Fox News host Bill O'Reilly and Fox contributor Dick Morris both seem to think Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is just biding her time until she can run against Barack Obama for president in 2012.

On 60 Minutes earlier this week, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton commented that the American economy is making it more difficult for her to do her job because other nations are telling her that “we always look to you because you have this great economy, and now you’re in the ditch.” Bill O’Reilly saw “a little jab” at the President in those comments, blaming the White House for her job troubles, but guest Dick Morris took that premise a bit further, suggesting the remarks, coupled with her silence on health care reform, were a deliberate attempt to undermine the President building up to 2012.“I think there is a subtle distancing going on, and it began over health care,” Morris noted, pointing out that Clinton was not vocal about supporting health care reform. Read More...

She sure wasn't. We heard nary a peep from Hillary when it came time to support Obama's health care reform initiative. She pretty much stayed out of it.

Will Hillary make a run for president in 2012 and thereby oust her boss from the White House? You bet 'cha!

You just know Hillary is sitting back collecting all types of intel to use against Obama in 2012!

Noemie Lenoir
According to the UK's Daily Mail tabloid, the stunning supermodel for London's Marks and Spencer (M&S), Noemie Lenoir was found unconscious after apparently attempting to commit suicide.

Noemie and Claude Makelele

Lenoir, 30, tried to take her life by swallowing a concoction of alcohol and sleeping pills at the home of her on-off boyfriend Claude Makelele, the ex-Chelsea football star who is father to their son, Kelyan, five.


Lenoir, who is also the face of GAP and Victoria's Secret, is best known in the states as the leading lady in Usher's music video for his song "Hey Daddy."

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The death knell tolls for health care in America.

For decades, full time workers have depended on health insurance provided by their employers to cover their family's health care needs.

Then along came Barack Obama and the Democrats who decided that changing history was more important than simply shoring up the financially strapped Medicare and Medicaid system, and changing the rules to allow more Americans to apply.

Now that the health care bill has passed, 4 major corporations (AT&T, Verizon, Caterpillar and Deere) plan to drop health coverage altogether for their employees -- and pay a penalty to the government instead.

This action will instantly terminate insurance coverage for millions of Americans who will be forced to negotiate with ruthless insurance companies on their own.

From Hot Air:

Internal documents recently reviewed by Fortune, originally requested by Congress, show what the bill’s critics predicted, and what its champions dreaded: many large companies are examining a course that was heretofore unthinkable, dumping the health care coverage they provide to their workers in exchange for paying penalty fees to the government. [link]

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I read about this sad case last week and I honestly thought the surgical outcome would be different. Is this really an improvement over how he used to look? And why do patients who receive face transplants feel the need to go public with their new faces?

A young man whose face had been disfigured by tumors proudly stood before the media this week.

"I am full of joy and happiness," the man, identified only as Rafael, told the press. "I want to thank the family of the donor and the medical team."

With him was his mother, Juana, and sister, Belen, as well as members of the surgical team. Doctors replaced the bottom two-thirds of Rafael's face in January because of a congenital disease that left it deformed with benign tumors.

He appeared happy to answer questions from the press, but had a special request: Leave him alone.

"Please, after this press conference I want you to leave me, my family and my friends in peace," he said.

If he really wants his family to be in peace, why go public?

Source NYDN

See what a little daily exercise can do? 72-year-old Ernestine Shepherd has a bangin' body! She leads an exercise class for senior citizens in Baltimore, MD. Ernestine was born during the Roosevelt administration. That was before the Internet, rap music videos, and other lazy distractions that can turn a pretty woman's head.

Back in those days, real men worked or served their country in the military -- not hung out on street corners smoking weed all day like our boys do now. So Ernestine has always had a work mentality. She knows that in order to achieve great results you have to work hard -- something that our youth today don't have a concept of. If she can teach a class, plus runs 10 miles a day and work out with a personal trainer, you can do it too!

Thanks to loyal reader Sonia for sending this video link!

Maybe you've seen them in your neighborhood or at the hair salon, cute little babies and toddlers who seem healthy and normal -- until they smile or open their mouths to reveal tiny silver caps covering their front teeth.

Baby bottle tooth decay, or baby dental caries, is a result of mothers putting babies to bed with a bottle (or no-spill cup) full of sugary milk, juices or sodas. The prolonged contact of milk or juice leaves a sticky film on the baby's teeth all night long.

Bacteria, which is always present in the baby's mouth, eats the sugar in the film and converts it to acid which then eats away at the enamel on baby's teeth. The damage progresses through 3 stages:

  • Stage 1 - signs go unnoticed as bacteria decays teeth from inside out
  • Stage 2 - discoloration begins at the gum line and works down the tooth
  • Stage 3 - teeth begins to visibly corrode, fracture and fall out

Again, Stage 1 goes undetected. So by the time the bottle rot has progressed to stage 2, it may be too late to save the teeth. And if your child's permanent teeth have already grown in (or the baby teeth never fall out, such as in producer Jermaine Dupri's case) the Dental bills can be very expensive. Some dentists charge $3,000 and up to save your child's teeth.

