Reuters Smacks SiCKO

You know when you’ve made a bad documentary when liberal Reuters can’t support you:

Three New York rescue workers injured in the September 11 attacks got the best treatment Cuba can offer in Michael Moore’s film critique of U.S. health care, the Cuban doctors who attended them said this week.

The 9/11 responders spent 10 days on the 19th floor of Cuba’s flagship hospital with a view of the Caribbean sea, a sharp contrast to many Cuban hospitals that are crumbling, badly lit, and which lack equipment and medicines. . . .

But the hospital where SiCKO’s patients were treated is an exception in Cuba, where patients of many other hospitals complain they have to take their own sheets and food.

Yeah, Cuba’s health care system is sooooooo much better than ours.

Speaking of Big Government Healthcare, in the UK a woman dies waiting for brain scans

Posted July 21st, 2007 Filed in Cuba, Healthcare

Country Freedom Ratings

The Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom has released the early results of their upcoming Religious Freedom in the World 2007. Some highlights:

  • The greatest persecutors of religion are Islamist and communist regimes.
  • Regimes that respect religious freedom also have more civil liberties, more prosperity, better health for their people, and less militarized societies.
  • All of the most religiously free countries are democracies.
  • Religiously free societies encourage private initiative and entrepreneurship.
  • Almost all of the most religiously free countries are culturally Christian in background.

Marshall also pointed out that some tyrannies, and their apologists in the West, prioritize “economic rights” and supposed “Asian” and “Islamic” values over religious freedom for individuals.   But non-Western and historically poor countries such as Mongolia, Thailand, Mali and Senegal have achieved relative religious freedom, without sacrificing their culture or their religion.  “It is a moral travesty of the highest order to maintain that because people are hungry or cold it is legitimate to repress their beliefs as well,” Marshall riposted.

So who did the best? The top “free countries” were:

Country Religious
Rights (PR)
Liberties (CL)
Estonia 1 1 1
Hungary 1 1 1
Ireland 1 1 1
United States 1 1 1

And the most repressive places on Earth:

Country Religious
Rights (PR)
Liberties (CL)
Belarus 6 7 6
China 6 7 6
Iran 7 6 6
Iraq 7 6 6
Libya 5 7 7
Cuba 6 7 7
Eritrea 7 7 6
Saudi Arabia 7 7 6
Burma 7 7 7
China-Tibet 7 7 7
North Korea 7 7 7
Sudan 7 7 7
Turkmenistan 7 7 7
Uzbekistan 7 7 7

News Watch

CIA Watch: how we can learn from the Mossad in fixing our dysfunctional intelligence agency.

Kerry Watch: The hubris of a billionaire’s self defense fund.

Economy Watch: US Steelmakers are expecting robust demand for the rest of the year, making it the third year in a row that demand has remained strong.

Tax Watch: It looks like Republican lawmakers will succeed in extending some of the tax cuts for another year or two.

UN Watch: U.N. peacekeepers, aid workers and teachers are having sex with Liberian girls as young as 8 in return for money, food or favors.

MSM Watch: The New York Times has once again been caught plagerizing.

Illegal Alien Watch: An Arizona sheriff is using an old tactic to find and arrest those entering our country illegally: posses.

Health Watch: Cancer resistant mice have been discovered. “When white blood cells from the mice are injected into other mice, they eradicate advanced tumours and provide lifetime protection against the disease. … Even highly aggressive forms of malignancy with very large tumours were eradicated.”

Looney Watch: PETA has launched an ad campaign in which PETA President and co-founder Ingrid Newkirk is quated as saying, “Even if animal research resulted in a cure for AIDS, we’d be against it.” [One supposes the same goes for cancer.]

Fun Facts for Lefties: Fidel Castro is apparently worth $900 million and ranked seventh on the Forbes magazine list of wealthy heads of state.

Castro’s War on Journalists

Here is a statistic that should bring shame to Fidel Castro and the cronies who prop up the aging tyrant: Nearly one out of every five imprisoned journalists around the world is held in a Cuban prison.

Yet the liberals seem to love him.

Posted November 17th, 2005 Filed in Cuba