Wednesday, September 30, 2009
The payback? He was publicly humiliated last Sunday by being duct-taped to the flagpole of Veterans of Foreign War 1938 say he desecrated Sept. 18..."
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
After her "death panels" nonsense, I've cooled a bit on Palin, though still, in general, favor her-- if for no other reason than she is not male. We'll have to see what else emerges as a choice.
I don't recall something like that ever being for Duh Bush, but I may be wrong.
Monday, September 28, 2009
Back in 2007 that number stood at 30 percent and in 2005 -- the last off-year election without a national presidential contest year in the offing -- just more than one in four Americans (28 percent) said they were following national political news closely..."
We can hope that this higher number will result in wiser choices at the polls, but I'm not holding my breath.
Note that. If something must be justified somehow, then is probably unfair. We all know the difference between right and wrong, and if you're screaming loudly about righteousness then you are probably in the wrong. (See Jesus if you don't believe me.)
In the film, Marcy Kaptur, the Congresswoman from Toledo, says, “Don't leave your house if they try to throw you out.” Why not? 'In many cases, they can't,' Moore explains, 'because it's already been cut up, chopped up and bundled and rebundled and a piece of this mortgage is sitting in China...'"
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
Calling liars to account - Leonard Pitts Jr. - MiamiHerald.com: "...Wallis, a celebrated theologian and author of The Great Awakening: Reviving Faith & Politics in a Post-Religious Right America, says Sojourners is trying to redeem things people ``really should've learned in Sunday school.
``For example, Sean Hannity said we're going to have a government rationing body that tells women with breast cancer, `You're dead. It's a death sentence.' That's just not true. So instead, [in our e-mail] we told the story of a real person, a real woman who was denied her breast cancer surgery because of her health provider's discovery of a pre-existing condition called acne.''
He adds, ``A lot of the things the talk show hosts say will happen are already happening because of the behavior of the healthcare providers. They're not true because of healthcare reform, they're true because of the present system...''"
I live in NC and the DMV functions quite nicely, thank you. Both Medicare and the VA function reasonably well. I have seen no compelling evidence that extending medical benefits to all will create a huge new class of bureaucrats. That is an assumption.
Blue Cross charges NC $10 for every claim filed. The previous administrator, EDS, charged 50 cents. Is there a disconnect there? And no, I don't know why we switched, but suspect if you follow the money you would know. So given the outrageous overhead noted from the private sector, how could it be any worse? Will the public employees of this new health care hullabaloo be compensated in the tens of millions like the private sector employees?
No way in Hell, so you already have savings in place.
It doesn't matter if it is tax or a copay, it still comes out of your pocket.
Frankly, most people would be better off with a modest tax increase rather than being nickeled and dimed to death for basic health services. (How much are going to have to pay for a flu shot? My copay will be $30 so I'm told.) Younger folks will complain that they don't consume health services so they should have to pay. Well, don't get injured or don't get pregnant, because if you do, you will discover that a broken appendage is extremely expensive and even with a good delivery and a healthy child, your costs will at least in the neighborhood of $5k. Do you have that laying around in petty cash?
I'd like to see a study on all this that I could really believe, as opposed to people pulling numbers from Dirty Harry's opinion.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
"...Barack Hussein Obama
Choose between a sell-out clutz
or those drooling right-wing nuts
Mmm mmm mmm!"
The word definitely packs an ideological punch, but not only is it anti-government, it's anti-Obama. Let's remember that most of the fringe now screaming about the dangers of Big Brother never made a peep during eight years of Bush's ballooning executive branch. Suddenly, big government is a big problem, and the 'Feds' are to blame..."
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
So for him to get up with a straight face and say the media is bringing this race issue up… No, it was your campaign that started this..."
More from the "No Kidding" Department: "Biden: ‘I Want Insurance Companies to Make Money'"
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
RIGHT-WINGERS LIKE GLENN BECK AND ANDREW BRIETBART ARE NOT OUR FRIENDS!
We cannot afford to spend the next 3 1/2 years sitting passively while watching the wingnuts undermine, dismantle and destroy every liberal/progressive program, policy and idea. Clapping and cheering for those same wingnuts just because Obama is being discomfited in the process is short-sighted and stupid..."
