OF GLOBAL Warming floating on the surface of the Ohio River. You can see the floes floating downstream as you cross the river on any bridge.
OF GLOBAL Warming floating on the surface of the Ohio River. You can see the floes floating downstream as you cross the river on any bridge.
ALGER, REFERRING TO Hollywood twits mouthing off on topics where they are both ignorant and have their heads up their asses that they have nice tits, (implying, of course, that they’re not worth much else). Da Doll — possessed of a world-class rack herself — feels therefor, that it is incumbent upon this fine publication to, when a Hollywood twit mouths off where she appears to be well-informed, has her head screwed on straight (at least on the particular subject at hand), and (not coincidentally) has come in for over-the-top public opprobrium, point that fact out and offer up some small note of praise. Ladies and germs, I give you Scarlett Johansson.
Without knowing anything more about the FACTS — undeniable — that the problems of the Arabs of the Holy Land are wholly of their own making and of their leaders’ making — and that the antecedents of their movement are wholly despicable and reprehensible and that their claims are nearly without merit. (In other words, they’re typical left-fascists.), just listen to her words and tell me they are not considered, moderate, and well-tempered. That, in that context, her claims about the motives and actions of SodaStream are probably accurate…
Just sayin’. Yes. She does have nice tits. (And note how modestly proud she is of that.) She doesn’t deserve the shit storm. It’s being genned up by utterly despicable people and they are not worthy of your attention.
SO I HEAR HARRY RIED after a career of 27 years in Congress, has a net worth somewhat north of $5 million. Who says crime doesn’t pay?
FOR JUVENILE DELINQUENCY OR DEVIL WORSHIP OR MOVIES for violent crime or sexually-transmitted diseases or video games for increases in violent crimes, but…
Harvey Weinstein thinks he can solve what he sees as a social problem with a single film.
And do you see the nature of leftist brain fart pipe dreams from this?
WHAT WILL SURELY BECOME A WIDESPREAD MEME, da Doll believes it needs to be said, over and over again, as loudly as possible, until it is known to all:
Governor Cuomo is a despicable human being. His statements are beyond the pale, and he has no place in the United States. We invite him to leave. If necessary, we’ll even kick in a couple of bucks for a one-way ticket for him to… somewhere else. ANYwhere else. We will NOT, however, EVER urge that the power and influence of the state be brought to bear on the problem his reprehensible views present the body politic. That would be — in a word — un-American.
MEETING ABOUT EDUMICATION and I wanna know… Given that a summit meeting is a meeting between and among the leaders — the HN’sIC — of two or more organizations… Da Doll wants t’ know…
Who the fuck died and made HIM boss?
Last I read the Constitution, the FedGov has NO authority over schools. NONE. Zip, Zero, Nil, Nada, Netchevko, Bubkis.
Somebody clue me?
WERE THE ONES using modern art as a weapon in the cold war — considering the cultural degradation the whole mess represents. After all, if art is what artists do, then you have to grant Abstract Expressionism and all the rest of the posings of the arts and croissant crowd (a little Rushbo lingo fer ya, there) the status of art. Yes. But, if the purpose of art is to uplift members of society, to inspire and contribute to true progress for humanity, the modern so-called art hardly qualifies. And, given that it did and does just the opposite (in a lot of cases) (And, yes, da Doll is a big fan of Lichtenstein, de Kooning, Calder, Mondrian, and a buncha others.), I’d have to say the movement served the evil and destructive Adversary to a T.
WITH FOLKS WHO ARE asserting in the Phil Robertson contretemps that, because the confrontation is not between Congress and an individual citizen that this is not a First Amendment matter. And, OK, stated that way, it’s not. However…
It is a matter of freedom of speech, as well as the free exercise of religion, and therefor at the very least touches on the spirit of the First Amendment.
