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Friday, August 29, 2003

Body Count: 11,435
by Lee

The number of victims of France’s world’s best health care system continues to rise.

The heatwave that roasted France this summer killed 11,435 people in the first two weeks of August alone, making it, in human terms, one of the worst natural disasters in the country’s history.

One of the worst natural disasters?  In the country with the world’s best health care system that’s fucking obscene.  How is this a natural disaster?  Floods are natural disasters, as are earthquakes and tornados.  This was a governmental failure of epic proportions.  This shows just how tenuous the world’s best health care system actually is, and how wrong the leftists of the world are for holding it up as an example.

The provisional figures in the first government estimate, published on Friday, do not take into account the abnormally large number of elderly and frail people who have continued to succumb to the effects of the freak temperatures since the end of the heatwave. The head of the French hospital co-ordination service said it was “undeniable” abnormal numbers were still dying.

I am constantly amused by the way supporters of national health care and the world’s best health care system system deflect blame by pointing out the age of the deceased.  Are the elderly not people, too?  Are they not entitled to avail themselves of the world’s best health care system?  Did the world’s best health care system not totally, utterly, cataclysmically fail them?

Almost every day I am given reasons to thank God for the free market and capitalism.  This is one of them.

Posted by Lee on 08/29/03 at 08:47 PM in Health Care  • (1) TrackbacksPermalink

Trade Barriers
by Lee

Pot.  Kettle.  Black.

The European Union (EU) on Friday asked the World Trade Organization (WTO) to rule on the legality of the Australian quarantine measures on imports of a large numberof food products of EU interest. 

The European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, said it has no choice but to challenge this restrictive trade practice through the WTO dispute settlement system following the failure of bilateral consultations that lasted three months.

“Despite Australia’s constant claims to be the leading force offree agricultural trade, its own quarantine system continues to block unjustifiably the import of a number of agricultural products into Australia,” EU Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy said.

However, Canberra says its conservative approach to quarantine risks is justified because Australia is free from many animal and plant diseases prevalent in the rest of the world.

Hey EU, remember this argument the next time you piss and moan about American GM food.

Posted by Lee on 08/29/03 at 03:08 PM in Europe and the UK  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Elvis Warming
by Lee

An article on the EPA contains this remark from some environmentalist wacko.

Melissa Carey, a climate change policy specialist with Environmental Defense, countered: “Elvis is dead. Climate change is happening. There are certain things we have to come to terms with. It’s time to stop the denial and move on with solutions.”

The difference here, Melissa, is that Elvis is verifiably dead.  We know for a fact he is dead, and we know what caused his death.  It is scientifically indisputable that Elvis’ lifestyle killed him, and that similar lifestyles led by other people will lead to the same result.  With global warming, however, there is no indisputable proof that what we are seeing is anything more than the normal fluctuations in global temperature.  There is no indisputable proof that the human contribution to the phenomenon is so great that lowering emissions will have the slightest bit of difference.  There is no indisputable proof that all of the effects of global warming are bad.

In short, Melissa, you have no idea what you are talking about.

Posted by Lee on 08/29/03 at 03:00 PM in Left Wing Idiocy  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

The Siren Song
by Lee

I think she’s going to do it.

A drop in President Bush’s poll numbers has increased speculation about New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton jumping into the 2004 Democratic presidential race—a notion the former first lady rejected Friday.

“I am absolutely ruling it out,” Clinton said during a visit to the New York State Fair in Syracuse, N.Y. She had insisted in recent months that she will not consider entering the race for president this year even if that is what some Democrats want.

An egomaniacal narcissist like Hillary Clinton will not be able to resist the temptation.  Bush is definitely vulnerable now, and she smells blood in the water.

Posted by Lee on 08/29/03 at 02:53 PM in Election 2004  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Headline of the Day
by Lee

And the award for “Most Overused Metaphor” goes to:

U.S. sinking in Iraq quagmire

For even more metaphorical idiocy, read the column.

Posted by Lee on 08/29/03 at 02:45 PM in The Press Machine  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

The Joys of Walking
by Lee

There’s a new study straight from the pages of DUH Magazine.

