Day: July 18, 2017

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LPGA dress code slammed


The day after the LPGA’s new stricter dress code for tour pros went into effect, one tour pro cut one of her shirts to shreds on social media.

It wasn’t clear if Wie’s scissors work was a reaction to the new dress code, enacted Monday, which bans female pro golfers from wearing shirts with plunging necklines, leggings, or short skirts. But other golf pros and fans were anything but ambiguous in their opposition to the move.

Here are the new rules that caused the backlash:

  • Racerback with a mock or regular collar are allowed (no collar =noracerback)
  • Plunging necklines are NOT allowed.
  • Leggings, unless under a skort or shorts, are NOT allowed
  • Length of skirt, skort, and shorts MUST be long enough to not see your bottom area (even if covered by under shorts) at any time, standing or bent over.
  • Appropriate attire should be worn to pro-am parties. You should be dressing yourself to present a professional image. Unless otherwise told “no,” golf clothes are acceptable.
  • Dressy jeans are allowed, but cut-offs or jeans with holes are NOT allowed.
  • Workout gear and jeans (all colors) NOT allowed inside the ropes
  • Joggers are NOT allowed

 

 



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Evans rips Coulter on Twitter


Delta Air Lines has just earned itself an unlikely ally in its beef with Ann Coulter: Captain America himself.

“Avengers” actor Chris Evans took to Twitter to tweak Coulter, who recently tweeted dozens of complaints at Delta, chastising them for giving away her reserved seat on a flight from New York to West Palm Beach, Fla., over the weekend.

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At one point during her Twitter tirade, Coulter even claimed to have spent “$10,000 of my time to pre-select the seat I wanted, investigate type of plane & go back periodically to review seat options,” despite only paying a $30 premium for the privilege of reserving one of Delta’s roomier Comfort+ seats.

It was this particular remark that prompted Evans to troll Coulter with a sarcastic response on Monday evening.

“I totally get it,” tweeted Evans on Monday afternoon. “It costs me 75k to brush my teeth. I must pre-select a brush, investigate types of paste, and periodically spit bulls–t.”

Evans punctuated his tweet with a snowflake emoji — a likely reference to the conservative slang term “snowflake,” which is sometimes used to refer to liberals.

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Evans has been critical of conservative figures in the past, most notably on Twitter, where he blasted Donald Trump for “energizing lies” and giving a position to Jeff Sessions. He was also once quoted as saying Steve Bannon “has no place in politics” in a March interview with Esquire magazine.

As of Tuesday morning, Evans’ post had been retweeted more than 11,000 times and earned almost 70,000 “likes.”



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Sunken bomber reveals secrets


The bodies of three soldiers who were never recovered from a sunken WWII aircraft may finally get their homecoming. LiveScience reports that possible human remains were recovered from a B-24 bomber nicknamed the Tulsamerican that crashed off the coast of Croatia toward the end of the war, some 73 years ago.

Damaged during battle with the German air force, the aircraft lost power and crashed into the Adriatic Sea. While seven of its passengers were rescued, three airmen were never found.

Per KTUL, when the wreckage was discovered in 2010, finding those soldiers became a project many were drawn to, including assistant DA Kevin Gray of Tulsa (where the bomber was manufactured).

“You’ve got people spending millions of dollars trying to find Amelia Earhart,” Gray says. “This is our own Amelia Earhart.” Coordinated by the US military’s Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, the recovery effort was launched soon after the wreck’s discovery to head off looting.

Dr. Brendan Foley, an underwater archaeologist from Lund University, called the recovery “incredibly emotional” and “the most worthwhile thing we’ve ever done underwater.” In an interview with LiveScience, he described the nose portion of the plane “almost peeled open like a banana” from the impact of the crash, but said parts like seats were still distinguishable in the two sections found 135 feet below the surface.

Along with any materials that resembled bone (that will undergo DNA testing), the divers brought back soil where artifacts may be buried as well as equipment and clothes that could belong to the servicemen.

The US Embassy Zagreb thanked the Croatian government for its assistance on Facebook, linking to stunning video footage of the recovery efforts. (A hiker spotted this WWII crash in India.)

This article originally appeared on Newser: After 73 Years, Remains of WWII Soldiers May Come Home



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Lambert: He owns my heart


Miranda Lambert has bounced back from her divorce and is head-over-heels for the new man in her life. The country singer shared a post on social media in honor of Anderson East’s birthday on Monday.

