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BRIEFINGS AND ADARA
Re: The Prowler’s Obama’s Chicago Pentagon:
Your September 18 article entitled “Obama’s Chicago Pentagon” written by “the Prowler” references a briefing by Rear Admiral Gregory Timberlake to the Secretaries of Defense and Veterans Affairs. The article states that the admiral’s brief specifically referenced an IT company by name “in the written presentation”.
That statement is incorrect.
In his briefing to the secretaries on March 24, entitled “The Way Forward: Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record Using a Common Services Approach,” the admiral made no reference, written or otherwise, to any IT company or firm.
The briefing that the Prowler has obtained had a different title and was given more than a month earlier to an entirely different audience. By confusing the two briefings, the article attempts to portray the admiral as endorsing a particular vendor, when in fact neither he nor his office plays any role in that decision.
The role of the DoD/VA Interagency Program Office is to ensure
DoD and VA develop and implement electronic health record systems
and capabilities that are interoperable. The responsibility for
developing requirements and IT solutions — to include the
selection of specific vendors to accomplish this work — remains
with the respective DoD and VA organizations.
— Martha Deutscher
DoD/VA Interagency Program Office
The Prowler replies:
While it is understood that Adm. Timberlake did not endorse a vendor or a company, the fact is that Adara’s platform and work was highlighted in briefings as an example of what an interoperable medical records database would or could look like, and Adara was a firm that was one of several who would have met the requirements had the more clearly defined request for bid proceeded.
ONE CRAZY SCHEME
Re: George Neumayr’s Race to the Bottom:
Geraldine Ferraro thought President Obama’s race worked to his advantage in the primaries. Jimmy Carter thinks that bigots hold President Obama’s race against him. George Neumayr asks, which is it? It is both. But the panderers and the bigots were both operating in the Democratic primaries. America at large has no problem with a black president, neither favoring, nor disfavoring, the man because of his race.
Yet America at large is suspicious of candidates like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. Race factors into these suspicions because Jackson and Sharpton insist on it. In Obama, America thought it was electing Amos Jones — a hard working, thoughtfully intelligent, family-oriented problem solver. Instead, they got George Stephens and Andy Brown, cooking up one crazy scheme after another.
Joe Biden likes to ride the train. Maybe if we pack them lunches
and buy them tickets, we can send them to Chicago.
— Dan Martin
Pittsburgh, PennsylvaniaIt continues to appear that, most generally, without consequence or conscience, Obama, liberals, leftists and many prominent Democrats — as well as the current state-controlled media — can be and are misanthropic, misogynist and racist.It also appears that Obama never meant what he said about being post-racial and a new politician.
At any time in the past couple of years, but
especially last fall and through this week, however, Obama
could’ve been both by stating publicly that divisiveness will not
But, then, would’ve had to lie, wouldn’t he?
— C. Kenna Amos Jr.
Princeton, West Virginia
LOST IN SPACETIME
Re: Tom Bethell’s Can We Do Without Relativity?:
I can well sympathize with Mr. Bethell over the lack of attention he forecasts, in taking issue with some of the foundational concepts of modern physics. I get a similar response when I point out that the concept of “spacetime” is logically flawed.While it is convenient and useful to model time as a dimension along which events occur, it has proven extremely difficult to physically explain the process involved and this has caused serious confusion over the years, leading to such propositions as “block time” and multi-worlds hypotheses, such as Schrodinger’s Cat.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
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The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
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