July 31, 2009

Brew Ha-ha at the White House

It had to happen.  Beer companies annoyed at non-American beer being, apparently, featured at Crowley/Gates/Obama summit meeting.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124891169018991961.html#mod=todays_us_page_one

Notice I called it a summit meeting?  They could do worse than get some Summit products, from a Twin Cities-based firm.

(I have this mental picture of Sgt. Crowley shaking his bottle furiously, then spraying Gates and Bam thoroughly.)

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Carty Finkbeiner Again

Jack Kemp (not the late politician)

Carty Finkbeiner again

Reuters tells of Carty Finkeiner, Democrat Mayor of Toledo, calling the current economic situation a "depression." The article states, in part: http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090730/pl_nm/us_obama_ohio

"We're not just in a recession here, it's a depression," said Toledo Mayor Carty Finkbeiner. "This downturn has left Ohioans wondering if we've lost our place in the sun."

According to a midyear survey from real estate service company CB Richard Ellis Reichle Klein, Toledo's retail vacancy rate hit a record level of 14.6 percent.

"Everybody is having a hard time just existing right now," said Bob Shelley, 72, who runs Shelley Rubber Stamp & Sign Inc for his father in downtown Toledo. "All businesses have been hit, so everybody's giving everybody a break right now."

END OF QUOTE

This is the same Carty Finkbeiner who I've previously reported about at the Birdnow blog as having:

1) Refused to allow the Marines to conduct urban warfare games in his city after his police cheif first agreed to it. http://tbirdnow.mee.nu/mayor_finkeiners_toledo_other_black_eye

2) Did nothing to stop an unauthorized search of Toledo police records on Ohioan Joe the Plumber. http://littlegreenfootballs.com/article/31725_Illegal_Joe_the_Plumber_Searches_-_Update

Now Carty Finkbeiner, after helping to malign Joe the Plumber - and I assume support the candidacy of fellow Democrat Barack Obama - is upset with the people he strongly supported in the presidential campaign.

As ventriloquist Jeff Dunham's cranky senior citizen alter ego Walter says, "Well, boo-freakin'-hoo." 

You lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas. And Mayor Finkbeiner should be scratching pretty hard, just about now. As is, he has chosen not to seek relection in the fall. http://toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=%2F20090713%2FNEWS16%2F907130335

 

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July 30, 2009

Russia and Iran to Hold Joint Naval Manuevers

Dana Mathewson


From the Jerusalem Post.  http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1248277919369&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

Getting closer to the time of Ezekiel, perhaps?

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Some People Actually Think like this

Dana Mathewson


AND they get appointed to high government positions!

http://www.cnsnews.com/public/content/article.aspx?RsrcID=51676

The title alone may spoil your whole day!

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Thank You, Officer Crowley

Here is contact information for the Cambridge police and the maligned Sgt. Crowley

http://www.cambridgema.gov/CPD/Contact/

Everyone should write letters of thanks and encouragement to Officer Crowley - it really does make a difference.

Thanks to Dana Mathewson

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A Tale of Two Arrests

Timothy Birdnow

When Henry Louis Gates Jr. was arrested for disorderly conduct at the home he had just broken into in Cambridge, Massachussetts (his own, it turns out), America was treated to a media blitzkrieg about the mistreatment of a black Harvard professor by white, presumably racist, police. Gates was arrested not for the break-in but for disorderly conduct, as he refused to cooperate with police and was screaming at them, calling them racists and generally disturbing the peace.  He did not produce a legal I.D. at the time, either, but showed the cops a Harvard faculty card that did not show the professor`s address.

Here is the police report of the incident. 

Much like President Obama`s Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel, Gates seems to believe he should never let a good crisis go to waste (interestingly enough, the very same president is a good friend of the black grievence-peddler) and Gates mounted a national campaign to smear the policemen in question and police in general as racist.  He mounted a media blitz that led to President Obama`s planted question at his health care press conference in which, after admitting he didn`t have all the facts, he excoriated the Cambridge police as "acting stupid".

Fortunately, the facts are coming out-including the 911 calls, eyewitness accounts, and the good professor is increasingly appearing to be the racist here, clearly grinding his axe.

What does one expect when breaking into the house of a well-to-do professor? Especially if that happens to be one`s own house; Mr. Gates should have been thankful that people were looking out for his own interests. It seems resentment plays a larger role in the lives of the race baiters than does gratitude. 

The great black integrationist Booker T. Washington made the following comment:

"There is another class of coloured people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs - partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do do not want to lose their jobs."

To further illustrate his point, he said;

"I am afraid that there is a certain class of race-problem solvers who don't want the patient to get well, because as long as the disease holds out they have not only an easy means of making a living, but also an easy medium through which to make themselves prominent before the public."

