Friday, August 28, 2009

Win one for the Bibber

A contrarian compendium.

'Win One for Teddy,' Say Dems Pushing for Health Reform

...Democrats are hoping that the memory of Sen. Ted Kennedy will revive the Democratic Party's flagging push for health care reform.

"You've heard of 'win one for the Gipper'? There is going to be an atmosphere of 'win one for Teddy,'" Ralph G. Neas, the CEO of the liberal National Coalition on Health Care, told ABC News.

Democrats are hoping that Kennedy's influence in death may be even stronger than it was when he was alive...
Public service zombies?

Public service or public meddling

...What most of the media call public service is all too often simply meddling with peoples' lives, using persuasion or force to make them do things or pay money they would otherwise prefer not to pay.
Helps explain the Presidential edict attempting to make September 11th the "National Day of Service."

Ted Kennedy’s Appetities [sic]

...Mr. Kennedy spent much of his wealth and time pursuing power over others (and of the garish ‘glory’ that accompanies such power).
The issue he called most important, and that Dems are now cynically using his death to promote, is a good example.

Kennedy's Big Government Paternalism

...Support for interventionist government was hardly a viewpoint unique to Ted Kennedy. What Kennedy brought to this political philosophy, however, was the paternalistic mindset of *noblesse oblige*: the idea that the aristocracy has a special responsibility to protect and look out for the little people. The Kennedy clan is probably the closest there has ever been to an American aristocracy.

Of course, the flip side of *noblesse oblige* is the arrogance of privilege, and that was on abundant display in Kennedy's life.
That is, his sense that he carried the torch of "the best and the brightest" and that government of "the best and brightest" knows best. A thoroughly discredited hubris as Robert McNamara may be explaining to him even now.

Democrats accused of using Edward Kennedy’s death to promote reforms

...Attempts to use the emotion of the moment to revitalise hopes of healthcare legislation quickly ran up against the harsh political realities of Washington and the immediate practical impact that Mr Kennedy was perhaps the only politician on Capitol Hill who could have forged a bipartisan compromise.
The loss of which poisonous compromise I refuse to mourn.

Pimping Ted Kennedy’s corpse [Darleen Click]

...From the execrable Nancy Pelosi to Kleagle Robert Byrd; from radical leftwing MSNBC to The Worthless One, Jimmy Carter; not even 24 hours could pass without them shamelessly running Teddy’s corpse up the flag pole and demanding we salute it by giving up our liberty.
The Senator wouldn't mind, he'd been setting the stage for it.

Ted Kennedy’s Legacy?

...Teddy Kennedy was a relic of a bygone era—an icon who never should have been an icon. When you really analyze what Kennedy accomplished in his life and career, the answer is nothing except being a Kennedy. In truth, Kennedy’s career was really about one quintessential thing: Keeping Democrats in power—by whatever means necessary.
I'm not sure. Maybe it was more focused on maintaining the Kennedy hegemony.

And finally, creeping out from the rotted woodwork at the Huffington Post, this question - What Would Mary Jo Kopechne Have Thought of Ted's Career?
...Who knows -- maybe she'd feel it was worth it.
Dying for the cause, that is. It's not surprising they're feeding off Kennedy's corpse, but this invocation of Mary Jo Kopechne as a willing sacrifice is a sick and ghoulish explication of Ted Kennedy's worst feature.

In that post, the argument is that if Ted Kennedy had not hidden his involvement in Mary Jo Kopechne's drowning for 10 hours, demonstrating his compassion was primarily reserved for his career, he would have become President. Then, his wonderful work in the Senate would have been lost. A prescient Mary Jo Kopechne might have been willing to die for the "greater good." Perverse as that may strike you, the sacrifice of a little person on the altar of a great social engineer's intent defines Kennedy's politics.

Ms Kopechne's willingness to die at age 28 for Ted Kennedy's Senate career is, however, one of those ideas that doesn't need a drink to drive off a bridge. It doesn't even make sense in the first place, much less is it a reason for unplanned assisted suicide.

Think about it. Kennedy might have done even more if he had been President, and he could have gone on to become a Senator after he had been President. I can't see how Ms Kopechne would have preferred to die rather than to have witnessed all Teddy's good deeds. We'll never be sure. Ms Kopechne could not be reached for comment.

We will also never know what good deeds she may have accomplished if she'd lived. If there is a afterlife, she might know what could have been. If so, I bet she would have declined to die merely to ensure Ted's Senatorial splendor and she would have had even less interest in expanding his joke collection.




Update: 1-Sep 6:45

Here's more speculation on how Mary Jo might have felt Teddy's career was worth more than her own life.
Kennedy chose to flee the scene , leaving the young woman to die an agonising death not of drowning but of suffocation over a period of hours.

...the charges were "failing to report an accident" and "leaving the scene of an accident." The punishment: two months' probation.

