June 22, 2015 · Culture, World News · (No comments)

Late last week, Danish voters went to the polls to decide one of the closest races in recent memory. The central-conservative alliance led by Lars Lokke Rasmussen defeated the incumbent Social Democrats and Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt. She resigned in the wake of the results, after serving in office for four years.

Lars Lokke Rasmussen’s political party, Venstre, is expected to try and form a new coalition government. Venstre gained only 19.5% of the vote, and some of its leaders expressed dismay at this result, despite the defeat of the incumbent party. Mr. Rasmussen acknowledged:”Venstre has lost support, we haven’t had a very good election.”

Keith Mann knows that one of the most startling outcome of the election concerned the growing popularity of the Danish People’s Party, which gained significant support from elderly voters during the election. The Danish People’s Party (DPP) won nearly 21% of the vote, up from 12.3% during the previous national election. It won 90 seats in Parliament.

Kristian Thulesan Dahl became the leader of the DPP in 2012. His party advocates tighter restrictions on immigration, higher pay for pensioners, higher health care spending and a higher pension for low income workers.

Last year, Denmark accepted nearly 15,000 new immigrants as asylum seekers, twice the number accepted by the country in 2013. Many of the new arrivals came from the Middle East and Africa. Immigrations figured prominently as a campaign issue.

The families of Robert Levinson, Amir Hekmati, Jason Rezaian, and Saeed Abedini all share something in common: their loved ones are being held in Iranian prisons. Folks at The Aspire New Brunswick know that the charges against the Americans range from illegal preaching of Christianity to espionage. In all cases, the families of the loved ones say the charges are without merit. In all cases, the loved ones are believed to endure torture and other depravations in Iran’s penal system. At the same time, the families are frustrated with what they believe is a lack of support from President Obama and Secretary of State John F. Kerry, who served in Vietnam.

For his part, President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry say they are ever aware of the detained Americans. However, nothing in the looming nuclear framework deal being negotiated between the EU, Iran, and the United States is believed to require the release and safe return of the detainees. June 30 is the deadline to finalize the agreement. For this reason,the families of the hostages are on Capitol Hill this week to make their case before the US Congress. They are concerned that if the Obama administration does not press for the release of the detainees as a condition to getting sanctions lifted, their loved ones may never come home. The families all chronicle the hardships of being without their loved ones. Still, it is unclear whether the United States will use its considerable clout to force Iran’s hand. Critics fear that the US is making too many concessions to Iran in exchange for little more than promises to curtail its nuclear weapons program.

May 7, 2015 · Culture, wow · (No comments)

Yet another unconscionable act by DEA agents while under the supervision of Michele Leonhart has been brought to the attention of the Department of Justice. In 2012, the DEA raided the home of Daniel Chong’s friend while he was there visiting and smoking marijuana. Igor Cornelsen (facebook.com) has read that the 23-year old University of California, San Diego engineering student was seized during the incursion and taken to a holding facility where he was told he would be questioned then released.

Unfortunately, sloppy mismanagement of the DEA’s incarceration procedures left Chong isolated in a dark, windowless holding cell for five days with no food or water, all the while, his hands were cuffed behind his back. Although Chong cried out for help before succumbing to dehydration, he was not discovered for five long days. Chong was in poor condition when eventually found, suffering from delirium and critical breathing and respiratory difficulties. The experience had him hospitalized for four more days and left him with a serious case of post-traumatic stress disorder.

While the actions of the three DEA agents in charge of Chong were reprehensible and a $4.1 million settlement was paid out as a result, those agents skated away with a mere slap on the wrist. Simple reprimands were issued, one agent was place on an unpaid five day suspension and the agent in charge was given only a seven day suspension. The DOJ has since stepped in to make improvements to the DEA’s disciplinary practices and Leonhart has stepped down from her position. Good riddance.

For those of you who don’t know, the Greater Dallas Business Ethics Awards is coming up soon. Guess what? North American Spine has become a finalist. That’s right, ladies and gentlemen. North American Spine has made it into the big leagues. Let’s recap this amazing accomplishment.

According to two of the sponsors, North American Spine has been nominated for a few specific reasons. They are committed to excellence. North American Spine is all about providing the best care for their patients. The patients come first and always will. This alone has qualified them for this amazing honor.

Another qualification involves facing the odds. North American Spine is all about facing the odds. North American has faced some amazing and difficult challenges over the years. Many of the challenges have come from their fierce competitors. North American has managed to rise above these challenges, while still putting their patients first. That is an amazing feat. Not many healthcare companies can do this. North American Spine has done this in spades.

North American is best known for helping patients out with their chronic back and neck pain. When patients come in to North American, many of them have tremendous back or neck pain. Some of it can be very difficult to deal with. This is not your normal everyday pain. Their physicians connect them with doctors who can do a procedure called Accurascope (click here for more information). The diagnostics they use increase the odds that the body will not be harmed. The nerve endings will be okay, even while removing the pain.

There have been over 800,000 success stories already. Much of the patient base have experienced an 82% success rate. This even involves patients who have tried everything in the past, and yet to find any relief.

This is a big deal. These reasons alone have qualified North American for this amazing award. Be sure to check out North American Spine’s feature on Good Morning Texas.