Children

When you start to treat 19-26 year olds as children in regards to health it only seems fair that you treat them as children in regard to their reading material on campus.

On September 12, 2011, Professor Miller posted on his office door an image of Nathan Fillion in Firefly and a line from an episode: “You don’t know me, son, so let me explain this to you once: If I ever kill you, you’ll be awake. You’ll be facing me. And you’ll be armed.” On September 16, UWS Chief of Police Lisa A. Walter emailed Miller, notifying him that she had removed the poster and that “it is unacceptable to have postings such as this that refer to killing.”

Ht Threesouces

Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid

LetS say for a second that we trust Sibelius with our personal records…..do we trust all the people she hires and the people they hire?

What happens to the federal government if it loses a laptop full of patient data or business information? What recourse do individual citizens have against an inept bureaucrat who leaves the computer unlocked? Imagine a WikiLeaks-size disclosure of every American’s health histories. The results could be devastating, embarrassing — even Orwellian.

With its extensive rule-making decrees, Obamacare has been an exercise in creating authority out of thin air at the expense of individuals’ rights, freedoms and liberties.

The ability of the federal government to spy on, review and approve individuals’ private patient-doctor interactions is an excessive power grab.

Friday Fun

Yes, you can fight wars, have babies, marry, drink, even sign contracts.
But you’ll always be “kids” to us.

In an LATimes opinion column titled “How “Obamacare” helps kids”

Gee, what do you know. While Republicans are busy slamming the president for risking our children’s futures with an expensive healthcare law, parents are insuring — literally — their children’s health, and futures, today.

Now, Republicans are free to cast the healthcare reform law as the devil incarnate. One of them may even get elected. And the GOP might even be able to carry out its threat to repeal the law.

But if that happens, I wonder how they’re going to explain to the parents of all those insured kids why they won’t have access to affordable healthcare anymore.

That’s just funny. I suspect same opinion writer will be very upset to find at the end of the year that the insurance companies have profited by this influx of “kids” aged 19-26 since they use the services the least as they tend to be healthy.

Obligatory Warren Post

Rich Lowry writes a great rebuttal today.

I’m sure you’ve read the Elizabeth Warren part by now.

“I hear all this, you know, ‘Well, this is class warfare,’” she says of Democratic tax policy. “No. There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Nobody.”
She goes on to cite the proverbial factory owner who relies on public services like roads, schools and cops. (Warren could just as easily have mentioned as contributors to the factory owner’s success freedom and a government strictly bound by the rule of law, but they must not have been top of mind.)

Some have been looking for the quick ride in the elevator rebuttal.
How’s this?

She argued that these goods are things “the rest of us paid for,” the “rest of us did.” When it comes to federal income taxes — the focus of the current debate — this isn’t right. About half the country doesn’t pay them, and the top 10 percent pays about 70 percent. Insofar as those taxes fund Warren’s public goods, her rich industrialist disproportionately contributes already.

Or here’s a quicker one if you’re only going up a floor.

Focusing on infrastructure as the crucial support of entrepreneurial activity is like crediting the guy who built young Bill Gates’ garage with the start of Microsoft.

Maybe for 4 floors [bold is mine]:

Besides, why is anyone musing about raising the taxes of factory owners in a stagnant economy? …….According to the Census, one in five American children is living in poverty, and the average earnings of the typical man working full time are beneath 1978 levels. Anyone worried about our social contract should care first of all about creating more economic growth, and more factory owners.
Elizabeth Warren, and President Obama with her, looks at business success largely as an occasion for higher taxation. Whatever this is, it is not, as the president would have it, simply an exercise in math.

Pakistan

Last week’s attack on the U.S. Embassy in Kabul and a Sept. 10 truck bombing that killed five Afghans and wounded 77 NATO troops were “planned and conducted” by the Pakistan-based Haqqani network “with ISI support,” said Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The ISI is the Pakistani military’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency.

Whoa…..now what? Do we just let countries attack embassies that we are protecting?

Two Hundred People Dead

Why are 200 people dead?

Hard to say as they are mostly part of an underworld drug culture that makes people like me a little worried about going to places like the Mexican border.

BUT when our government finances the purchases of the weapons used for these 200 deaths, so that they purposefully get sold to people in this underworld drug culture at the border to cross the border and they don’t bother to tell the government of the other side of the border about this great plan and where these weapons are going to, it certainly makes one start to believe that maybe what those crazies are saying about Obama not just being naive but actually, purposefully going after some crazy left wing agenda is right.

[To be clear I do not think that Cosmic Conservative is crazy. I just was surprised to read his post this morning and think to myself….he may be right] bold is mine

Drax, who comments regularly on this blog, has suggested for years that Obama is pursuing the Cloward-Piven strategy. I have consistently been skeptical of such overt socialist goals, although I have long conceded that Obama is clearly a hard left collectivist at heart. But I have not accepted the idea that even Obama would actively work to destabilize the American economy and government just for the sake of using the resulting crisis as a way to permanently transform the USA into a socialist state.

But then there’s Gun-Runner.

The more that comes out about this scandal the worse it looks. And the larger it looks.

Money

It’s as if the people in charge have no clue…zero zip nada…..about what a dollar means.

“I’ll be in charge!!” says Obama. “Let’s see we need 1.5 trillion for this and we need 457 billion for that and you people over there need to find 2 or 3 trillion in savings. Got it. Excellent, I’m going to golf.”

He comes out with a jobs plan that is exactly like the stimulus plan. The stimulus plan that a) didn’t work and b) still hasn’t used up all the money in it!

Oh wait, lets get the sequence right.
He gets a debt limit increase with an agreement to find savings and/or taxes of 1.5 trillion dollars else an automatic cut will happen.

THEN he comes out with a jobs plan that is exactly like the stimulus plan only for 487 billion. The stimulus plan that a) didn’t work and b) still hasn’t used up all the money in it!

Then he comes out with a way to pay for the jobs plan through the tax code to raise 1.5 trillion dollars.

What the hell is it with 1.5 trillion? Does he know what 1.5 trillion is?
Does anyone? Does anyone even know what 487 billion is? I have no concept. And based on the idea that someone in the government says “I’ll save money by not buying everyone’s lunch and instead buying coffee and muffins” and they actually send over a freaking check for $4200 for 250 muffins I am guessing they don’t have a clue either.

Does this money add up to anything in our current state of affairs? No.
It is illustrative of how money is just tossed willy nilly about with no concept at all? Yes.

Quid Pro Quo

Apparently quid pro quo is back in style and written down somewhere…(the constitution?) because Tavis Smiley says: [bold is mine]

And whatever happened to that notion that to the victor goes the spoils? If anybody ought to be looked out for, it ought to be the persons who represent the most significant and the most loyal part of the base. That would be African-Americans.”

Who knew? I wonder why he was so upset about Bush and the oil companies then.