...Yet if one weighs the life of a single young woman against the accomplishments of the man President Obama has called the greatest Democratic senator in history, what is one to think?
Oh, I don't know. That Teddy Kennedy was a thoroughly reprehensible human being? A waste of skin, perhaps? That anyone could even ask this shares his sickness?

Unbelievable. As Mark Steyn said
,
The senator’s actions in the hours and days after emerging from that pond tell us something ugly about Kennedy the man. That he got away with it tells us something ugly about American public life.
Indeed.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

It's a Teddycare picnic

If you go out in the woods today
You’re sure of a big surprise.
If you go out in the woods today
You’d better go in disguise.

For every bear that ever there was
Will gather there for certain, because
Today’s the day the teddycares have their picnic.

At 77, Edward Moore Kennedy died from a brain tumor despite having had the very best health care it is possible to have. He lived in the United States and he was certainly rich enough to afford any possible treatment his solid platinum Senatorial health care insurance did not cover.

Because this rabid-partisan, privileged, misogynist power-broker had a hobby of championing socialized health-care the Democrats want to celebrate his passing in a "bi-partisan" orgy of bill passing. They're saying we should "renew" "our" "commitment" to government-run health care because Ted Kennedy died. The Nation must weep in collective despair and nationalize health care on a voice vote because the old reprobate would have liked that.

I'll admit Kennedy's death is the best argument yet for Obamacare. It also gets Obama's name off the embarrassment this has become, in favor of a dead Senator who can't be criticized. If you do you are a necro-hibernophobiac.

I have a better idea. Instead of passing Teddycare, but still for purposes of coming together in a socially beneficial way, I would suggest we all donate some money to teach young women how to hold their breath for 5 minutes and swim under very difficult circumstances.

Maybe the Senator was good at these big social program things that force all of us to behave the way he thought best; but when he faced an urgent, personal option requiring compassion for an individual, he failed to behave the way most of us thought best. That cowardice kept him from the Oval Office, as it should, and it is his legacy.

I offer condolences to his family, but I am no more saddened by his passing than he would have been by mine.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Let us forget

Obama's Plan to Desecrate 9/11

Sadly, that headline is neither fanatic nor fanciful. RTWT

9/11 is to become the "National Day of Service," so we will no longer focus on external danger or the 3,000 who died. 9-11 is a past crisis which must be wasted away by Presidential edict.

Despite this attempted revisionism, 9-11 will remain a day of somber reflection, attenuated mourning and thoughts of "never again." Americans aren't the dupes Barack Obama and his fringe-left friends imagine them to be. 9-11 is sacred. Attempting to make it a day of celebration of the advent of carbon taxes and ACORN/SEIU/AFL-CIO/FoE/Color of Change organizing is reprehensible.

What's next, designating December 7th as the "Day of Pan-Oceanic Multiculturalism?"

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

C'mon, Camille

More catch up from my recent trip. I had read this Paglia column while traveling, but did not fully appreciate the obtuseness until I returned and reread it because a friend sent the link.

I DO respect Camille Paglia as that sublime rarity, an honest liberal, and I've mentioned that before. However, she needs to stop with the "I still support Obama" nonsense and admit she made a mistake. Here she only comes close (RTWT).

Paglia says: "Obama seems to be surrounded by juvenile tinhorns, bumbling mediocrities and crass bully boys." Yes, people just like himself, but suffering less acute pathological narcissism.

Paglia's problem is that's she's not a fool, but suffers from a form of Bush Derangement Syndrome. She thinks Obama "is best at -- representing the U.S. with dignity and authority abroad." In fact, Obama's performance on the world stage is no better than his domestic performance, but she can only see it filtered through her opinion of Bush - whose domestic performance was actually inferior to his foreign performance.

Paglia: "...who would have thought that the sober, deliberative Barack Obama would have nothing to propose but vague and slippery promises -- or that he would so easily cede the leadership clout of the executive branch to a chaotic, rapacious, solipsistic Congress?"

Who ever thought Obama was sober or deliberative? Not me. Who would have expected vague and slippery? Anyone who paid attention to Obama's campaign. Who said he lacked executive experience, which explains his choice of advisers and deference to Congress? Anyone who examined his so-called "record."

All the other questions Paglia asks are easily explained, even to an Obama voter, by a tiny bit of reflective contemplation. He showed us who he was as blatantly as he has proposed the socialization of health care. It was ignored.

Paglia's surprise and criticism should be at and of her own gullibility. If only Obama had picked better advisers. If only he would show leadership instead of letting Nancy Pelosi run things. I.e., if only he weren't who he is.

This creature of Jeremiah Wright, Bill Ayers and David Axelrod, this "post-racial," "post-partisan" Chicago machine puppet (there's more than one oxymoron in there), whose major accomplishments consist of a speech in 2004 and a self-serving autobiography, and whose major skill is a preternatural ability to read a teleprompter - was never sober or deliberative. Or substantive. Paglia's column should have begun with the words, "I was a fool." Eventually one will.