That it is not speaks perhaps to the utter corruption of government in America, inasmuch as Congress is supposed to be the sole legislative authority in such matters — no other having say in them — all of the other bodies and individuals seeking influence over the speech or religious practices of other individual American citizens are infringing on Congress’s privilege and authority. And, as such, the First Amendment being the final authority in the matter, this is a First Amendment case. If Congress is forbidden to act, then EVERYBODY is forbidden to act.
But, Alger, you say, The Constitution is a bill of limits on the Federal Government.
And: Oh, really? I say in response. Is it not rather an affirmative statement of limits on the government as defined by the rights of the individual? Does it matter, therefor, WHO, exactly, is infringing on a right? Is it not sufficient to define that individuals have the right to render it unlawful for ANY actor — public or private — to infringe. If I have a right to free speech, how can you have any authority to squelch what I say? If I have a right to go armed, how can you have any authority to assert that I may not carry a weapon?
Is it a right? Or is it a limited license? Does not one affirm the basic concept of America and the other put the lie to the whole experiment?
If Phil Robertson, a free citizen of the United States, has the right of free speech, and makes a statement on his own time, in a venue not controlled by his employer, not representing his employer’s position, and his employer punishes him for exercising that right, how can it NOT touch on the First Amendment?
This goes wider than the First Amendment — or even the Second. For example, where in the Fourth Amendment are the limits on searches and seizures applied only to government agents? They’re not, of course. The prohibition is absolute and universal. It means, for example, that your bank has a fiduciary responsibility not to reveal your bank details without a proper warrant. Indeed, to not reveal even the existence of your accounts. The over-reach by the Internal Revenue Service in demanding this information is only one bit of evidence in the avalanche that proves — I think dispositively — that the “service” is corrupt and needs to be disbanded.
I propose that you look at — or re-examine, if you haven’t recently — the entirety of the Constitution in this light: the document is meant to make it clear that the supreme law of the land stands in defense of the rights of the individual against ALL comers.
AND THE WINNAH OFMost Economically Free State in North America… AL-BER-TA… CANADAAAAH!
::and the crowd goes wild::
WAS PASSING: getting by without having to actually do any — you know — work. So it should come as no surprise to you that the lot of them worship a woman with absolutely no accomplishments to her credit.
IT APPEARS THAT some businesses which, while, perhaps, not supporting Obama, didn’t really work all that hard to oppose him — and continue to support Democrats… (slow learners, aren’t they) — seem to have picked up on some facts about him and them.
SO CASA D’ALGER have been blessed with a couple of shiny new Windows 8 tablets. (Due to having to replace a bricked iPhone, but nevermind.) And now we have an issue. An opportunity.
(That’s what the motivators call a problem when they want to psych you into being “positive” and shit.)
Seems that the tablets can see the printer. It’s a USB-connected HP LaserJet, served from a Windows XP laptop. Windows 8 drivers are installed — I think. The tablets can find the printer on the network. Then a command to connect is met with “Operation failed with error 0x00000490.” The process can proceed no further.
A Bing search on the error code yields the usual ten billion returns of marginally relevant mentions of the error code, but no solution.
Any clueage to be had?
HAVE BEEN SADDLED WITH a toy train set, a textbook boondoggle for rich downtowners because they want to look all cool and shit next to Toronto, Portland, and Berlin or Bonn or Geneva or something. We’ve been gifted with a streetcar line.
Now, you have to understand that Cincinnati is somewhat unique in that, like Pittsburgh and a few other similar cities, it is built largely atop bluffs which form the banks of a major river valley. We call this being built on hills. Which, from the perspective of surface transportation, means just that — a lot of inclines to be traveled. Steep ones. And, in the era before pavements and pneumatic rubber tires, a lot of slipping and sliding. Even a lot of that these days. There’s one street near the university — the street called Straight — which plunges down a five-hundred-foot slope at — I kid you not — a forty-five-degree angle. (In all fairness, Straight Street really is straight, just… straight DOWN. Trust me, in that, it’s not unusual.)
