I’ll certainly join you in distaste for V-Day when people buy half-dead flowers for too much money and jewelers push over-priced diamonds with their guilt-trip TV commercials. We should show love and affection everyday and it doesn’t take money to do it.
So sorry you are sick and I hope you get well quickly. (I know the feeling of wondering if it will ever end or if this is it – horrible and miserable) Feel Better.
this is what the obots in my life are passing around –
How can ObamaCare be bending the cost curve down when it hasn’t even taken effect yet? What we’re seeing is a lot fewer people with health insurance and no cash to go to the doctor. The amount of money spent on entertainment has gone down, too. The guy who wrote the article is an idiot. I’m surprised Forbes prints his stuff.
A new Congressional Budget Office report out last week has the healthcare world scratching its head over the possibility that Obamacare might—in part—be responsible for what is being described as a significant slowdown in the growth of healthcare costs in America.
But ObamaCare hasn’t taken effect yet. How does the CBO credit it with the slowdown in health care costs – unless it’s ObamaCare’s “effects” – like layoffs and employers reducing health insurance benefits in anticipation keeping people away from the doctor. The only people who have benefited from ObamaCare so far are people like the 26 year-olds who are now still “children”. But that would only affect health INSURANCE costs, not the cost of any health care they receive. I suppose the number of doctors who no longer see MediCare patients might be affecting the number of seniors who can get the health care they need., which would drive the cost of their health care down. The costs of digitizing health records haven’t had a chance to be amortized yet. My PCP says it’s not “cheaper”, just easier to share info. The last time I saw her, the system had gone down for the day. Fortunately, I had been a patient long enough, she still has paper records for me. Most doctors still maintain both. I’m “scratching my head”, too.
And while I have a real understanding of why parents are worried about their kids coming off of their insurance, I also worry about how we are infantilizing our young adults. My son, as a cancer survivor, knew he needed a full time job with health insurance benefits when he no longer qualified to be on his parents’ insurance. It was a strong motivator to “find himself” before he turned 23.
Self, are these Obots in my life really, really necessary?
J. Geils lives near Catarina and me. He sometimes pops up at “local venues”.
And NYC once again proves that legislating that a problem be *poof* solved by decreeing “it shall be so” leads to stupidity and abuse, and unintended consequences.
There is a law that all homeless people must have a roof provided by the city. Instead of making sure the city could actually do that, and coming up with a plan before they passed the stupid law, they just passed it. Because, after all, who could vote against such an altruistic law, you hater?!
Uh huh. So now the city is over a barrel, and shyster landlords are reaping the benefit, charging the city millions to house the homeless on the upper west side. What’s sad is that in the comments, so many are railing at the landlord (who is indeed likely scum), but placing no responsibility at all on the dumb law and wishful thinking that created the problem.
Look, we all want to help the homeless. But dumb laws and stupid programs that were not thought out only cause more problems than they solve. Laws are not magic. You could legislate tomorrow that everyone in the country be happy and warm and well-fed….. And?
Have we raised an entire generation who think that reality WILL conform to their unicorn dreams, if only they can get a govt body to pass a law saying IT SHALL BE SO?
The problem is that people refuse to see past the “good intentions” part. Whether it is keeping us safe from terrorism or helping the homeless, or making sure everyone and anyone can get a home loan, they seem to think that passing a bunch of laws will solve the problem.
Um, no. Often it creates more problems, that we then pass even more laws to deal with, which brings us to a creeping authoritarianism across the board. That’s not to say that we should do *nothing* about those problems. Of course not. But a little humility and caution in the face of reality is in order.
Can we help? Sure we can. But we are not going to create Utopia via governmental decree.
Many people aren’t really interested in actually helping the poor, they’re interested in relieving their guilt and feeling superior because they “care” so much more than anybody else. Supporting a law is one way to do that without ever having to get your hands dirty.
Ace has a great piece up about some in the media (specifically Lamont Hill) giving legitimacy to Dorner.
Please imagine a scenario in which there is a fugitive who killed four people, two of them police officers, wounded four others, taunted the families of his innocent victims, held a couple hostage for days, and led one of the largest manhunts in recent history because he felt the government was too overbearing a force, spending too much money, and taking too much freedom from its citizens. Imagine his manifesto referenced issues about which I care deeply, such as the need for entitlement reforms and the need for charter schools and school choice, and name-checked Bill O’Reilly and Tucker Carlson as admired figures. And, I went on TV and said this:
“There’s no waste here, though. I mean, this has been an important public conversation that we’ve had about entitlement reform, about some of endangered liberties, and about school choice. I mean, this is serious business here. I don’t think it’s been a waste of time at all.
And, as far as [Quadruple Murderer] himself goes, he’s been like a real-life superhero to many people. Now, don’t get me wrong, what he did was awful, killing innocent people is bad. But when you read his manifesto, you read the message that he left, he wasn’t entirely crazy. He had a plan and a mission, here. And, many people aren’t rooting for him to kill innocent people; they’re rooting for someone who was wronged to get a kind of revenge against the system. It’s almost like watching ‘Red Dawn’ in real life. It’s kind of exciting.”
