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Saturday, February 27, 2010
Smoke ‘Em If You Got ‘Em
The LA Times has a disturbing article about burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan:
The military was throwing everything into these open burn pits, including medical waste and toxic chemicals. Congress is pushing them to use environmentally clean incinerators, but the process is slow.
Reading through the article, there does seem to be a bit of disease creep going on. Soldiers are blaming anything and everything on these burns pits, much of which is likely unrelated. But whether the burn pits are causing thousands of illnesses or two, this is something that should not have happened. Someone needs to be help responsible.
Posted by Hal_10000 on 02/27/10 at 12:04 PM in Politics Law, & Economics • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
Chile just got hit by an 8.8 earthquake, one nearly 800 times stronger than the one that hit Haiti, with tsunamis expected to go all the way across the Pacific.
While they will certainly need some help, the country remains functional and I predict that they will weather this far better than Haiti did. I’ve been to Chile many times and been impressed by its people and its productivity. Each time I have visited, new developments and business were going up. Their government has privatized their social security system and is very pro-free trade (although they still have some issues with building roads that last more than ten seconds).
Draw your own conclusions about the difference between the awful kleptocracy that runs Haiti vs. the capitalist democracy that runs Chile and how that translates in the safety and survival of their respective peoples.
Update: Amazing pictures of the devastation in Concepcion.
Friday, February 26, 2010
Ain’t if funny how news is reported based on the letter next to the people in charge’s name..
Remember when good old BushChimpy McHitler was in charge and stories were reported about his fascist expansion of power? Well my bet is that most of you have no clue that The House of Representatives reauthorized the Patriot Act for one year Thursday by a vote of 315-97. Guess the fact that the people in charge now have a (D) next to their name suddenly this critical issue has lost both its criticality and its fascist appeal. We get told that…
Yeah, sure. That’s why the MSM chose not to scream bloody murder about them not caring about it too: the usual BDS infected leftist tools in the MSM are too worried with helping the donkeys pass their government healthcare takeover and how to expand the public sector - it’s job creation, darn it! - at the expense of those of us that do work for a living. And that guy that ran against all things evil about Bush, and still blames Bush for everything that’s bad and takes credit for everything that Bush did that isn’t?
Yeah, I thought so.
Posted by AlexinCT on 02/26/10 at 10:36 AM in Left Wing Idiocy The Press Machine War on Terror/Axis of Evil • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
Things to ponder about our impending government healthcare takeover
I did not watch that 7+ hour freakshow that the democrats were hoping to use as a vehicle to paint the republicans as evil “no sayers” with no ideas or plans on healthcare with the help of the usual suspects in their controlled MSM – while anyone that had the ability to navigate a web browser and Google could see these donkeys were full of it – and I am glad I didn’t waste my time. The democrats pretended to care and to want bipartisanship, only they meant by bipartisanship that the republicans should do what they wanted and be happy about it. The leftist twits are now threatening reconciliation – a process that has never been used in the way they intend to abuse it, but we are talking about the party of the end justifies the means after all here – despite the public objection to this debacle. It is now or never and all or nothing with these fools. And they are continuing to pretend that they are doing it to help the country and the people economically, while also providing care to all those poor people that can’t afford it. How noble, but al bullshit. The end game still is to have government literally take over and control 1/5th of our economy. Not to mention get the power over life and death decisions. Fun stuff, but I want to talk about the cost to us tax payers.
Here is a little tid-bit that the Obamacare healthcare takeover by big government plan that the democrats are still pushing on us, despite the obvious fact the thing is hated (they know what’s better for us rubes!), that we all should keep in mind every time these retards running the country right now tell us their plan will save us money in the long run: they are going to tax us for 10 years to provide us with 6 years of DMV style government controlled healthcare.
That’s right. They will start taxing us the moment the ink dries on that 2400 or 2600 page – depending if it is the Senate or House version of the government healthcare takeover bill – monstrosity, but we will not see a single benefit for 4 years. After that, they will tightly control what we can get and when too. To keep costs down, you know.