Now Washington was diagnosing this malady around 1911, and it is most applicable to men like Henry Louis Gates Jr.  Clearly Gates has a chip on his shoulder. When ordered by police to step out of his house (remember, they thought he was a common burglar) he replied;

"Why, because I`m a black man in America?"

Gates repeatedly called the officers racist, and made numerous threats of political retaliation. After much screaming outside Officer Crowley arrested the the Great Man.

After his arrest, Henry Louis Gates Jr. began a campaign. The narrative, immediately picked up by the mainstream media, was that black men just can`t get a fair shake in America.

The dissimilarity between another arrest-particularly on the part of the media-is astonishing; when actor Mel Gibson was arrested for drunk driving, the alcoholic but conservative Gibson launched into a diatribe against the arresting officers, insulting one of the men for being Jewish and insulting Jews in general.  Everyone should remember his infamous claim that "all the world`s problems are caused by Jews". Now, Gibson`s first response on sobering was to apologize to the officers in question, apologize to Jews in general, and apologizing to the world. Gibson admitted fault and took his medicine.  Gibson, it must be repeated, was drunk. Henry Louis Gates Jr. presumably was not.

Yet the media crucified (pun intended) the actor and exalted the professor. In both instances ethnic stereotypes were hurled as invectives from the offenders, but Gates was given a pass because he is a member of a "protected" group and Gibson was not.  Gates never apologized - something that liberals are always demanding, yet Gibson made that his top priority, since he knew full well he was seriously out of line. Why the double standard?

Because, as the old saying about Soviet egalitarianism went, some are more equal than others, and a member of an "oppressed" class is given a pass, nay, given honor for bad behavior, since the fault, dear Brutus, lies not in our stars but in ourselves. America is guilty, guilty, guilty, and any bad behavior from any protected group is our fault, not theirs. Gibson was guilty because he was white; few could cut him much slack. The Duke LaCross team was guilty because they were white, even though there was zero evidence in the case and the black accuser`s story was terribly inconsistent. A black professor is innocent because he is a black man - and someone from an historically mistreated group is simply held to a different standard.

I thought Barack Obama brought a new day to race relations in America! We were told this was the post-racial era, yet the race baiting continues - and this by a good friend of our post-racial president, who waded into this controversy from a position of total ignorance, yet condemns the police anyway. Interestingly, Obama is the chief law enforcement officer of the land, yet he sides with race when it all comes down.

Here are a couple of other quotes from Booker T. Washington, ones that Professor Gates should memorize: 

"I learned the lesson that great men cultivate love, and that only little men cherish a spirit of hatred."

and

"I would permit no man, no matter what his colour might be, to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him."

Gates seems to carry a large chip on his shoulder; who is doing the degrading in the final analysis? 

 

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July 29, 2009

The Modern Whigs

Brian Birdnow has a fine piece at Townhall about the Republican Whigs.

http://cdn.optmd.com/V2/62428/134435/index.html?g=AQACH4c=&r=townhall.com/columnists/BrianBirdnow/2009/07/28/the_twenty-first_century_whigs


Here is the piece:

Twenty First Century Whigs

In a very recent study pollster John Zogby suggested that the Republican Party is facing difficulties so daunting that the very survival of the organization hinges on the Party’s ability to successfully meet these challenges. He claims that the Republicans might fold altogether if they fail to negotiate a safe passage through these storms, pointing out the well-known demographic trends working against the GOP, noting their inability to attract votes from minority groups, and referring to the now cavernous gap between the two Parties in terms of money available, both immediately and in the near future. While Zogby’s contention that the Republican Party might fold is very likely overhyped, the GOP is facing many difficulties, which go far beyond the analysis of the pollsters and the focus groups.

 


The Republican Party suffers now from lack of a program, lack of leadership, and lack of an overall strategy. If the observer considers the Republican performance over the last few months he will notice the Party fumbling many issues and committing the same type of errors that caused them to forfeit public confidence and to lose control of the legislative and executive branches of the government. Since early May the GOP has missed an opportunity by failing to press House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on the Bush Administration enhanced interrogation briefings. Granted, the House Speaker herself refuses to discuss the matter, and a complicit media actively shields her on the issue, but Republican failure to hammer this relentlessly has allowed the affair to slip out of public consciousness.

The Party does not have a unified stance on Sonia Sotomayor and her nomination to the Supreme Court. In recent days Senator Sessions and Senator Grassley have announced their opposition, but Senators Graham, Collins, and Snowe have signaled their support. Moreover, during the open hearings on the nomination the Republican members on the Judiciary Committee largely concentrated on the nominee’s self-important “…wise Latina woman…” soundbite and ignored the fact that Judge Sotomayor’s rulings have been appealed to the U. S. Supreme Court eight times and the high court reversed her on five of those decisions. A reversal rate upwards of 60% would indicate that Sonia Sotomayor does not know the law, yet the GOP cannot find the fortitude to question her capability, much less oppose her nomination.

