We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
ANOTHER HEALTHCARE BILL NUGGET: “The section, titled ‘Advanced Care Planning Consultation’ requires senior citizens to meet at least every 5 years with a doctor or nurse practitioner to discuss dying with dignity.”
Does dying of a heart attack on the tennis court qualify as "dignified"?I think it should, but it does rudely inconvenience the remaining three - assuming it's doubles.
If priorities are to be believed, the priority the Obama administration has placed at the top could become a flop. Political pollster Daniel Yankelovichsaysthat Americans are slowly leaving the “wishful stage” of the health care debate, when polling data showed broad support for a larger government role in medicine. Yankelovichpredicts“in the next few weeks, when voters discover what national health care will cost and how it could affect their own care, romance will give way to reality.” Studies already show the legislation's eroding popularity, as citizens find out the problems inherent in socialized medicine, the tax increases necessary to finance it, and the deception politicians use to inflate the number of uninsured Americans.
Watch out, NYH-Presbyterian, Mass General, and Mayo Clinic. Via Viking:
Large urban teaching hospitals - including hospitals that are the biggest engines of the Boston economy - are facing the loss of hundreds of millions of dollars under national health care reform as rural lawmakers on Capitol Hill wage a fight to win more federal cash for their local institutions.
Having experienced both Britains NHS and the American system I can see the good and bad in both.The growth in the Govt health system of such things as gay lesbian etc outreach workers for the Somali,Bangladeshi etc community is the deal killer for me.Once Govt gets its hands on the controls medicine and health becomes secondary to social engineering and other leftist confections.
opie ... remember that old saw about 'killing the messenger' who brings bad news? What's going on right now in this country is a massive societal upheaval of standards and future aims. News Junkie is the messenger, in this case, reporting as accurately as he can. We folks out here in the battlefields are the ones who have to get bloodied in the battle if we want to change the direction we're skidding in.
Hi Marianne! I'm so glad you're back. I read your trials with your guru and router, and I'm wondering if that's the problem. I can access everything through Safari but MF. It comes and goes, and Buddy is still denied. We're all on Comcast. Nonetheless, I will try messing with my router to see if that helps.
I like Opie's suggestion. I also agree with you, but I think most of us get 'bloodied' on other sites and come here for relief. I remember threads so funny on this blog that I couldn't sleep after laughing so long and so hard. I'm not belittling any of the host's efforts, but a pall seems to have settled on the farm, and god knows we all need a romp in the hay to cheer us up during this most awful of times.
By the way, if you want to get depressed, go to Drudge or memeorandum and just read the headlines. :(
We have been blocking viruses which have been assaulting our comments from a number of peoples' pcs. Not their faults.
We are automatically blocking any machines which generate over 100 comments/hr, via their viruses. Maybe Buddy's has one.
Do you know which computers/commenters you are blocking? That is, can you tell which generate the viruses? I have a MAC, so that would not be me generating viruses. How troublesome either way. Is it the same problem that makes Maggie's crash every so often?
Section 1233 of H.R. 3200. The section, titled “Advanced Care Planning Consultation” requires senior citizens to meet at least every 5 years with a doctor or nurse practitioner to discuss dying with dignity.
Mongol ... elderly concentration camps? We already have those. We call them 'assisted living' homes. They're storage units for those elderly who are still inconsiderate enough to be walking around, albeit slowly.
No ... I suspect that the "civilian militia" of brownshirts that the Administration is organizing will be used as hit squads for eliminating the elderly who are too stubborn to agree to the "civilian counseling" groups who urge us to "die with dignity."
Regarding the link "Why Conservatism sucks right now" at Rick Moran's RightWing Nuthouse: Moran is hardly a credible conservative. From what I read of his website prior to the past presdiential election, Moran is an Obama-supporting self-described 'Libertarian" ala Althouse. Or maybe he's a conservative like Brooks, Frum, and Noonan are conservative. In any case, his taking one man's extreme opinions and radical ideas and equating them with a conservative philosophy of governance is either idiotic, ill-informed. or dishonest. If you're seeking trenchant commentary on conservatism, you'd be better served reading Stacy McCain, Mark Levin, Thomas Sowell, Hugh Hewitt, Michelle Malkin, Ann Coulter, Ace of Spades HQ, Hot Air, or any number of blogs and websites before you dip into the defamatory nether region of Moran's invective.