All of which makes rail a bad choice for in-city transport.
Unsurprisingly, the city was nearly bypassed in favor of Cleveland, Indianapolis, and Chicago (which stand on more flattened circumstances) by early rail development. Fortunately, we got more-or-less caught up and, today, you can see a massive freight switching yard in one of the flatter areas of the central basin. (Plus the city owns a railroad — if we can keep the kleptocrats in City Hall from selling it to some crony or other.)
But, for transit, for the most part, we’ve relied on other modes. And, as late as the ’60s and early ’70s, you could see wheeled busses on central routes being powered by overhead catenaries. Trollies on tires, so to speak.
But, even then, it was being proven in the biggest laboratory in existence — the real world — that mass transit solutions are uneconomic outside a very narrow set of circumstances (very large and high-density populations, such as new York and Tokyo, where land or underground rock layers support construction). The bus company then extant went belly-up because the family which owned most of the stock could no longer earn its way running the thing. So the government took it over and turned it into a massive white elephant. I haven’t seen figures for years, but I would not be surprised at all to find it costing many multiples of the per-trip fares per-passenger-mile. It is certain that the equipment is the best and latest, takes up disproportionate space on the roads, and creates all manner of traffic problems and probably, despite “green” initiatives in fueling, is partly responsible for the region’s having been forced into a recently-terminated “consent” agreement to lower levels of certain EPA-defined pollutants. (Things like 15% ethanol at the pump and strict monitoring of “air quality”.)
But Portland has light rail, as do myriad other cities to which statists in city government like to compare the Queen City. So, of course, we have to have it.
And, as I say, the reason Democrats like light rail so much is that they like to imagine THEY can make the trains run on time.
All irony, sarcasm, et al, intended.
I tell you all that to tell you this.
At the beginning of this month now closing, we here in Cincinnati held an election for a new city council and mayor. The streetcar boondoggle was a bone of contention in the race. It had been pushed through on a ballot initiative where the ballot language had you voting “No” to support the levy and “Yes” to deny it; the break-even requires the completions of two additional phases of development; its eventual goal is the development of an inter-city line to Cleveland that will never, in a million years be realized, but much of the hand-wavium is founded in assumptions it will; none of the exemplars — not Portland, not Toronto — none of them — are anywhere near paying for themselves from fares, (So why is this being done?)… For once, the issue didn’t polarize the political class along party lines. The Democrat mayor was term-limited. The Democrat vice-Mayor was running against a Democrat former-councilman for the top spot. And the mud-slinging was glorious, if strangely restrained. The incumbent was pro- and the challenger anti-. A coalition of Republicans and Charterites (an independent party which has actually been the majority in the city from time-to-time) ran against the streetcar, and enough of them were elected to form a majority — with some anti-streetcar Democrats in the mix.
And there was this one Democrat who played the part of the moderate — claiming to look at the issues and seek the best option for the people of the city. Sounding all reasonable and shit, he drew a lot of his support from the anti-streetcar right. He was the top vote-getter in the election. His name is P.G. Sittenfeld. (Never trust a man who won’t tell you his name.)
This week, he has announced that he has changed his stand on the streetcar. He is now in favor of it.
Da Doll submits the belief that was his intent all along. Once again proving: You. Can’t. Trust. Democrats.
ARE BAD FOR YOU so you’ll switch to levers and you’ll like them if you know what’s good for you.
Should cut down on the transmission of STDs, too. So it’s a win-win. ‘Cept for the people who make round knobs. But they’re retrograde and evil, so fuck ’em. Liberty be damned.
FIRST SALES IN THE UK Ding!
WHEN WE REFER TO the nation’s governance.
The way we deal with drugs in America is insane. Umm… Mebbe so. But — and I don’t know about you bunky — but I have resisted the notion of the War on Drugs as despicable, unconstitutional, morally unacceptable, and morally bankrupt for the entirety of my short life. Alger’s like fifty years older’n me, so — same thing. How either of us gets included in “we” with whom we do not agree, and against whom we have struggled our whole lives is… well… insane.