Monday, August 24, 2009

MSNBC. Fail.

I've been out of town for 10 days, so I'm quite late to this party. I do not normally reach this far back news-cyclewise, but I've had several conversations that make me think it's worthwhile. Some people don't know what I'm about to demonstrate.

Protesters against Big Government, at Tea Parties and health-care "town halls," have been the object of scatological insult by prominent national "news casters" and have been portrayed by Democrat leaders as traitors, dupes, insurance company stooges, Nazis and, most often, as racist. Ignoring the protests didn't work, so the protesters themselves must be discredited. No protest can be about policies, they are all caused by mouth breathing knuckle draggers who would be most comfortable wearing white sheets.

Here's an MSM example:



You will note that MSNBC's video shows dramatic closeups of the rifle while the bobble-heads decry the racial overtones of "white people" showing up with guns when the black president is in town.

Camera angles can be manipulated, however, and MSNBC went to some trouble to support their "protesters are white racist, gun-crazed fanatics" narrative. You have to wonder if the bobble-heads even knew the real story.

If the camera angles had been honest, as they are in this local news story, they would have shown the man carrying the rifle.



This coverage honestly conducted and it actually is news, even if none of the people at the local station actually know what a machine gun is.

So, the reason for a tardy post on this is conversations I've had where people had only seen the MSNBC video and didn't know the melanin content of the guy with the gun.

Maybe he is a racist. Maybe not. What he is not is a white racist. He is also not a fanatic. As he states, he is simply exercising a Constitutional right.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Bush's Worst Appointment

This is a tough one. I offer these nominees, while recognizing that some deserving names are omitted.

1. Ben Bernanke as Fed Chairman
2. Harriet Myers to the Supreme Court
3. General Sanchez to command in Iraq
4. Colin Powell as Secretary of State
5. Hank Paulson as Treasury Secretary
6. John Snow as Treasury Secretary
7. Paul Bremer as Administrator in Iraq


A formidable front seven, don't you agree? Whom gets your vote?

Friday, August 21, 2009

Surgery panels

Thousands of surgeries may be cut in Metro Vancouver due to government underfunding, leaked paper
VANCOUVER — Vancouver patients needing neurosurgery, treatment for vascular diseases and other medically necessary procedures can expect to wait longer for care, NDP health critic Adrian Dix said Monday.

Dix said a Vancouver Coastal Health Authority document shows it is considering chopping more than 6,000 surgeries in an effort to make up for a dramatic budgetary shortfall that could reach $200 million.
RTWT

H/T National Center Blog

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Message from the President of the Canadian Medical Association

How Canadians run their health care system is a concern to Americans only to the extent that some American supporters of nationalized medical care have pointed to Canada's "single payer/universal coverage" system as a model. Those of us who think health care reform requires more individual control and less government intervention therefore naturally look for lessons from Canada's experiment. President Obama, though he favors a SP/UC system, does not want to acknowledge we can learn something by looking north. He has said Canada's model is not appropriate for the US. He does not say what details of Canada's system are inappropriate for us. Because there are necessarily broad similarities to his own preferences, he does not want to talk about it. It's to remain "mystery meat" until served.

Like Obama, Canadians can be very defensive about discussing health care, and resent foreigners who do not recognize the superiority of Canada's health care system. Many Canadians routinely deny there are any problems with their system. Several have left comments on this blog claiming I don't understand the Canadian system despite; a) I lived there for 22 years and, b) 95% of the criticisms documented here are from Canadian sources. Some examples:

Lessons from Canada???

Canada: health care rationing review

Canada: health care wait times

Canadians criticize Canadian health care wait times

Canadian analysis

The point is recently reinforced by the new President of the Canadian Medical Association:
The incoming president of the Canadian Medical Association says this country's health-care system is sick and doctors need to develop a plan to cure it.

..."We all agree that the system is imploding, we all agree that things are more precarious than perhaps Canadians realize," [Dr. Anne Doig, see also this interview] said in an interview with The Canadian Press.

...The pitch for change at the conference is to start with a presentation from Dr. Robert Ouellet,

...His thoughts on the issue are already clear. Ouellet has been saying since his return that "a health-care revolution has passed us by," that it's possible to make wait lists disappear while maintaining universal coverage and "that competition should be welcomed, not feared."

In other words, Ouellet believes there could be a role for private health-care delivery within the public system.

..."(Canadians) have to understand that the system that we have right now - if it keeps on going without change - is not sustainable," said Doig.
Politically, Ouellet can't come right out and say there must be a larger role for private health-care - he dare not risk comparison to the US system. South of the border, however, there are lessons from which Canada could benefit. The most important is our thriving private care option, a safety valve for Canadians when their system fails them: Canadians visit U.S. to get care
Agreements between Detroit hospitals and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care for heart, imaging tests, bariatric and other services provide access to some services not immediately available in the province, said ministry spokesman David Jensen.