So I guess, as I was thinking this out, I was truck by the question “what happens after the next 10 years?”. Do they then stop providing 4 years of services at the end of the 10 years, while they continue to tax us, and then pick it back up and, offer services for the next 6 like they did in the first iteration? Rinse and repeat the same cycle going forward? Yeah, I know. I am just being a dick, but I am pointing out the obvious: only a moron believes that this plan will save the country any money, let alone break even, and only craven liars would say so. Considering how good these democrats are at the truth however, one can’t be surprised. And I will go on a limb and make the prediction that even after they have collected 4 years of taxes before they allow us to get a single benefit, it won’t take more than a year or 18 months for this thing to be in the red, and by the end of the next 6 years it will have cost us at least twice as much as the Obamanauts are now saying it will.
We all know that they will not stop providing services for 4 out of the 10 years they will tax us. So, in the end, this thing is going to force them to look for some more cost cutting measures. That’s when you get the long Canadian-style waiting periods, and the soon to come European-style age limits at which the doctors will simply tell you the cost vs. the return isn’t worth it, and that you the patient should go make sure you have your funeral plans put together. But that’s not going to be able to address the cost of “free healthcare”. So what we will get is more deficit spending and taxes levied on us all. And then maybe sooner than later, the same destiny as Greece is currently going through. Don’t worry. Once we become a two bit Marxist state, we can all be equally as miserable. That is, unless we are lucky enough to be one of the elite. Unfortunately too many morons think they are going to be part of that elite group, but as history has shown, these kind of elite like their groups small and tight. What’s even more saddening is the large group of losers that are content with crap simply because it means others can do no better either. That’s social justice in a nutshell for ya.Close this post...
Posted by AlexinCT on 02/26/10 at 09:10 AM in Decline of Western Civilization Elections Election 2010 Europe and the UK Left Wing Idiocy Politics Law, & Economics The Press Machine • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
Thursday, February 25, 2010
The Day In Summits
Here’s the Conservative Hope De Jour, Paul Ryan:
In the end, I think we are fighting an uphill battle against both parties, however. The Republicans have essentially conceded that insurance companies should not be able to “discriminate” against people based on pre-existing conditions. I don’t have to rehash what a black hole that is for insurance companies. Conceding that point basically ends the whole debate and sends us somewhere near Obamacare. Because to prevent people from not buying insurance until they are sick, you have to have a mandate. And if you’re not going to allow major medical insurance—i.e., cheap insurance with high deductibles and copays—you have to subsidize. And if you’re giving people discounted insurance, the costs are going to explode until an external constraint—rationing—is applied. When you concede the pre-existing condition part, the opposition to Obamacare becomes mostly partisanship.
The fundamental problem is that too many Americans—and way too many politicians—don’t understand what health insurance is. They literally think it’s a way to get free healthcare; a magical money generator. The idea that it is simply a way of distributing healthcare costs—over the span of your life and among your fellow insured—does not compute. I can still remember, when I was in grad school, the puzzled look on students’ faces when they were told that adding birth control pill coverage to their insurance would increase their insurance rates by the amount the pills cost. They literally could not wrap their minds around the idea that they couldn’t get free birth control pills out of the insurance company.
However, there is a way around this bullshit which Paul Ryan and others are trying to find. Mostly, you need to do is to sever the link between insurance and employment and encourage—not outlaw—high deductible insurance. This will make it far easier for people to get insured and stay insured in the first place. You could buy a policy out of college and it would last you, with some changes, until retirement. High-deductible policies would bring consumer pressure to bear on prices. And over time, such a program would massively reduce the pre-existing condition problem by keeping people from having to change insurance every time they turn. (Read this for a great piece of personal policies vs. employer policies).
But that reform wouldn’t allow for a yearly pageant of promising more spending and “efficiency” during the State of the Union Address. It wouldn’t allow the parties to accuse each other of gutting the healthcare system. So it’s out.
