FBI warns of threat from anti-government extremists | Reuters

A fisking of a grossly awful article.

(Reuters) – Anti-government extremists opposed to taxes and regulations pose a growing threat to local law enforcement officers in the United States, the FBI warned on Monday.

These extremists, sometimes known as “sovereign citizens,” believe they can live outside any type of government authority, FBI agents said at a news conference.

Well, no! Nobody’s above the law (unless they’re elected).

The extremists may refuse to pay taxes, defy government environmental regulations and believe the United States went bankrupt by going off the gold standard.

Wait, defy environmental regs? Like not exactly calculating the amount of fertilizer per hectare to put on their lawn? I can see how that’s an FBI concern.

Routine encounters with police can turn violent “at the drop of a hat,” said Stuart McArthur, deputy assistant director in the FBI’s counterterrorism division.

“We thought it was important to increase the visibility of the threat with state and local law enforcement,” he said.

In May 2010, two West Memphis, Arkansas, police officers were shot and killed in an argument that developed after they pulled over a “sovereign citizen” in traffic.

That’s awful. Dangerous nutjobs are everywhere. Were Police not aware of that already? This needs FBI intervention?

Last year, an extremist in Texas opened fire on a police officer during a traffic stop. The officer was not hit.

An officer shot at but not hit. Terrifically bad for that officer, but this isn’t evidence of a tsunami of lawlessness. It’s one dirtbag who (fortunately) can’t shoot. I hope the Officer ended him (there’s no information in the article about that).

Legal convictions of such extremists, mostly for white-collar crimes such as fraud, have increased from 10 in 2009 to 18 each in 2010 and 2011, FBI agents said.

Wha? These are White Collar goofballs? So these (scarequotes) ‘sovereign citizens’ are lawyers and accountants and doctors and such? That would explain their not being good shots, but none of the rest of the story.

And, an INCREASE from TEN to (hold your breath) EIGHTEEN in twelve months? It’s a tsunami of lawlessness! Now I see why the FBI is in on this.

“We are being inundated right now with requests for training from state and local law enforcement on sovereign-related matters,” said Casey Carty, an FBI supervisory special agent.

FBI agents said they do not have a tally of people who consider themselves “sovereign citizens.”

So far you’ve described two dangerous morons and 28 non dangerous idiots. One killed two cops, and here’s for his dying in prison, dunno about the other ones. So, 30. 30 of these ‘sovereign citizens’ in a citizenry of about 300 Million. It should be easy to make a tally of them. Just sayin’.

J.J. MacNab, a former tax and insurance expert who is an analyst covering the sovereign movement, has estimated that it has about 100,000 members.

Sovereign members often express particular outrage at tax collection, putting Internal Revenue Service employees at risk.

Let’s give then that 30 of 100,000 are bad people. 3/100k= .0003 which means a 0.03% risk from these people.

via FBI warns of threat from anti-government extremists | Reuters.

Okay, I have family in Law Enforcement. I’m not Anti Law.

This doesn’t mean this alleged group (which they cannot even describe in a way to identify anyone in it) is a danger more than the general population.

Reuters fail. Weird there’s time spent putting this out.

Save 50% at XYScrubs.com

I recommend these. They’re terrific. Get ’em while they last.

XY Scrubs, a premier provider of men’s scrubs and medical work apparel is having a 50% Off Sale on all Men’s Scrubs. Providing eco-friendly, anti- microbial, durable and fashion forward scrubs for Men, XY Scrubs (XYScrubs.com) has established itself as the New Leader in Men’s Scrubs, introducing three unique lines of medical apparel.

To take advantage of the 50% off sale enter the promotional code “HALFOFFSCRUBS” at the checkout window.

via Save 50% at XYScrubs.com.

I have some (Full disclosure, I got some gifted to me by their designer/owner, and I like ’em. A lot.)

Not Running a Hospital: Carrying a lot of baggage

What he said…

Query: Why hadn’t they notified me upon arrival — or even before arrival when I was aboard the plane? They knew what plane I was on. Why have me go through a long fruitless wait at the airport? If you have such a powerful information system, why not use it to the benefit of your patrons? Especially your so-called “priority” customers.Indeed, why can’t all customers gain access to the baggage information system on their computers or iPhones? Sounds like that would be better service and possibly save money for those companies, too.

via Not Running a Hospital: Carrying a lot of baggage.

Benjamin Siu, doctor at Cook Children’s Medical Center, dies at 51 | Obituaries | News f…

Awful.

FORT WORTH — When Dr. Benjamin Siu saw patients at Cook Children’s Medical Center, visits began and ended with hugs, handshakes and prayers.

In between, “Dr. Siu would patiently go through what he had seen in the tests. He wouldn’t bombard you with mumbo jumbo,” said David Faulk, whose son Jonathan, now 3, was born with three chambers in his heart.

