California Pharmacies Resist Push To Translate Drug Labels


Learn English or pay for your own translator.

Via Merced Sun Star

When Chek Lun Wong picks up his prescription medication for hepatitis B at his local Walmart, he doesn’t understand a word.

“I give them the prescription and my license and they give it to me. I don’t read the bottle,” said Wong. “I usually just ignore it if I don’t understand it.”

The 63-year-old Wong, who told his story with the help of a Chinese translator at the Paul Hom Asian Clinic in East Sacramento last weekend, is one of thousands in the capital region and the state who struggle to take their medication correctly because of a language barrier – an issue that some health advocates want rectified at a California State Board of Pharmacy meeting later this month.

On Saturday at the free medical clinic on Folsom Boulevard, Wong waited among a steady stream of Chinese and Vietnamese patients, most of whom spoke little to no English, to get the prescription for his next refill and to listen to instructions on their use from a Chinese-speaking volunteer. Kai Ming Tan, one of the many UC Davis students who staff the clinic, often writes out directions for Wong in Chinese characters.

When Wong goes to the pharmacy to pick up his prescription bottle, labeled in English, he will rely on this information to take the drug.

“Patients need things written down,” said Tan. “If a medical student is presenting, (the patients) can’t keep it in their head. They need something written down so they have something if they go home and forget what I said.”

Currently, the California State Board of Pharmacy requires pharmacies to provide an interpreter for non-English speakers free of charge, either in person or by phone, when requested at the pharmacy counter. The board itself is required to provide written translations of basic instructions in Spanish, Korean, Russian, Chinese and Vietnamese, in addition to English, on its website. But most pharmacists will not – and are not required to – print translated labels on the bottles themselves.

At its July 31 meeting, the board will consider, among other potential changes, requiring pharmacies to do just that.

Most pharmacists believe the system in place is working, said Jon Roth, chief executive officer of the Sacramento-based California Pharmacists Association. Limited-English speakers can use a telephonic translation service to get instructions on prescription drug use, which the pharmacist calls when the customer arrives. The customer hears the instructions and can also request a fax of the translation.

Roth said most pharmacists would not feel comfortable dispensing medication in a language they do not understand, especially considering that the pharmacist would be held liable for any potential mistake in the translation.

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Even In Liberal Mass., Plan To House Illegals Riles Voters


Nativists or NIMBYs (Not In My Back Yarders)?

Via Boston Herald

Massachusetts’ candidates for governor will find out soon what Democrat Steve Grossman learned firsthand yesterday — voters even in liberal Massachusetts are angry.

On our Boston Herald Radio show live at South Station, Grossman was in the middle of a passionate defense of Gov. Deval Patrick’s move to house 1,000 illegal immigrants in the state, when a couple of voters decided to intervene.

“We have enough problems with our own kids,” said one woman from Brockton who was waiting to catch a commuter rail.

The state treasurer countered by talking about opiate abuse — a standard political dodge — but another woman wanted to chime in.

“These people are not my responsibility,” she said. “We have homeless veterans here for God’s sake. What are you doing about that? We owe these people more than we owe immigrants.”

Grossman tried again.

“You’re expressing concerns — ” he said before the woman corrected him.

“I’m expressing anger,” she said. “I’ve had it up to here with most of you.”

Welcome to the new political climate in Massachusetts, Mr. Grossman. The stories and pictures of kids, teenagers and others streaming in illegally across the Mexican border — and Patrick’s decision to embrace them in the Bay State — have touched a raw nerve. And Massachusetts, much to the surprise of many liberals, is no different.

It looks like Grossman and the other candidates for governor will be getting an earful from thousands of other voters just like those women at South Station.

In one of the most comically contorted poll stories ever, the Boston Globe reported that much to its shock and dismay, Massachusetts voters are not all on board with President Obama and Patrick.

The Globe poll showed voters are split on the plan to put 1,000 illegal immigrant children on a local military base — even after the pollster helpfully told the respondents the feds were picking up the tab and the kids would be here for only a few months.