...Canada's U.S. backup care "speaks volumes to why we don't need government to take over health care," Scott Hagerstrom, the state director in Michigan for Americans for Prosperity, said of the Canadian arrangements with Michigan hospitals. "Their system doesn't work if they have to send us their patients."

But Dr. Uwe Reinhardt, a Princeton University health economist who has studied the U.S. and Canadian health systems, said arrangements with cities like Detroit "are a terrific way to manage capacity" given Canada's smaller health care budget.

"This is efficient," he said. "At least in Canada, you don't worry about going broke to pay for health care. You do here."
Dr. Reinhardt apparently thinks that even if the US starts rationing health care it will still provide Canadians with a safety valve. His praise of Canada's efficiency depends on the status quo. That some services simply are not available to Canadians in a timely fashion would look less like prudent fiscal management if people were actually dying due to unavailability of care. Providing such care is a political decision forced by proximity to a market where the care is quickly available. If Canada refused to pay for such treatment and Canadians were dying every day from its lack, what politician would be safe? Refusal to pay would be possible only if the US health care system did not exist.

In Canada, you don't have to worry about going broke, but without access to US care, you do need to worry about suffering and even dying while waiting for treatment. This is not an argument that US health care does not need reform - it does - but moving in Canada's direction is the wrong way to go about it for BOTH countries.

Health care is rationed in Canada; no reasonable observer can dispute it, and despite President Obama's assurances to the contrary, choice will be ever more restricted in the US if "the public option," shows up in any health care bill here: Fighting false health care claims, Obama repeats one of his own

Related:

American view
Wall Street Journal:
We Don't Spend Enough on Health Care
Mr. Obama has said that "the cost of health care has weighed down our economy." No one thinks the 20% of our GDP that's attributable to manufacturing is weighing down the economy, because it's intuitively clear that one person's expenditure on widgets is another person's income. But the same is true of the health-care industry. The $2.4 trillion Americans spend each year for health care doesn't go up in smoke. It's paid to other Americans.

...The U.S. health-care economy should be viewed not as a burden but as an engine of growth. Medical and orthopedic equipment exports increased by 65.1% from 2004 through 2008. Pharmaceutical exports were up 74.6%. The unprecedented advances expected to come out of American stem cell, nanotechnology and human genome research—which other countries' constricted health sectors cannot support—will send these already impressive figures skyward.

A study by Deloitte LLP has found that more than 400,000 non-U.S. residents obtained medical care in the U.S. in 2008, and it forecasts an annual increase of 3%. Some 3.5% of inpatient procedures at U.S. hospitals were performed on international patients, many of them escaping from Canada's supposedly superior health system.

"Inbound medical tourism," Deloitte stated, "is primarily driven by the search for high-quality care without extensive waiting periods. Foreign patients are willing to pay more for care within the United States if these two factors play a large role." The deficiencies of the foreign health-care systems the Obama administration wishes to emulate can be counted on to generate ever-increasing revenues for U.S. providers and employment for Americans.
Canadian view
London Free Press
:
Problems in health care won't be fixed just by cash
Many jurisdictions are still woefully short of family doctors and the country need another 16,000 nurses. Canadians still rely on their own personal finances, or company benefit programs, to pay for their pharmaceuticals. Emergency rooms remain clogged. Patients are still waiting agonizing weeks for diagnostic scans to learn if they have cancer. Rural and northern communities are concerned about their access to services. We still lack an efficient electronic health records system.

Yet we continually spend more. According to Statistics Canada, the federal government, provinces and territories will spend a combined $121 billion on health care this year, an increase of 28% since 2005.

If anything, it shows the old solution of throwing money at a problem is incredibly ineffective in our health-care system. All of the benefits of state-run, publicly-financed health care are offset by an onerous, bureaucratic, bloated and expensive system.

What is needed is true systemic change that will ensure every dollar invested in health care benefits patients.

It's inexcusable that patients have to wait to find out if they have a potentially fatal disease. It's mind-boggling that people can wait more than a year to have life-altering surgeries like hip replacements.
Indeed. And that's with a US safety valve in place. If the US moves toward a government run health care system it will be terrible news for us and a death sentence for some seriously ill Canadians.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Pop Quiz

Who criticized the central bank with these words?

"The money power preys on the nation in times of peace, and conspires against it in times of adversity. It is more despotic than monarchy, more insolent than autocracy, more selfish than bureaucracy. It denounces, as public enemies, all who question its methods or throw light upon its crimes. I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. Corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands, and the Republic destroyed. I feel at this moment more anxiety for the safety of my country than ever before [...]. "


Clues: Before rising to high public office, he was a lawyer from Illinois. Though he had tacitly supported a national bank out of wartime necessity, he wrote these words a year later (1864) in a letter foretelling and fearing the power of odious financiers, their puppets, and their central banks. It stands today with Washington's caution to avoid foreign entanglements and Eisenhower's warning of the military-industrial complex - all prescient; all ignored.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Flag yourself! Flag your friends!

