Tuesday, February 24, 2009

The Simple Truth with Bob Dacy 2/23/2009

* Barack: The Usurper, The Communist.
* Alan Keyes crticism of Obama and the Constitutional implications of the Obama administration.
* Global Warming agenda scam pursued by the Obama administration.
* Obama list of lies.
* Mexico instability.
* Gerald Celente grim predictions.
* Iowa National Guard gun confiscations.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Texans Unknowingly Donate Children's Blood to Research

Austin American-Statesman
February 22, 2009

For almost seven years, the state has been indefinitely storing blood from nearly all newborns in Texas without their parents' consent for possible use in medical research.

The blood is collected as part of a 44-year-old state-mandated newborn screening program in which hospitals, birthing centers and midwives draw blood from a baby's heel — parental consent isn't required for that, either — so the state can test for a host of birth defects. The state either discarded the blood after six months or, more recently, stored it for three years before destroying it.

But starting in 2002, the state health department began collecting and keeping blood indefinitely for current or future medical research, a practice that has been the subject of a legal challenge in Minnesota.

Five dots of blood are collected on paper for the screening and then stored.

Under the health department's policy, the samples can be used by the medical community for things like cancer research, birth defects studies and calibration of lab equipment, said Doug McBride, spokesman for the Department of State Health Services.

The law doesn't require that parents be told how the blood might be used. But if parents are aware of the blood draws, Texas law lets them opt out only for religious reasons.

Parental consent isn't obtained, McBride said, because "requiring permission might be more costly and could require more time of hospital staff. But our real concern would be for the babies with detectable disorders that weren't detected because their parents declined the screening — babies who had no say in that decision."

The blood spots are stored at Texas A&M University's School of Rural Public Health, and each card bears a code number instead of a name, McBride said. The names matching those codes are kept at the state health department and are not released to researchers without parental consent, McBride said. The state considers the stored samples to be "de-identified."

Since 1965, Texas law has required the screening of newborns for birth defects, and the state now checks for 27 different health conditions — ranging from a gene that can cause severe mental disability to sickle cell anemia.

In 2002, the state health department's Birth Defects Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch asked that the blood be stored for research rather than discarded; the department's leadership agreed.

It contracted with Texas A&M in 2006 to store the samples because the agency did not have room to keep them indefinitely, according to a Nov. 15, 2006, health department memo.

The agency says in the memo that it did not need to change state law to store the blood samples because "the agency's position has been that health-related research that uses these bloodspots is consistent with this agency's overall mission."

The same memo says the department considers the blood samples to be "state records," which state law allows agencies to store indefinitely.

Quinn Godfrey, a 32-year-old father of two from San Antonio, said he had no idea when his daughter was born three years ago that newborn blood was being collected or stored indefinitely.

"My concern is they might not be able to do much with it right now, but 10 years from now? They could do a lot with it the way technology is going," Godfrey said.

When his second child was born Feb. 9, Godfrey said, he objected and asked to have an outside lab do it. But when he was told that wasn't possible, he gave in, he said.

Researchers in Texas said they hope to allay any parental concerns by pointing to the good being done with the blood and the future benefits to society.

"I'm using it to extract genetic variations and causes of certain birth defects: cleft lip and cleft palate and club foot," said Jacqueline Hecht, a professor of pediatrics and vice chairwoman for research at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston.

Hecht gets selected blood samples of children known to have those defects from the state's birth defects registry, but the names are excluded, McBride said.

By knowing the genetic fingerprints of disorders, researchers can suggest ways to prevent birth defects, Hecht and others said.

Without access to the blood samples, Hecht said, "we might miss the opportunity to make huge breakthroughs to help humanity. I'm using them to try and make life better."

Hecht said she considers privacy concerns to be overblown because she and her colleagues have no idea to whom the blood belongs.

"There are a lot of hoops you have to jump through" to use samples, she said, such as getting approval from an institutional review board, which looks out for patients' rights. "I don't see what the issue is."