I didn’t vote for this. The government no longer has the consent of the governed and has, instead, taken on the aspect(s) of an occupying power, and can no longer be considered the legitimate government of the country. It is entirely apposite to refer to the government as “they” or “them” and to view them as political, social, and religious enemies of We the People.
That being true, adjust your semantics to suit.
When does it leak out that Obama is really an Ayn Rand sleeper agent?
Like we been sayin’…
HEARD A LINER ON 55KRC Talk Radio that Goshen (a distant northeast suburb of Cincinnati) would be run by women for the first time.
Kids, da Doll is here t’ tell ya one thing, if it’s the only thing y’ absorb this day. If you elect a person to office — any office — on the basis that they are the first or last or just a member of a group, you deserve the shit sandwich life’s about to serve you.
As Gen. Honore put it: don’t get stuck on stupid.
BE INVOLVED IN health insurance, getting the government out of the [mal] practice of medicine would probably be the best possible solution for the benefit of the greatest number of people. It’s good to see ever more people coming toward the same conclusion.
LEE ANNE IS BACK. That’s right, everybody’s favorite retail clerk, snarking on the GenPop, AssMans and all the other characters that live in her head. Or… maybe not. But does it matter? It’s such a rich world in there and we’re lucky to get glimpses of it.
“…[T]his thing has moved as gracefully as a grand piano in a peat bog.” — Jonah Goldberg, writing of Obamacare at National Review Online.
And, by the way, da Doll thinks that Barter Chicken would be a great name for a band.
DA DOLL TRIED TO get a Faceplant page only to get a 404. Suppose they hired CGI to do some development? Or is it a cheesed off gummint dyspeptic that Faceplant works when Obummercare doesn’t?
A COUPLE OF SINGLES tossed in the can being held by the little old lady from the DAV outside the grocery store: two bucks.
The smile from the little old lady: a million bucks.
The thousands of lives sacrificed in defense of liberty by those whom we honor today: priceless.
IN MY TRAVELS THROUGH knowledge, the world, and everything in search of elightenment, knowledge, wisdom, and skills. I can start out to the market to buy tomatoes and come back with an eighty-foot yacht.
Metaphorically speaking. I have no idea where I’d park a yacht on our street.
So I’ve been shopping for instruction books on pencil drawing as aids in re-upping my drawing chops, which have been allowed to lay fallow for far too long. I’ve been, in particular, looking for a book on figure drawing that I used in high school and think rather highly of. Needles to say, it’s most likely out of print.
Instead, I stumbled across the series of books by Will Eisner of which the volume at right is one. IT looks fascinating, and offers a great deal to be learned about storytelling in any medium, and as such is highly recommended.
But, as I nearly forgot to mention, it doesn’t do much about your actual drawing chops.
Meantime, I have discovered what might actually be the ur source on this topic: Giovanni Civardi’s Complete Guide to Drawing (Art of Drawing). And, of course, it’s out of stock at the moment. ::sigh:: So I have to wait.
A NOTION THAT’S been floating around in my mind for the longest, but recently was excited by an article in the New York Review of Books.
First principle: The right to privacy is absolute. There is a bright line. But on the rights-of-the-individual side of the line is that you have the right to be unobserved, your privacy untrammeled, in your own mind. And that which comes out of your mind — the “effects” part of “Persons, papers, and effects” in the Fourth Amendment — is your property and only your property, and anyone coming into possession of it has a morally absolute and fiduciary responsibility to protect its confidentiality. In a perfect world, they should not even acknowledge or admit that they have it. Therefore, information about you — meta-data — your effects — is private and secure from any search or seizure absent a presentation of a warrant, duly prepared, issued, and executed according to the Fourth Amendment… only to the individual who owns the information. In the presence of legal counsel, if so desired. Nor is any person permitted to reveal information that is about themselves if it relates to another, without all of the appropriate hoops having been jumped through.
