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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

ObamaCare Coming To a Town Near You

We often look to Britain or Canada to see what our nationalized health care program is going to look like once Obama twists it into the monstrosity he envisions. But we needn't look that far away. All we need do is look to the health care system provided by our government to America's veterans.

This will be you in a few years:
Miami vets get procedures with unsterile equipment
By Matt Sedennsky, Associated Press Writer

Miami -- A Veterans Affairs hospital here has notified thousands of patients that their colonoscopies were performed with improperly sterilized equipment, officials said Monday.

The hospital urged about 3,260 patients who had colonoscopies between May 2004 and March 12 of this year to get tests for HIV, hepatitis and other diseases.

The VA insisted the risk of infection was minimal, saying the tubing that was improperly cleaned didn't make contact with patients.

It was the second recent announcement of errors during colonoscopies at VA facilities. [link]
Good Lord.

Now Here's a Tourist Attraction

Rather than build hiking trails and bike paths intended to lure lice-infested, smelly - penniless - college students to Southwest Virginia, why not do more of that which actually works?
Speedway revs up Martinsville's dollars
The track's owner trumpets its value on the job-hungry region.
By Dustin Long and Michael Sluss, Roanoke Times

Martinsville -- Get through the numbers, formulas and prose and you get the point of the report: Racing is good. Good for cities, states, jobs and tourism.

That's the message the parent company of three NASCAR tracks is trying to send to residents, fans and even politicians this week as the Martinsville area gears up for one of its two big annual weekends of racing.

Martinsville's economic impact in Virginia is valued at $170 million. The track, according to the report, provides 2,824 jobs either directly or indirectly. [link]
$170 million. 2,834 jobs.

By comparison, Congressman Boucher's three-decade effort to boost the tourism industry has cost an estimated $170 million and has resulted in the creation of an estimated 12 jobs. And those are part-time and seasonal at that.

Me? I vote for a dozen more Martinsvilles.

The Law Works As Intended

When you can't wait for a 911 response ...
1 dead, one injured in Miami Burger King shooting
By Robert Samuels and Jennifer Lebovich, Miami Herald

One man was killed and another seriously wounded in a shootout inside a Miami Burger King on Tuesday, officials said.

Police said a man wearing a ski mask walked into the store at Biscayne Boulevard and 54th Street and demanded money from a clerk.

A customer, who has a concealed weapons permit, pulled a gun, said Officer Jeff Giordano, a Miami police spokesman.

The customer and robber exchanged fire.

The robber was shot dead at the scene.

The customer, who had several gunshot wounds, was taken to Ryder Trauma Center in serious but stable condition, said Lt. Ignatius Carroll, a Miami Fire Rescue spokesman. [link]
Let's hope for his speedy recovery.

Headline Of The Day

Comedy gold: Maxine Waters grills Geithner on the secret Goldman Sachs cabal or something

The Catholic Church, Lost In The Wilderness?

This comes to us from Ralph McInerny, "a writer of philosophy, fiction, and cultural criticism, who has taught at Notre Dame since 1955":
And now we have come to the point where the University of Notre Dame is publicly excluding itself from allegiance to and acceptance of one of the most fundamental of Christian moral truths, mentioned explicitly in the Didache and again and again over the centuries. Abortion is an essentially evil act, both from the viewpoint of natural morality and from the explicit teaching the Church. There is no way in which an individual, a politician or an institution can finesse that fact.

By inviting Barack Obama as commencement speaker, Notre Dame is telling the nation that the teaching of the Catholic church on this fundamental matter can be ignored. Lip service may be paid to the teaching on abortion, but it is no impediment to upward mobility, to the truly vulgar lust to be welcomed into secular society, whether on the part of individuals or institutions.
"Is Obama Worth a Mass?" "The Catholic Thing," March 23, 2009