links for 2010-05-19

  • A new group of dentists from at least 15 U.S. states aims to put a stop to the spread of Alaska-style dental health aide therapists (DHATs) and similarly empowered midlevel providers.

    "Each state must determine its own fate, but I submit to you that Texas is ready, willing, and able to slam the door and silence the drumbeat of nonprofessional providers performing irreversible procedures," said Matthew Roberts, D.D.S., at a May 6 meeting of the Texas Dental Association (TDA) delegates.

    Dr. Roberts, immediate past president of the TDA, convened the first meeting of what he calls the Austin Group (otherwise known as the States Strategy Conference) on March 4 and 6. Some 50 delegates from dentists' groups in Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, and Utah attended the meeting, according to Dr. Roberts. They drew up policy documents and planned to pressure the ADA

    (tags: dentistry)
  • Yesterday, Arizona Corporation Commissioner Gary Pierce challenged the city of Los Angeles and its mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa, to put their money where their mouths are by ending their purchases of electrical power generated in Arizona. In a letter exclusively provided to Hot Air, Pierce questioned how a city-wide boycott of Arizona would work while LA continues to light the city with Arizona electrons. In response, Villaraigosa bravely … ducked the question entirely:

    Mayor Villaraigosa is in Washington D.C., meeting with Mexican President Felipe Calderon, but his deputy chief of staff issued the following statement: “The mayor stands strongly behind the city council and he will not respond to threats from the state that has isolated itself from an America that values freedom, liberty and basic civil rights.”
    I don't think LA is that stupid but wait……

  • Our Draw Mohammed contest is not a frivolous exercise of hip, ironic, hoolarious sacrilege toward a minority religion in the United States (though even that deserves all the protection that the most serioso political commentary commands). It's a defense of what is at the core of a society that is painfully incompetent at delivering on its promise of freedom, tolerance, and equal rights. It's a rebuttal to the notion that we should go limp in the clinches precisely because bullies and bastards can punch or blow us up.
    Read it all
  • An Arizona utility commissioner said he's willing to pull the plug on Los Angeles if the city goes through with a boycott of his state.

    In a letter to the city of LA, a member of Arizona's power commission said he would ask Arizona utility companies to cut off the power supply to Los Angeles. LA gets about 25 percent of its power from Arizona.

    "That is one commissioner who has that idea — whether he can do that or not is another idea," said LA Councilman Dennis Zine. "They are the ones who have to make the move, not us."

    The commissioner's power grid play is in response to the city's approval of a resolution directing city staff to consider which contracts with Arizona can be terminated.

  • The National Rifle Association sent California Republican members a mailer endorsing Carly Fiorina for the GOP nomination in the California Senate race. To be fair they also gave Chuck DeVore a 'thumbs up' for his defense of the Second Amendment. However, as Ben Smith from Politico states it, they made their "preference" of Fiorina clear. He writes:

    The National Rifle Association sent this postcard to its California Republican members, making it the latest conservative force, along with Sarah Palin and much of the organized pro-life movement, to swing behind Carly Fiorina.

    The card describes Fiorina and Chuck Devote as strong pro-gun candidates, but makes its preference clear, writing effusively of Fiorina, "a gun owner, proud NRA Member, and strong Second Amendment Supporter."

    The mailer attacks the third candidate, Tom Campbell, at length as having cast "anti-gun votes."
    The heat on Tom Campbell will intensify over the next 10 days.