Second principle: the Constitution is the supreme law of the land. It is mostly about limits on government, but — especially in the Bill of Rights — it enshrines the American Exception: sovereignty rests in the individual. Thus no one — public or private — may violate any of the rights therein enshrined. As we have learned, it is quite possible for individuals to violate an individual’s civil rights. And a regime of rights is useless if it is enforceable only in the public sphere. No, your doctor may not open your patient records to the government. No, your bank may not inform the IRS even of the existence of your account.
As you can tell, we have a lot of work to do in this area.
(Hat tip: Good Shit)
ON THE THREE O’CLOCK Fox news Wednesday, an item announced that HHS Secretary, Kathleen Sibelius (who, I learn to my hometown shame, is from Cincinnati — having graduated from a parochial school just around the corner from Casa d’Alger), has the full confidence of President Obama.
Watch out for that bus, Kate.
OVER THE NEXT however long, there will be changes around here. I suspect that this blog will be turned over to rants by Dolly in-character — mostly about politics and assholes, assholes and politics, and assholes in politics.
Then, the former Dolly Apocrypha site will become my artist’s site — about my writing, illustration, design, cabinetmaking, photography, and general things of joy in life and creation.
And then again, the site you probably haven’t seen (and there’s not much there there), which is the site for my publishing imprint, Dreamflower Works, will feature the works published by Dreamflower Works. At the moment, exclusively mine.
I will also be scarfing up domains that could be seen as belonging to various trademarks. More about that as time goes on, but they’ll probably mostly just be parked on pages.
THIS POST MAY BE MORE NOTABLE for who prompts me to write it than for its content. I have been asked to pass this along to twenty Americans via email. Since this blog has a few more than twenty readers, I calculate this is a superior method. But, make no mistake about it, it does deserve traction.
And, more heartening, this comes from a dear friend of many years whose political alignment can be winkled out from her habit of unironically calling her home “The People’s Republic of [Name of Town or State].” Yes, we do have leftist friends. Funny how the world works that way. My heartening comes from the fact that this idea could have come direct from the mouths of the oh-so-hated Tea Party.
[edited from original] Even if Warren Buffet doesn’t ask us to forward, it sure sounds like a good idea. My sentiments exactly…this would stop the mess we are in!
Winds Of Change
Warren Buffet is asking each addressee to forward this email to a minimum of twenty people on their address list; in turn ask each of those to do likewise. At least 20 if you can. It has to stop somewhere!In three days, most people in The United States of America will have this message. This is one idea that really should be passed around.
Congressional Reform Act of 2013
- 1. No Tenure / No Pension. A Congressman/woman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they’re out of office.
- 2. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security All funds in the congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system and Congress participates with the American people. It may not be used for any other purpose. [I’d prefer to see retirement “insurance” privatized, with tax exemptions if necessary, but whatever system, the idea that government officials don’t live by the same rules as the people is un-American and, as Glenn Reynolds writes, probably a violation of the titles and nobility clause of the Constitution. –Ed.]
- 3. Congress [may] purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans [may].
- 4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.[I suspect a better system might be to limit the entire operational budget of Congress to a certain percentage of the GDP (and specify that three or more independent entities must agree on the figure), but some limit must obtain. –Ed.]
- 5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people. [There are those who claim that whatever Congress is setting up for themselves amounts to Obamacare. I have my doubts. But it illustrates the fundamental mendacity of all political animals. –Ed.]
- 6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.
[This should go without saying. That it needs to be said illustrates the present corruption in our government. –Ed.]
- 7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen/women are void effective 12/31/13. The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen/women. [Congresscritters like to claim that they represent the People and are going about the People’s business. Again with the corruption. -Ed.]
Congressmen/women made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress is an honor not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work.
