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If you didn’t see this coming, you had your eyes closed on purpose.

President Obama said this week that his health care plan won’t cover illegal immigrants, but argued that’s all the more reason to legalize them and ensure they eventually do get coverage.

It’s just one more step to firm up the democrat’s power through giving to the poor.  The man who takes from Peter to pay Paul can always count on the support of Paul.

Mr. Obama added, “If anything, this debate underscores the necessity of passing comprehensive immigration reform and resolving the issue of 12 million undocumented people living and working in this country once and for all.”

Still more poor people who live close enough to the poverty line to pay zero taxes but impose a huge burden on those of us who do.

Ms. Pelosi should not be surprised at the harsh rhetoric.

Out of that article, here is a pet peeve of mine:

“It is ironic that the president told the American people that illegal immigrants should not be covered by the health care bill, but now just days later he’s talking about letting them in the back door,” said Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas, the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee.

That isn’t even close to irony.  Whatever else you can say about Rep. Smith, you can definitively say he could not give the correct definition of irony if his life depended on it.  When I become king, those who use the word and cannot define it will be fed to wild pigs.

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Et tu, Glutton?

Fast Food Plastic Utensil Removed From Man’s Lung

They pulled the fast-food foreign object from Manley’s left lung during a Sept. 10 surgery. The 50-year-old Wilmington resident said he probably inhaled it while gulping a drink from Wendy’s.

I like to take big gulps of drink,” the former home remodeler said. “I don’t know of any other ways of it getting in there.”

Try not eating like an animal?  Maybe that would help?

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I’m making fun of Kanye West today.

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What are you? A g-g-g-gay f-f-f-f-fish?

The idiot is no longer a poor rapper swigging Colt-45, he’s moved up and is swigging Hennesy.  Way to be a noisy turd in a punch bowl, Kanye.

The rapper stormed on stage to unleash an astonishing rant during an acceptance speech by country starlet Taylor Swift at the MTV Video Music Awards last night.

The 19-year-old singer, who was collecting Best Female Video for You Belong To Me, was left humiliated as West snatched the microphone from her hands.

He turned to the audience and shouted that the gong should have gone to his big friend Beyonce, for Single Ladies.  [More…]

I see another South Park episode in the future, starring ol’ fish-stick lover Kanye.  He says he’s sorry but this type of thug is usually only sorry when his kitten-stomping behavior backfires on him and he’s taking heat from a lot of people.

Update:  Amazingly, Obama and I agree on one thing.  That Kanye West is a jackass.  One single thing.  Don’t get used to the idea that I’ll agree with him much more than that.

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Neckdate:

Yesterday was pretty bad.  Spent about 16 hours in a great deal of pain.  It was go-to-the-hospital pain, but I stuck it out.  Don’t know if I did something to earn it or what, but it wasn’t pretty because no comfort was to be had from taking the meds.  I just gotta be patient.  Gotta be patient.  This procedure will give me my life back.  Gotta keep positive.

One thing about an episode like that – it makes you doubly thankful when you come out the other side because the pain is much lessened and you have this huge sense of relief and appreciation for the normal everyday pain.

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Speaking of idiots behind microphones.

The Obamafuhrer.

The Obamafuhrer.

“I believe that we will have enough votes to pass not just any health care bill, but a good health care bill that helps the American people, reduces costs, actually over the long-term controls our deficit. I’m confident that we’ve got that,” Obama said in an interview broadcast Sunday on CBS’ “60 Minutes. “There are those in the Republican party who think the best thing to do is just to kill reform. That that will be good politics.”

Obama has retaken the offensive on his key domestic policy issue, most notably with a speech last week to both houses of Congress. And sought to turn down the heat over a government-run health insurance plan.

“The public option is only a means to that end and we should remain open to other ideas that accomplish our ultimate goal,” he said.

It makes no sense.  He says “actually over the long-term controls our deficit”.  This is equivalent to saying “Hey, I get 1.73% return for every $1000 I spend on my credit card!  Look at all the money I’m saving!”   Proof positive that you can go to a big university but come out without a lick of common sense.  His proposals don’t tell you anything.

He told CBS he didn’t want Americans to say in the future: “‘You know what? This hasn’t reduced my costs. My premiums are still going up 25 percent, insurance companies are still jerking me around.’

“I’m the one who’s going to be held responsible,” Obama said. “So I have every incentive to get this right.”

Sure, the premiums won’t go up, but my taxes will skyrocket.  As far as who is held responsible… the only way he’d ever take blame for it is if he was given every last thing he wanted on this bill with no exceptions whatsoever.  If it was even one iota different he’d claim that it failed due to his opponents.