Treatment includes painful root canals, extractions and/or the placement of porcelain caps (expensive) or silver caps (cheaper) over the baby's teeth to save them. Extensive dental treatments could require hospitalization.

Dentists advise mothers with children of teeth bearing age to avoid putting your toddler to bed with a bottle or a no-spill cup filled with anything other than water. If your child fusses and cries, she will eventually the no milk or juice at night rule and you will get a good night's sleep.

Also, teaching your toddler to brush her teeth after meals is not a bad idea. And give her healthy food to eat such as apples and carrots in place of candy.

You should also cut back on bottled water and give your baby tap water instead since healthy teeth need fluoride to keep them hard and prevent decay.

Take your baby to the dentist as early as age 1 to give your dentist the best chance to diagnose problems early.

More info on the Web

Bottle Rot Syndrome - ePinions

Bottle Rot FAQS - Children's hospital

Dental Tips for Children

DISCLAIMER: As always, any medical information published on this blog is not intended as a substitute for informed medical advice and you should not take any action before consulting with your personal physician or a health care provider.

According to online reports, Latin heartthrob Luis Miguel (who used to date Mariah) is in critical condition at Cedars Sinai hospital in L.A. after a botched lipo surgery caused an infection that rapidly spread to his his internal organs, including his lungs.

The 39-year-old was secretly admitted to Cedars 3 days ago and his management has tried to keep publicity to a minimum. But Perez has spies everywhere.

The infection spread so rapidly that doctors have run out of IV antibiotics to treat it. Unfortunately, that sounds like a superbug of the MRSA variety that runs rampant in hospitals. Let's hope that's not what it is.

Luis Miguel was extremely popular in my college years in Miami, Florida back in the 80s. He won the Grammy for Best Latin Pop Album (Aries) in 1993.

Miguel turns 40 on Monday.

According to the Washington Post:

President Obama mandated Thursday that nearly all hospitals extend visitation rights to the partners of gay men and lesbians and respect patients' choices about who may make critical health-care decisions for them, perhaps the most significant step so far in his efforts to expand the rights of gay Americans.

While Obama is making a good faith attempt to appease gays, this order could backfire badly.

In 1987, while still a nursing student, I took a part time position working in the intensive care unit of a Miami area hospital. A patient in her early 30s had just been brought into the ICU in a coma after suffering a seizure as result of a post-partum hemorrhage. She had just given birth to a baby girl and during childbirth she lost a tremendous amount of blood -- too much blood loss to sustain life.

Normally, in a case like this, the doctor would order blood transfusions and the patient would be fine. But this patient and her husband were Jehovah's witnesses, and the husband made it clear that he did not want the doctors giving his wife the life saving blood transfusions.

Of course we pleaded with the husband to change his mind, to no avail. Because he was her husband, he had every right by law to give her a death sentence. So we had to watch this beautiful young sistah -- who had just given birth to a healthy baby girl -- die slowly in front of our eyes while her husband walked around the unit with a smirk on his face.

I look back on this sad incident because now Obama is extending that same right to the partners of gay patients who are not married. So theoretically, If you're gay, you could meet someone next week, and one week later if you're involved in a car accident that leaves you incapacitated and in a coma, your "partner" of one week could pull the plug on you.

Judging from pics taken of Ciara at last night's L.A. premiere of "Death At a Funeral", it appears that Ciara recently revised and upgraded her twins for the 3rd time. The recent surgery gives her artificial orbs a softer, fuller and more natural profile.

This would make breast surgery #3 for Ciara. The revisions over the years were subtle, but obvious to my trained eyes.

Still, I'm not a fan of plastic surgery when that option isn't even necessary. There was nothing wrong with Ciara's original factory equipment, and there is nothing sexy about breast implants.


Photos: Wireimage/Getty

Newt Gingrich is the unofficial top contender for the 2012 Republican presidential candidate. He hasn't announced his decision to run yet, but he's making all the right moves toward that announcement.

Last night at a GOP conference, the former Speaker of the House (the position Nancy Pelosi now holds) slammed U.S. president Barack Obama's policies, calling him the "most radical president in American history" who oversees a "secular, socialist machine."

"The most radical president in American history has now thrown down the gauntlet to the American people: 'I run a machine. I own Washington and there's nothing you can do about it,'" Gingrich said. He urged his fellow Republicans to stop what he called Obama's "secular, socialist machine."

He said Obama's policies — particularly health care and economic stimulus legislation — have put the United States on the road to socialism. The former speaker did not specifically explain why he thought Obama is a secularist, though he did say the GOP wasn't afraid of recognizing faith's role in American society.