But if the stored blood is so scientifically beneficial, "why isn't it more publicized?" asked Godfrey, the San Antonio father. "It just seems like they're being awfully sneaky about it."

James Harrington, director of the Texas Civil Rights Project, said that although his three grown children were all born in Texas, he had no idea of the practice and was "stunned by the whole thing."

Harrington said that he has no problems with screening newborns for birth defects but said he opposes storing samples without consent.

"I believe it's a violation ... of unlawful search and seizure," he said. "We're dealing with the most confidential information we have, and (for the government) to say, 'Trust us,' ... I find it impossible to believe."

McBride said, "There is nothing illicit, untoward or threatening going on. The purpose is to save lives, not to steal them." He's heard no complaints from anyone in Texas, he said.

"I would bet most parents aren't aware in Texas," said Twila Brase, a nurse who is president of the Citizens' Council on Health Care in St. Paul, Minn. The nonprofit has advocated patient and physician relationship rights since 1998.

Her group is fighting the practice in Minnesota after learning about it six years ago, she said.

"Our greatest concern is that this blood is being stored unbeknownst to the parents, and genetic research is being conducted without the consent or knowledge of the parents," Brase said. "And it's available for whatever legislators would decide to do with it in the future. When parents here discovered that, they got absolutely steamed."

What surprised Brase and others even more than not requiring parental consent was what they call the "warehousing" of the blood samples. Minnesota has stored more than 815,000 samples in the past 11 years, and as in Texas, no law authorizes that, Brase said.

Texas has stored 4.2 million samples since July 2002 — two per child, McBride said.

In Minnesota, Brase's organization won a ruling from an administrative law judge ordering that the state get informed consent from parents to store the blood, and the group aims to start a national outcry against the policy. Already, Brase said, blood from 52,000 Minnesota children has been used for genetic research without their parents knowing.

What if someday someone's genetic information got out to insurers and employers and was used to discriminate against certain people, Brase asked. "This is my DNA; it's not yours," she said. "Ask me if you want to use me for some project."

McBride said the state is bound by state and federal laws to protect the privacy rights of patients so it would not release the names to researchers or anyone else without parental consent.

Andrew Olshan, chairman of the epidemiology department at the University of North Carolina, said there is strong interest among researchers in creating a national database drawing on research from the samples to help solve the riddles of what causes autism, cancer and various birth defects. He said the potential benefits outweigh privacy concerns.

Art Caplan, a nationally known ethicist who directs the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania, said he isn't troubled by the lack of consent or the indefinite storage. He said he sees a "ton of benefits" to having the blood available for research but said Texans should be educated about it and a public commission should control the samples.

But a Texas medical ethicist said parental consent should be obtained at the time the blood is drawn.

"Even if something is a social good, there can be a social harm," said Dr. Howard Brody, director of the Institute for the Medical Humanities at the UT Medical Branch at Galveston. "It's important to have trust in the scientific community ... and the more things that are done without consent, the more trust goes down."

The argument that scientists have a right to the blood because what they are doing with it is good "runs roughshod" over the rights of others, Brody said.

At minimum, the issue deserves more public discussion and transparency, he said.

"This is exactly the kind of issue," Brody said, "that is going to come back and bite us as a scientific community."

Sunday, February 22, 2009

TX Rep. Leo Berman on Alex Jones Show 2/20/2009 "The Tenth Amendment"

Alex talks with Representative Leo Berman of Texas who authored House Concurrent Resolution No. 50 declaring Texan sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment.


Thursday, February 19, 2009

Texas Representatives Introduce Resolution Asserting Sovereignty Under Tenth Amendment

Texas Rep. Leo Berman joins Alex Jones to talk about the H.C.R. 50 and states’ rights on Friday, February 20.

February 19, 2009

Texas has joined the states’ right and Tenth Amendment movement by introducing House Concurrent Resolution No. 50, filed earlier this week by Republican state representatives Leo Berman, Brandon Creighton, and Bryan Hughes. H.C.R. 50 cites Section 4, Article IV, of the Constitution, the Tenth Amendment, and the Ninth Amendment.