“Rock & Roll Sundays and No Makeup Mondays. My favorite bama boy turned 30 today. He owns the stage and he owns my heart,” she wrote on Instagram, complete with a photo collage of herself and East celebrating. “Thanks @andersoneast for inspiring me in so many ways. You are a light that could outshine the sun. I love making memories with you.”

Us Weekly first reported that Lambert and East were dating in December 2015. The news came after her very public and high-profile divorce from country singer, and “The Voice” coach, Blake Shelton. The couple ended their marriage of four years in July 2015, and both seemed to move on rather quickly. While Lambert has apparently found happiness with East, Shelton has been dating his fellow “The Voice” star Gwen Stefani.

“They are really enjoying each other’s company,” a source told the outlet of Lambert and East at the time. “She couldn’t have picked a better dude to have fun with. Anderson is the coolest guy.”

East returned the favor later on in the day on his Instagram. The post reflected on the many good things in his life including having “the love of an amazing & kind woman.”



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O.J. Simpson may leave prison, but his legal troubles are far from over – OPINION: Will OJ Simpson get parole? Of course


Even if O.J. Simpson is paroled at his hearing on Thursday, he will be walking out of prison and into his next legal battle.

If paroled, Simpson would be released on Oct. 1. That would be more than eight years after he was found guilty of armed robbery, kidnapping and other charges related to his taking sports memorabilia at gunpoint from a hotel room.

In 1995 he was found not guilty of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ron Goldman.

“If he is going to be out on October 1, we will be there on October 2,” attorney David Cook, who represents Goldman’s father, Fred, told Fox News.

In 1997, the Goldman family won a civil judgment in a wrongful death suit against O.J., and with accrued interest that total is up to $52 million.

 “Your loved one is gone and your sense of loss increases, not decreases,” Cook said. “That loss never escapes you.  In the case of the Goldman family, the civil judgment is the justice you seek.”

The Goldman family has gotten some of that money from O.J. via rights to his controversial book “If I Did It,” and money from movies, the sale of his home and even some of his golf gear.

Cook said he is confident there will be more money to seize.  “Everybody in this country knows him,” he said, “It is a certainty that he will attempt to monetize his name; through TV, through pay for view, through any other means. It is a free country, and that is his only way to make money moving forward. Once he does that, we are ready to pounce.

“The good news is he is getting out, the bad news (is) I am in good health and I am there looking for the money he owes.” 

However, Cook acknowledges that if O.J. does get out and decides to live off his current resources, “we have to come to grips with the fact that money will be tough to get from him.”

One thing the Goldman family will not be able to touch is O.J.’s NFL pension, currently valued at just under $3 million, according to some reports. “Pensions are bullet proof,” Cook said. “Absent divine intervention, they are nearly impossible to topple. This is frustrating.”

Cook’s take on the O.J. murder case? “We are all strangers in O.J.’s strange land.  All of us.  When he was acquitted, it was a new world.  Criminal defense lawyers started talking differently, judges started talking differently, people watching the trial on TV started thinking differently.  There isn’t a big case where a judge isn’t thinking they don’t want another O.J. circus.”

When asked if he thinks Goldman will see any, if not all, of the money O.J. owes the family, he simply said “Amazon sells crystal balls. I ordered one and am waiting for delivery.”

According to the Las Vegas parole board, at the conclusion of Thursday’s public hearing, panel members will deliberate in private, then the public hearing will resume and each member will vote on the record. A majority of four of the seven members is required to reach a decision to grant or deny parole.



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Tropical Storm Don heads toward eastern Caribbean


Tropical Storm Don approached the Windward Islands on Tuesday as it moved toward the eastern Caribbean after forming in the Atlantic Ocean.

A tropical storm warning was in effect for Grenada and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, while a tropical storm watch was in effect for Barbados, St. Lucia and Bonaire.

The storm had maximum sustained winds of 50 mph and was moving west at 18 mph (30 kph) on Tuesday morning, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center. It was located about 210 miles  southeast of Barbados, forecasters said.

The storm’s center was expected to move through the Windward Islands and drop between 3 to 6 inches of rain across Barbados and other nearby islands through Wednesday morning.