No doubt the Globe erred by including too many people who don’t live in Lincoln or the Berkshires and will never have to see the illegals in their communities.

But the real shocking result was that more than 80 percent of voters are paying some or a lot of attention to the illegal immigration problem. That is not what Globe editors or Democrats want to hear. What about the GOP war on women? Aren’t voters more concerned about that?

Well, just ask Treasurer Grossman after he found himself in the middle of the spontaneous debate on Herald Radio.

“I hear that anger. I feel that anger,” he said. “That anger is palpable.”

Give Grossman credit for hanging in and answering the questions, even though an aide was trying to usher him to another event.

“Will you have me back?” he asked me and my “Trending Now” co-host Adriana Cohen.

Yes, we will, Mr. Treasurer. And we invite all the candidates to come to our Wednesday shows live from South Station. But they are going to have to come up with better answers.

Mooch Tells Dem Donors To “Write The Biggest Fattest Check” You Can…


Not too proud to beg.

Online Review: 79% Of Senator Walsh Thesis Text Matches Other Sources

Walsh suit

As a Democrat he is not accustomed to having his facts checked. Update to this story.

Via Helena Independent Record

The online plagiarism detection service iThenticate determined that U.S. Sen. John Walsh’s final paper at the U.S. Army War College had a similarity index of 79 percent.

This index indicates “how much of the document matches other sources,” the online services said. “Please note that iThenticate does not determine whether a manuscript contains plagiarism.

Lee Newspapers State Bureau ran an electronic version of Walsh’s paper through iThenticate , which is used by corporations to detect plagiarism. It is part of IParadigms LLC of Oakland, which also operates two other similar websites, Turnitin, which helps professors detect plagiarism in students’ papers, and

iThenticate’s website explained that it electronically compares an uploaded article to millions of others on the Internet, plus “more than 37 million published research articles from 500-plus global scientific, technical and medical publishers.” It said this cache “is larger than most university libraries maintain.”

David Parker, a political science professor at Montana State University, said he’s used Turnitin for two semesters to detect plagiarism in his students’ papers. He said Walsh’s “similarity index” is higher than any he’s seen from any students over the two semesters.

What if a student of Parker’s turned in a paper that wound up having a 79 percent similarity index?

“I would fail him,” Parker said. “That’s a problem. I’d probably charge him with plagiarism.”

He said a note would go in the student’s academic file. If the student received another “F” for cause, it would be grounds for instant dismissal from the university, Parker said.

The New York Times, which broke the story, said its examination of Walsh’s paper “indicates the senator appropriated at least a quarter of his thesis on American Middle East policy from other authors’ works, with no attribution.”

Erdogan: Turkey Will Push For Israel To Be Tried At International Criminal Court For Actions In Gaza…


Good luck with that.

Via Ynet:

Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday Turkey would push for Israel to be tried at an international criminal court if it kept up its assault on Gaza and he accused the Jewish state of “spitting blood”.

Meanwhile, a Jewish American group is asking Erdogan to return an award it gave him in 2004, accusing the Turkish leader of “dangerous rhetoric” and “inciting violence against the Jewish people.”

Turkey, a member of the US-led NATO military alliance, was once Israel’s closest regional ally but has become one of its most vitriolic critics, with Erdogan last weekend accusing it of “surpassing Hitler in barbarism” with its Gaza offensive.

“If Israel continues with this attitude, it will definitely be tried at international courts,” Erdogan, who is campaigning for a presidential election on Aug. 10, told a rally of supporters in the southern port city of Mersin.

“We will see this happen and Turkey will struggle for this,” he told the cheering crowd.

Report: FAA Backed Down After Israeli Threat To Ramp Up Attacks To End War Quicker…


Via Jewish Press:

Israel reportedly told the United States that it understands the rules and the reasoning behind the FAA ban on US flights to Israel, according to Arad Nir of Israel Channel 2.

Israel reportedly told the US that this situation (of the FAA ban) can’t continue, so in order to resolve it, Israel will need to significantly and disproportionately ramp up its attack on Gaza, and put an immediate stop to all the rocket attacks, thus allowing US flight to Israel to resume.