“The Tenth Amendment assures that we, the people of the United States of America and each sovereign state in the Union of States, now have, and have always had, rights the federal government may not usurp,” the resolution declares, while “Section 4, Article IV, of the Constitution says, ‘The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government,’ and the Ninth Amendment states that ‘The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.’”

A number of proposals from previous administrations and some now pending from the present administration and from congress may further violate the Constitution of the United States; now, therefore, be it RESOLVED, That the 81st Legislature of the State of Texas hereby claim sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States over all powers not otherwise enumerated and granted to the federal government by the Constitution of the United States…

H.C.R. 50 serves “as notice and demand to the federal government, as our agent, to cease and desist, effective immediately, mandates that are beyond the scope of these constitutionally delegated powers” and that “all compulsory federal legislation that directs states to comply under threat of civil or criminal penalties or sanctions or that requires states to pass legislation or lose federal funding be prohibited or repealed.”

Finally, the resolution directs the Texas secretary of state to forward official copies of the resolution to president Obama, Speaker of the House Pelosi, the president of the Senate, Joe Biden, and all members of the Texas delegation to the Congress. In addition, there is an official request that the resolution be entered in the Congressional Record as a “memorial to the Congress of the United States of America.”

Texas joins Washington, New Hampshire, Arizona, Montana, Michigan, Missouri, Oklahoma, California, and Georgia, states that have all introduced bills and resolutions declaring sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment. Colorado, Hawaii, Pennsylvania, Arkansas, Idaho, Indiana, Alaska, Kansas, Alabama, Nevada, Maine, and Illinois are also considering such measures.

“While the ramifications of these resolutions are still uncertain, one thing is clear,” writes Barbara Minton. “People are sick and tired of the federal government’s usurpation of power not granted to it by the Constitution. They have had enough of fear based economic terrorism and underhanded promotion of policies and procedures that bypass public scrutiny and the will of the people.”

It should be noted that a resolution is a statement and not law and does not necessarily represent a consensus of a state legislature. “Still, the fact that two states, California and Georgia, have already passed their versions of state sovereignty may be setting the stage for secession down the road if the federal government continues to show its scorn for the Constitution. The Oklahoma resolution has already passed in the House and is awaiting vote in the state Senate to be codified,” writes Minton.

For more information on the Tenth Amendment and states’s right movement, see this Infowars resource page on the subject.

As should be expected, the corporate media has all but ignored H.C.R. 50, while Vince Leibowitz of Dallas-based Pegasus News calls the resolution “bizarre” and intimates that Berman, Creighton, and Hughes are insane. Leibowitz’s comments are a sad testament on how out of touch many Americans are when it comes to the Constitution and the increasing encroachments of the federal government.

On Friday, February 20, Rep. Leo Berman of District 6 will be on the Alex Jones Show to talk about the resolution and states’ rights.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The Simple Truth with Bob Dacy 2/9/2009

* Perry: true conservative?
* Obama's nominees.
* Burning Beijing skyscraper doesnt collapse.
* Osama, FBI, and mainstream media.
* Huge oil deposits in Alaska capped in secret and Obama doing his part.
* More implied gun control by Obama and Obama cabinet.
* Too much news to print here this week.

Kinky Friedman May Run Again for Governor

Kelley Shannon
Associated Press
February 11, 2009

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Humorist and author Kinky Friedman is toying with another run for Texas governor, but if he does enter the race, he says he's serious this time.

"I'm toning down the one-liners a bit. If I run, it's going to be a serious run," Friedman told The Associated Press on Tuesday, peppering the interview with one-liners.

Friedman said he learned some hard lessons from his fourth-place defeat in 2006 to Republican Rick Perry in a race with three political veterans.