An Air Force Reserve crew found the storm small and well-defined but not particularly well-organized. Forecasters said Don is expected to weaken on Wednesday.

In the Pacific, meanwhile, Hurricane Fernanda continued to gradually weaken far out to sea. It was centered about 1,495 miles east of Hilo, Hawaii, with maximum sustained winds of 105 mph and was moving to the northwest at 9 mph.

And newly formed Tropical Storm Greg was edging away from the Mexican coast. It was centered about 375 miles southwest of the Mexican port of Manzanillo with winds of 40 mph. It was moving west-northwest at 9 mph.



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Colorado girl run over, killed by boat driven by dad


A 12-year-old girl who was learning to water ski was killed Monday when she was mowed down by the powerboat her father was operating.

Zoe Anderson, a Colorado native, was water skiing on Newfound Lake in New Hampshire when she fell, the state’s Marine Patrol said. Her father, Sherwood Anderson, got distracted by his hat flying off his head while driving the powerboat back toward his daughter. 

SUSPECT IN FATAL STABBING SAYS HE WAS HELD AGAINST HIS WILL

Anderson placed the boat in neutral as it went over his daughter at a slow speed.

She suffered serious injuries to her torso and was immediately brought to shore.

Officials administered CPR, but were unable to revive her. 

The girl’s mom and sister were also aboard the boat that drove over her.

The incident remained under investigation. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

 



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'Bach' hometown disaster


Rachel Lindsay visited her final four suitors Eric, Bryan, Peter, and Dean in their hometowns on Monday night’s episode of “The Bachelorette” and had to decide which one of them to let go.

And things got wacky as a family drama involved one of the men.

First, the lawyer met Eric, a native of Baltimore, Maryland, who had stayed a straight arrow while growing up in a tough area. The last black suitor in the competition, he had never brought a girl home to meet his family.

“He’s funny, he’s smart, he’s deep,” Rachel said to Eric’s mom, while he told the cameras she was “the one” for him.

At the end of their home town date, Eric told Rachel, “I really care about you…hopefully you feel the same.”

Rachel said in confessional, “I really like Eric…I’m definitely falling.”

Next, Miami, Florida chiropractor Bryan, who is fluent in Spanish, introduced Rachel to the city’s vibrant Latin culture and they salsa danced at a club.

His relationship with a previous girlfriend had fizzled because she didn’t get along with his mother.

Bryan said the problem wasn’t his mom in that case but “more on the other person.”

Mother Olga told the cameras, “He’s my life, my love, my pride.”

“I know she’s the one,” Bryan told his mother, but Olga seemed skeptical about him falling in love with a girl on a TV show.

Rachel told Olga she loved his confidence.

Olga said, “To give you a warning, you’re marrying the family, too.”

She added, “If he’s happy, I’m happy. If not, I’ll kill you,” making both of them laugh.

Then, Bryan told her flat out, “Rachel, I’m in love with you,” thrilling the bachelorette.

In Peter’s hometown of Madison, Wisconsin, Rachel was concerned that he wasn’t ready to settle down. She met his friends and two of the men were black and said that Peter treated everybody the same.

Peter privately told the guys the prospect of proposing to Rachel was “terrifying.”

And when Rachel asked Peter’s mother Lynn if he was ready for marriage, she said he might be ready for a commitment, but not a proposal.

That didn’t sit well with Rachel, who wanted a fiancé, not just a boyfriend, out of the show.

The night ended with Peter telling Rachel, “I am very hopeful for the future. I don’t know what else to say. I’m very happy.”

But the cameras soon showed the real story as Peter shrugged, “I’m not there yet.”

Then she met Dean in his hometown of Aspen, Colorado, where he told her he hadn’t seen his eccentric dad in two years.

The relationship had faltered after Dean’s mom passed away when he was 15; Dean said his father had later become a yogi Sikh named Paramrup.

At the house, his yogi dad, sporting a long beard and a purple turban, banged a gong as everybody reclined on the floor; then he served a meal of rice and mung beans.

Dean’s private chat with his dad got uncomfortable fast. Dean confronted him about their past and Paramrup didn’t understand why he was angry.

The older man admitted when Dean’s mom died, he had provided financially but couldn’t express his emotions.

“I personally felt abandoned,” Dean said, while his father admitted he didn’t know how to keep the home fires burning.