God, such arrogance.  Here’s the scary part:

“I have no interest in having a bill get passed that fails. That doesn’t work,” Obama told CBS. “You know, I intend to be president for a while and once this bill passes, I own it.”

Arrogance has to be earned.  So tell me, Obama… What have you done to earn yours?
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The National Review Online has a great article by Victor Davis Hanson. Is this what he’s done to earn his arrogance?

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We broke the  law but we’re going to sue the folks that turned us in!

ACORN shows they are just nuts.

More roasted nuts, anyone?

The small scandal showing an embarrassing video of Baltimore ACORN staffers looking like they were giving tax advice on how to set up a brothel, is now national news. — This story has everything you could ever want – corruption, sleazy actions at tax-funded organizations, firings, government ties, sex, hookers. It is a network news director’s dream. Imagine the ratings!

Only almost no one is covering it.

This is the news media in the era of Van Jones and President Obama. The major outlets cover what they want and create the themes they want. When they find something inconvenient, they let it pass. They didn’t like the Van Jones story, so they ignored it. The network news media liked the financial entity known as Fannie Mae, so they ignored that scandalous organization for years. ACORN is getting the same treatment. – op/ed by Dan Gainor

You can bet that if it somehow embarrassed Bush they’d be all over it.

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Mr. Tough Guy

Neckdate:

Uh… oh damn this hurts today.  Both sides are playing together to make me damned miserable.  Somebody stuck a prybar in the side of my neck and has me pinned to the wall (figuratively).  I am SO glad I asked for increased pain meds this time.

Nominally, two more weeks.  Nominally, two more weeks.  Nominally, two more weeks… say it often enough it becomes true, right?  That’s what the dems are doing with health care.

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Not saying that all Wal-Mart customers are of this stripe, but I am saying that the concentration sure seems higher than elsewhere, like say… Nordstrom’s.

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Update:  Unionization of health care will help matters immensely.  Not.

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Obama spoke to congress tonight.

But know this: I will not waste time with those who have made the calculation that it’s better politics to kill this plan than improve it. I will not stand by while the special interests use the same old tactics to keep things exactly the way they are. If you misrepresent what’s in the plan, we will call you out. And I will not accept the status quo as a solution. Not this time. Not now.

Everyone in this room knows what will happen if we do nothing. Our deficit will grow. More families will go bankrupt. More businesses will close. More Americans will lose their coverage when they are sick and need it most. And more will die as a result. We know these things to be true.

Calling out on misrepresenting is fine.  Expect it to be done to you in return, Obama.

If we do nothing the deficit will grow?  Let me throw up a quote from yesterday:

Who is naive enough to believe that Obama’s plan would be deficit-neutral?  – Camille Paglia

More families will go bankrupt?  More businesses will close?  More businesses will close if you raise taxes on them to pay for this boondoggle, which we shall call it Medicare-Supersize.

In what universe is my quality of health care and the level of my taxes subordinated to bankruptcy for others when life deals them a harsh hand?

Seriously.  Nowhere is the Constitution set up to avert bankruptcy for individuals (based on arbitrary value systems) by  taking money from people and giving it to the individual in need.

Obama played the fear card:

President Barack Obama Wednesday demanded Congress act now on health reform, warning more Americans would die if Washington again does nothing to expand care and cut the costs of insurance.

And more:

Instead of honest debate, we have seen scare tactics. Some have dug into unyielding ideological camps that offer no hope of compromise.” Obama said he will not “waste time” with those groups

Huh.  People disagreeing is now scare tactics and while he wants honest debate he says he won’t waste time with those people.  And hit back twice as hard.  Nice, if you are a gangsta.  I wonder if he’s been taking lessons from Detroit’s Kwame Kilpatrick?

Walter Williams had a great op/ed on costs vs. benefits.

How about the idea that if it saves just one life it’s worth it? That’s one of the stated justifications for government mandates for childproof medicine bottles, gun locks, bike helmets and all sorts of warning labels. No doubt there’s a benefit to these government mandates, but if we only look at benefits, we’ll do darn near anything because there’s always a benefit to any action. (Williams)

Obama makes a statement that is emotionally charged and loaded.  It’s not a viable argument, however.  How could you argue that pursuing a certain course of action is the right thing to do if people will die? The answer is you couldn’t if you refuse to look at anything other than the simplistic Pollyanna version of reality that says “if we save lives we should do it”.

For example, why not have a congressionally mandated 5 miles per hour highway speed limit? According to the U.S. Transportation Department, there were 43,220 highway fatalities in 2003, with an estimated cost of $230 billion.

