Friday, September 11, 2009

Some answers for Fung?

Why Did People Become White?


IOC sounding like spoiled children

Crain's is reporting that Michelle Obama, not the president, will go to Copenhagen to represent Chicago before the IOC. That means "the odds on Chicago's Olympic bid just got longer." The IOC knows all about our bid, and knows Obama supports it, but apparently somehow he needs to get on an aeroplane and fly over there in order to prove it to them. (And I'm not sure he's actually president anyway.)

"Mr. Obama’s absence could be a major blow to Chicago’s bid with weeks to go before the vote. Heads of state have become an expected part of the bidding process since 2005 (ooooh, it's a tradition that stretches all the way back to... last time? Ed.) when British Prime Minister Tony Blair convinced the IOC to send the 2012 Games to London ... Mr. Obama told Mr. Rogge earlier Friday that he wouldn’t be able to attend the IOC meeting in Copenhagen."

Can we send Tony Blair? He's a proven veteran, after all...

"'She's not the president,' said Rob Livingstone, who runs the Toronto-based Web site, which tracks the race to host the Olypmics. 'The IOC members are hoping for the president.'"

Waaaaah for them. I'm still hoping for a pony.

"Bid watchers, however, smell a smoke screen that Mr. Obama might ultimately show up on Oct. 2 in Denmark."

I await the Lou Dobbs poll on that possibility.

White meat only

Yeah, I read the post below. The bill clearly states that illegal immigrants aren't covered. NPR had a good piece on this the other day. Excluding the people who think that everything Obama says or writes is untrue, there are a few who have legitimate concerns. Illegal immigrants could still potentially falsify records to receive treatment. Or when they do seek treatment they could either impose costs or be turned away.

I just think that the right-wing has no real solutions to these problems. Close the border. Ha! And the oceans? It isn't to difficult to see the unveiled racism. The new bill may not have tough enforcement provisions or procedures for weeding out illegal immigrants, but what would the right-wing have us do without adding to government bureaucracy (which the also hate)? Maybe just give the doctor a skin tone chart to check if someone is white enough to get treatment? That would exclude many illegals and have the added benefit of excluding legal blacks, hispanics, arabs and indians.

I just love where pro-life ends. After the umbillical cord is cut. Pro-life means that after you are born, others have the right to deny you medical care, sustinance, education, housing, employment, justice, etc. Even if you will die without it. I can't believe this type of hostility to fellow human beings is really a beneficial, adaptive, competitive trait.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Bill "Always Wrong" Kristol really not even trying to not be wrong anymore

The health care system is in swell shape, and besides, isn't doing nothing always better than doing anything anyway?

"There is no health care crisis, and doing no harm is far preferable to doing real damage to a good health care system."

With apologies to QT, The Case for Zero Tolerance of Modern School Administrators continues (cont'd)

The Arlington Independent School District, which passed on airing President Barack Obama's live classroom address, has announced that some students will be bussed off campus to hear a message from former President George W. Bush on Sept. 21.
"Arlington school officials said they wouldn’t show [Obama's address] live because they didn’t want to interrupt lessons," and, on a related note, appear to be fullas#i+.

It's a sign of the times (cont)

Lawyers, bankers cash in on fantasy football

"That Monday, [Olszewski] came in the office, and he was bummed out," said Anthony Giaccone, president of Intermarket Insurance. "He asked, 'Why can't we buy insurance for fantasy team players?' "

That's the American way - taking someone's lemons and making lemonade that makes someone else lots of money. Anybody think Parcers needs fantasy insurance?

Well, somebody was lying

Wilson had, in an emotional expression, proven Obama's point: the summer of town halls had been less a discussion than a circus, a forum where misinformation was vindicated by passion, where disrespect was elevated as a virtue. Now the circus had come inside Congress. (Yay! I love the circus... and an elephant just took a crap in the center ring... and slid through it... Ed.)

The President's seemingly simple statement, that "the reforms I am proposing would not apply to those who are here illegally," is not hard to check. In the Senate Finance Committee working framework for a health plan, which Obama's speech seemed most to mimic, there is the line: "No illegal immigrants will benefit from the health care tax credits." (Hey Joe -- it's on page 4... Ed.) Similarly, the major health care reform bill to pass out of committee in the House, H.R. 3200, contains a Section 246, which is called, "NO FEDERAL PAYMENT FOR UNDOCUMENTED ALIENS." ... He was claiming something — benefits for illegal immigrants — that is expressly prohibited in the major legislative efforts in both houses of Congress.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Hey America - Steinberg just called ya yeller

The only thing we have to fear...

I don't know why Europeans are so much better at change than we are ... For whatever reason, France -- no stranger to tradition -- could scrap its 350-year-old franc and embrace the euro while we can't even replace dollar bills with sturdier dollar coins.

Part of it is leadership vacuum -- our politicians continually run for re-election, and who wants to risk alienating the generous zinc industry by scrapping the penny? Americans resist change, not because we love the status quo, but because we're terrified that whatever comes next will be worse. That isn't a laudable national quality, but then we didn't invent timidity either. As Hamlet muses, we'd "rather bear those ills we have, than fly to others that we know not of. Thus conscience does make cowards of us all."

And there is a definite cowardly feel to this moment in American history. Serious problems face us, yet the public howl is for inaction.

A religion, explained

LoC Twitter outburst has Cholly talking in circles

"I definitely am not going to get away from him... We're going to work with him. And we're going to get him back to where he can get consistent and go out there and save games... I'm not saying he'll close tomorrow or the next day.... We're talking a real fine line... My gosh, this is quite a tasty squirrel..."