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.
The New York Times writes that the effort to rehabilitate HealthCare.gov is in truth part of a broader project, “a frantic effort aimed at rescuing not only the insurance portal and Mr. Obama’s credibility, but also the Democratic philosophy that an activist government can solve big, complex social problems.” We’ve been having that debate for a long time, and, while it may not yet be settled to everyone’s satisfaction, we have answered the narrower question of whether this administration can solve big, complex social problems: It can’t even solve its own website.
Or, better yet click on anyone of these logos to see the multiple subdivisions this guy is dong and he is just one developer.
The problem is of course the mixing of apples and oranges. If you want a second cabin in Montana how much land do you need to go with it--would you be satisfied with a condo? If what you are looking for is a first/primary home in Montana--well that's a different story: are you bringing your job with you, or do you need us to create one for you?
The UK baby snatching is bad. Would have thought the answer (based on the article) would be to let her calm down and catch the next flight followed by a call to the Italians to follow up. Hope we see more about this story.
Even more hellish is when cash strapped governments decide that they should lose their exemption from obamacare and dump their folks on the exchanges.
Maybe Dylan will learn the corruption of blood libel should be played sparingly though most likely he'll skate since he could not be expected to know French law or some such.
As a social worker in a psychiatric hospital here in the US, I am very suspicious that we are not being told a good deal of the story. Remember that the hospital, because of confidentiality, cannot answer or give context. Walt moffett's suspicion that there is another side to this shows good instinct on his part. Note that it is her mother who tells the police she is bipolar and untreated.
In particular, the bit about secret court jumped out at me. I am betting that given the details, none of us would regard it as "secret" in the paranoid sense hinted at here.
Other problems: Letting someone calm down is not an effective treatment for BPAD, so that wouldn't be available to them. The signs point to her refusing treatment that would calm her down enough to travel even with an escort. (And yes, there are safe treatments for pregnant women.)
Hospitals seldom go looking for extra complications, such as how to get an Italian baby adopted or holding someone against their will if a reasonably safe return home would be better. Or going for an unnecessary C-section.
Following the links to the NYT op-ed column by one Daniel Callahan, I surmise that the writer is a so-called bio-ethicist, who reduces the question of aging to one of the financial costs of old people to "society"...as if seniors are a species apart from the rest of humanity. As far as I'm concerned, society derives no benefit from an ethicist bean counter and it is only with profound regret that such a person lives at all. The oxygen Mr. Callahan consumes daily is wasted on him, better used by others who can see how truly offensive his thinking is. [/rant]