A 5 mph speed limit would have spared our nation this loss of life and billions of dollars. You say, “Williams, that’s preposterous!” You’re right. Most people would agree a 5 mph speed limit is stupid, impractical and insane. That’s one way of putting it, but what they really mean is: Avoiding 43,220 highway deaths and the $230 billion by a 5 mph speed limit isn’t worth all the inconvenience, delays and misery.  (Williams)

I argue that insuring people at the cost of other’s quality of care, at the cost of trillions of dollars, and a raft of unintended consequences that can’t even be foreseen at this point in the liberal mind’s ill-thought-out vision of utopia is not worth the cost – not when so many people who already pay into the system are supporting their own health care at adequate levels.

If you still think socialized health care is the only solution, let me know.  Then we can also ask that the speed limit be dropped to 5mph, because that’s the cost of saving lives.

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Update:

Dr. Emanuel, a bioethicist, believes that doctors and hospitals should apply a rationing scheme he calls “complete life” for such medical services as ICU beds, heart transplants and vaccines during a flu pandemic. Under this scheme, adolescents and young adults would get priority over infants and the elderly, because “they have received substantial education and parental care, investments that will be wasted without a complete life. Infants — have not yet received these investments.”

I have heard any number of advocates and apologists for health care reform, and they flatly deny that there is any wording that supports “death panels”.  They mock such concerns and dismiss them.

But here is the thing… when making a law or institution, the original  intent will not matter at a later date in the real world… you should always assume that the worst possible outcome allowed by the letter of the law (or the lack thereof) will be used and come to pass.

How else would we get a “living constitution,” or the idea that the 2nd amendment is acceptable some times but not others, or that separation of church and state means that a prayer/observance/motto/relic/book cannot be given a place in a public building?

Here’s an example, many thanks to Sarah Palin:

Palin can also put another notch on her belt when it comes to influencing health care “reform” — the Senate will drop language “encouraging” doctors to initiate conversations with patients about hospice and palliative end-of-life care from its bill, The Boston Globe reports:

Senator Chuck Grassley, the Senate Finance Committee’s top Republican and one of six committee members trying to hash out a bipartisan bill, said yesterday that the provision could be misinterpreted and that it will not be contained in the committee’s proposed legislation. ..

“Could be misinterpreted?”  No, try “Will be misinterpreted.”

Moving on…

Palin was hardly the only one to look at the House bill and realize its implications. In a commentary posted on The Daily Beast, “thinker” Lee Siegel — who believes “the absence of universal health care is America’s burning shame” — calls rationing end-of-life care “morally revolting”:

Determining which treatments are “cost effective” at the end of a person’s life and which are not is one of Obama’s priorities. It’s one of the principal ways he counts on saving money and making universal health care affordable.

This is the Big Brother nightmare of oppressive government that the shrewd propagandists on the right are always blathering on about. Except that this time, they could not be more right. …

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We’ve known that our social programs have been in dire straits for a while now.

Spencer Bachus – SS could be in default in 2 years.

If we add noises of concern about Medicare, Medicaid, and the Veteran’s Affairs Hospitals we see a pattern, a common thread.

Guess what?  Large government programs do not work.

Let’s add health care!  It’s proven that we can give poor-to-mediocre care to veterans, so let’s give that same caring to everyone!

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Sent to me, don't know the source. Anyone cares to claim it I'll gladly shout your name to the rooftops. This is funny!

Watch for the Obamessaiah to explain away his flip-flops as being the product of a passionate and emotional… feeling… and that we should judge him (and give him a pass) on his caring and compassion.

Whinging by the dems:

“We were forced into this by Republicans,” one official said.

Ken Spain, a spokesman for the National Republican Campaign Committee, said blaming the GOP is “laughable.”

“Apparently having a filibuster-proof majority, a 40-seat advantage in the House, and a president who was once really popular isn’t enough,” Spain said in a statement. “Maybe if people actually liked the bill, Democrats’ wouldn’t have such a tough time whipping up bipartisan votes, much less vulnerable Democrats within their own party.”

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On Drudge, a picture that does my heart well.  I want the democrats to be so spooked that they actually think about what kind of asses they’ve been since the election.  It has all the ugly feel of looters robbing stores and homes after a riot.Health Care Brawling

The White House has asked for people to “report disinformation” to keep a list of what is being said (presumably they’ll get notification of who is spreading disinformation).   This is interesting because days later, another Democrat – a congressman – has a story run on some of his utterances.

Baird said he’s using the new system [telephone town hall meetings] because he fears his political opponents may be planning “an ambush” to disrupt his meetings, using methods Baird compared to Nazism.