Nir claims the message was understood and the FAA ban was rescinded.

HT: Mark

Obama Tells Companies To Show Their “Economic Patriotism” And Pay The Highest Corporate Tax Rate In The World…

Obama apparently shocked to learn companies don’t like paying high taxes.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Staking out a populist stand ahead of the midterm elections, President Barack Obama on Thursday demanded “economic patriotism” from U.S. corporations that use legal means to avoid U.S. taxes through overseas mergers.

“I don’t care if it’s legal,” Obama declared. “It’s wrong.”

Obama and congressional Democrats are pushing to severely limit such deals, a move resisted by Republicans who argue the entire corporate tax code needs an overhaul. At issue are companies that enter into arrangements with foreign companies, shifting their tax addresses overseas while retaining their U.S. headquarters.

“They’re technically renouncing their U.S. citizenship. They’re declaring they are based someplace else even though most of their operations are here,” Obama said at a technical college in Los Angeles. “You know, some people are calling these companies corporate deserters.”

Because Barack Isn’t Attending Enough Fundraisers, Mooch Heading To Chicago For DNC Fundraiser…

Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!

Via Chicago Tribune:

The week winds down with two national political figures attending fundraising events in Chicago: this afternoon First Lady Michelle Obama returns to her hometown, and Friday New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie comes to town.

The first lady will attend a Democratic National Committee fundraiser at the Waldorf Astoria Chicago in the Gold Coast neighborhood. Tickets start at $500 per person and scale upward to special donations of $10,000 and $20,000 per couple.

Earlier this month, the First Lady traveled to political fundraising events in Southern California. Her visit to Chicago comes as President Barack Obama is scheduled to wind up a three-day fundraising trip in Los Angeles for the DNC following events in San Francisco and Seattle.

Politico Cartoon Accuses Israel Of Trying To Commit Genocide In Gaza…


Via Politico

Islamic Cleric In Syria Calls For Muslim Fighters To Wage Jihad Against “Brothers Of Apes And Pigs” In Gaza…

Nazism has nothing on Islam.

Via JPost:

A new jihadi media outlet called Al-Fawaris released a video calling on Gazans to endure the military operation, saying that victory looms and that Muslims all over the world support them.

According to a report published on Monday by the MEMRI (Middle East Media Research Institute) Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor, the video also features jihadi cleric Abu hareth Al-Maqdisi threatening Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, saying his demise is coming soon.

Sisi’s killing of Muslims in Egypt is part of a Zionist-Crusader plot against the Gazans, Maqdisi said.

“You won’t sit for long in your position, because what happened to [former Egyptian president Hosni] Mubarak and [former Egyptian president Anwar] Sadat will happen to you as well,” he said, in reference to Mubarak’s stepping down from the presidency following protests in 2011 and to Sadat’s assassination in 1981.

Maqdisi, whose name attests to his Palestinian origin, is currently in Syria. [...]

He added that he and his fighters want to join the fighting in Gaza.

“True, we are fighting in Syria, but our heart yearns to arrive and fight the sons and brothers of the apes and pigs [the Jews],” MEMRI reported Maqdisi as saying The jihadi cleric said that Gazans must be patient and wait for either victory or martyrdom, adding that Allah will soon send “extraordinary soldiers who will fight and defeat the Jews.”

British Socialists: Israel “Choking On The Racist Poison It Rests On”…

More blind-hatred from the left.

Israel – choking on the racist poison it rests on – Socialist Worker

The response in Israel to the attacks on Gaza has exposed a society consumed by the violence implicit in the Zionist enterprise.

As the famous Israeli novelist David Grossman put it, Israel’s “huge use of violence” causes a “depth of internal poison”.

Noga, an Israeli student at university in Britain, told Socialist Worker about the impact of Zionism, the racist doctrine that binds together the Israeli state.

“I was only five years old, playing at a friend’s house in an Israeli neighbourhood,” she said. “Her mum got us to play a game, running round the house chanting, ‘Death to all Arabs!’

