Entries from August 2009

Politics in a Polyester Leisure Suit

Ahh, what a theme for the day: WaPo – After the Governator, the Calculator. By George F. Will The most ominous domestic event of the 1970s was the collapse of self-government in New York City, which before being put into receivership by the state was liberalism’s laboratory. Since then, California has been the slate on [...]

Categories: Politics

And While I'm On the Topic

…Of paranoia about molesters’ impact on society: The Times – Girls should not have to fear the world outside The cases of Jaycee Lee Dugard and Laura Dekker will only reinforce the view that we should lock up our daughters, by Melanie Reid But a far greater tragedy is the impact her story will have [...]

Categories: People and Current Events

Boys Being Boys (And No, This Post Has Nothing to do With Ted Kennedy)

Nothing to say about this, but the quoted bit is something I’ve been hearing about a lot lately from unpopular sources (successful teachers at conservative private schools or successful but unpopular teachers at public ones): The Times – Neeeoww! Let’s stick up for boisterous boys<br/> Dreary coursework and earnest women teachers have let pupils down. [...]

Categories: People and Current Events

The Marquis de Montcalm on Healthcare

This: The Sunday Times – What’s the Canadian word for ‘lousy care’? Is even funnier if you remember this: The Sunday Times – Dodge Grand Caravan<br/> Paradise needs help … a giant engine, please, by Jeremy Clarkson From the second: When I’m faced with intransigence at a car-rental desk, what I like to do is [...]

Categories: People and Current Events

It Fills My Heart With Gladness to Subsidize Antonio Banderas' Holiday Travel

Curtsy: Instapundit, whose reader emails: Who’s paying for upgrades to Aspen’s Pitkin County airport, where private jet usage dwarfs commercial jet operations? The taxpayer, of course. The private jet tails made a nice backdrop for the shiny new “your tax dollars at work” sign at the airport this morning. A partial list of other celebrities [...]

Categories: People and Current Events

The NICU Summary Came!!!

Right so for 7 days, 6 blood labs daily, 48 hours IV antibiotic, 48 hours EEG, and assorted other miscellania, before Regence adjustments, the grand total for one cute lil 5lb baby is… Who wants to hazard a guess??

Categories: Wildcard

Peter Recommends CXIV

io9 – Loch Ness Monster Spotted On Google Maps As if we needed any proof.

Categories: Science and Nature

I Suppose All Exit Plans Are This Cynical

Obamacare: The Only Exit Strategy<br/> Hook us with government-subsidized universal and virtually unlimited coverage. By Charles Krauthammer The strategy has been extensively quoted elsewhere, so I’ll stick to the punchline: Isn’t there a catch? Of course, there is. This scheme is the ultimate bait-and-switch. The pleasure comes now, the pain later. Government-subsidized universal and virtually [...]

Categories: Politics

Keep Talkin, Dan

The Times – Hannan’s Heroes<br/> The remarks of a Conservative MEP raise a constitutional issue Why do the comments of an obscure politician in a foreign interview on an historical topic raise a constitutional issue? Because they make one ponder the entire point of politics. Conventionally, politicians try to avoid saying controversial things. They adhere [...]

Categories: Politics

If DC is Rome…

…Does that make Obama Julius, Augustus, or Nero? New Geography – ROME VS. GOTHAM Urban politicians have widely embraced the current concentration of power in Washington, but they may soon regret the trend they now so actively champion. The great protean tradition of American urbanism – with scores of competing economic centers – is giving [...]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Blessed Family Punished by the Gods, Eh?

NYT – Edward Kennedy, Senate Stalwart, Dies As he underwent cancer treatment, Mr. Kennedy was little seen in Washington, appearing most recently at the White House in April as Mr. Obama signed a national service bill that bears the Kennedy name. Last week Mr. Kennedy urged Massachusetts lawmakers to change state law and let Gov. [...]

Categories: Politics

Speak of the Devil and He'll Ruck Up in a New Jersey Backyard

Times Online – Don’t pitch your tent here, terror victims’ town tells Colonel Gaddafi A New Jersey town with a bitter experience of terrorism is in uproar at the prospect of Muammar Gaddafi pitching his air-conditioned tent there during his first visit to the United States. The Libyan leader is considering making his Bedouin camp [...]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

The Wee Pretendy Parliament Steps Out

Telegraph – Nice one, Kenny MacAskill… now they’re all angry with us Scots<br/> It’s a bad time to be Scottish – and not just because of Megrahi, says Gerald Warner. Ever since the inestimable gift of devolution was conferred on Scotland by Mr Blair there has been a nervous apprehension among the educated or just [...]

Categories: Politics

In Which Urgently Needed Healthcare Reform is Accomplished in a Single Stroke

Wheat & Weeds – Running Short On General Practitioners By 2020, just when demand will spike, we’ll be short 40,000 primary care physicians, if current trends continue. I’ve got an idea! Let’s demonize them as greedy blood-suckers, prevent them from making living wages, dictate how they can treat their patients, violate their consciences, but still [...]

Categories: People and Current Events

Killing Crakkas and Renewing American Democracy

Wheat & Weeds – Every Vote Counts! Heh.

Categories: People and Current Events