Update via Simply Left Behind-- look at this link for a regulatory flashback to 2004.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Op-Ed Columnist - No, It’s Not About Race - NYTimes.com: "...Then, as I got to where the Smithsonian museums start, I came across another rally, the Black Family Reunion Celebration. Several thousand people had gathered to celebrate African-American culture. I noticed that the mostly white tea party protesters were mingling in with the mostly black family reunion celebrants. The tea party people were buying lunch from the family reunion food stands. They had joined the audience of a rap concert.
Because sociology is more important than fitness, I stopped to watch the interaction. These two groups were from opposite ends of the political and cultural spectrum. They’d both been energized by eloquent speakers. Yet I couldn’t discern any tension between them. It was just different groups of people milling about like at any park or sports arena..."
Sunday, September 20, 2009
That's why, analysts say, health care industry lobbyists have showered them with more campaign cash on average than other senators this year, in an attempt to influence the outcome..."
Friday, September 18, 2009
Short memory, dude. I remember the hatred hurled at Hillary Clinton and Sara Palin, so the Left is just as capable of hate as the Right; they're just not as sanctimonious.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
What will you do if the mother above is you?
Sen. Alex Padilla, who led a campaign requiring big restaurant chains to disclose calories in meals, said on Thursday he planned to hold hearings in November on the link between soda consumption and obesity..."
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Resigns to Run for Senate - WSJ.com: "World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. Chief Executive Linda McMahon stepped down from her post, one day after joining the increasingly crowded Republican field looking to run against Connecticut Sen. Christopher Dodd..."
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Given the U.S. worship of physicians, then the reform package ought to sail through Congress now. (Unless money [insurance] speaks louder than reverence.)
Monday, September 14, 2009
He was killed in an attack by US forces in southern Somalia on 14 September, a US official says. This has not been officially confirmed by Washington..."
Osama wants us to end the war. Why doesn't he end it? Surrender is an option, mister murder.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Opinion: The unspoken truth about managing geeks: "...Few people notice this, but for IT groups respect is the currency of the realm. IT pros do not squander this currency. Those whom they do not believe are worthy of their respect might instead be treated to professional courtesy, a friendly demeanor or the acceptance of authority. Gaining respect is not a matter of being the boss and has nothing to do with being likeable or sociable; whether you talk, eat or smell right; or any measure that isn't directly related to the work. The amount of respect an IT pro pays someone is a measure of how tolerable that person is when it comes to getting things done, including the elegance and practicality of his solutions and suggestions. IT pros always and without fail, quietly self-organize around those who make the work easier, while shunning those who make the work harder, independent of the organizational chart..."
In front ofU.S. Rep. Joe Wilson's Beaufort office on Port Republic Street, protesters held up signs that read 'Learn Respect.' Protestors chanted 'Joe Must Go.'
On the other side of the street, Wilson's supporters shouted back at his detractors and held signs that read 'Joe Wilson is right' and 'Joe Wilson is my spokesman...'"
Keep it up people and pretty soon we will have legislators streaking during Presidential addresses.
Friday, September 11, 2009
Once the video became public, ACORN promptly fired the two workers, though it's hard to know how seriously to take the organization's reaction. Baltimore ACORN board chairman Sonja Merchant-Jones told WJZ-TV that 'We've investigated and we found nothing that they did to be illegal. Absolutely zero.' Really? Advising someone to claim girls trafficked into the country illegally as sex workers as dependents on her tax returns?..."
And another hit.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Better world: Beware of common sense - 10 September 2009 - New Scientist
"Good intentions are not enough. If leaders and governments are serious about achieving their aims, they must base their actions on hard evidence.
YOU break your arm. At the hospital, the doctor tells you his team is going to inject iron nanoparticles into the broken bone and use electromagnets to realign it. Wow, you say, you've never heard of this method. "Oh, it's never been tried before," says the doctor. "But our hospital needs some publicity, and it sounds really impressive and high-tech, doesn't it?"
You would rightly be appalled if hospitals chose treatments this way. We expect medical therapies to undergo rigorous trials to ensure they are safe and effective. Yet we seem content to let our leaders conjure up policies based on what sounds good, rather than on what has been proved to work..."