If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people then it will only take three days for most people (in the U.S. ) to receive the message. Don’t you think it’s time?
THIS IS HOW YOU FIX CONGRESS! [All the same, good luck getting it past Congress without an Amending convention, as proposed recently by Mark Levin. –Ed.]
If you agree with the above, pass it on.
IT DOESN’T NEED attribution, because it’s the God’s-honest truth. But even so…
If you are in the minority of Americans not already unalterably opposed to Obamacare, keep in mind that the only reason the government is shut down right now is that Democrats refuse to fund the government if they are required to live under Obamacare.
The cartoon character is going to use evidence from within the cartoon to disprove the existence of the cartoonist.
–Heard in passing on a documentary on cable
THE WASHINGTON ESTABLISHMENT is so het up over the crises ongoing in that town — after all, those guys induced the whole mess, they must have known this was coming… What? Are they fronting?
The reasons they’re so het up go like this:
First, they’re afraid that, if they don’t “solve” or “avert” the crisis before it eventuates, and it does, we might learn we didn’t need them after all, that the whole scare was a paper tiger.
Second, they’re afraid that, if we slow down or get a breather from the constant drumbeat of whack-a-mole crises, we might learn a few facts, like: they’re not competent to do their jobs and we really should fire them, because their jobs are to not let this shit happen; they’re not competent to do their jobs, because they can’t really fix it, and they claimed they could and would, and their job consists entirely of making promises and keeping them, and if they can’t keep their promises, what good are they?
Third, (and this circles back around to First above) they’re afraid that, if the whole thing shuts down for real, or the government flat runs out of money and can’t borrow any more, or the whole house of cards collapses to the grouund… we might discover that we don’t really need them, that we’re better off without them, that they’re paper tigers and all their guns and tanks avail them nothing against an indifferent populace (let alone a hostile one), and that we really should jsut get rid of them. Or, at any rate, most of them.
OF FAVORITE AUTHORS. In science fiction, there is, of course, Robert Heinlein. And Larry Niven Jerry Pournelle Spider Robinson Orson Scott Card, et al. And C.J. Cherryh — A Wave Without a Shore should be required reading for the genre. In general fiction, there’s Mark Twain. In fantasy, yes, Tolkien, but also Charles de Lint and Emma Bull.
And in thrillers, the place that was once inhabited by Alistair MacLean has lately been taken over by Tom Clancy. From Red October to Red Rabit, his books have enjoyed pride of place on my shelves. And, I have no doubt, played no small part in the re-awakening of patriotic pride in America.
Now, it seems, we’ll have those books still in the pipeline, and then: no more. May God hold you in the palm of his hand, Clancy. We’ll miss ya.
AT AFTERNOON DRIVE TIME Monday — what timing! — you’re not one of the low-information crowd, most likely. If you stood amazed that his tongue didn’t jump out of his mouth and run screaming down the street because of all the lies, fabrications, straw man arguments, an projection… Same thing.
Just a point? When he says “You can’t stop” the implementation of Obamacare today? He’s wrong. You can. Just stay away. In droves. Don’t go to the web site. Don’t try to sign up for exchanges that either don’t exist or aren’t ready. There’s plenty of low-information fools out there who’ll ably demonstrate just how not-ready the whole thing is.
No. What you need to demonstrate is how deeply unpopular this is with the productive types in the country. Me, I plan to pay the fine for the first two years at least, and figure that we’ll have a chance to vote out the bastards who sold us down the river on this, and then hold feet to the fire to really, actually repeal the whole obamination with veto-proof majorities in BOTH houses of Congress.
OF THE IPCC REPORT — even before they take all the science out of it and publish the administrative summary (which is all the media will ever report on) – has exceeded a value of 1.0.
One counter is particularly amusing…
“Germany called for the reference to the slowdown to be deleted, saying a time span of 10-15 years was misleading in the context of climate change, which is measured over decades and centuries,” the AP report said. “The U.S. also urged the authors to include the ‘leading hypothesis’ that the reduction in warming is linked to more heat being transferred to the deep ocean.”