(I am disappointed to learn that Ryan voted for Medicare Part D. I would like to hear him comment on this and explain his reasons. But the hysterical cries of “hypocrite!” in some corners are overblown. Of all the hypocrisy, lying and numbers juggling going on, Ryan’s ranks very low on the scale. No one else has a real proposal to cut long-term Medicare costs. And the alternative to Ryan would be a Republican or a Democrat who supports Medicare Part D and has no plan for constraining the long-term deficits.)
The relationship between Obamacare and the tax payer
Hamas Has No Soon
Read the whole thing. There’s also speculation that Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, the fat fuck who was killed in a Dubai hotel room, was sold out by an insider.
It’s amazing how easy it is to get these guys to turn on each other. Yousef appears to have turned on religious and ethical principles. You have to wonder just how many more are being turned by bribery or being caught by the Mossad in a hotel room with another man, three sheep and a Buick.
Posted by Hal_10000 on 02/25/10 at 10:17 AM in War on Terror/Axis of Evil • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
The LaHood Paradigm
Ray LaHood, our secretary of transportation, is a Republican. It says so right on his Wikipedia page. Of course, that’s not stopped him from telling people to stop driving Toyotas—wouldn’t want competition for Government Motors. Or eliminating cost-effectiveness rules for massive useless government transportation projects.
Today, he’s been front and center in Congress’ hearings on the Toyota recall, which have involved slightly less grandstanding than the steroid hearings. And, apparently, he was sick the day they taught about tradeoffs in school.
But it gets even better. LaHood is now pushing for a federal ban on texting while driving, apparently using the highway funds to blackmail the states again. He even wants cars fitted with a device that would block cell phone and possibly GPS signals. Good luck calling 911 when you’re in an accident!
I’m not going to defend morons on cell phones. I almost crashed into one of them the other day when he pulled out into traffic during a snowstorm. But as Balko points out in the link above, our highways are safer now than they have ever been, despite the explosion of cell phones, pagers, iphones, ipods, ipads, ibooks, etc.. Distracted driving is nothing new as anyone who has kids, a car radio, a cup holder or an adventurous girlfriend in the passenger seat can tell you. Can’t we even discuss this before we impose something draconian?
Nope. Not according to LaHood. There are no tradeoffs. There are no acceptable risks. The objective is zero traffic fatalities. Whatever has to be done to get there is worth it.
Expand this lesson as needed for everything else the government does.
Posted by Hal_10000 on 02/24/10 at 07:47 PM in Politics Law, & Economics • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
I want to throw this out for discussion. Via Glenn Greenwald, I find what is, to me, a surreal discussion at Newsweek about whether Joe Stack—the Austin airplane guy—was a terrorist or not. To me, this isn’t even a question. I have a fairly solid definition of a terrorist—someone who uses violence or the threat of violence outside the legitimate theater of war against the innocent to advance a political agenda. Joe Stack meets that definition. He crashed a plane into a building and killed innocent people to advance whatever lunacy was in his statement. But Newsweek seems confused:
Yes, yes and yes. McVeigh was a mass murderer, but he was certainly a terrorist. Someone protesting against big government or even a government they consider evil can organize politically, can write, can agitate, can defect to another country, can defect to an enemy. Those last may be treasonous, but they are not terrorism. But when you drive a truck-bomb up to a building full of innocent people because you want to foment a revolution, that’s pretty much the definition of terrorism. I haven’t completed my study of the colonial era, but I have yet to find an instance of the Patriots protesting taxes by blowing up buildings. The closest they got to terrorism was the occasional tarring and feathering.
Maybe not be Newsweek, but I certainly think the American people thought it was terrorism. ALF goons who firebomb animal research labs are terrorists. And men who murder abortion doctors are terrorists. Why are we even having this discussion? Why is Newsweek playing the “it’s not terrorism when Americans do it” game? Where does that game even exist outside of their office?