As Dean continued to criticize, Paramrup exploded, “You’ve still got one f***ing foot stuck in the past!” and stormed off.

Then he told Rachel, “I wish you blessings…I didn’t realize he had harsh feelings about me, still,” and cut their talk short, too, walking away.

Rachel comforted Dean, who said he was falling in love with her, and she returned the sentiment.

But back her Dallas, Texas, hometown, she had to eliminate one of the guys — and axed Dean at the rose ceremony.

Rachel didn’t think Dean was ready for marriage—and his bitter feud with his father had also clearly created a bad vibe! 



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Death of American tourist at Mexico resort still a mystery, family says


An American family is still desperate for answers, months after a 20-year-old woman was fatally injured at a luxury resort in Mexico.

In January, Abbey Conner and her brother, Austin, 23, were found unconscious in a hotel swimming pool at the five-star Iberostar Paraiso Resort in Playa Del Carmen.

The two, from Wisconsin, had been on a family trip, ABC News reported. Their mother and stepfather left them at the hotel pool, went to get ready for dinner, and only later found out that the brother and sister were taken unconscious from the pool to the hospital.

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Abbey Conner suffered a broken collar bone and was brain dead. She died at a Florida hospital days later, according to ABC News. Austin had a concussion and a lump on his head.

Officials said the blood alcohol level for each was around .25, three times the legal limit in Wisconsin.

Mexican officials ruled Abbey Conner’s death accidental, but the family isn’t satisfied, ABC News reported.

They said authorities won’t investigate further.

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“Someone needs to be held responsible for this,” Bill Conner, their father who was not in Mexico at the time, told ABC News. “It doesn’t make any sense. We’re lucky we didn’t lose both of our kids.”

Authorities acknowledged that there are many unanswered questions. 

The State Department told ABC News it is “aware of the case.”

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that an Iberostar representative didn’t immediately provide answers to its questions.



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Fox News Takes a Sharp Left Turn


An excerpt from the July 16thprogram’s transcript provided by Fox News is illustrative:

CHRIS WALLACE [Fox News Sunday host]: Since you’re a panelist, I’m not going to call you Dr. Emanuel. I’m going to call you Zeke.


EZEKIEL EMANUEL, M.D. [Fox News Contributor]: That’s fine.


WALLACE: How far as a committed Democrat are you prepared to go? Because – I mean, we aren’t going to talk in specifics. But are you willing to see the country paralyzed for the next year? Are you willing – if – and I repeat – if more information comes out to see the president impeached, how far do we need to go on this?


EMANUEL: Well, we have – democracy is at stake here in America. Having our biggest enemy, Russia, come in and try to meddle and change our election that is the bedrock of democracy. That is the most important thing.


I do not want to see this country paralyzed, but I do not want to see our democracy undermined by having the president of the United States colluding and his officials colluding with Russia.


And, remember, there are – you know, when people go into government, they actually have to abide by the laws here. And one of the laws is you can’t get anything of value, whether money or other things of value from a foreign country.


WALLACE: Let me just bring –


EMANUEL: Opposition research is true, it’s of value. It may not be dollar value.


WALLACE: Well, I was going to say, you heard what [White House attorney] Jay Sekulow had to say about that. . .


EMANUEL: Democracy is a very fragile thing. We have seen in other countries, Turkey is a very good example of how someone can win an election and totally undermine democracy by taking down judicial independence, the press, and reelection.

I believe that Emanuel deserves the nickname “Death Panel Doc” because of his contention that no one should be allowed to live – or, perhaps more accurately, no one should expect or have the gall to want to live – after the age of 75 because it would adversely impact national health care costs, determined according to so-called global budgets, funded by the government. Almost two-thirds of the nation’s $3.2 trillion a year medical care costs are now paid for by the federal government.

Ezekiel Emanuel, M.D. in his office at the University of Pennsylvania

In a highly touted article titled “Why I Hope to Die at 75,” published in The Atlantic Monthly in October 2014, Emanuel, who is 60 or 61 but looks like he is fast closing in on 75, wrote “this manic desperation to endlessly extend life is misguided and potentially destructive.” A maximum lifespan of 75 years, he added, “forces each of us to ask whether our consumption is worth our contribution.” This, from a licensed medical doctor who presumably at some point may have taken the traditional, newly-minted doctors’ oath to “First do no harm.” In another irony, Emanuel is considered a leading bioethicist and is widely quoted as a reigning expert on medical ethics issues.

