Saturday, August 01, 2009

Still can't get my arms around this number

Open Thread

Today's Open Thread

This just in - 72% want Obama impeached?

So far, 77% of the 1,081,633 respondents say Obama is hurting the country.  Impressive numbers for any web poll.

Gummint Hijackers

The Obamacy: page 194

Why are Stephen King's horror novels so successful?   Because they're "can't put 'em down page turners."  The Obamacy is no different.  I face each new day filled with a, somehow exciting, macabre dread about what new Obama horror awaits me.  Just 194 days in office, and every day a new suspense.   Watch as Glen Beck guides you through the gummint website that shanghais your computer into gummint service.   I .. I feel  .. for some reason I feel like someone\'s put a cage around my head containing hungry rats.  GAK! Hurry.  Rat Poison gak .
Marc Miller

Udall's Health Care Lies

Tom Udall is a LIAR

Skyhawker Doug is lucky enough to live in NM, so he gets the Sen.Tom Udall Update.  He sent me this week's. My blog header asserts in part "that virtually all elected Democrats are liars."  Tom Udall is an unexceptional Democrat.  I've attempted to challenge his lies below.   One can only hope that New Messicans will catch on, and throw him down a volcano, along with his equally dishonest brother.

Udall Update
Dear Friend,

The issue of healthcare reform is particularly important to me because of the many stories that I have heard from you about the unnecessary hardships that New Mexicans face because of our broken healthcare system. Yesterday I spoke on the floor of the Senate and shared some of these stories with my fellow Senators.  Click the link below to hear the stories for yourself.

Tom Udall: Echoing Your Calls for Healthcare Reform (Video)

If we fail to pass a health reform plan, nobody wins.  If we keep the status quo, all New Mexicans will be worse off.  Please share your stories with me and together, we can demand change on this crucial issue.

Setting the Record Straight on Healthcare
There's a lot of noise in the healthcare debate right now.  All too often the voices of reason are drowned out by the misinformation of special interests and those who believe that inaction is the answer.  In reality, the basic objectives of healthcare reform are very clear.  Here's a breakdown of some of the myths that I've been hearing:

MYTH: Health reform will force me to accept a public plan.

FACT: If you like your health plan, you can keep it. If you like your doctor, you can keep her. All health reform will do is help lower your costs by cutting wasteful administrative spending and boosting competition.

MYTH:  Congress will not be forced to accept the public health insurance plan that they will force on everybody else.

FACT: This myth gets it exactly backwards. Right now, members of Congress have access to a quality health care plan that other Americans cannot buy into. One thing Barack Obama and I want to do is to give Americans and small businesses the ability to buy into a plan like the one I have. We also want to give all Americans access to a quality, affordable public health insurance option. No Americans will be forced to accept the public option, but right now millions of Americans are forced to accept no option.

MYTH:  A public health insurance option will put private plans out of business.

FACT: More than 30 states, including New Mexico, offer state employees a choice between private insurance and a state-backed public option. These states have not seen either private or public plans forced out of the market. Their employees just have more options.

MYTH:  Health reform will put a bureaucrat between me and my doctor.

FACT: Once again, supporters of the status quo have it exactly backwards. Right now, if you have private insurance, a private bureaucrat is paid to decide whether you can get the care your doctor recommends. Worse, the insurance company that person works for will often make more money if he denies your claim.

Health reform will not add a government bureaucrat to your private plan. It will make it illegal for that private bureaucrat to deny you coverage because your illness was the result of a preexisting condition. And it will make sure that your insurance company has to compete for your business, so they are less likely to make you jump through hoops just to get the care you need.

MYTH: Health reform will hurt Medicare.

FACT: Health reform will do a number of things to help Medicare recipients. As part of discussions surrounding health reform, the drug industry has pledged to provide seniors facing the "donut hole" gap in Medicare drug coverage with a discount of at least 50 percent, saving thousands of dollars for some seniors. Health reform will also simplify the application process for financial support for low-income seniors. It will also increase premium subsidies and decrease some copayments for Medicare's drug benefit. Finally, health reform will protect Medicare doctor payments and institute a number of measures to cut bureaucratic hurdles and improve the quality of care.

Medicare is more than a program; it is a commitment that America makes to its senior citizens. I would never support a health reform plan that betrays that commitment.

MYTH:  Health reform will hurt small businesses and the economy.

FACT: Actually, small businesses who want to provide health insurance will be some of the primary beneficiaries of health reform. Small businesses and individuals now pay an additional 30 percent in health care costs to cover the price of red tape, compared to just seven percent for large businesses. By helping small businesses to work together, health reform will cut costs dramatically and make it possible for small businesses to provide employees with health care just like the big ones. Health reform will also provide tax credits to small businesses, allowing them to provide the care their employees deserve.

Right now, American car companies pay roughly $1500 per car in health care costs for their employees. Japanese car companies pay about $150. Health reform won't just make America healthier; it will make us more competitive in the global marketplace. That means more jobs for American workers and a more prosperous future for our children.

That's it for this Udall Update.  Stayed tuned for more, or better yet, visit me on the web at your favorite social networking site.




Booze Garden Diplomacy

Tequila Sunrise

As one comedian observed, “Alcohol doesn’t resolve racial incidents, alcohol starts racial incidents.”

Statutory rape, definitely

A Legal Question

Thor asks ... .
Is this statutory rape???

.......... or just a moosedemeanor?

Stealing Woot's Content

Stealing content

Woot!  I love'em.  I want to believe their segue into selling today's Invicta watch is in response to this. The traveling OJ Simpson jury's insane  $675K judgment against a college student, for downloading and sharing 30 songs. Because now, thanks to the The Recording Industry Association of America, and the courts, you can't include even a 10 second soundtrack clip of Dion and the Belmonts on your YouTube video.  The AP has already made rumblings about disallowing use of any of their content, so you can see where this script's heading.  They're  all on my  list, and with the Barn Army practicing secret maneuvers as I speak, your time is just about up. And I mean all ratbastard canker blossoms. All.

As an aside, I actually had Henry Waxman in my dream last night.  I can't remember what was going on, but it had nothing to do with warm summer nights on a sandy beach.  A dark dream hangover persists.  Is this what they call hearing voices in your head?  Oh my.