Dr. Siu, a pediatric cardiologist, died Jan. 3 after falling off his bicycle as he rode near South Z. Boaz Park in far southwest Fort Worth. He was 51.

via Benjamin Siu, doctor at Cook Children’s Medical Center, dies at 51 | Obituaries | News f….

 

Medgadget Partners with The Atlantic

Wow! Many congrats to the MedGadget people!

We’re excited to announce that The Atlantic has launched its brand new health channel and Medgadget is now a partner site of the venerable publication. We’ll be sharing our content that is interesting and informative to the wider audience of The Atlantic.

via Medgadget Partners with The Atlantic.

70th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor

If you meet a Pearl Harbor vet, thank ’em. They’re pretty rare (an 18 year old then would be 88 now…).

Thanks to our Pearl Harbor vets.

edwinleap.com | Attention emergency physicians: great job available!

Want to work with the best EM writer in the business?

Doctors, you’ve worked for years to learn the skills of emergency medicine. You’ve struggled and learned. You have stayed awake at all hours, caring for the sick, the injured, the ridiculous and the demanding. You may be finishing residency or out in the work world. Wherever you are, I have something to ask you.

Are you tired of leftist academic nonsense? Are you weary of being told you should ‘just give a little more’ to people who take from you all the time? Are you sick of administration keeping you continually under its thumb while you feel entirely powerless?

via edwinleap.com | Attention emergency physicians: great job available!.

(No, I got no remuneration for this post).

Charles Prize: Winners of the 2011 Charles Prize for Poetry

It is with great pleasure that I announce the winners of this year’s poetry contest.

via Charles Prize: Winners of the 2011 Charles Prize for Poetry.

I’m a little slow on this one, so go and see who won the Limerick contest.

Truman CO dies after collapsing – Navy News | News from Afghanistan & Iraq – Navy Times

Carrier Command. On the path to Stars. Died at age 49.

The Navy has confirmed the death of the aircraft carrier Harry S. Truman’s skipper.Capt. Tushar R. Tembe died suddenly at a Portsmouth, Va., hospital Tuesday morning after collapsing as he was leaving the ship, moored at Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth.Tembe, 49, was debarking at roughly 10 a.m. when he fell, according to Naval Air Force Atlantic. The carrier’s medical team provided immediate medical assistance. Tembe was then transported to Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center in Portsmouth, where he was pronounced dead, AIRLANT said.

via Truman CO dies after collapsing – Navy News | News from Afghanistan & Iraq – Navy Times.

Condolences to Captain Tembe’s family.

Happy Veterans Day

We still have a lot of troops in the field, many in direct combat with our enemies. Thanks to all our veterans.

November 11, or what has come to be known as Veterans Day, was originally set as a U.S. legal holiday to honor Armistice Day – the end of World War I, which officially took place on November 11, 1918. In legislature that was passed in 1938, November 11 was “dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be hereafter celebrated and known as ‘Armistice Day.’

via Veterans Day | Military.com.

Happy Birthday, Marines!

I post this every year, and I still enjoy it…
original poster from: stores.ebay.com/WONDERFULART

Internet Exile

For my crimes against the internet, I’m going to exile myself from the digital wold for a week.

Also, I’m getting on a boat.

Please play well together, and have all the problems solved when I come back.

Meeting of the Minds

@movinmeat and myself meet with ACEP Immediate Past President Angela Gardner ( @ACEPHeadliner ).

ACEP Scientific Assembly 2011

It’s in San Francisco this year, and starts in the morning. While I’m NOT a morning person I’m going to make as much of it as I can, as the lectures are good, and worth the time.

I plan to live-tweet my conferences tomorrow, so if you’re interested follow along on Twitter @gruntdoc. Last year I had more than 200, and some people liked them. We shall see, some lectures, and lecturers, are more quotable than others.

Yes, people watching here.

ACEP Scientific Assembly 2011

Update: Seems I’m not alone, I got this today (October 4th):

VERIFY YOUR PACKET CONTENTS!
Due to a printer error, some course tickets do not match course schedules in the mailed packets. Corrections have been made by the printer and were mailed on October 4. Please bring both packets with you to San Francisco. If you do not receive your corrected tickets before you leave for San Francisco, a set will be waiting for you at ACEP Registration, Moscone Center South.

Well, good. Here’s hoping the correct ones arrive on time.

Original post: I have a problem. I didn’t get what I needed from the pre-registration for this years’ SA.

When I look online, I have a full schedule, Sat-Tuesday, and while this makes me an extra-special dork, it makes me sad.

Sad, as yesterday I got my SA materials (kudos for the effort!) which have me with 2 classes on Saturday, 3 on Sunday, a full boat on Monday and none on Tuesday. Bonus, you say, but you’re wrong (again).

I just checked the ACEP SA site, and I have all the classes I signed up for online, which makes me think there’s a big disconnect between the SA site and what ACEP sent me. This matters, as ACEP gives us ‘tickets’ for every class, which are checked at the door, and in the immortal words of Indiana Jones, “No Ticket!”.




Wish me luck in about 9 days doing battle with the nice people at the registration desk…