Heck, flag the President when he compares his health care plan to the US Postal Service. (Maybe they'd make a profit if they stopped making house calls. Call it Epistle Rationing.)



It's easy and fun to become a certified evil-monger. I know, because I did it on August 5th. Report yourself, and if you haven't reported this site to the Obamacare Fishiness Monitors yet, please consider doing so now. Or again. Every day.

flag@whitehouse.gov awaits your report

Friday, August 14, 2009

Watering the plantation

For Democrats, the definition of astroturfing is: "Any use of any form of communication to disseminate information regarding issues important to public debate. Unless we do it.

Then, it's Community Organizing. Busing people in, paying them, giving them professionally printed, talking point coordinated signs, VIP entrances and reserved seating is SOP.

Furthermore, no rowdy activity is permissible, unless you are affiliated with CodePink, Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, Service Employees International Union or By Any Means Necessary, as examples (only). Or if you are paid to show up."

I have derived this definition from the following evidence:

Aug 6
Nancy and the Astroturfers
Nancy Pelosi lands her Gulfstream in Denver.

The skulkers in the alley are ready to roil.

Aug 11
Astroturf For Hire: Left Does What They Do Best
“[U]rgent grassroots campaigns” are paying “$11-16/hour,” of George Soros' bucks if you'll support Obamacare.

Here's the incentive the President needed to quit worrying about unemployment.

Aug 12
Bus--ted... Obama Bussed In Supporters For New Hampshire Town Hall (Video)
"I don't want people thinking I just have a bunch of plants in here." - Barack Obama

Well, maybe it's not a full-fledged greenhouse, but it's at least a solarium: Shocker! Little Girl Who Asked Obama Question at New Hampshire Town Hall Was a Plant

Aug 12
And we've already mentioned:
BUSTED!: "Obama As Hitler" Poster Was A Democrat/Union Plant At John Dingell Townhall! UPDATED with video interview!
This is the same meeting Dingell later claimed reminded him of Ku Klux Klannishness.

And the White House is doing its best to cement the narrative it gave to the state-run media:
White House Says Anti-ObamaCare Protesters Showing up with Swastikas
...and "dressed as Hitler." I'm waiting for photos from the Hitler look-alike contests to be posted at whitehouse.gov along with the snitch emails they've collected via flag@whitehouse.gov.

This shows those protesters have a better memory than I do, I can't remember where I put my 1940 Wehrmacht grays. It also shows some people working at 1600 Pennsylvania are very, very upset - and/or as dumb as Nancy Pelosi. Prediction, there will be someone employed by some far-left group showing up in a Nazi uniform. It will be the wrong uniform, probably the browns from the Kampfzeit era, and it will have too many insignia.

Aug 13
Obama camp plants fake doc, Che fan at Jackson Lee forum
Sheila Jackson Lee’s town hall in Texas, wherein she gives new meaning to ADD (Absolute Disdain Dementia), and answers a statement (not a question) by a big-time Obama supporter who lies about being a doctor, while the Che Guevara loving Obamabit hovers in the background.

Really, people, it's time to stop with the Hitler stuff. You over-salted that mine by calling the last president Bushitler for 6 years.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Would be amusing except for the cost

Racism Fail

Uh, Dude, the good jobs are there because computers aren't as simple as you are. See, if they were simple enough that you could use them? There'd be no point. They'd BE TV's. Or iPods.

In related news:

Senator Stabenow can “feel” global warming when she’s flying


I did not make this up. Really. She does say it happens in an airplane, and that destroys my first guess of broom malfunction.

Maybe it's delayed menopause? I hear that can f*ck up your brain if you start with an IQ in the mid-40s, something about the cerebral cortex becoming overloaded with physical sensory information while you are talking. Apparently, it's worse if your mouth is big enough to swallow your own head.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Mark Brewer, Democrat State Chairman, is truly deranged

Michael Barone: Michigan madness

Can't tell left from right

The state-run media are finally catching up with Nancy Pelosi. They've started serious raving about Nazi references amongst Obamacare protesters. One way they are demonstrating this connection is by showing images of a black guy at a John Dingell "town hall." He is shown carrying a very large poster depicting a Hitler mustachioed Obama. However, after the event he was observed to have been handing out Dingell literature.

So, this guy hoisting the Obama as Hitler poster appears to be a Dingell apparatchik willing to engage in incendiary lies in order to smear Obamacare opponents as a group. I wonder how many others have been inspired to make Ms Pelosi's swastika comment a self-fulfilling prophecy.

