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Archive for January 14th, 2010

Got a raging sinus infection and I am not up to much clever tonight.  So just kind of play along, won’t you?

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Angry Haitians block roads with corpses.

Yeah, that’ll help.

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Behind closed doors, transparently, of course…

Big Labor got some big love from President Obama and congressional Democrats yesterday after they agreed to exempt union workers from the whopping “Cadillac tax” on high-cost health-care plans until 2018.

The sweetheart deal, hammered out behind closed doors, will save union employees at least $60 billion over the years involved, while others won’t be as lucky — they’ll have to cough up almost $90 billion.

The 40 percent excise tax on what have come to be called “Cadillac” health-care plans would exempt collective-bargaining contracts covering government employees and other union members until Jan. 1, 2018.

The only way they could hope to pass it is to pander to the biggest whiners and screw everyone else.  This is why I hate unions.  I was a union member several times.  Hated them then, too.

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This kind of talk scares me.  Already has.  Continues to do so.  Excerpts from an editorial by C.L. Gray:

Two weeks ago the Mayo Clinic shocked the nation when it closed the doors of one of its Arizona clinics to patients on Medicare. Just this past June President Obama himself praised Mayo as a model of medical efficiency noting that Mayo gives “the highest quality care at costs well below the national norm.” If Mayo feels compelled to walk away from this government-run program, others will surely follow. The nation must understand why.

President Obama reflected this [abusive posture towards physicians] last summer. On national television, he stated as fact a surgeon is paid between $30,000 and $50,000 for amputating a patient’s foot.

In reality, a surgeon is paid between $740 and $1,140 to perform this unfortunate, but often life-saving procedure. This reimbursement must cover a pre-operative evaluation the day of surgery, the surgery, and follow-up for 90 days after surgery—not to mention malpractice insurance, salaries for clinic nurses, and clinic overhead. It is frightening to think our president is so wildly misinformed even as he stands on the cusp of overhauling American health care. But it gets worse.

Given massive federal deficits, Washington now faces increasing pressure to cut Medicare spending. One way to do this is to intimidate physicians into under-billing. To do this Washington intends to spend tax payer dollars to ramp up physician audits using Recovery Audit Contractors (RAC audits) to randomly investigate private physician’s Medicare billing.

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Finally, after one year, something I agree with the Obama White House on…

Robertson’s remark “utterly stupid”.

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Update:

Over at an IGN bulletin board I found… LEMUR FACE WOMAN!

That is one happy lookin' lemur. Trying to be inscrutable as always, but happy nontheless.

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My problem with Christians, a predominant portion, is the ability to judge people all the time.  Don’t deny it.  I’ve been in the church many years, multiple denominations, and have seen it myself.  Since a year or so ago I stopped going, not because I’m an atheist but because I’m tired of the people.   Tired of the false sense of security that comes from regular attendance and a concurrent blindness to your continued reflection of the rest of the world.

Pat Robertson is an individual who supposedly is a religious leader and he can do nothing but harm people.  Doesn’t matter – tsunami, Katrina, Haiti – he’s there to tell the world that it is brought upon themselves because they are sinners, or in this case because they made a pact with the devil.

I would love to see him try to pick

up his teeth with broken fingers.

Judgmental?  You bet.  But there is a difference.  One is judging people based on who they are and the other is judging people on who or what they choose to be.

Robertson is the worst of his ilk.

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A Gentleman’s Duel – sent to me by Cruel Wife.  Said it was full of action, adventure, chivalry, and bouncing boobs.  She was laughing her butt off.

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This from over at Soylent Green:

UPDATE: Another Surprise—Mann received a three year grant of more than $500,000 in June from…wait for it…Porkulus funding.

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I’m behind Conan O’Brien on this one.

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