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Sunday, August 23, 2009

Hysteria Sets In

People in the media these days are excoriating all those (mostly elderly) folks who are rousing rabble at various town hall meetings being held around the country, saying they are trying to block debate on the issues surrounding health care reform. Well, if this letter to the Roanoke Times is an example of "the issues," I think we're better off just screaming:
Selfish bigots masquerading as patriots

It has occurred to me that many Americans do not think we are in a health care crisis in spite of the mass health care fair held in Wise County just recently and another in Los Angeles with many turned away. Despite this fact, many of our citizens still feel we should stay with insurance companies that deny coverage for many, including noncoverage [sic] of what they consider pre-existing conditions.

This is unacceptable in a country supposedly with the best and finest health care in the world. So where's the beef?

Plainly, we are now a Third World country as far as our health care [sic]. I have, therefore, come to the conclusion that we as Americans are definitely eligible for a visit from Doctors Without Borders and require a continuing presence by this charitable organization in spite of our world-class health care. [link]
First, as I've mentioned before with regard to those free clinics, THEY'RE FREE. Give away cars at some well-publicized event and I'd bet crowds will show up too. I have a darn good insurance plan but I guarantee you, if someone wants to provide me with FREE dental work and FREE diagnostic tests, and I can save on my deductibles and co-pays, you can bet I'd be standing in line too. THEY'RE FREE. That's not to say that many who showed up over in Wise County for free care weren't in need. But it does say that you cannot condemn a system because a large number of people turned up at an event where free stuff was being given away.

Secondly, I'd suggest that the genius who thinks that "plainly, we are now a Third World country as far as our health care" needs to go live in a third-world country for a while and learn something. Or even to Britain where citizens have to pull their own teeth out with pliers because the system there (the kind I'm sure this guy wants us to adopt) is so broken that it can't provide them with even a modicum of dental care. I don't see anyone in Wise pulling their own teeth out with pliers. Not yet anyway.

And I'd suggest, respectfully, that he move before he writes a letter to a newspaper and reveals to the world his gross ignorance.

Enemies of the State

How else to think of those who work for the New York Times when you read articles like "Report Provides New Details on C.I.A. Prisoner Abuse" and find out that that abuse consisted of C.I.A. officers carrying out mock executions and threatening "at least one" prisoner with a gun and a power drill.

Abuse?

I've been more abusive to my own kids.

Take it somewhere else, scumbags. Somewhere where your efforts are actually appreciated.

Why They Love Single-Payer Is Beyond Me

Lefties in this country look longingly on Canada's health care system and want the U.S. to replicate it. But if we do so, where will Canadians (and Americans) go to get treatment? Mexico?
Canada sending patients to US for treatment
By Ed Morrissey, Hot Air

Barack Obama has a high opinion of the Canadian single-payer health-care system. In March, he lamented that the only thing separating us from Canada’s system was our “legacy” of employer-based health care, and of course free markets and private contracting, neither of which have been allowed in Canada. That may account for why Canada’s system, in an effort to reduce wait times, now contracts with American providers across the border:

"Hospitals in border cities, including Detroit, are forging lucrative arrangements with Canadian health agencies to provide care not widely available across the border.

"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.

"The agreements show how a country with a national care system — a proposal not part of the health care changes under discussion in Congress — copes with demand for care with U.S. partnerships, rather than building new facilities
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In this case, Canada has decided to contract with private services across the border to shunt off its excess demand. This costs more than reverting back to a private-market system, but it costs less politically. In the meantime, the ability to shorten wait times helps keep Canada from seriously addressing its problems, although probably not for very much longer.

And that’s good, too. Because when we adopt Canada’s system, we hope they’re smart enough to adopt ours, and those of us close enough to the border can slip across to get our health-care needs met. [link]

Funny.

But not.

Laugher Of The Day

I don't know if their tactic of trying to frighten human beings into action - or inaction - is working, but it is sure entertaining:
Global warming could change Earth's tilt
By Rachel Courtland, New Scientist

Warming oceans could cause Earth's axis to tilt in the coming century, a new study suggests. The effect was previously thought to be negligible, but researchers now say the shift will be large enough that it should be taken into account when interpreting how the Earth wobbles.

The Earth spins on an axis that is tilted some 23.5° from the vertical. But this position is far from constant – the planet's axis is constantly shifting in response to changes in the distribution of mass around the Earth. "The Earth is like a spinning top, and if you put more mass on one side or other, the axis of rotation is going to shift slightly," says Felix Landerer of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

The influx of fresh water from shrinking ice sheets also causes the planet to pitch over. Landerer and colleagues estimate that the melting of Greenland's ice is already causing Earth's axis to tilt at an annual rate of about 2.6 centimetres – and that rate may increase significantly in the coming years.

Now, they calculate that oceans warmed by the rise in greenhouse gases can also cause the Earth to tilt – a conclusion that runs counter to older models, which suggested that ocean expansion would not create a large shift in the distribution of the Earth's mass. [link]
The beginning of the next sentence provides all the information you need to determine what these "scientists" are all about:

"The researchers modelled the changes that would occur if ..."

Modelling. As in computer models. Those notoriously inaccurate predictors of the future. The elaborate programs that these guys develop simply to reinforce their hypotheses.

Global warming is tilting the Earth.

The Earth that has warmed all of 0.2° C.

They make me laugh.

He Pushed. We Push Harder.

Had the man come into office with a tiny bit of experience, he might not have tried this. Call it a learning experience:
Obama's Big Bang could go bust
By Mike Allen & Jim Vandehei, Politico

Barack Obama’s Big Bang is beginning to backfire, as his plans for rapid, once-in-a-generation overhauls of energy, financial regulation and health care are running into stiff resistance, both in Washington and around the country.

The Obama theory was simple, though always freighted with risk: Use a season of economic anxiety to enact sweeping changes the public likely wouldn’t stomach in ordinary times. But the abrupt swing in the public’s mood, from optimism about Obama’s possibility to concern he may overreaching, has thrown the White House off its strategy and forced the president to curtail his ambitions.

Some Democrats point to a decision in June as the first vivid sign of trouble for Obama. These Democrats say the White House, in retrospect, made a grievous mistake by muscling conservative Democrats in swing districts to vote for a cap-and-trade energy bill that was very unpopular among their constituents.

Many of those members were pounded back home because Democrats passed a bill Republicans successfully portrayed as a big tax increase on consumers. The result: many conservative Democrats were gun-shy about taking any more risky votes — or going out on a limb on health care. [link]
Ours is an increasingly conservative district. But with a very liberal congressman. Still, I think that if Rick Boucher had it to do all over again, he'd vote against that climate tax that he claims to be so supportive of. He's been beaten up enough to know that he made a grievous error.

And when it comes to health care, he's pretty much hiding in the closet till it's all over, hoping his fellow Democrats don't get him bounced from his comfortable digs in Washington by doing something that will further enrage the populace.

He has every reason to hide.