It gets better. The poster is stolen directly from LaRouchePAC, the URL is printed at the bottom of the poster. What's LaRouchePAC? It's the political action committee of one Lyndon LaRouche, who has run for President 8 times. Once as the U.S Labor Party candidate and seven times for the Democrat nomination. For Democrats, he has not exactly been a fringe candidate. In the 2000 Democrat primaries, LaRouche managed to attract double digit percentages in several states. So, who is he?

LaRouche occupies a spot as one of the top five weirdest far-left US "politicians" ever. Frankly, I am unable to name even one other who is as twisted, but who received 22% of the vote in a Democrat Presidential primary; this is Ramsey Clark territory.

Here is a reasonable overview of the man's beliefs and activities. To appreciate how deep LaRouche plays left field, you'd have to read the whole thing. If you don't know who he is, reading it is useful to appreciate that I am not exaggerating.

In sum, then, the state-run press is blathering about "right wing nutjobs," blaming Rush Limbaugh for Nazi images, and mocking average American citizens concerned about a bill nobody in Congress thinks they need to read... because of a Democrat 5th columnist carrying a poster created by the John Birch of the left.

theblogprof
researched this and he deserves the traffic for doing so. Click that link for pictures and video documenting what I explained above. It is worth doing so.

Jackson, Michigan - common sense

Jackson City Council rejects civil rights ordinance in 5-2 vote

George Brown, a member of the Human Relations Commission was disappointed.

"It appears to me, the majority of the council doesn't believe certain citizens in the community deserve to be protected. I think they showed that with their vote. I strongly believe they trivialized the process."

I've got news for you, Mr. Brown. It was not the City Council who trivialized this; they showed common sense.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Why are people upset about Obamacare?

Because our elected representatives lie and lie and lie and lie and lie.

And because the President has proven, even to his supporters, that he cannot be trusted. He promised to support gay marriage, an end to Clinton's "don't ask, don't tell", an end to extraordinary rendition, no lobbyists in his administration, transparency in legislation and administration, lower taxes if you make under $250K, racial healing, rejecting pork "line by line," to control spending, that unemployment would not exceed 8% if his stimulus was passed, that he would not duplicate Dubya's "signing statement" output, that he would never accept a nuclear Iran, that the stimulus was designed to be spent quickly and he consistently avers that Joe Biden is not a fool.

How can he be trusted on his promises regarding health care? Check this for an easy comparison between word and word, and hope there is never a deed. The only surprising part of that link is how Obama can so breezily tell an abysmally stupid lie, just after telling the rest of us to stop talking.

What must he think of us?

Jackson, Michigan HRC

In May, TOC noted that the Jackson, Michigan, Human Relations Commission (appointed by the City Council) under the leadership of one Kathleen Conley, was lobbying Council to pass a bylaw to ensure that:
...no person shall be denied equal protection of the law, their civil or political rights or be discriminated against because of "actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, height, weight, condition of pregnancy, marital status, physical or mental limitation, source of income, family responsibilities or status, educational association, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or HIV status.''
TOC was derisive regarding a law outlawing perceptions, calling Jackson City Council's establishment of an HRC an "invitation to squishy mindedness they have extended to themselves by appointing a useless collective of neo-puritans with too much time on their hands." Here are some recent developments:

Jackson Human Relations Commission plans petition drive for civil rights ordinance

Members of the Jackson Human Relations Commission plan to collect signatures from citizens in favor of a proposed civil rights ordinance.

Commission members and ordinance supporters will meet at Bella Notte Ristorante at 1 p.m. Aug. 1 and go door to door till 5 p.m. Citizens will be asked to sign a petition saying they are in favor of the proposed ordinance, and the signatures will be presented to the Jackson City Council at its Aug. 11 meeting.
I must say I'm excited to hear that Council will be voting tonight, the suspense has been killing me. The result of the HRC petition drive is "...a list of 151 people who support its proposed civil rights ordinance." Human Relations Commission gathers support for city civil rights ordinance

Perhaps Council will have the backbone to resist this onslaught. After all, there are only about 33,000 residents in Jackson who did not sign the petition. We must keep in mind, however, that in 2007 almost 12 percent of eligible voters participated in electing their Mayor. Incumbent Jerry Ludwig defeated City Councilman Carl L. Breeding, 1,919 to 1,028 votes. 151 of the community organized can have a disproportionate impact. We can only hope common sense will override electoral angst.

As I checked on this teapot tempest, I did find some amusement. Last November a complaint alleging race, age and sex discrimination was filed against the Jackson Human Relations Commission and the Mayor.
...Frances Reeves, principal of McCulloch Academy of Arts and Technology, filed complaints with the state Department of Civil Rights — one against the Human Relations Commission, which is charged with bringing people together to resolve conflicts, promoting harmony and combating discrimination.