Emanuel goes on for over 5,100 words in the Atlantic Monthly article trying to make his case – for exactly what, one wonders after reading it. He doesn’t appear to advocate mass killings of everyone who reaches the age of 75 – including himself.

I’m neither asking for more time than is likely nor foreshortening my life. . . Nor am I talking about waking up one morning 18 years from now and ending my life through euthanasia or suicide. . . I am talking about how long I want to live and the kind and amount of health care I will consent to after 75.

So, without exactly spelling out his prescription for old age in the New Transformed America – that as a top advisor to President Obama he helped to usher in – the renowned bioethicist appears to be recommending in his lengthy screed no medical treatment for people older than 75 other than palliative or hospice care that would help to hasten or would not impede these unfortunate geriatrics on their road to a quick death.

Rationing on Steroids

In a number of his many other writings, Ezekiel has more clearly spelled out what he is advocating. It’s the “R” word, meaning in this case rationing of medical care and allocating limited health resources according to the criteria of age. In an article in The Lancet on January 31, 2009, when he was the head bioethicist at the National Institutes of Health, Ezekiel and two co-authors wrote:

Unlike allocation by sex or race, allocation by age is not invidious discrimination; every person lives through different life stages rather than being a single age. Even if 25-year-olds receive priority over 65-year-olds, everyone who is 65 years now was previously 25 years. Treating 65-yearolds differently because of stereotypes or falsehoods would be ageist; treating them differently because they have already had more life-years is not.

Commenting on Ezekiel’s writings in 2009, Wesley J. Smith wrote:

A lot of people are frightened that someone who thinks like Emanuel is at the center of an administration [Barack Obama’s] seeking to remake the entire health care system. Having read these two articles, I think there is very real cause for concern.

A question arises: what is of more concern here?  That Emanuel is one of the nation’s leading medical philosophers and health care policy makers and was a key architect of Obamacare?  Or that he is now opining for dollars on Fox News?  In addition to having been an oncologist (of all things) and a prominent “bioethicist,” Emanuel’s other credentials are substantial, detailed in his 92-page curriculum vitae. Some highlights: Harvard M.D., M.Sc. in biochemistry from Oxford University before that, member of the Council on Foreign Relations, top advisor to the federal government at too many levels to mention, member of President Bill Clinton’s 1993 Health Care Task Force (Hillarycare), noted academician, etc., etc. Last but definitely not least, Dr. Emanuel is also the brother of Chicago Democrat Mayor Rahm Emanuel (and already legendary Hollywood supertar agent Ari Emanuel).

For decades, judging by the content of his C.V., Zeke Emanuel has been one of the nation’s leading physicians and most influential medical policy wonks. Much of the work in that arcane area has been conducted behind the scenes, behind closed doors, relatively distant from public view – and with a notable lack of transparency as in the Hillarycare days. Now, it appears that we will have the benefit of seeing Emanuel often on Fox News, where his convoluted ideas can directly reach a new audience of millions. The channel is well-known for frequently presenting its highly paid contributors, some would say ad nauseum, on all of its platforms (the Fox News channel, FoxNews.com, the Fox Business Channel, Fox News Radio, and others).

Enter Jessica Tarlov and Exit the Political Insiders

An additional rusty nail in the Fox News channel coffin, perhaps not quite as notable or obnoxious as Ezekiel’s ascent to on-camera prominence, is the ever expanding role of another left wing Fox News contributor, Jessica “Jessie” Tarlov, the most recent chapter of which was also observed on July 16. On that Sunday evening, Tarlov made another of her weekly appearances on the channel at 7:30 PM ET in a segment with RINO and never-Trumper Evan Siegfried that lasted a painfully long 15 minutes. Tarlov, easier on the eyes than Emanuel (but not on the ears), is a screechy voiced leftist well-versed in the art of talking heads/talking points banter that dominates cable TV news. Smile, wear short skirts, show a lot of shapely leg and thigh – you get the picture. In addition to being actress and celebrity Mollie Tarlov’s sister, Jessica Tarlov’s current claim to fame is that she’s the senior director of research at Bustle.com. Bustle is a lightweight infotainment site aimed at PC Millennials who are looking for quick takes, designed for viewing on smart phones, on trendy topics like hookups, celebrities, shopping, and pink hair.