“This chant is typical,” she added, “you hear it everywhere.”


Tingles: Bush Faced “Normal Partisanship” From Dems, Obama Faces “Nasty Hatred” From GOP…

Of course, everyone remembers the left’s respectful and thought-provoking criticism of George W. Bush.

CHRIS MATTHEWS: There was a real difference between the normal partisanship that faced George W. Bush — by the way, that’s with all his limitations — and the nasty hatred of the Republican rand-and-file of this president to the point of something like 4 out of 5 want him to go down in the dirt, fail on everything single thing he tries to do. And sometimes even when they agree with him they want him to fail.

TV Show For Kids Depicts Lesbian Couple Having A Late-term Abortion

Planned Parenthood approved.

Via Daily Caller:

A TV show on the supposedly family friendly network ABC Family aired an episode of the show “The Fosters” depicting a lesbian couple getting a late-term abortion. [...]

On Monday night’s episode entitled “Mother,” 20-weeks-pregnant character Lena (played by “Rescue Me” actress Sherri Shaum) winds up in the hospital with pre-eclampsia and the diagnosis that she could die if she continues with the pregnancy. The doctor tells the couple they can induce labor and watch the baby die, or end the pregnancy. Lena and her wife Stef (played by “Meet the Parents” actress Terri Polo) decide to abort the baby in order to save Lena.

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The Bear Is Loose! Obama Drops By LA Diner To Brag About His Basketball Skills, “I Usually Make 8 Out of 10 Shots”…

Alternate headline: World burns, Obama talks hoops.

Via The Hill:

President Obama made an impromptu stop at a Los Angeles diner on Thursday to have lunch with four people who have written him letters.

But he also had a chance to talk about his hoops game.

During the diner drop-by, Obama was asked about how he’s faring in basketball these days by two older gentlemen, according to a White House pool report.

“My shot’s broke,” Obama said, as he held up his arm and did a mock free throw.

“It’s my elbow,” he continued. “It’s my age. I get the chicken wing.”

Obama said he makes 8 out of 10 shots, “but not in one game.”

Journalists In Gaza Threatened After Reporting Hamas Using Human Shields…

Via JPost:

Several journalists from around the world reported seeing rockets fired from civilian areas in Gaza in recent days, and received threatening tweets in return accusing them of “informing” the IDF.

On Wednesday, Peter Stefanovic of Australia’s Channel Nine News tweeted: “Hamas rockets just launched over our hotel from a site about two hundred metres away. So a missile launch site is basically next door.”

An account called @ThisIsGaza said this was Stefanovic’s fourth time “passing and fabricating information to Israel… from GAZA” and threatened to sue him.

Another account, @longitude0 wrote: “You are a cretin. Are you working for the IDF” and “in WWII spies got shot.”

Financial Times Jerusalem Bureau Chief John Reed reported seeing “two rockets fired toward Israel from near al-Shifa hospital, even as more bombing victims were brought in.”

Shifa, in Gaza City, is the main medical facility in the Strip.

In response, @Saritah_91 tweeted: “We’ll hold you responsible if Israel uses your tweet to bomb the hospital & then justify it.”

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Berkeley Moonbats Bring In 500 Goats To Use As “Eco-Friendly Lawn Mowers”…

Meet the goat, the latest in moonbat technology.

Via Campus Reform:

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, which is managed by the University of California – Berkeley, brought in 500 goats to be “eco-friendly lawn mowers” this month.

For the past 17 years, Berkeley Lab has brought goats from a local company called Goats R Us to eat grass on the hills outside of the building, according to an article published in The Daily Californian, the school’s official student newspaper.

Tom Price, maintenance supervisor of facilities at the lab, told the Californian that the goats’ grass-eating prevents wildfires.

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Blind Somali Jihadist Joins ISIS In Syria…

This guy’s a jihadi work accident waiting to happen.

Via Somali Current:

A blind Somali jihadist who is fighting alongside ISIS militants in Syria has reportedly urged others to join the fighting , saying having a disability is no excuse.