...[HRC Chairwoman Kathleen] Conley said then that part of the reason Reeves was not chosen was that she already had a lot on her plate as a principal.
The cost to the City of settling this is not disclosed, but even if there was no payment to Ms Reeves, a lot of time was wasted by lawyers and City staff. But the best part is that Ms Conley claims Ms Reeves was turned down because, in Ms Conley's judgment, Ms Reeves didn't have enough time on her hands.

Obvious message to Jackson City Council: get rid of the HRC. If you need political cover, go out and get 152 signatures.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Of course

62 percent of Democrats favor a "single payer universal health care" system.

87 percent of Republicans and 63 percent of independents are opposed.

Investors oppose a single-payer system by a three-to-one margin.

Overall,
32% Favor Single-Payer Health Care, 57% Oppose

51% Fear Government More Than Insurance Companies


Of course Democrats have to lie about their plans.

Still deadly after all these years

apologies to Billy Joel

Man in Belarus killed by statue of Lenin

Sunday, August 09, 2009

The man whose leg was thrilled

The more these people speak, the more appropriate a No Nazis no fascists sign seems.

Chris Matthews asks Cynthia Tucker, editor of the opinion section of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, about racism and town hall protestors:
Matthews: "Put 100 of these people in a room. Strap them into gurneys. Inject them with sodium pentathol. How many of them would say I don't like the idea of having a black president? What percentage?"

Tucker: "45 to 65 percent of these people will never be comfortable with a black President."
Of course, it is not possible to object to the President's policies and principles without being called a racist. At one time this would indeed have made people uncomfortable, but if Barack Obama's presidency is doing anything to "heal racial tensions," it would be desensitizing ordinary people to the word.


Note the screen caption: "Town Mauls."


Wonkette calls this a "classic."
I think the rules are being rewritten.

H/T the blogprof



Update 8:03PM. Read:

Glenn Harlan Reynolds: Remember when protest was patriotic?

Dems Continue "Listening Tour"-- Fists, Boots, Bullhorns, Stomping Heads, Smashing Faces, Assaults Included
Some good pictures there.

Update 8:33PM
Don't miss:
The Swastika “Crisis”

Update 8:45PM
Also worth reading:
Protest for Me, But Not for Thee

Saturday, August 08, 2009

Don't talk, it disrupts debate.

If the Democrats wanted a debate on health care reform, one would expect a deliberate process of questions and answers, not speeding to get it done before anyone even knows what it contains. So, I admit I am having trouble following the Democrat talking points that it's the Obamacare protestors who are hampering debate. Debate is said to be stifled by "swastika" carrying, "angry astro-turf mobs" of people too "well dressed" to be authentic and who are therefore organized by "evil insurance companies" and "right wing conspiracists."

This is the answer to shouts of "Why so fast?" and "Read the Bill!" and "You work for us!" and "Will Congress agree to be covered by any plan they pass?"!?

None of this ad-hominem silliness has anything to do with the content of a 1,000 page bill to completely reorganize American health care, so perhaps our "representatives" have forgotten the unseemly haste of their attempt to pass it. They can't answer questions about it, so you might say they've forgotten the content of that bill. That would be wrong. They haven't forgotten it. They never read it, and that means they can't debate it.

They even bragged about not having read it and ridiculed those who suggested they should. John Conyers told us that without 2 days and 2 lawyers there's no point in reading the bill, it's too complicated. So we have to pass it right away. No time for pointless debate.

John Dingell, when asked if medical tort reform would be part of any health care bill, replied that "The Congress can only handle so much at one time." No time to debate, we're too busy. When asked why Democrats want to nationalize health care given it has failed in Massachusetts, Dingell said, "I don't know whether it's working in Massachusetts or not." So I can't debate that.

When the President was asked if Section 102 of the House health legislation would outlaw private insurance, he replied, “You know, I have to say that I am not familiar with the provision you are talking about.” Next question.

In response to such effrontery, the White House has mounted a Big Brother-like campaign to gather information about anyone critical of socializing medicine. This effort was apparently kicked off in response to a video of the President saying “I happen to be a proponent of a single payer universal health care program," an extended euphemism for socialized medicine. The quote was claimed to be taken out of context. I.e, "Yes, I said that, but my meaning isn't open to debate."

So much for debate, then. As the President said on Thursday:
... I don't want the folks who created the mess to do a lot of talking. I want them to get out of the way so we can clean up the mess. I don't mind cleaning up after them, but don't do a lot of talking.
That same day White House deputy chief of staff Jim Messina told senators “If you get hit, we will punch back twice as hard.” Between them, they seem to have gotten the message out, at least to the SEIU:

Eye Witness to St. Louis Scuffle: 'SEIU Representative Punched Him In the Face.' (Updated w Gladney Quotes)

Tampa Couple Roughed Up by Thugs at Kathy Castor Town Hall

SEIU Thugs Coordinate With Sebelius

The Debate Team Has Arrived

At a Philadelphia fundraiser in June 2008, Barack Obama said he would counter Republican attacks thusly, “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun.” It turns out he wasn't talking about Republicans at all. He meant to say, "If they bring some concerned citizens to a meeting, we'll bring SEIU enforcers."