People who live in spread-out suburbs are on average 6 pounds heavier than urban dwellers and are more likely to suffer from high blood pressure, hypertension and other ills, according to the first national study linking health trends and where people live.

Authors said the conclusions warranted changes in zoning and transportation financing to encourage compact development that enables walking and biking.

“Building compact and walkable communities will become another strategy for fighting the U.S. obesity epidemic,” said Reid Ewing, principal researcher at the National Center for Smart Growth at the University of Maryland.

What?  You mean walking and biking—exercise, in other words—can help cut down on obesity?  Who’da thunk it! 

One of the problems in this country is that we are too spread out to enable walking anywhere.  When I was in China we walked everywhere, because everything was walking distance from where we lived.  Where I live now I am too isolated to walk to the store or pretty much anywhere else.  I can’t believe that someone actually commissioned a study to “prove” what anyone with half a brain could see was obvious.  Remarkably there is still no cure for cancer.

Posted by Lee on 08/29/03 at 02:45 PM in Life & Culture  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Bombs In Baghdad
by Lee

The radical Islamicists are getting desperate.

A massive car bomb exploded at the Imam Ali mosque during Friday prayers in this holy city, killing 75 people, including one of Iraq’s most important Shiite clerics, a hospital official said.

A survey of Najaf’s medical facilities showed 75 dead and 140 wounded, many seriously, said Dr. Safaa al-Ameedi, chief doctor at the central hospital in the city, 110 miles southwest of Baghdad

Medical facilities were jammed with people looking for relatives who may have been hurt in the bombing, which occurred as thousands were pouring out of the mosque, he said.

The blast dug a crater about 31/2 feet wide in the street in front of the mosque and destroyed nearby shops. People screamed in grief and anger as they searched the rubble for victims. Nearby cars were torn into twisted hunks of metal by the explosion.

Among the dead was Ayatollah Mohammed Baqir al-Hakim, 64, who had just delivered a sermon calling for Iraqi unity at the shrine, the nation’s holiest.

This is the equivalent of the Reichtag burning, an act designed to inflame the passions of the populace at large.  By blowing up a mosque the perpetrators hope to turn the people against the American and British occupiers, and make it appear to the Islamic world that the West is trying to destroy Islam.  These are the last desperate acts of a dying regime—the death rattle is soon to follow.

Posted by Lee on 08/29/03 at 11:11 AM in The Religion of Peace™  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Rise of the MEChA
by Lee

Last night I was going to post on Arnold’s 1970s Oui interview, and how the media seem to be giving it significantly more attention than it deserves, but I got tired and went to bed.  Waking up this morning I find that Rod Dreher over in The Corner has made virtually the identical point.

“Good Morning America” just spent a big chunk of time reporting the controversy over Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 1977 interview with a dirty magazine, in which he talked about engaging in group sex and engaging in other sleazy behavior. ABC’s Jake Tapper reported on the possible political fallout, followed by a conversation between George Stephanopoulos and Charlie Gibson over how this could hurt Arnold politically with the “family values” Republicans. OK, fair enough. But there was no report about Cruz Bustamante’s defiant embrace of a racist Hispanic group, which to my mind has a lot more to do with how he would run California as governor than Arnold’s disco-era dalliances with strippers. Eh? I’m not crazy about Arnold, but if I were a California voter, I’d vote for him just to prevent Bustamante from bringing MEChAista values to the state’s highest office.

Exactly.

Posted by Lee on 08/29/03 at 10:19 AM in The Press Machine  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

You’re For Sale
by Lee

This is scary.

Almost everything is for sale on the Internet—even the Social Security numbers of top government officials like CIA Director George Tenet and Attorney General John Ashcroft, consumer advocates warned Wednesday.

The California-based Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights said for $26 each it was able to purchase the Social Security numbers and home addresses for Tenet, Ashcroft and other top Bush administration officials, including Karl Rove, the president’s chief political adviser.

That illustrates the need for stronger protections of personal information, the group said.

You wanna get freaked out?  Go to Google and type in your phone number.  Nothing is private any more.  I went to the SEC website one day a few years ago, and after about ten minutes of searching I was able to find out Bill Gates’ SSN.

