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This Just In: Nation Half-Ready For Obamacare

18 Jun

According to The Christian Science Monitor[1], some fifty percent of all Americans have already made their adjustment to the Federal invasion of healthcare: they’re relying on prayer for healing.

Oh, all right, “consider the source;” I certainly don’t have any moral right to stand in the way of someone succumbing to appendicitis or rheumatic fever according to the light of the their own religion (or, for that matter, not succumbing; these things weren’t a hundred percent fatal before there were effective medical solutions and a postulated Thumb on the scales of fate couldn’t hurt). But despite the editorialist’s use of the statistic to fuel musings on the impiety of Government[2], I think it may be a little more something else: even now, if you get just a skosh into the paperwork and red tape that almost every interaction with Modern Medicine entails, you’re liable to prefer trying simpler solutions; with the Feds driving, it’ll only get worse.

Might as well pray. If nothing else, it’s a more dignified death than drugged up an’ stuffed fulla wires and tubes.

(I am NOT gonna debate the possible efficacy of prayer in healing in comments; start it up and you’ll be deleted without mercy. If it works, how it works, that is between you and your $DEITY; it’s not the point of this screed. I don’t consider it worthy of debate; not because I think it is trivial but because it is a question that, if answered, could easily be used to infringe on the individual freedom of religious belief: when you debate it, you are actually arguing for the right to “prove” your religion and go Convert The Heathen by main force. Do that on your own time, dammit; I am a heathen and I shoot back). _____________________________________________
1. And I guess we should all be grateful someone is monitoring it.
2. In my opinion, it’s not nearly impious enough; indeed, whenever any set of beliefs ceases to be questioned and becomes Received Wisdom, the Feds ought to be banned from involvement: lock ’em outta Hinduism an’ Global Warming, out of Scient010gy and Protestantism, out of Cold Fusion an’ UFOlogy, every last thing, no matter how obscure or widely believed, no matter how much or how little history it’s got, if it even smells like religion, Uncle Sam should have to set it down and move slowly away. –Yeah, dream on; we otta all get shiny unicorns to ride, too. Or at least a mule and some land. Don’t hold your breath.


>The Most Transparent Administration Evar

16 Jun

>Except not.

Yeah, I know Mr. the President Obama’s presented-in-secret transparency award made the chuckling rounds of our corner of the blogosphere awhile back already; this latest complaint, however, comes from his own pet Left* (as appears to increasingly be the case): one D. Ellsberg, et al, in the frikkin’ Guardian.

Think he’ll listen?

* Y’know, in a number of ways, I’d be way nicer to the Left if their leaders lived up to their own hyperbole when elected. If, instead of or in addition to merely tellin’ me they were gonna End The War (whichever The War happens to be on at the time) an’ conduct the Affairs of State in the Clear, Clean Light of Day sans all skulking and skullduggery, eternally eschewing the cloak, the dagger and even fibbing, they actually went and did it, they would find no greater cheerleader than me. But the reality is, all their sneers at their GOPposition’s use of sneaking appear to be in reality over the way the Right is not very good at getting away with it. And that’s just sad. I’m sure I’ll get one of those “But Teh Gummint has just got to have sekrets!” lectures. I’m not so sure that’s true; it might inhibit the foreign adventuring but I see that as more of a feature than a problem.

>Republican Debate (Not With One Another)

14 Jun

>Well, it was called a debate. More like the Miss America competition — and the media have already decided Mr. Romney (RINO governor of some East coast hellhole) is the the pretty one. (See?) The first linked article is chuckleworthy in many ways, not least when it sets R0n P4ul on the “fringe” for bringing up way-out topics “like ‘Keynesian bubble’ and ‘monetary policy.'” OMG. Yeah, what would any understanding of the causes of the ever-deepening (mustn’t call it a depression) recession do us…?

Ah, J-School Barbie, forever whining, “Math is hard. Economics is hard. History is impossible.” Staring at quick and easy histograms and playing an iPod while Western Civ. burns. But flash ’em a Weiner and they’re after it like ducks spotting a June bug!

I don’t think there was a clear winner in the GOP debate but I know who lost and it wasn’t anyone on the stage. It wasn’t any office-holder or journalist, either: it was you and me.

Just like always.

>Rat Overboard!