Jessica Tarlov in her pre-makeover days before Fox News, 2014 Skyping in to Newsmax

Jessica Tarlov, Fox News Contributor 2017

The irony here – and it’s an especially painful one for this viewer who longs for the good old days of 2011-2016 to return – is that this very time slot – Sundays at 7:30 PM ET, during the second half hour of Fox Report Weekend with Harris Faulkner – was the home for five years (2011-2016) of the Fox News Political Insiders. Comprised of independent-minded traditionally liberal Democrats Patrick Caddell and Doug Schoen (curiously, Tarlov’s mentor after she returned to the country from the UK circa 2012 after getting a Ph.D. at the London School of Economics with a thesis about a UK political scandal), and Republican John LeBoutillier, the weekly Political Insiders segment was appointment viewing for political junkies who were tired of the same old same old.

The Fox News Political Insiders July 10, 2016

L. to R.: John LeBoutillier, Patrick Caddell, and Doug Schoen

The Insiders, in fact, offered consistently probing expert analysis based on real polling and their uncanny ability to accurately assess the mood of the country that was ready to upend the political establishment and elect someone like Donald Trump. For at least two years prior to the 2016 election, Caddell, Schoen, and LeBoutillier were anticipating, alone among TV pundits, that someone unexpected would emerge and potentially ride a new wave to an electoral victory.

The Insiders were riding high on FNC for five years. On Saturday and Sunday, July 23 and 24, 2016, they even enjoyed a one hour prime time special program that aired at least three times over two days. At the time I thought that it might be a try-out for a regularly scheduled program of their very own.

But right after the November 2016 election, the Insiders’ weekly FNC segment on Sunday evenings disappeared without explanation, as did the group’s weekly Monday morning podcast on FoxNews.com. The Political Insiders’ Twitter page is still online, but it has not been updated in over eight months. Schoen occasionally pops up in appearances on Fox News, while Caddell and LeBoutillier appear rarely on Fox News. (LeBoutillier is doing a regular political Internet audio podcast “Revolution_The Podcast” with Arlene Bynon, linked from his site Boot’s Blasts.)

As a longtime fan of the Fox News channel, Sundays – and the Fox News channel itself – just aren’t the same anymore.

Peter Barry Chowka is a veteran journalist who writes about national politics, media, popular culture, and health care. His new Web site is AltMedNews.net. His July 13, 2017 one-hour interview on the Hagmann Report can be watched here.

If any doubts remained that the Fox News channel is continuing to swerve hard left away from its conservative roots, they were erased on July 16, 2017 when Ezekiel (Zeke) Emanuel, M.D. appeared on the channel’s signature weekly program Fox News Sunday in his new role as a paid contributor. Dr. Emanuel was a principal architect of Obamacare and he is now speaking out widely in favor of its retention as the law of the land. He’s a very influential medical policy maker and also happens to be a life long, in-your-face spin doctor for the Democrat socialist left. During the Fox News program, the ever arrogant Emanuel jumped on the Resist Trump bandwagon and suggested that President Trump is worthy of being impeached. Hired last February by Fox News primarily as a health policy analyst (he is a prominent physician and professor, after all), Emanuel is now providing opinions not only on medical subjects but on political ones, as well.

The turning point in his role – and an indication of where Fox News is heading – was his appearance on the high-profile, politically-charged Fox News Sunday. In addition to the nation’s cable and satellite channels, Fox News Sunday is also broadcast on over 200 Fox network-owned or -affiliate terrestrial broadcast television stations around the country.

An excerpt from the July 16thprogram’s transcript provided by Fox News is illustrative:

CHRIS WALLACE [Fox News Sunday host]: Since you’re a panelist, I’m not going to call you Dr. Emanuel. I’m going to call you Zeke.


EZEKIEL EMANUEL, M.D. [Fox News Contributor]: That’s fine.


WALLACE: How far as a committed Democrat are you prepared to go? Because – I mean, we aren’t going to talk in specifics. But are you willing to see the country paralyzed for the next year? Are you willing – if – and I repeat – if more information comes out to see the president impeached, how far do we need to go on this?


