“The nanny state is going after moms.
Mayor Bloomberg is pushing hospitals to hide their baby formula behind locked doors so more new mothers will breast-feed.
Starting Sept. 3, the city will keep tabs on the number of bottles that participating hospitals stock and use — the most restrictive pro-breast-milk program in the nation.
Under the city Health Department’s voluntary Latch On NYC initiative, 27 of the city’s 40 hospitals have also agreed to give up swag bags sporting formula-company logos, toss out formula-branded tchotchkes like lanyards and mugs, and document a medical reason for every bottle that a newborn receives.”
Via NY Post
“In the Inland Empire, an economically depressed region in Southern California, President Obama’s health care law is expected to extend insurance coverage to more than 300,000 people by 2014. But coverage will not necessarily translate into care: Local health experts doubt there will be enough doctors to meet the area’s needs. There are not enough now.
Other places around the country, including the Mississippi Delta, Detroit and suburban Phoenix, face similar problems. The Association of American Medical Colleges estimates that in 2015 the country will have 62,900 fewer doctors than needed. And that number will more than double by 2025, as the expansion of insurance coverage and the aging of baby boomers drive up demand for care. Even without the health care law, the shortfall of doctors in 2025 would still exceed 100,000. “
Via New York Times
“Justice Antonin Scalia, one of the Supreme Court’s most vocal and conservative justices, said on Sunday that the Second Amendment leaves room for U.S. legislatures to regulate guns, including menacing hand-held weapons.
“It will have to be decided in future cases,” Scalia said on Fox News Sunday. But there were legal precedents from the days of the Founding Fathers that banned frightening weapons which a constitutional originalist like himself must recognize. There were also “locational limitations” on where weapons could be carried, the justice noted.”
Via National Journal
“First Lady Michelle Obama broke the time honored political rule of leaving politics at the water’s edge, seizing an opportunity to score political points against Mitt Romney while both were traveling outside the United States.
Speaking to a CBS News reporter in London, Michelle leapt at the chance to draw a contrast with the presumptive GOP nominee, who had caused a diplomatic flap by questioning London’s preparedness for hosting the Olympic games.
Romney had said, “It’s hard to know just how well it will turn out . . . There are a few things that were disconcerting.”
Michelle countered with a clear effort to draw a contrast with Romney, saying of the British, “They know what they’re doing.””
“As Europe’s fight with the twin demons of logic and math continues, time is running out. And as eurocrats take their mandatory vacations for a job well done and spend the next two weeks lounging on some Mediterranean island or listening to opera, Europe will enter hibernation mode, courtesy of a slow down in sovereign bond issuance, all of which however will change very quickly once September rolls in which as Reuters describes, “is shaping up as a “make-or-break” month as policymakers run desperately short of options to save the common currency.” It is then that we will find if all that money spent on newsletter promoting active prayer to push the hands of central planners in that direction or the other, was well spent, or just thrown in the same cash black hole which is the final restring place for hundreds of billions in “bailout money” which has achieved nothing but perpetuating the same destructive behavior that it was meant to change. “
Via Zero Hedge
“President Obama’s budget director predicted a $1.2 trillion budget deficit for 2012 today, which prompted one senator to call for the president to pull down a Obama campaign ad that promises to “pay down the debt.”
“For 2012, the deficit is now projected to be $1.211 trillion, $116 billion lower than the $1.327 trillion deficit projected in February,” Jeff Zients, director of the Office of Management and Budget, wrote on the White House blog. “This reflects lower-than-expected spending, partially offset by lower-than-expected receipts.”
His projection comes just days after Obama released a campaign advertisement that proposes “asking the wealthy to pay a little more so that we can pay down our debt in a balanced way.” Zients alluded to the tax increase proposal when he said that “Congress can and must enact a comprehensive and balanced deficit reduction package, along the lines of the President’s Budget” — a budget unanimously rejected by the House and the Senate.”