But maybe I’m a whinging lefty wingnut pansy. Do you guys see the distinction? Did someone mix crazy pills in with my Azithromycin? Is Joe Stack a terrorist or not?
Update: Just as I wrote this, a friend sent me this definition of a terrorist from the Patriot Act:
How does this not apply?
To be fair, Newsweek may be arguing a cultural theme—whether Americans consider guys like Stack to be terrorists, not whether they are terrorists. Their discussion is very confused and obtuse—it’s hard to know what they’re arguing about. In either case, however, they’re full of shit. Joe Stack was a terrorist and I think most Americans would consider him a terrorist. Just not the media, I guess.
You could not have made a better commerical…
Our friends on the left that want to have government take over healthcare often site the Canadian system as an example of how it should be. Of course, people also point out how many Canadians are forced to jump the border to get quality and timely car they can not get when government bureaucracy runs healthcare. Now we seem to have the case of Newfoundland and Labrador Premier, Danny Williams, whom opted to come to the US for care (while it is still possible). When questioned by the press about why he did something like that his answer was “My heart, my choice”. Funny that how the collectivist healthcare system that the left wants to straddle us here with tends to deny everyone but the elite that choice, as this case again proves.
So in order to save some cash they send him home and told him to come back in 6 months. When he did, they diagnosed him with a critical condition and offered him 20 year old surgical procedures as the solution. Faced with that dilemma he then opted to…
And his choice faced with this limitation of his country’s healthcare system was to go to the US - where I should add that the government had not taken over control of healthcare yet and turned the thing into a disaster - to get the surgery he needed, without having to endure a 20 year old painful and dangerous medical procedure. You know why the Canooks had to offer him that 20 year old chest cracking procedure, right? Because in order to control the skyrocketing cost of “free healthcare”, innovation and technological advancements have to be abandoned. Not to mention that he was probably worried that something as complex as that procedure might have a low survival probability, to save costs, you know. OK, I was just kidding about that last part there, but the humor is in the fact that that’s not too far from the truth.
Anyway, that’s the system we will soon have if Obama and the democrats get their way. One for them, and something like the Canadians have for us peasants.
Posted by AlexinCT on 02/23/10 at 11:20 AM in Health Care Left Wing Idiocy Politics Law, & Economics • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
The gravy train is gonna cost us more than they told us..
In the age of “Hope and Change” deficits no longer matter it seems. This even as a Tax Policy Center released a
For those that are numerically challenged, this means that the difference between all the goodies that the collectivists want to farm out reported in this analysis and the tax intake of Uncle Sam in this business hostile environment are going to leave us with an unbelievable additional $4.9 trillion in new debt. Of course, knowing the way collectivists operate, they will simply raise taxes - and likely also spending - and then be flabbergasted when we end up with something close to a $7 trillion gap.
Posted by AlexinCT on 02/23/10 at 08:46 AM in Decline of Western Civilization Elections Election 2010 Left Wing Idiocy Politics Law, & Economics The Press Machine • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
There is some good news out there - other than the AGW climategate scandal finally ending the death grip the AGW cultists had on the issue, and finally allowing real science to take a look at this issue which will sooner than later kill the AGW cult - and that is that the donkey crime syndicate ACORN is going through tough times and giving up on its national structure. Now, I am not stupid enough to think this is end of these bastards, and would not be surprised that all this leads to is a rebirth under a different name with the exact same agenda and criminal behavior to push that agenda to follow, but in the short term it means a victory for the people that actually do have a problem with this kind of special interest group, masquerading as a community organization intended to help people, pushing a destructive agenda that favors the politicians that enact that agenda. If they are going to just lay low and come back again to do more of the same, there is an election this year after all, I recommend they use the name “Donkey Mafia”. Feel free to suggest your own names as well in the comments.