Posted by Lee on 08/29/03 at 01:02 AM in Life & Culture  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Blog Alert
by Lee

Long time poster “Vero” has started his own blog.  Stop by Bowling for Howard Dean and say hi.

Posted by Lee on 08/29/03 at 12:56 AM in Etcetera  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Teeny See, Teeny Do
by Lee

Once again the idea is reaffirmed that nobody is responsible for anything that happens to them.

Attorneys general from 24 states have written a letter to the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) urging that filmmakers refrain from showing smoking on-screen, Reuters reported Aug. 26.

“We are hopeful you will use your best efforts again here to rally the industry from being a source of the problem,” the letter to MPAA President Jack Valenti said. “Simply by reducing the depiction of smoking in movies, the industry can protect our nation’s youth from the known perils of smoking.”

A recent study from Dartmouth University said that teenagers exposed to smoking in movies may be more likely to begin smoking themselves. “If the link between exposure to smoking in movies and smoking initiation proves to be causal, our data suggest that eliminating adolescents’ exposure to movie smoking could reduce smoking initiation by half,” the Dartmouth report said.

The World Health Organization also has called on Hollywood and the Indian film industry to cut back on smoking in movies.

So, teenagers will do what they see in movies.  By that logic, if we only showed images of teenagers in movies who shut the hell up, wear nice clothes, study hard, respect their parents, and refrain from premarital sex the country will instantly revert to the 1950s, right?  What crap.

Posted by Lee on 08/29/03 at 12:09 AM in Left Wing Idiocy  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Long Arm of the Law
by Lee

They got him.

The FBI has identified a teenager as the author of a damaging virus-like infection unleashed on the Internet and plans to arrest him early Friday, a U.S. official confirmed Thursday.

The 18-year-old, whose name and hometown was not immediately available, was accused of writing one version of the damaging “Blaster” infection, which spread quickly across the Internet weeks ago, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The official asked that further identifying information about the teenager not be disclosed until his arrest.

I’d like to repeatedly hit this kid in the testicles with a hammer.  Good for the FBI.

Posted by Lee on 08/29/03 at 12:02 AM in Etcetera  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Thursday, August 28, 2003

Get Into The Gap
by Lee

The gap-toothed slut does what she does best:

Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera gave a writhing tribute to Madonna on Thursday night as MTV presented its 20th annual Video Music Awards by reaching into its past. 

Dressed in the same kind of white bustier wedding dress that Madonna wore while performing “Like a Virgin” during 1984’s inaugural show, Spears and Aguilera gyrated on stage while singing a cover of the not-so-innocent tune. Then, while Madonna sang her new song “Hollywood” in an all-black outfit, she shared an open-mouthed kiss with both Aguilera and Spears - proving the former teen stars have come a long way since their Mouseketeer days.

What do you do when your singing career is virtually over?  Why, shock middle America!  (And sell out to advertise clothing.)

Posted by Lee on 08/28/03 at 11:43 PM in Celebrity Idiots  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Living History
by Lee

Transcripts and tapes of emergency calls from 9/11 have been released by the Port Authority.

Many callers were inaudible, yet the horror and hysteria of the morning when 2,792 people died jumps off the typed pages.

“Yo, I’ve got dozens of bodies, people just jumping from the top of the building onto ... in front of One World Trade,” says a male caller. “People. Bodies are just coming from out of the sky. ... up top of the building.”

“Bodies?” replied a female operator.

Yes, bodies.  And as the two year anniversary of the attacks drawn near, let us promise to never forget.  The media will whitewash the whole episode, much like they did last year.  We need to remember the pain, the anger, and the horror of the day forever, if for no other reason than to honor the memories of the people whose lives were taken.

(Link via Right On!.)

Posted by Lee on 08/28/03 at 09:33 PM in War on Terror/Axis of Evil  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Florida Bell
by Lee

Only Democrats could say this and mean it.

Unhappy with the mock poll results, the chairman of the California Democratic Party, former state Sen. Art Torres said yesterday that Taco Bell should stick to making tacos, not rigging elections.

Yes, my friends, Democrats are indeed as delusional as we always thought they were.

(Link via The Angry Clam.)

Posted by Lee on 08/28/03 at 09:31 PM in Left Wing Idiocy  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink
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