Happy Freakin’ Valentines Day

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Today is officially my least-favorite holiday of the year. Plus I’m sick as a dog.

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60 Responses to Happy Freakin’ Valentines Day

  1. lildoggy4u says:

    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.

    • elliesmom says:

      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.

    • myiq2xu says:

      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.

      • elliesmom says:

        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.

        • elliesmom says:

          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.

    • catarina says:

      Oh please.
      Ask yourself:
      Self, are these Obots in my life really, really necessary?

  2. elliesmom says:

    J. Geils lives near Catarina and me. He sometimes pops up at “local venues”.

  3. wmcb says:

    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?

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/09/nyregion/for-some-landlords-real-money-in-the-homeless.html

    • wmcb says:

      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.

      • yttik says:

        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.

  4. driguana says:

    yeah…but still…..much love to all….

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    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.

    http://hotair.com/archives/2013/02/13/dorner-sympathy-goes-mainstream-like-watching-django-unchained-its-kind-of-exciting/

  7. votermom says:

    interesting link

    • yttik says:

      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.

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    • DandyTiger says:

      Sad as hell, isn’t it. Of course it’s not the left in general, but it’s enough that should know better that makes me very sad. Same with the hate towards Carson and Rubio. Just pathetic.

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  11. DeniseVB says:

    The school Obama’s visiting today was on their winter break, but they’re dragging everybody back for his visit. Doesn’t his planning staff check out these things ahead of time ?

    http://www.ajc.com/weblogs/political-insider/2013/feb/11/president-obama-visit-decatur-learning-center/

    Oh look, Rubio took a drink of water !

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  15. votermom says:

    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

  16. votermom says:

    time to get some lefties wee-weed up

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  18. wmcb says:

    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.

    http://proteinwisdom.com/?p=47334#comments

    • votermom says:

      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?

  19. piper says:

    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.

  20. wmcb says:

    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.

    http://www.jammiewf.com/2013/georgia-democrats-looks-to-ban-vulgar-photoshopping/

    • DandyTiger says:

      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.

  21. 49erDweet (D) says:

    ……waiting for the incubation period from recent ER room exposure to run to join myiq and others in sicky-wickey land.
    Tap.
    Tap.
    Tap.
    Reaching for buc……

  22. Constance says:

    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.

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