What we’re seeing right now is close to Brown Shirt tactics,” Baird, D-Vancouver, said in a phone interview. “I mean that very seriously.”

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Funny, congressman… I was about to say the same exact words…  Anyway, the telephone town hall thing will go like this:

Secret schedule
Here’s how it’ll work: if you happen to be sitting near a publicly listed Clark County telephone line on the right day at the right time, your phone will ring.

In order to avoid software problems, Baird’s office says, the exact date and time will be kept secret from the public.

If you answer your landline, an automated message will ask whether you have a question for your Congressman.

Press *3, and you’ll be asked your location and the subject of your question. Sitting at his own telephone at an as-yet-undisclosed location, Baird then will choose a name based on its location and the topic.

There will be no further pre-screening, Baird said. After the call is over, the recording will be posted on his Web site.

Baird said the phone interviews will include “a much better cross-section of the public” than some live town halls.

Yeah, sure… and if a few calls get dropped due to “uncomfortable subject matter” who i s

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Peggy Noonan said it well:

We have entered uncharted territory in the fight over national health care. There’s a new tone in the debate, and it’s ugly. At the moment the Democrats are looking like something they haven’t looked like in years, and that is: desperate.

I’m like a termite in a sawmill – there’s so many goodies to grab here.  She continues:

They must know at this point they should not have pushed a national health-care plan. A Democratic operative the other day called it “Hillary’s revenge.” When Mrs. Clinton started losing to Barack Obama in the primaries 18 months ago, she began to give new and sharper emphasis to her health-care plan. Mr. Obama responded by talking about his health-care vision. He won. Now he would push what he had been forced to highlight: Health care would be a priority initiative. The net result is falling support for his leadership on the issue, falling personal polls, and the angry town-hall meetings that have electrified YouTube.

In his first five months in office, Mr. Obama had racked up big wins—the stimulus, children’s health insurance, House approval of cap-and-trade. But he stayed too long at the hot table. All the Democrats in Washington did. They overinterpreted the meaning of the 2008 election, and didn’t fully take into account how the great recession changed the national mood and atmosphere.

This is probably one of the most important things to take home, but no politician is going to recognize it for what it is:

And so the shock on the faces of Congressmen who’ve faced the grillings back home. And really, their shock is the first thing you see in the videos. They had no idea how people were feeling. Their 2008 win left them thinking an election that had been shaped by anti-Bush, anti-Republican, and pro-change feeling was really a mandate without context.

She backs up my assessment:

The passions of the protesters, on the other hand, are not a surprise. They hired a man to represent them in Washington. They give him a big office, a huge staff and the power to tell people what to do. They give him a car and a driver, sometimes a security detail, and a special pin showing he’s a congressman. And all they ask in return is that he see to their interests and not terrify them too much. Really, that’s all people ask. Expectations are very low. What the protesters are saying is, “You are terrifying us.”

Noonan’s op/ed is so spot on it hurts.  She mentions the accusations by the dems that any protest at town-hall meetings is the work of the VRWC (vast right-wing conspiracy):

What the town-hall meetings represent is a feeling of rebellion, an uprising against change they do not believe in. And the Democratic response has been stunningly crude and aggressive.

Anyhow, everything is always about the dems, their messiah, and the demon hordes out to get those who fight for justice and the little people.

Then came the Democratic Party charge that the people at the meetings were suspiciously well-dressed, in jackets and ties from Brooks Brothers. They must be Republican rent-a-mobs. Sen. Barbara Boxer said on MSNBC’s “Hardball” that people are “storming these town hall meetings,” that they were “well dressed”, that “this is all organized,” “all planned,” to “hurt our president.” Here she was projecting. For normal people, it’s not all about Barack Obama.

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Update on the white racists that pushed out a pic of Obama made to look like the joker.  Well, there must’ve been some black racists that did the one of Bush last year.

JOKERSareWILDBut the earlier one couldn’t have been about race.  Never mind they are both presidents being mocked, this new one has to be racially motivated.

More racially-motivated racism stuff courtesy of The Patriot Post

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Sick Stupid Pig of the Year award goes to….

MARTIN COUNTY – Martin County Sheriff’s detectives didn’t buy it when a 48-year-old Jensen Beach man claimed that his cat was downloading child pornography on his computer.

Keith R. Griffin, of the 3600 block of Northeast Jeannette Drive, was charged Wednesday with 10 counts of possession of child pornography after detectives found more than 1,000 child pornographic images on his computer, according to a news release.

Griffin told detectives he would leave his computer on and his cat would jump on the keyboard.

Terminate him with prejudice.  Save us all some money.  Won’t help the kids but it is guaranteed that he won’t cause any further problems.

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