polls are open from 7AM to 7PM.  Elected officials take office November 3, 2008.

Reactionary Endorsements:

For Huntsville Mayor – Tommy Battle.  Note that in last week’s mayoral debate, Battle announced that he supported Wayne Parker for Congress. [EDIT: I realize that Battle may have been coy when he said "I support Parker" - maybe I'm reading too much into his comment, but he has attended GOP events for about a year...]  I like Mayor Spencer but IMO she’s been resting on her laurels for the past few years [EDIT: Note that Mayor Spencer implicitly endorsed Senator Sessions when she said that the next Mayor would have to work with Sens. Shelby and Sessions].

For City Council District 5 – Richard Gipson.  Will Culver is his opponent.

For School Board District  1 – no opinion. Pat King versus Laurie McCaulley (State PTA President).

For School Board District 5 – Susan Currie.  Alta Morrison is her opponent.