Posted by AlexinCT on 02/23/10 at 08:29 AM in Elections Election 2010 Left Wing Idiocy The Press Machine • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
Monday, February 22, 2010
Thirty Years Ago Today
The Impossible ... Happened:
Enjoy. I was seven going on eight at the time. I don’t remember seeing the game. I do remember everyone talking about it and the excitement and patriotism that swept through the nation.
Yet another one bites the dust…
So now it looks like the drastically rising oceans, the apocalyptic end game the AGW church has warned us would happen if we refused to accept the collectivist government takeover of our freedoms and cash, was also, erm, exaggerated?
OK, so now we are told that they are unsure of the rise. That’s bull of course because what was likely found is that they have no science to prove this idiotic claim. So now even the threat of Waterworld is gone? No melting glaciers, no disappearing North Pole or ice in the Himalayas, no oceans rising… WTF? What’s left? What’s the impending catstrophe that should scare us all into letting them take away our freedoms and cash in return for, well nothing but an overarching government that has control of every aspects of our lives by limiting our access to energy and controlling our purchase power?
All the fear mongering we used to say was bunk and based on bunk science, is now proven as bunk. That’s why it was retracted. Asked to prove with science their claims, one by one, they are being retracted, or drastically revised, to a point that the end result is a statistical insignificance. And yet, the defenders of the AGW cult are still hard at work trying to make not only like they still have the science behind them, but that the onus is on the “deniers” to disprove the AGW claims, even though now it is a given that the underlying data, methodology, and the projected damage all are outright falsehoods or exaggerations. Even worse, people are starting to see that the real big money influences were not from the people that the AGW cultists demonized, but by the very priests of the AGW cult, which have all made millions, and stood to make billions more, scamming us all.
If the AGW watermelon cultists had any sense, they would drop this lost cause and go invent the next big lie they are going to glom on to try and convince us to let them create their global wealth redistributing collectivist government for the elites by. Of course they will not. They will continue to try and lie & bluff their way through this – after all, they have a complacent and willing media that has so far ignored the scandalous behavior by them – and in the process make sure we all know this is a fanatical cult based more on faith than any kind of science.
Posted by AlexinCT on 02/22/10 at 11:50 AM in Decline of Western Civilization Politics Law, & Economics Religion and Sky Pixies Science and Technology The Press Machine Tooting My Own Horn • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
Managing Healthcare Competition
The Democrats continue to put the lie to the idea that what they really want for health insurance is enhanced competition. Viz:
What’s driving this is the screaming anger over Wellpoint raising their rates by 39%. But this the exact wrong way to approach legislation. It should not be informed by individual horror stories and outrages. Healthcare markets should not be tipped and twisted based on the behavior of a single company. The reality of healthcare needs to be found in the data, not in whoever happens to grab a microphone and complain about their insurer.
And in the case of Wellpoint, there are specific reasons not to inform legislation from this:
Read the whole thing. The WSJ also points out that Wellpoint was the company that release a study last October indicating the Obamacare would massively raise insurance premiums. So they were already in the gunsights of the Democrats. The rate hike—a rate hike forced on them by California regulations—is being use as an excuse for political revenge.
This is a preview of what is to come under Obamacare. Weekly shrieking about some vile insurer who hasn’t broken the law but is “greedy”. Daily bleats about rising insurance rates. Monthly assault on companies that are unpopular or have made bad political gambles. No actual competition in the healthcare marketplace. All leading, the Democrats hope, to a thunderous push toward socialized medicine.
There is no need for the GOP to cooperate with this piece of shit. They don’t need to become an instruments of the Democrats’ perverse desire to micromanage the economy.
Update: A great quote from one of McArdle’s commenters on the popularity of some of the provisions of the healthcare bill vs. the unpopularity of the bill as a whole:
That’s how I feel. Sure, I’d love to get rid of pre-existing condition screenings and get subsidies for my health insurance. But that doesn’t come without a whole bunch of taxes and regulations. I wised up to the “put the yucky pill in ice cream” trick by the time I was three.
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