Taymullah al-Somali, a Dutch national who is believed to have traveled to the Middle East earlier this year, has been photographed numerous times alongside ISIS militants and is believed to be based in the capital of the self-declared caliphate, Raqqa.

The Somalia-born has been quoted on known ISIS social media accounts urging Muslims to join ISIS, reportedly saying: ‘Being blind didn’t stop me from coming to Syria, what’s your excuse?

According Daily Mail Numerous images of al-Somali have recently emerged, showing him posing alongside an international group of jihadist including at least two from Belgium, one of whom is reportedly named Hicham Chaib.

Duke Hires Muslim “Holocaust Inversion” Professor To Head Islamic Studies Center…


Only in academia is comparing Israelis to Nazis a good thing.

Via Free Beacon:

Duke University has hired as the new director of its $3 million Islamic Studies Center a controversial Iranian-American professor whose scholarship has come under fire for anti-Israel bias and who once used a picture of dead Jews in Nazi death camps to illustrate his writing on the Palestinians.

Omid Safi, a former professor at the University of North Carolina, was installed this week by Duke as the new director of the school’s Islamic Studies Center (DISC), which was handed $3 million specifically for the directorship position.

Safi, whose writings on Islam have been criticized as faulty and “utopic” by other scholars, celebrated his new job on Facebook, writing in his “first comments in my capacity” that he seeks to produce “a knowledge that is efficacious, transformative, and above all, beneficial.”

He led these comments with the common Arabic term, “insha’allah,” or “If Allah wills.”

While Safi has received praise from some for striking a “moderate” tone in his writings, human rights leaders and pro-Israel commentators have repeatedly expressed concern about his equivalence of Israel to the Nazis and other controversial rhetoric.

Texas: 18 Out Of 20 Illegal Immigrant Minors Skip Their Immigration Court Hearings On Tuesday…

Hmm, anyone else thinking this might turn into a trend?

Via Dallas News:

Marcos and Crisly, Ana and Blanca, Fabiola and Maria Antonia.

The youths were among 20 from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala who were set to appear in federal immigration court Tuesday for initial deportation hearings. But they weren’t there — 18 of the children whose cases were set to be heard didn’t show up Tuesday for court.

It was an absentee rate that federal Immigration Judge Michael Baird said was “highly unusual,” so high that he reset the hearings for Aug. 11 rather than possibly issuing a deportation order.

Baird said he was concerned that the children may not have received proper notice of the hearings from the government. Attorney Lynn Javier, with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, agreed that it was “prudent” to reset the hearings.

The children are among about 100,000 juveniles who have entered the U.S. without a parent in the last two fiscal years, according to Homeland Security. None of the children set to appear on Tuesday had an attorney, a swelling reality that inspired Dallas Catholic Bishop Kevin Farrell on Monday to appeal to attorneys to step up to provide free services.

MSNBC’s Dyson Compares Ex-NFL Coach Tony Dungy To “White Racists” For Saying He Wouldn’t Draft Michael Sam…

Who knew gay was a race?

Via Newsbusters:

On the July 23 edition of The Ed Show, host Ed On the July 23 edition of The Ed Show, host Ed Schultz and guest Michael Eric Dyson took turns attacking former NFL coach Tony Dungy for stating that he “wouldn’t want to deal” with the media attention that followed the drafting of Michael Sam, the NFL’s first openly-gay draftee.

While the other guest, national sport columnist Terence Moore, attempted to defend Dungy, Dyson compared his “attempt to justify prejudice and bigotry under the rubric of having questions about distractions” to the “light, racist viewpoints that were promoted by many white people who were not in the Ku Klux Klan” but still “resisted the progress of African-American people by undermining it.” Forget “light racism,” later in the interview Dyson compared the coach to an infamous Southern segregationist who employed police dogs and fire hoses on peaceful protesters.

When Moore claimed Dungy was brave to stand up for his politically incorrect views, Dyson retorted that “Bull Connor was brave, a lot of white racist were brave when they spoke up.”

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