EMANUEL: Well, we have – democracy is at stake here in America. Having our biggest enemy, Russia, come in and try to meddle and change our election that is the bedrock of democracy. That is the most important thing.


I do not want to see this country paralyzed, but I do not want to see our democracy undermined by having the president of the United States colluding and his officials colluding with Russia.


And, remember, there are – you know, when people go into government, they actually have to abide by the laws here. And one of the laws is you can’t get anything of value, whether money or other things of value from a foreign country.


WALLACE: Let me just bring –


EMANUEL: Opposition research is true, it’s of value. It may not be dollar value.


WALLACE: Well, I was going to say, you heard what [White House attorney] Jay Sekulow had to say about that. . .


EMANUEL: Democracy is a very fragile thing. We have seen in other countries, Turkey is a very good example of how someone can win an election and totally undermine democracy by taking down judicial independence, the press, and reelection.

I believe that Emanuel deserves the nickname “Death Panel Doc” because of his contention that no one should be allowed to live – or, perhaps more accurately, no one should expect or have the gall to want to live – after the age of 75 because it would adversely impact national health care costs, determined according to so-called global budgets, funded by the government. Almost two-thirds of the nation’s $3.2 trillion a year medical care costs are now paid for by the federal government.

Ezekiel Emanuel, M.D. in his office at the University of Pennsylvania

In a highly touted article titled “Why I Hope to Die at 75,” published in The Atlantic Monthly in October 2014, Emanuel, who is 60 or 61 but looks like he is fast closing in on 75, wrote “this manic desperation to endlessly extend life is misguided and potentially destructive.” A maximum lifespan of 75 years, he added, “forces each of us to ask whether our consumption is worth our contribution.” This, from a licensed medical doctor who presumably at some point may have taken the traditional, newly-minted doctors’ oath to “First do no harm.” In another irony, Emanuel is considered a leading bioethicist and is widely quoted as a reigning expert on medical ethics issues.

Emanuel goes on for over 5,100 words in the Atlantic Monthly article trying to make his case – for exactly what, one wonders after reading it. He doesn’t appear to advocate mass killings of everyone who reaches the age of 75 – including himself.

I’m neither asking for more time than is likely nor foreshortening my life. . . Nor am I talking about waking up one morning 18 years from now and ending my life through euthanasia or suicide. . . I am talking about how long I want to live and the kind and amount of health care I will consent to after 75.

So, without exactly spelling out his prescription for old age in the New Transformed America – that as a top advisor to President Obama he helped to usher in – the renowned bioethicist appears to be recommending in his lengthy screed no medical treatment for people older than 75 other than palliative or hospice care that would help to hasten or would not impede these unfortunate geriatrics on their road to a quick death.

Rationing on Steroids

In a number of his many other writings, Ezekiel has more clearly spelled out what he is advocating. It’s the “R” word, meaning in this case rationing of medical care and allocating limited health resources according to the criteria of age. In an article in The Lancet on January 31, 2009, when he was the head bioethicist at the National Institutes of Health, Ezekiel and two co-authors wrote:

Unlike allocation by sex or race, allocation by age is not invidious discrimination; every person lives through different life stages rather than being a single age. Even if 25-year-olds receive priority over 65-year-olds, everyone who is 65 years now was previously 25 years. Treating 65-yearolds differently because of stereotypes or falsehoods would be ageist; treating them differently because they have already had more life-years is not.

Commenting on Ezekiel’s writings in 2009, Wesley J. Smith wrote:

A lot of people are frightened that someone who thinks like Emanuel is at the center of an administration [Barack Obama’s] seeking to remake the entire health care system. Having read these two articles, I think there is very real cause for concern.

A question arises: what is of more concern here?  That Emanuel is one of the nation’s leading medical philosophers and health care policy makers and was a key architect of Obamacare?  Or that he is now opining for dollars on Fox News?  In addition to having been an oncologist (of all things) and a prominent “bioethicist,” Emanuel’s other credentials are substantial, detailed in his 92-page curriculum vitae. Some highlights: Harvard M.D., M.Sc. in biochemistry from Oxford University before that, member of the Council on Foreign Relations, top advisor to the federal government at too many levels to mention, member of President Bill Clinton’s 1993 Health Care Task Force (Hillarycare), noted academician, etc., etc. Last but definitely not least, Dr. Emanuel is also the brother of Chicago Democrat Mayor Rahm Emanuel (and already legendary Hollywood supertar agent Ari Emanuel).