"The point is there are many things we can say yes to," Gingrich said.

Will he say yes to a presidential campaign?

"That will be up to God," he said, "and the American people." Read More...

Legendary singer Whitney Houston has suffered another setback to her troubled world tour. According to online reports, Houston was hospitalized on Wednesday (April 7) in Paris, France with an upper respiratory infection.

The 46-year-old, whose hits in the 1980s and 1990s included "I Will Always Love You" and "I Wanna Dance With Somebody," had been scheduled to play a gig in Paris on Tuesday but cancelled it at the last moment.

"Doctors visited Whitney late last night in Paris and confirmed that she was suffering from an upper respiratory infection," her label Sony Music said.

Sony said she hoped to play a concert in Birmingham, England, next Tuesday before continuing the European tour.

The star was being treated in the American Hospital in Neuilly, a clinic in a chic Paris suburb favoured by French celebrities. She was treated there in 2005 for gastroenteritis. Read More...

Two weeks after U.S. president Barack Obama signed his massive health care bill into law, confused Americans are flooding insurance companies and doctor's offices with calls asking, "where's my free health care?"

"They're saying, 'Where do we get the free Obama care, and how do I sign up for that?' " said Carrie McLean, a licensed agent for eHealthInsurance.com. The California-based company sells coverage from 185 health insurance carriers in 50 states.

All this mass confusion indicates that most Kool Aid drinkers don't understand the complexities of the bill they rooted so hard for. They honestly believed Obama's rhetoric that everyone in America would get health care. Most of them don't yet realize that they will all pay through their teeth for that health care that Obama promised.

Even the poorest of the poor will get government subsidies to help with their premiums, but they will still have to pay out of their pocket.

And if you lose your job, you will still have to pay your insurance premium or the IRS will yank your tax refund. Do you think the police care that you lost your job if you get stopped for driving without car insurance?

McLean said the call center had been inundated by uninsured consumers who were hoping that the overhaul would translate into instant, affordable coverage. That widespread misconception may have originated in part from distorted rhetoric about the legislation bubbling up from the hyper-partisan debate about it in Washington and some media outlets, such as when opponents denounced it as socialism.

"We tell them it's not free, that there are going to be things in place that help people who are low-income, but that ultimately most of that is not going to be taking place until 2014," McLean said. Read More...

Now that Barack Obama's health insurance bill squeaked by with just 4 votes, the only thing left to do is figure out just how the government plans to enforce the individual mandate in ObamaCare that says everyone must buy health insurance or be fined -- read on.

According to political analysts, it will take an additional 17,000 new IRS workers just to enforce the individual mandate if even 50% of you decide you're not going to buy health insurance.

That's a whopping $850,000,000 just to hire those additional IRS workers to collect the taxes from people who will refuse to buy health insurance in 2014 when the mandate goes into affect. So snatching your tax refund before you can cash it will be a cheaper option.

Individuals who don’t purchase health insurance may lose their tax refunds according to IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman. After acknowledging the recently passed health-care bill limits the agency’s options for enforcing the individual mandate, Shulman told reporters that the most likely way to penalize individuals that don’t comply is by reducing or confiscating their tax refunds. Read More...

Most Americans who oppose the health care bill say they have already decided to pay the small fine of $650 rather than pay thousands in premiums per year. So how does this bill benefit health care again?

You knew this had to happen sooner or later: one doctor is so fuming mad over the new Obamacare bill that Barack Obama signed last week that he posted a sign on his door telling Obama voters to go "elsewhere."

"I'm not turning anybody away — that would be unethical," Dr. Jack Cassell, 56, a Mount Dora urologist and a registered Republican opposed to the health plan, told the Orlando Sentinel on Thursday. "But if they read the sign and turn the other way, so be it."

The sign reads:

    IF YOU VOTED FOR OBAMA...
    SEEK UROLOGIC CARE ELSEWHERE.

    CHANGES TO YOUR HEALTHCARE
    BEGIN RIGHT NOW.
    NOT IN FOUR YEARS.

A urologist is a doctor who treats you for medical problems with your bladder and kidneys, such as kidney stones or bladder infections.

The new bill cuts Medicare payments that doctors would receive but does not limit or put caps on medical liability or litigation against doctors that would bring medical costs down.

A few patients have complained about the sign, but Dr. Cassell says he has not turned any patients away and does not query them on their politicals.

Still, his sign has raised ethics issues. Doctors cannot refuse patients on the basis of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation or disability, but political preference is not one of the legally protected categories specified in civil-rights law.

Dr. Cassell's lawyer wife, Leslie Campione, says most of Dr. Cassell's patients have been "overwhelmingly supportive" of his position on the new healthcare bill.

"They know it's not good for them," she said.

Source: JWF