He said he found out he couldn't win as an independent and that he shouldn't crack so many jokes. He'd rather run now with the help of a major party — the Democrats

Friedman also noted that Democratic comedian Al Franken did well in his U.S. Senate race in Minnesota, though his victory is still being debated in court.

"So this can be done," Friedman said.

Friedman, known for his signature black cowboy hat and cigar, has written more than 24 books, including "Cowboy Logic: The Wit and Wisdom of Kinky Friedman (And Some of His Friends.)" Some of his quips include "Never take a whiz on an electric fence."

He said he's been a Democrat all his life — though "not the kind of Democrat that goose-steps to the polling box" — and that he likes the direction the state party is taking.

During the 2006 campaign, Friedman said he would increase the number of National Guardsmen on the border from 1,500 to 10,000, fine companies for hiring illegal immigrants and require immigrants seeking jobs to apply for taxpayer identification cards and pass a background check.

Friedman now says Democrats can win the state's highest office if they pull in what he calls grass roots voters and small-town Texans. He considers rural support one of his strengths.

As he did many times in 2006, he criticized the Perry administration for being beholden to corporate interests. He said if he runs it will be as a "man of the people." Friedman said he wants to provide more support for teachers, improve health care coverage for Texans and abolish the death penalty.

"I do tend to ride to the left of the herd on most issues," he said.

Friedman said he has been actively talking to Democrats in the Legislature and elsewhere and encouraged any party members to call him. He says he's getting positive responses so far.

"I'm not a shy little bugger. I don't mind getting out there," Friedman said. He said he would have to make his decision on running soon. "It's not a done deal that I'm going to run at all."

Other potential Democratic candidates include former ambassador Tom Schieffer and state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte of San Antonio.

On the GOP side, Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison plans to challenge fellow Republican Perry, the longest-serving leader in state history.

Monday, February 9, 2009

G. Edward Griffin Speaks on Collectivism in Austin, Texas 4/29/2008

13-Part Video Playlist

Frequency Clear from Houston, Texas 1/26/2009: Reality Check

Bart Black speaks on the response of the individual to the New World Order system.

Gardening Trend Sprouting with Vigor in Wilted Economy

Karina Kling
News 8 Austin
February 8, 2009

The gardening world is sprouting with vigor in light of the poor economy and more people are becoming gardeners in an effort to be more mindful their spending habits.

As the price of produce spikes, first time gardeners are uprooting old fashioned habits of sustainable living to save money, while fostering healthier eating habits.

Christina Smith is a first time gardener who went out to The Natural Gardener in West Austin to get some tips and seeds to start planting.

"We're out here to ask as many questions as possible because we have no idea what we're doing," Smith said.

Smith is just one example of a growing group of first time gardeners hoping to save some money at the store by digging into their own dirt.

Lyda Guz with The Natural Gardener said business couldn't be better as more people pass through their produce aisle and opt to produce their own fruits and vegetables.

"We're seeing almost a 500 percent increase in sales of our vegetables," Guz said. "We're having trouble meeting the demand."

If you think you need a lot of room to grow a garden, you're wrong. If all you have is a square foot, or even simply a bucket, that's all you need to get started.

"Square foot gardens are four-by-four. Some things like broccoli you plant only one per square. Others like spinach are four to a square. It's a very compact way to grow a lot of food," Guz said.

So if you have a little sun and some good soil, you can join the hundreds like Christina Smith, planting their own produce.

It's a past time that's possibly once again becoming a popular way of life.

Back during World War II, 40 to 60 percent of people had personal or family gardens. They were called victory gardens.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

The Simple Truth with Bob Dacy 2/2/2009

* And no, the Trans-Texas Corridor is not dead.
* Governor Perry grandstands and lies about his intentions of veto to protect private property.
* Police State Alert: FEMA/DHS Bill creates detention/emergency camps in US.
* Change!!!: Outsourcing torture from Guantanamo.
* Agent Provocateur frame up.
* Supreme Court: Police screw ups don't matter.
* San Marcos, Tx: microchipping pets required.
* Obama's energy independence.