It should be mentioned that, when noted Marxist agitprop and government “scientist” James Hansen first briefed Congress on the — scorn quotes — “crisis”, it had been less than three years since widespread predictions of a coming ice age were the accepted conventional wisdom. But that wasn’t a misleading time span in THAT context.
Let us have none of that nonsense.
AS THE STUPIDEST man in the Senate when she says Congress wouldn’t be such a mess if women were in charge.
Such as… Nancy Pelosi? Oh, well, she’s not in charge at the moment, right. And thank God for that.
But it also occurs to me to ask, “You mean they’re not?” Ried? Boehner? A couple of more girls-blouse wimps I can’t imagine.
By the way… Local readers will know this but you national and international folk may not — Boehner’s being primaried. Guy’s name is Eric Gurr. Just FYI.
Only a child, a moron, or a Democrat could believe that you could take a system as complex as medical care/insurance, impose a collectivist solution to a non-existent problem upon it, and expect the markets to function as before, only this time cheaper.
— Michael Walsh at PJ Media
THE ACA IS HELPING businesses deal with the escalating cost of — not health care, but health insurance (which, we’ve pointed out myriad times before is NOT insurance)? I suppose. If shedding the cost onto the taxpayer is dealing with it. But… really? That’s the best you can do?
FOR AN INDICTMENT, let alone a conviction.
So. When will the prosecutor be brought up on charges? How about the original trial judge?
THE SECOND AMENDMENT is not only the Law of the Land, it’s the SUPREME Law of the Land.
So get out your checkbook, Senator. Belly up to the cash register, Congressman. The fine for civil rights violations under color of law is $10,000. That’s FOUR zeroes.
Or did you not vote for an “assault weapons” ban?
Let’s hear no more of this witlessness on the matter of the flatly un-constitutional, deeply flawed, overwhelmingly unpopular, (and mendaciously-named) — scorn quotes — “Affordable Care Act.”
ONBTW: We the People think a government shut-down would be a Good Thing.
ON THE OTHER HAND, I think he’s full of it. He begins with a fallacy when he says, “We have a health system that, in terms of costs, is really out of control.” I’m sorry, “WE” don’t have shit. “WE” needn’t and probably shouldn’t (though I’m chary of using the word should) have anything — in common. Each of us is unique, has our own needs, wants, desires, diseases, and foibles. Nor should it be any different.That’s the way God planned it, to quote that old song. (Yes, boomers, it is an old song. Get over it.) Why any one-size-fits-all solution (if solution it is) should be put forward in the first place ought to make you suspect any such and anyone who WOULD put it forward. If you get my drift.
And that leads to the flaw in this thinking:
“Attack the costs first, and then worry about expanding coverage,” he said. “I would much rather see another plan that really attacks costs. And I think that’s what the American public wants to see. I mean, the American public is not behind this bill.”
Why anyone so well enriched by the market should be so ignorant of how markets work is beyond amazing and falls into the flabbergastion zone. It is, in matter of fact, the very attacks on the pricing and distribution of medical goods and services that has so badly distorted the market, so horribly perverted incentives in the market, as to put all but the most basic care beyond the reach of ordinary Americans. (Or so they think.) And the NUMBER ONE cause is the use of — so-miscalled (scorn quotes) — “insurance”.
Are you aware that a little less than half of what you spend or is spent on your behalf on medical goods and services goes, not to pay for those services, but to pay for insurance, including (but not limited to) the overhead (call it an unfunded mandate) required to DEAL WITH insurance? (Pardon me: “insurance.” (It’s not.))
If you really want to lower the costs of medicine and medical care, here’s the prescription.