9 Jun

>Y’know, when a Democrat President loses the Washington Post…well.

Beseems the Post has found a wee bit of fudging in Mr. Obama’s rousing speech on his administration’s salvation of the auto industry — and they’re citin’ facts and figures.

When your spin is so blatant even you own side can’t bring itself to remain quiet about it, it might be time to give it up. Why, heck, even The Wiener managed to do that much after he was taken to task.

The President, though? He’s convinced his phonily-rosy claims of having stiffened Detroit’s “recovery” with a diamond-shaped blue pill of no-cost assistance are Just Fine.*

Facts: why face them when you can just give a nice-sounding speech instead? It’s the D.C. way.
* I have this vision of U.S. auto industry execs receiving spammy e-mail from the Feds: “MAKE your business LAST and LAST! Quicker RECOVERY! Customers will faint from PLEASURE!” Etc. And, of course, 2/3 of them actually bought into it.

>Just In Time

8 Jun

>The Congressman Weiner idiocy has been unfolding in about the same span as my finding out Joanna Russ had passed away and as he has gone from flat denial (“…an internet hoax…I am the victim….”) to tearful (bragging!) admission of chatting women up and sending icky piccies — to many women, over several years — to that last refuge of the sexist jerk, I-can’t-help-it-the-little-Weiner-took-over-it’s-just-too-easy-nowadays, I can only ask myself what she might’ve thought about the situation.

It’s a generalization, but if any boy was gonna be foursquare for treatin’ women as something other than toys, I’d’ve thunk a liberal Dem from the greater NYC area, married to a successful high-level political operative, would be the guy. (An’ prolly humorlessly sincere about it, too — but noooooo, he’s a Grade A Clueless Tool. My new rule: whatever any Congressbeing presents itself as, it is instead the exact opposite. That would explain the drugged-up, sex-fiend, contemptuous of the common man spendthrifts we seem have elected, wouldn’t it?)

I would’ve been wrong and not just a little; the tone, tenor and story arc of his reaction to being caught out has been straight out of a (supposedly) long-outdated playbook, right down to his winking undertone that it wasn’t all that wrong, after all it was just (over18 but under 30!) girls. Frekkin’ pig.*

Russ likely would’ve had something pointed and poignant to say and perhaps — with the wisdom of age — she would not have been much surprised. As it is, she got out just in time.

Gun culture, conservative as it is, has more than once been accused of sexism. Maybe it is; I doubt there’s been a whole darned lot of consciousness-raising, at least not without well-deserved snickering, but speaking as a woman who shoots, I have never been treated as shabbily therein as Congressthing Weiner has treated his Twitettes. There’s some sort of a moral in there but I’ll leave it for the reader to winkle out.

Update: Carl B. offers his own take. Man’s got a point; I’ll point out that though it takes two to tango, it only takes one to stop the dance. Or is that his point?
* I don’t mind the cheating-spouse aspect of this — that’s between him and the missus (I’ll loan her a rolling pin or a cast-iron skillet if she’s not had time to get one) — nearly so much as his trivialization of it. Sheesh, Tony, get a pinup calendar or subscribe to a men’s magazine: they’re intended to be disposable media. Real women in real time are not toys and your offense was not the sending of the crotch shot, the flirting or the getting caught, it was when you confused “woman” with “candy bar,” something sweet and forgettable to refresh your idle moments.
Come to think of it, that was my beef with Mr. the President Clinton, too.

Eagle Creek Pistol Range Returns!

6 Jun

Got the word at the Indy 1500 Gun Show this afternoon. Grand Opening, next weekend:

Tactical Firearms Training is the new contractor; supposedly they have slightly better terms from the city on things like keeping the range available. Hours are definitely better — 9 to 5 instead of 10 to 4!

This is a good sign. Tam and I plan to attend the Grand Opening — see you there?

(There’s a first-rate Indian restaurant not too far away that sets a fine buffet on Saturday. Anyone up for a BlogShoot + Lunch?)


4 Jun

>Unk posted about Apple’s remote camera disable patent, to general complaint about jackboot-enablers.

It reminded me of an especially cute hardware hack, the keychan dongle that shuts off all nearby TV sets at the touch of a button. How long do you suppose it would be after the introduction of the camera-censoring tech that a nosy-cam version of TV-B-GONE showed up?