Simply Left Behind: And It's....OUTTA HERE!: The Non-Rapturist's Guide To The Galaxy: "...It didn't hurt that one member of the opposing team balked, and gave him a chance to show the Republicans for what they have been for twenty years: obstructionist corporatists interested only in servicing their wealthy capitalist masters at the expense of the citizenry. Americans will put up with a lot of rowdy behavior in lots of places, even some that formerly had been places of quiet and respect, but to diss a President on national TV like you were heckling a stand-up comedian, no matter how abject the apology, is going to harm the cause faster than if you took a shot at him..."
If the President can't handle it, he ought to resign. If Rep. Wilson can't handle it, he ought to resign. Protocol and decorum? Really? I prefer the House of Commons and the British Prime Minister anytime as far addresses and debate go. Let them yell.
Wednesday, September 09, 2009
The elusive search for the sufficiently innocent criminal. - By Dahlia Lithwick - Slate Magazine
"...One might think that all this would put a thumb on the scale for death-penalty opponents, who have long contended that conclusive proof of an innocent murdered by the state would fundamentally change the debate. But that was before the goal posts began to shift this summer. In June, by a 5-4 margin, the Supreme Court ruled that a prisoner did not have a constitutional right to demand DNA testing of evidence in police files, even at his own expense. "A criminal defendant proved guilty after a fair trial does not have the same liberty interests as a free man," wrote Chief Justice John Roberts. And two months later, Justices Scalia and Thomas went even further than the chief justice following an extraordinary Supreme Court order instructing a federal court to hold a new hearing in Troy Davis' murder case, after seven of nine eyewitnesses recanted their testimony. Scalia, dissenting from that order, wrote for himself and Justice Clarence Thomas, "[t]his court has never held that the Constitution forbids the execution of a convicted defendant who has had a full and fair trial but is later able to convince a habeas court that he is 'actually' innocent."
Tuesday, September 08, 2009
Monday, September 07, 2009
And this is why insurance companies should be on the menu instead of at the table.
In his sights is the American banking system and the people who run it..."
Sunday, September 06, 2009
Saturday, September 05, 2009
Since I was the first pundit to predict Obama's presidency (back in December 2006) it behooves me to tell you the course I believe the next few weeks will take. Just think, it was only a few months ago that the left looked unstoppable in bringing about their plan to radicalize, nationalize, and federalize America..."
Well, I'm sorry, but if you, your family, and everybody you know makes money off celebrity, then don't expect the attention to stop-- ever.
Friday, September 04, 2009
What nonsense! Sixty votes? Since when does the winning party set a new majority rule for itself? Again a problem with limp Dems. The GOPers have never had a problem ramming a one vote law down anyone's throat, and as far as serious consequences go, what could be more serious than an unnecessary war and pissing away a trillion dollar surplus? The GOP is not going to support anything that in any harms its base-- the rich, which nowdays basically means insurance companies and their majority stockholders.
Thursday, September 03, 2009
Wednesday, September 02, 2009
The article makes a good, albeit unintentional, argument about the need for unions.
He has a point.
Tuesday, September 01, 2009
"...Once again, I am SO “disappointed” to have my civil liberties curtailed. Sheesh. Seriously, people, there are stronger terms for having our Constitution dismantled by The One over whom you ooh-ed! and ah-ed! as such a great Constitutional Scholar, and the Anti-Bush. All I can say is, perhaps you wouldn’t have experienced this “disappointment” had you bothered to actually listen to what he man said (remember the return to Bush I’s foreign policy? How about voting for the Bush/Cheney Energy Bill?) or what he did (remember that FISA vote? Yeah, you were “disappointed” then, too.). So many examples, so little time. The point is, had your eyes been open instead of closed as you swayed in rapture to the tones of The One and TOTUS, perhaps you wouldn’t be oh-so-surprised by this.
The rest of us aren’t."
As many people have pointed out, Nixon’s proposal for health care reform looks a lot like Democratic proposals today. In fact, in some ways it was stronger. Right now, Republicans are balking at the idea of requiring that large employers offer health insurance to their workers; Nixon proposed requiring that all employers, not just large companies, offer insurance..."