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Wednesday, June 08, 2011

D-Day Plus 2

As Paula reminded me twice, I failed to mention the anniversary of D-Day on Monday.  Since my father was a part of the events that took place that day, I should have made note of it.

As an attempt at amends, I'll post a photo taken in southern England just before the invasion of Nazi-occupied Europe commenced.  It depicts the 101st Airborne Division assembled for review on the parade ground.

The men in the front row are with Division Headquarters Company.  The man fifth from your left in the front row is Staff Sergeant Harold Fuhrman.

Click on the photo to enlarge it.

Two thoughts:

1) By this day, 67 years ago, my father was a prisoner of the Germans, having been captured in the hedgerows near Carentan, France, and would spend the rest of the war in German prison camps.

2) How many of the men in the photo never returned at all?  A haunting thought considering this: At the time of the invasion, the division numbered approximately 6,600.  By the end of the war, it had suffered 1,766 Killed In Action; 6,388 Wounded In Action; and 324 Died of Wounds.  That tabulation not including Missing In Action/POW's. (source)

A simple snapshot.  So much story to be told.

* Sorry about the poor quality photo.  The original looks good but the scan looks bad.  I'm trying again.

Byte-Wastingest Sentence of the Decade

From another one of those goofball mainstream columnists who look outside and see ... climate:

It may be beyond our power to control the climate, but we can determine it.

I don't even know what that means.

Or, put another way, if it means what I think it means, what's the freaking point?

Does The New Yorker actually pay Elizabeth Kolbert for such inanity?

For the love of God.

Obama Victorious


* Okay, this is a British story. But that doesn't preclude our president from rejoicing just the same.

I Don't Think You Need To Worry About That

Good grief:


As the song goes, "When you ain't got nothing, you got nothing to lose."

Did I Hear Obama Use The Word PANIC Yesterday?

We've come a long way from this:

"We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek. We are the hope of those boys who have so little, who've been told that they cannot have what they dream, that they cannot be what they imagine. Yes, they can."

To this, three years into his historic transformation of America as we knew it:

"Our task is to not panic."

Little did we know, when Obama was talking about "hope," that three years later we'd be hoping that America survives his reign.

So what are we going to do to fix this mess?

Here's Senate candidate George Allen:
Our economy is facing a crisis.

Yesterday it was reported that 6.2 million Americans, 45.1% of all who are currently unemployed, have been out of work for six months or longer- a higher percentage than during the Great Depression.

Tim Kaine and his liberal allies in Washington told us that the nearly $800 billion jobless stimulus bill would get our economy growing, calling it "the first flagstones in the road to recovery."

Even predicting unemployment would not rise above 8% if it is passed.

Instead unemployment is higher today now than when the jobless stimulus passed and our country is over $14 trillion in debt.

And what are the Washington Democrats' solutions? For more than two years they have failed to offer a budget and called for raising taxes and more spending - all while pushing through their government mandated health care monstrosity.

We need you to help us fight for a pro-growth agenda to reinvigorate our economy and create jobs. Volunteer and join us on Facebook and Twitter - together we will work for achievable solutions that will reign in our overreaching government, make America more competitive for job creation and unleash our American energy resources for America jobs and our national security.
A pro-growth agenda or more tax-and-spend (interspersed with a lot of babble about hope and stuff).

The choice is ours.

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Here's what's heartbreaking about all this.  Those "boys" to which Obama referred?  As things stand right now, they have less chance of finding a job when they graduate from college than any student in American history.

The tragic statistics:



It's enough to break your heart to see the American dream dashed and hope abandoned.

And If That Ain't Bad Enough ...

... kiss your health care coverage goodbye:
No, You Can't Keep Your Health Insurance
By Grace-Marie Turner, Wall Street Journal

ObamaCare will lead to a dramatic decline in employer-provided health insurance—with as many as 78 million Americans forced to find other sources of coverage.

This disturbing finding is based on my calculations from a survey by McKinsey & Company. The survey, published this week in the McKinsey Quarterly, found that up to 50% of employers say they will definitely or probably pursue alternatives to their current health-insurance plan in the years after the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act takes effect in 2014. An estimated 156 million non-elderly Americans get their coverage at work, according to the Employee Benefit Research Institute.

Before the health law passed, the Congressional Budget Office estimated that only nine million to 10 million people, or about 7% of employees who currently get health insurance at work, would switch to government-subsidized insurance. But the McKinsey survey of 1,300 employers across industries, geographies and employer sizes found "that reform will provoke a much greater response" and concludes that the health overhaul law will lead to a "radical restructuring" of job-based health coverage.

Many employees who will need to seek another source of coverage will take advantage of the health-insurance subsidies for families making as much as $88,000 a year. This will drive up the cost of ObamaCare. [link]
While many of us see the end of employer-provided health care coverage to be a good thing, the alternative today is either government-provided coverage or government-strangled private insurance coverage.  Either of which will prove to be breathtakingly expensive.

Remember a few short years ago Obama was promising to lower everyone's health care costs?  Now, these few years later, we have a new (enormous) welfare program established (called ObamaCare) for those who can't or won't provide for themselves - that we can't afford - and the cost of coverage for the rest of us is poised to soar beyond our means.

There is, at this point in time, no good solution to the problems we face being considered by anyone in Washington.  Because the "servants of the people" there only know how to "fix" things.  They don't know how to unfix them.

So our health care delivery system is imploding (along with the economy) and there's nothing being done about it.

May God have mercy on us.

Put Up Or Shut Up

While we're on the subject of frightened environmentalists we might as well touch on the dead bodies that litter our streets, a circumstance that has brought about dire warnings from "health experts" regarding the linkage between nasty man-made airborne chemicals - we'll call it pollution - and sick children.

Haven't seen any dead bodies?

Just wait.  Any day now ...

Speaking of those experts, we find out there's a Senate hearing coming up today in which they'll be able to tell their fabulous (fabulous as in based on or told of in traditional stories; lacking factual basis or historical validity) tales. About which JunkScience.com puts forth a challenge (see "Can Congressional Republicans be trained? JunkScience.com releases childhood asthma-air pollution fact sheet ahead of Senate hearing":
Senate Democrats will hold a show trial of sorts [today] about air quality and asthma in children. Because Congressional Republicans generally stink at such hearings, JunkScience is releasing this fact sheet to help them out.

Ambitious Committee members who really want to take down the air pollution-health effects myth may want to consider JunkScience.com’s March 2011 publication, “EPA’s Clean Air Act: Pretending air pollution is worse than it is.”

Really brave Republicans would demand that Sen. Boxer produce for thorough medical examination the children who are allegedly adversely affected by current air quality. Sen. Boxer couldn’t produce one of these children to save her life.  [emphasis mine]
As with the Alar scare from two decades ago (studies proved, after Hollywood celebrities made their tearful claims that children were dying from pesticides then being sprayed in apple orchards, that one would have to consume enough of the substance to choke a horse each day, for a century, in order to possibly - possibly - experience any side effects), this air-pollution-is-causing-all-kinds-of-plagues hysteria has little basis in fact, and a lot on emotions (then there's the correlation/causation trap).

So Babs Boxer is holding a hearing so that experts - and she - can emote.

Let that challenge not go unnoticed.  Watch to see if she produces a child - even one - who is suffering because of current air quality here in the U.S.

She won't.

No matter.  Let the circus begin.  Bring in the clowns.

I Never Thought He Was That Stupid

Epitaph:

Be gone, liar.  Darken our doorway never again.

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Schadenfreude.