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We moved my scheduled neck-nerve-frying-day up to next week, Thursday.  I couldn’t see going for another 23 days and then go through the post-procedure “afterglow”.

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Neckdate:  I saw the pain doc again today.  There’s been (very good) improvement in my range of motion but I’ve got pain still.  I pointed out to them where it is hurting and they said “Oh, that is down low (C5-7) – we did not get that yet.  So… it means two more diagnostic procedures and then another RF procedure.   Damn.  If, after all that, and I still have pain, then they are completely willing to try a non-narcotic treatment of pain.  Damn.  So I have to wait a while longer to get my clarity of mind back.  Damn.

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George Will did a nice commentary on the Obamas and their performance for the Olympic farce vote.  Very nice observations, and he didn’t have to reach far to make a compelling statement.

Both Obamas gave heartfelt speeches about … themselves. Although the working of the committee’s mind is murky, it could reasonably have rejected Chicago’s bid for the 2016 games on aesthetic grounds — unless narcissism has suddenly become an Olympic sport.

In the 41 sentences of her remarks, Michelle Obama used some form of the personal pronouns “I” or “me” 44 times. Her husband was, comparatively, a shrinking violet, using those pronouns only 26 times in 48 sentences. Still, 70 times in 89 sentences was sufficient to convey the message that somehow their fascinating selves were what made, or should have made, Chicago’s case compelling.

<snip> Surely [Silicon] Valley could continue its service to him by designing software for his speechwriters’ computers that would delete those personal pronouns, replacing them with the word “sauerkraut” to underscore the antic nature of their excessive appearances.

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… we pass from the merely silly to the ominous — suppose the president was being not gallant but sincere.  Perhaps the premise of the otherwise inexplicable trip to Denmark was that there is no difficulty, foreign or domestic, that cannot be melted by the sunshine of the Obama persona.

Bingo.

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You and I… we all need a break from seriousness.

Try this.

mapping

mapping with XKCD

Just think if someone really did know everywhere you went.  Which leads us into the main topic, which is surveillance…

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Bloomberg is busy justifying surveillance nets now.

A network of private and public surveillance cameras, license plate readers and weapons sensors already established in Lower Manhattan as an electronic bulwark against terrorist attacks will soon expand to a large patch of Midtown Manhattan…

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Behind the mayor, a 40-foot video wall displayed maps, incoming data from a police precinct and more than a dozen video streams, many of them showing tourists taking photographs on a sunny day.

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We can’t just say everybody can go everyplace and do anything they want.

He speaks of balance right after the last sentence there.

Problem with stuff like this is really easy to justify it but hellishly difficult to remove it once in place.  How many taxes have you seen go away recently?  How many government programs have been eliminated recently?  Diddly + jack + squat, that’s how many.

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The United Steaks of America.  Yes.  Really.

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Tsunamis are deadly but cool.

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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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