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AVI misses what I read as the irony in Strunk and White.
In the sections he quotes, S and W first state: use nouns and verbs and positive statements. then, in a teasing passage, they build a sentence using adverbs, adjectives and a negative. It demonstrates how awkward this reads.
Right on, Doc. I thought the tobacco companies should have done the same thing. When a state wanted to tax them too much, they should have said, "I guess you really don't want us in your state. We're pulling out. We know when we're not wanted." Florida started it. Do you think Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi would have gotten a flood of cigarette tax revenue and Florida would have had little and few jobs? How long would that have lasted?
Well, what's the answer? Tax Slaves whom shouldn't have a voice, or dole-sponges whom don't have skin in the game dictating the rules? Where's the 'happy medium'?
But, I get your jest - there does need to be some balance in the whole scheme, not slanted robbery of property and unable to defend it. How? Gawd, I wish I knew, but the current scheme isn't working, and is a house of cards. I see John Gault is around the corner.
Re: Obama lied about his dying mother's fight with her insurance company
I'll repeat what I posted on an earlier thread since it is important that the true facts not get lost or distorted by the White House's disinformation/FUD campaign, which is designed to provide cover for Obama's past deceptions and lies.
During his election campaign, Obama repeatedly accused his mother's insurance company of declining to pay the cost of her medical bills. Those were the words he used: her MEDICAL BILLS. However, according to a newly released book, which was written by a former NYT reporter, that is not true at all. What was declined was her application for DISABILITY payments, not the cost of her health care (which apparently was covered almost in full by her HEALTH insurance).
This dispute between Obama's mother and her DISABILITY insurance carrier took place in 1995 when Obama was either 33 or 34 years old (certainly not when he was a young child, don't forget). In fact, his mother told her insurance carrier that she was appointing her son as her attorney in order to handle her claim for disability payments.
Admittedly, these events took place a dozen years before he ran for the presidency in 2008, but Obama, as an attorney, would/should surely know the difference between medical costs and disability payments. And it beggars belief that he would have forgotten such important details of an event that, in his own words, had such an profound impact on him. He repeatedly told his audiences in his stump speeches that it was this incident that drove him to seek universal health care as his most cherished public policy.
How then, I have to ask, could he have so easily forgotten the actual details of this singularly important time in his life? I think that's extremely improbable. I think, instead, that he intentionally embellished and distorted this anecdote about his cancer-stricken mother in the same way the despicable John Edwards used his wife's illness to gain sympathy from the voters. It was a lie that he told convincingly with good effect. No one in the press bothered to dispute him. Instead, you will recall, they were all busy with really important stories, like checking out who Trigg Palin's real mother was.