In closing, I would like to thank Obama and the SEIU for using the health care debacle to show us something about how card check would work.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Please help

The Other Club is asking you to send the following to flag@whitehouse.gov. I already did.

Dear federal Obamacare protest monitors,

This site:
http://www.otherclub.blogspot.com/

...has too many 'fishy' statements to even catalog, just go there and do a search on "free health care," or "socialized medicine," or "Obamacare."

It scares me that someone is allowed to write these things.


Modify or embellish at will.

The Obama Administration is asking for people to help them find their critics. Perhaps because they don't want to get any more feedback from "town halls." Here's their plea:
There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there, spanning from control of personal finances to end of life care. These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain emails or through casual conversation. Since we can’t keep track of all of them here at the White House, we’re asking for your help. If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to flag@whitehouse.gov
RTWT

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

American vs. Canadian attitudes

More thoughts on differences in the Canadian and American psyches.

"Peace, order and good government" - Main principles of Canada's Confederation.

"Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" - Starting point for American independence.

Multiculturalism. Melting pot.

These foundational attitudes are certainly indicative, if not explanatory.

Monday, August 03, 2009

Canadian counterpoint

A Canadian's thoughts on US/Canada cultural norms related to health-care. RTWT.

Kathy Shaidle: Obamacare critics: win the debate by changing one word
"Rationing" is supposed to evoke the horror of utilitarianism, but frankly, millions of ordinary Americans are already de facto utilitarians and don't see that as a bad thing. As long as they aren't the ones experiencing the utilitarianism.

...OK then Kathy, "Waiting in line."
;)

"...intractable Canadian health-care problems"

The Ottawa Citizen recognizes what many Canadians deny:
Consider the never-changing list of intractable Canadian health-care problems: We have long wait times for a wide variety of medical services. Our emergency room rooms are clogged. Our hospital beds are often filled with people who should be getting long-term care instead.
Most Canadians are not willing to admit this; not so much because their health-care system delivers on its promises, but because they see their health-care model (regardless of execution) as one of the fundamental proofs that they are better than Americans.

Most Canadians think that ~50 million Americans without health insurance is a systemic failure, even if most of these are people who do not want it, haven't signed up for a government program for which they are eligible or are illegal aliens getting free treatment in emergency rooms. Most Canadians (and Americans) are unaware that 50% of US health-care is already paid for by government, so they think there is actually a free market here. This distorts Canada's debate and makes change nearly impossible. Such thinking damages them as much as it does us.
The idea of an alternative to the current monopoly on most major forms of health care is critical to the idea of a patient-first system, [Canadian Medical Association president Dr. Robert] Ouellet argues. Without it, there is no real pressure for government health care to deliver timely results and no alternative for patients when it doesn't. Ouellet himself is a radiologist who runs a private clinic in Quebec providing service to those whose health benefits will cover it.

Ouellet's point makes sense, but as soon as the words "private health care" are mentioned in this country, we launch into comparisons with the American system, surely the most costly and least efficient in the world. Our universal health-care system is held up as a Canadian value, as if we were the only ones who had it.
The mythos of Canadian single-payer health-care system superiority is more than a Canadian value: It is demonstrably not an American value. Canadians reflexively reject the possibility that their health-care folkways are not morally superior to those of the United States.

In any case, Dr. Ouellett is not advocating adopting an American approach, and I agree that would be a bad idea (see below), but he recognizes that without patient freedom the system fails patients.
As Ouellet envisions it, a somewhat expanded private sector would not be a parallel system drawing away doctors from public health care, but rather an opportunity for doctors to do supplementary work without restrictions on their operating time or long waits for diagnostic tests. The bulk of any physician's billing would still be in the public system.
Canadians can't see, any more than can Democrats, that government interference is the problem on both sides of the 49th parallel. In the United States, massive government meddling in health-care is the single most important factor in driving up costs. In Canada, government control of health-care is the single factor causing the "intractable" problems. What is needed in both countries is a plan to gradually and continually increase privatization. This is the only effective treatment for different symptoms of the same basic disease: Statism.

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Obamacare roundup

As you reflect on the Federal Government's prowess in running the billion dollar Clunk for Cashers deal, ruminate on how well they are likely to do running what the CBO says will be a multi-trillion dollar health care system.

You do also already have the evidence of Medicare to instruct you.

These are all worth reading...

Here’s a Second Opinion
The Hoover Institution
Scott W. Atlas

Reformers' Claims Just Don't Add Up
Investor's Business Daily
Editorial

Some Inconvenient Truths About Medicare and the New 'Public Plan'
RealClearPolitics
Regina Herzlinger and Robert Book

Socialized health care is not the answer
Morgan Hill Times
Judy Berkman

A Liberty Issue

National Review
Mark Steyn