First of all, we’d never be having this conversation on TV, because it’s a warped and deeply insensitive conversation to have. Quite the opposite: as a conservative, I would have been forced to carefully distance and denounce for a week straight (and, by the way, would be required to do this even if there were no evidence the murderer shared my belief system, as in the case of Jared Loughner). Never would there be a discussion of whether we should consider whether the murderer had a legitimate grievance, nor should there be.
You have lost the privilege of a “national conversation” about your grievances once you have killed four fellow citizens. If anything, I would curse the perpetrator not just for his murders but for making it nearly impossible for me to speak publicly about the concerns he, regrettably, shared with me.
Sorry, not Ace. It’s Mary Katherine Ham on HotAir.
Alice Boland, who passed a background check and legally bought a gun, is Exhibit 'A' of a broken system. bit.ly/YXUITS— Lindsey Graham (@GrahamBlog) February 14, 2013
That’s what bugs me about background checks. The ex cop, ex military murderer who just died, not only passed a background check, he passed a psych eval as well. In fact, our government actually trained him. The same is true for the guy who just shot Cris Kyle and Chad Littlefield, he was armed and trained by the US Gov. Again the Fort Hood shooter, trained, armed, and authorized by the US Gov.
We act like the Gov is qualified to screen people and decide who is sane and responsible enough to carry a gun, but in reality they don’t have a very good track record.
One would think that claiming insanity as a defense to any crime would preclude one from owning a gun. LOL.
Dr. Carson reminding Obama he’s President of “all of us”.
Keenan also addressed the language barrier – noting there are 400 students in the school who don’t speak English.
She feared they “wouldn’t understand the concept of having to bring a card or get a card.”
400 kids who don’t speak English?
School is doing these kids a huge disservice. It’s almost liek they want to keep them vulnerable & second-class.
It’s almost liek they want to keep them vulnerable & second-class.
Bingo. Along with minorities and women, it’s the Dem party way. Took us long enough to notice. But the cat is out of the bag. Meow.
I just noticed the same thing… maybe they should just let them not have to speak English, so they can feel more at home in our schools
Republicans are red, Democrats are blue, The country's gone to hell, I wish Obama would too #HVD— votermom (D) (@votermom) February 14, 2013
LOVE THIS! Retweeted!
@sistertoldjah Radicals pose the nonsensical for the poor so rational opposition can be characterized as dislike for the poor— Ralph Gerra (@rgerra) February 14, 2013
Speaking of sick on Valentines day – my older kid is home with vague aches (hoping it’s not the flu) and my ear hurts (sinus?0
Sorry. Hope you both feel better soon.
Motrin is better than chocolates today
time to get some lefties wee-weed up
Happy Valentine's Day two couples who've been together since high school: Sarah & Todd Palin, Ann & Mitt Romney. #TrueLove— votermom (D) (@votermom) February 14, 2013
Picked up over 13,000 new followers on #twitter since last night! Im going to start drinking #water in the middle of all of my speeches!— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) February 13, 2013
Good piece by one of the more thoughtful libertarian bloggers, Protein Wisdom, on the death of the woman after the 33 week abortion – a procedure done not because her life was in danger, but because the baby might have a seizure disorder. It’s not about pro-abortion vs pro-life per se. It’s about how the media carries water and prevents discussion, and paints any reservations or concerns at all as wild-eyed every-sperm-is-sacredism.
While I remain pro-choice, it bothers me that any discussion of very real dangers, abuses, and lack of oversight of abortion providers is swept under the rug for fear of “giving ammunition” to the pro-lifers. Some abortion clinics receive less oversight than a veterinarian’s office. The rules that exist are bent and ignored in the name of “access”. This is wrong. And it needs to be discussed.
The abortion industry seems to be a federally protected class. So basically we’re at the “legal, but not that safe, and definitely not rare” state of affairs.
As far as this case, imo, when the woman says “I want a kid, I am willing to be pregnant, there is no pregnancy health risk to me, but based on prenatal tests, I just don’t want this kid” that’s eugenics. That late in the pregnancy, why not just have the baby and give it up for adoption or state-wardship?
Thank goodness that the world is one happy place where nothing bad or gut wrenching is happening thereby allowing MsNBC to speak at great length about Marco Rubio swigging water – 155 times throughout the day with the loop being shown 101 times on Madcow’s Show.
Aw, that little piglet is so cute I could just eat it up!
And one day I will!
Very cute lol!
It is very disturbing to me that this sort of breathtaking ignorance of free speech could come out of the mouth of an elected official in the United States of America:
‘No one has a right to make fun of anyone. You have a right to speak, but no one has a right to disparage another person. It’s not a First Amendment right,’ Mr Smith told local news site Savannah Now.
So Dems want to limit the 2nd amendment, the 1st amendment, and of course recently they’ve limited the 5th amendment. Oh yeah, and many want to just ditch the constitution all together. Well, at least they’re consistent.
……waiting for the incubation period from recent ER room exposure to run to join myiq and others in sicky-wickey land.
Reaching for buc……
Come on…I’m not much of a Valentines day fan either but it is the only day you can get huge chocolate covered strawberries at the local grocery store. I bought 12 of them on the way into work. MMMMmmmmm.