For decades, judging by the content of his C.V., Zeke Emanuel has been one of the nation’s leading physicians and most influential medical policy wonks. Much of the work in that arcane area has been conducted behind the scenes, behind closed doors, relatively distant from public view – and with a notable lack of transparency as in the Hillarycare days. Now, it appears that we will have the benefit of seeing Emanuel often on Fox News, where his convoluted ideas can directly reach a new audience of millions. The channel is well-known for frequently presenting its highly paid contributors, some would say ad nauseum, on all of its platforms (the Fox News channel, FoxNews.com, the Fox Business Channel, Fox News Radio, and others).

Enter Jessica Tarlov and Exit the Political Insiders

An additional rusty nail in the Fox News channel coffin, perhaps not quite as notable or obnoxious as Ezekiel’s ascent to on-camera prominence, is the ever expanding role of another left wing Fox News contributor, Jessica “Jessie” Tarlov, the most recent chapter of which was also observed on July 16. On that Sunday evening, Tarlov made another of her weekly appearances on the channel at 7:30 PM ET in a segment with RINO and never-Trumper Evan Siegfried that lasted a painfully long 15 minutes. Tarlov, easier on the eyes than Emanuel (but not on the ears), is a screechy voiced leftist well-versed in the art of talking heads/talking points banter that dominates cable TV news. Smile, wear short skirts, show a lot of shapely leg and thigh – you get the picture. In addition to being actress and celebrity Mollie Tarlov’s sister, Jessica Tarlov’s current claim to fame is that she’s the senior director of research at Bustle.com. Bustle is a lightweight infotainment site aimed at PC Millennials who are looking for quick takes, designed for viewing on smart phones, on trendy topics like hookups, celebrities, shopping, and pink hair.

Jessica Tarlov in her pre-makeover days before Fox News, 2014 Skyping in to Newsmax

Jessica Tarlov, Fox News Contributor 2017

The irony here – and it’s an especially painful one for this viewer who longs for the good old days of 2011-2016 to return – is that this very time slot – Sundays at 7:30 PM ET, during the second half hour of Fox Report Weekend with Harris Faulkner – was the home for five years (2011-2016) of the Fox News Political Insiders. Comprised of independent-minded traditionally liberal Democrats Patrick Caddell and Doug Schoen (curiously, Tarlov’s mentor after she returned to the country from the UK circa 2012 after getting a Ph.D. at the London School of Economics with a thesis about a UK political scandal), and Republican John LeBoutillier, the weekly Political Insiders segment was appointment viewing for political junkies who were tired of the same old same old.

The Fox News Political Insiders July 10, 2016

L. to R.: John LeBoutillier, Patrick Caddell, and Doug Schoen

The Insiders, in fact, offered consistently probing expert analysis based on real polling and their uncanny ability to accurately assess the mood of the country that was ready to upend the political establishment and elect someone like Donald Trump. For at least two years prior to the 2016 election, Caddell, Schoen, and LeBoutillier were anticipating, alone among TV pundits, that someone unexpected would emerge and potentially ride a new wave to an electoral victory.

The Insiders were riding high on FNC for five years. On Saturday and Sunday, July 23 and 24, 2016, they even enjoyed a one hour prime time special program that aired at least three times over two days. At the time I thought that it might be a try-out for a regularly scheduled program of their very own.

But right after the November 2016 election, the Insiders’ weekly FNC segment on Sunday evenings disappeared without explanation, as did the group’s weekly Monday morning podcast on FoxNews.com. The Political Insiders’ Twitter page is still online, but it has not been updated in over eight months. Schoen occasionally pops up in appearances on Fox News, while Caddell and LeBoutillier appear rarely on Fox News. (LeBoutillier is doing a regular political Internet audio podcast “Revolution_The Podcast” with Arlene Bynon, linked from his site Boot’s Blasts.)

As a longtime fan of the Fox News channel, Sundays – and the Fox News channel itself – just aren’t the same anymore.

Peter Barry Chowka is a veteran journalist who writes about national politics, media, popular culture, and health care. His new Web site is AltMedNews.net. His July 13, 2017 one-hour interview on the Hagmann Report can be watched here.



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