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Archive for March 9th, 2010

Pelosi-to’s Way

Posted by sanityinjection on March 9, 2010

Folks, you just can’t make this stuff up. The following comes from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s own website. These are excerpts from a speech she delivered to a convention of local officials. I won’t go through all the blather (you can read the whole thing here) but I just want to focus on the part about health care reform. After reading this, tell me if you think Nancy Pelosi’s  concept of open, participatory democracy is the same as the rest of us:

“You’ve heard about the controversies within the bill, the process about the bill, one or the other….But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” (emphasis mine)

Come again? That’s right, she just said we have to wait until it’s been rammed through Congress before we are even allowed to know what is in the bill! Maybe if we’re good we’ll even get a crust of hard bread for supper too! Do you think any of the legislators voting on it will be allowed to know what’s in it?

She goes on to say:

“Health insurance reform is about jobs.  This legislation alone will create 4 million jobs, about 400,000 jobs very soon.”

So bear with me here. First we all thought health care reform was supposed to be about reducing health care costs. Then they told us no, it’s about expanding coverage to all Americans. Then they told us it was about reducing the deficit (!). Now apparently, it’s really been about jobs the whole time? (At least for the relatives and cronies of lawmakers who will get high paying jobs in the new federal agencies created to over see this monstrosity.)Do you get the feeling she just makes these numbers up as she goes along? Well you should, because 4 million jobs means one out of every 54 adult Americans will have a new job in health care reform! (If you’re an out of work bricklayer or factory worker and wonder how you’re going to get a job in health care, I can’t help you.)

I fully appreciate that in most public speeches, especially by legislators, there is a certain amount of inherent BS. But honestly, this is off the scale. What’s really upsetting is that Pelosi actually expects people to swallow this nonsense – that she can throw numbers like 4 million jobs around off the top of her head and know that nobody in the mainstream media will even challenge it.


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Two Rant Tuesday

Posted by sanityinjection on March 9, 2010

Following up on last week’s TRT in which I complained about Americans’ increasingly poor driving…Today I got to witness someone trying to back out of their driveway into a busy state highway. At first this appeared to me to be merely annoying rather than idiotic, until I drove past and realized that the driveway in question was big enough to land the space shuttle on. In other words, this driver could easily have turned his or her car around in their own driveway before trying to pull out into the highway, but was too lazy to do that. Instead, they insisted on backing out, creating a hazard to themselves and everyone else and also causing a backup of cars.

Something tells me this jackass was not the only such offender in my area this morning. I would put this in the same category as people who realize at the last second that they’re going to miss their exit. Instead of accepting the consequences of their mistake by going to the next exit and turning around, they swerve across multiple lanes of traffic, heedless of the danger to themselves and others. They would rather risk their lives and the lives of others around them than be even slightly inconvenienced by their own actions. Stop making everyone else cope with the consequences of your own failures! The only person who should be inconvenienced by your laziness on the road is YOU.

…and in a totally unrelated development, the family of American Rachel Corrie is suing the Israeli government for $324,000 in damages for Corrie’s alleged wrongful death in the Gaza Strip in 2003. Ms. Corrie was inside a militant as it was being bulldozed by the Israeli army, and died when a concrete slab fell on her. Corrie’s family claims the Israelis must have seen her. Of course, Corrie was there for the specific purpose of protesting Israel. She apparently ignored the tear gas and stun grenades that the Israelis had fired to clear the area of idiots like her. How are you supposed to spare the life of someone who is doing their best to get killed?

While I can of course sympathize with parents who lose their daughter – no matter how stupid she may have been – this is a ridiculous lawsuit. If your daughter is in the Gaza strip hanging out with terrorists and getting in the way of army operations to take them out, you’re a damn fool to be surprised if she gets killed. Corrie was 23 when she died, so her parents may not have been able to legally prevent her actions, but how much do you want to bet she was doing it all with Mommy and Daddy’s money? (Not too many people who work for a living have time to protest in war zones.) Call me harsh, but if Corrie had lived, she would most likely have fallen in love with some dashing Hamas terrorist, eventually becoming disillusioned, but not before breeding one or more future terrorists. It’s sad that Corrie didn’t have time to realize the error of her ways, but the fault is entirely her own.

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Iraqi election snapshots: Baghdad

Posted by sanityinjection on March 9, 2010

I recommend to you this piece in the New York Times by veteran Iraq journalist Bartle Bull. Mr. Bull’s interviews suggest that there is – at least in Baghdad – a movement in this election away from sectarianism. If that’s true, it’s the most positive sign yet of a potentially stable and peaceful future for Iraq.

One of the things that seems to stand out in the interviews is the Baghdadis’ sense of pride in their democratic elections as putting them far ahead of their Arab brethren or even their Iranian neighbors. Of course, Iraqis have long viewed themselves as being more educated and modern than other Arabs. But it bodes well if Baghdadis’ attitudes gradually spread across the rest of the country.

I’m not sure why this piece was buried by the Times in their Op-Ed section, unless it simply wasn’t anti-American enough to qualify as “news”.

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