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Friday, November 20. 2009
Toon via Lucianne.
The Moonbats want to get rid of "Fighting Sioux." The Indians want it kept. How does "The Fighting Sue" sound instead? Or "The Pacifist Sue"? Beat us, please.
Somebody read Sarah Palin's book
At Am Thinker:
According to a recent paper by Drs. June and Dave O'Neill of Baruch College, the City University of New York, two national studies--the National Health Interview Survey and the Current Population Survey--put the number of folks who don't have health insurance because they can't afford it at 21.6 million. That's almost exactly the number that Dr. Reid's big spending plan would leave uninsured.
Maybe it won't insure anybody, but it will achieve control of us. That's the point.
Pethokoukis does the odds on the heath care takeover.
Next on the Dem agenda: Legalizing illegals. Pete DuPont says Congress is hard of hearing, but they are not. They have a small window of opportunity to ram through their wish list before they are voted out next November. These are not issues that there is a national consensus about. Bad politics, bad news, bad everything.
Seven trees? Isn't the hockey stick graph dead already?
Will Osama need to be read his Miranda rights? Before some SEAL shoots him?
How times have changed. The CA students once protested for free speech. Now they protest about Gimme gimme. What pathetic, whining, entitled children this country has raised. Yes, I worked my way through UMass, and I am the better man for it. The young benefit from challenges. I did.
Big, Bigger, Biggest: Three Examples of Government-Induced Failure
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Terrific cartoon, NJ.
And the health care post is correct in asking people to call, not write or email. All of the A-list bloggers recommend phone calls. I think it was Michelle who did some investigative work on it years ago, and the bottom line is that emails are put into a simple "For/Against" category, whereas phone calls each get a small write-up on the content and 'tone' of the caller.
All of which makes sense. It's easy to anonymously fling off an angry email, but actually calling them takes some gumption and shows the person is honestly heated up about the matter. On top of that, if someone's willing to wait 20 minutes on hold until they can talk to someone, that also shows they're serious about the issue.
In other news, I'm not sure where your "Gimme, gimme" came from. The friggin' school board is raising their student fees THIRTY-TWO PERCENT! That was the only headline that evoked a "Holy shit!" from me when I read it earlier today. Personally, I'm surprised only a couple of hundred students protested. I think the entire campus should have come down on the Board of Regents like the wrath of an angry god.
Raising the struggling students' fees by a THIRD? It sounds to me like it's the school board who's the one saying "Gimme, gimme."
Doc is right; the phone is best. BUT, the phone lines are busy, busy, busy, so use the web sites, etc. if you can't get through by phone. The important thing is to hit as many Senators as possible with a "don't you dare vote for this bill."
I believe that, if you complain about what you don't want, you should state what you do want. SO...
Suggestions: 1) tort reform, 2) competition among insurers across state lines, 3) tax-deductible employee-based insurance (portabillity), and 4) tax-deductible Medical Savings Accounts would be excellent starting points for this year's reform effort. Run with it!
Re: Legalizing illegals...The Feds, not to mention State and local governments have spent themselves into a coffin corner. There is no way in hell they can raise the revenue needed to cover budget gaps. I believe that legalizing illegals is all about tax revenue. They are looking at 12 million taxpayers to help fund their big government dreams...
Note to the Feds: It might be better to import millions of engineers, doctors, nurses, and other educated, skilled, and english trained persons from India, China, Russia, and wherever else we can find them...Why in hell would we want to accept non-english speaking illiterates who will ulitmately draw more in benefits than they contribute in tax dollars to our United States. Once again the Feds haven't seen the ball since the kick-off. Stuck on stupid!
I am all for kids paying part or all of their tuition...but because of unbridled cost increases, families can barely afford to pay it, let alone a kid earning minimum wage. Many of these students probably have had family members lose jobs and their enrollment is semester-by-semester anyway. When the budget cuts came in, the school should have cut its budget. With student loans, we have propped up these ridiculous tuition increases for many years now. It is incredibly difficult to attend college without incurring debt. Something's gotta give....most folks aren't asking for "free" school (some are, of course), but a 32% increase?
Still cheap as dirt, for four years of drinking beer, chasing girls/boys, getting propagandized - with a piece of paper at the end of it all and no job.
I have to backtrack...I did a little research and found out (surprise!) that UC students' tuition is VERY heavily subsidized and that average tuition in the state of Cali is around $3000 per student. When I mentioned students having a hard time affording college, I meant out here in the regular world where tuition is still taxpayer and out-of-state student subsidized, I realize, but no where near as much.
I am thinking many Dems are not that worried about being voted out of office. All the Dems have to do is promise an appointment to another government position or government job in return for their support.
Re: 7 trees, hockey sticks and AGW. Al Gore and people like him have crossed from ignorant to evil. They are out to enrich themselves by raising costs to every energy user on the planet. Since middle- and low-income people use more of their budget on energy than wealthy people like Gore himself, that means he's enriching himself out of the pockets of the middle-class and the poor. On top of that, he's ensuring that many poor people continue to live in material abject squalor: dirty water, grass cooking fires, little or no light at night.
If there were any conceivable benefit to all of Gore's speechifying and CO2 campaigning, maybe his impoverishment of the world's poor would be worthwhile. But there is no value at all to anything he is preaching. None. Zero. He is taking money from those who have little enough in order to provide them nothing at all. Bill Gates and Steve Jobs provided value through computers. Hollywood provides value through entertainment. Exxon provides value through energy. Carbon offsets? Renewables? Little or no value but very high costs. Net value very, very negative.
It's got to be just a quirk in the criminal code that Gore and his partners are not certifiably criminally insane. For just the reasons you've given --the total lack of concern for the enormity of the damage in what he is trying to pull off.
Hockey stick? OK, Briffa published when only a few were available, and in eight years or so never looked at subsequent data - still smells, but waddahay.
Meanwhile, look at -
Especially the link
The fact is that we canít account for the lack of warming at the moment ...
Nice to see the one Indian tribe battle political correctness and see the Fighting Sioux name for what it is. A compliment and an honor. Indeed, it must be a source of pride for the local Indians if the jerseys and such are so popular.
still one of the best answers to this pc lunacy is the fightin' whities, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fighting_Whites]