1. Eliminate tax deductions for “employer-paid” “insurance” coverage. (And, as you do, admit that it is neither employer-paid NOR insurance. Make it WELL known that, if the value of the labor were not there, the “insurance” would not be available, and that if it is, the employee is better off getting the price of the insurance in his pay packet.)
2. End Medicare and Medicaid. (Pay subsidies to those who really need it. Pay them from the general fund, as an on-budget item. Get rid of the slush funds that politicians use to buy votes, but which otherwise only warp the marketplace out of all reason.)
3. Allow “Major Medical” carriers to sell across state lines. (Yes, it’s a blow to states rights. Boo hoo. They shouldn’t be allowed to meddle in the buying options of the people regardless. Think of it as a counter-blow FOR the rights of the People.)
4. Remove tax disincentives for savings, including medical savings accounts. (Don’t try to incentivize or subsidize them; just get the Hell out of the way and let the People solve what government has broken. Trust me; they will.)
5. Run a clock on the FDA. Enough with the endless delays and blockage of new drugs and devices. (Better yet: privatize the whole thing. Follow the UL model. Give the regulators incentives to ALLOW, rather than block, new drugs and devices.)
6. Having limited the time it takes to GET a patent on a drug, push for quicker generics. (Lantus insulin is out of patent. Why is there no generic long-acting insulin glargine? (Hint: it’s a three-letter agency of the government.))
7. Two words: tort reform. (‘Nuff said.)
There might be more. Probably is. But this would be a good start. Problem is there are too few opportunities for fraud, graft, corruption, and vote-buying in it. But youthepeople would be well-advised to, if you DON’T get this or something very much like it, to vote ALL the bastards out of office. At least.
BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, there’s all those people all over the world struggling to get in to Russia.
“JUST CLOSE THE CAGE DOOR and walk away.”
Have to say, it’s probably the most sage advice I’ve heard in many a long year.
IN THE DISCO ’70S inform the American people that the reason Hollywood isn’t speaking out more stridently is because they’re afraid of being labeled racists for criticizing The Won.
Live by the race card, die by the race card.
(Hat tip: Ace)
AND DECIDES ALL ON ITS LONESOME that atheism is a religion and entitled to First Amendment protections.
All well and good. And, now, it’s also not privileged above other religions and we’ll hear no more about taking down Christmas creches.
I saw what you did there.
HERE WE GO AGAIN! Democrat pusillanimity is going to get us into another land war in Asia. And they’re going to go about it in half-hearted, half-measures, executed in a half-assed manner by less than half the numbers of personnel we should use. The Big Stick on the cheap. Because — you know — it has always worked so well in the past. (Can you say, “Vietnam”?)
IT’S SUPPOSED (BY THE LEFT) to be a trump card, and it’s turning out to be a joker.
No jokers in bridge.
You are SO perspicacious, Dolly!
I SUPPOSE IT’S NOT all that obvious, but, despite having more-or-less completed the final edits on The High T Affair over the weekend, I suspect I will be unable to meet my self-imposed publication deadline by September 1 — next Sunday.
I can still try, but I have yet to register copyright, finish the cover art (which, it looks like, will be vastly different from what you’ve seen so far, but that happens a lot in creative projects), and herd the thing through a beta read.
I may have to push it back a day or two.
<joannewhorley>IS THAT A CATEGORY JOKE?</joannewhorley> asks what he thinks, no doubt, is a terribly clever question: “Why aren’t there any libertarian societies?”
Might as well ask why Henry Ford’s first car wasn’t a 2013 Thunderbird.
Dipshit. It’s because libertarianism is highly advanced and is not something that you start out from. It requires educated and sophisticated understandings of the relationships among people and between people and the state. It requires an advanced conception of the necessities of self-government. You start out with anarchy, develop through various stages of autarchy through democracy and republic. Libertarianism is an END STAGE governmental form.
If you want to know why there are no purely libertarian societies, look in the mirror. Are YOU well-advanced enough to govern yourself? (And not meddle in the affairs of others?)