The picture is no brighter on any other issues. The Republicans will not dedicate themselves to a program of fiscal discipline, restrained spending, and/or lower taxes. President Obama’s Interior Department has announced that they will reverse the Bush decision to offer leases for offshore oil drilling. The rapid rise in gasoline prices during the late winter and spring was a direct consequence of this announcement, yet few Republicans, except Kay Bailey Hutchison, said anything about the occurrence. Finally, enough Republicans defected to the other side on the Global Warming scheme to give Obama a victory and a start on wrecking the American economy for good.

The leadership deficit in the Party is glaringly apparent, too. Michael Steele is an earnest and well-meaning fellow who might be the worst Republican National Committee chairman since the 1930s. Some GOP insiders credit Steele with improving fundraising, but the chairman has been a poor communicator of Republican ideas and initiatives. He has, in fact, embarrassed the Party on national television, by allowing himself to fall into the liberal trap of disavowing Rush Limbaugh and other popular media figures.

While the Party does have some promising figures in increasingly high profile positions many who seemed ready to take the big step forward, namely Mark Sanford, David Vitter, and John Ensign committed political self-immolation. Meanwhile, the national Party continues to run away from conservative candidates and sometimes actively works to defeat them. The Pennsylvania Republicans attempted to draft Tom Ridge into the coming U.S. Senate primary so as to prevent Pat Toomey from winning the nomination. They believe that Toomey cannot defeat Arlen Specter and are determined to ram a “moderate” Republican down the throats of the Party faithful. We see the same scenario developing in Florida.
 
 
The Republicans also seem to lack any overall strategy in addition to their lack of a program and dearth of leadership. President Obama’s recent stumbles and perceived uncertainties have given some prominent Republicans hope. Waiting for the President to dance over the edge of a cliff is, however, no type of real strategy. The Republicans need to give the voters an affirmative reason to come back to the GOP. What is to be done? First, the Party must reorganize. They should thrash out a set of principles and stick to them. They also need to find an effective spokesperson for their principles and stump relentlessly for the Party cause. If the political class learned anything valuable from the Clinton Administration it was the effectiveness of endless and relentless propaganda. The Clinton mouthpieces did very well spreading lies…can’t the Republicans do just as well by spreading the truth?

The GOP needs to become the Party of ideas again. The Republicans of 2000-2009 have given up this title and are today caught up in the Washington games of power and influence buying. The visionaries who energized the Party during the Reagan years and during the “Contract With America” glory days of the mid-1990s would be shocked at what has happened. The Party should devote itself to bringing back some of the old intellectual vigor and defeating the Left in a battle of ideas.

Finally, the Party must make a real effort to reconnect with the 40% of the American who proudly claim to be conservative. It is true that a political party cannot cavalierly desert their own officeholders, but this is a two-way street. Did the GOP really lose much when Michael Bloomberg, and more recently Arlen Specter, left the Party? The weeping, wailing, and gnashing of teeth following the Democrats winning their 60th Senate seat might have been avoided if the RNC had chosen to fight for Norm Coleman and to prevent Al Franken from stealing Minnesota. A statement that the Republicans are the conservative party might drive some people away, but it will bring others into the fold.

Today, the Republican Party stands at a crossroads. Their numbers are bad, their morale is low, and even the President’s now visible vulnerability does not seem to translate into a GOP advantage. It is up to the Republican Party leaders to decide on a course of action. They can become, once again, the confident and intellectually dominant organ of American political life if they so choose. They might also doom themselves to half-party status or eventual disintegration if they move in a different direction. The nation awaits their answer.


 

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July 28, 2009

Does Ted Kennedy Deserve his Extended Cancer Care?

Jack Kemp (not the late politician)

(Editor`s note; Mr. Kemp sent this to me days ago, but I have been most irresponsible in not posting it until now - Tim)

There is a great article at American Thinker, asking whether Ted Kennedy deserves - or would get - medical treatment at his late stage of life under his own healthcare bill. Of course, the rest of us wouldn't even have this as a choice unless many of us won the lottery.
http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/07/does_ted_kennedy_deserve_his_e.html
 
The comments are worthwhile to read (there's many more than the "1 comment" officially listed), including this one by myself:
 
Ted Kennedy, even if his family pays out of their own pocket for his treatments, is depleting resources of drugs and possible radiation equipment that could be given to someone younger and healthier with a longer life expectancy than he. As cold as that sounds, I'm only repeating - to give an example - how the Obama-Kennedy healthcare would evaluate your and my parents' late life conditions. I hear their plan even calls for late life counseling every five years to revue their situations and "gently" urge assisted suicide.

Kennedy's health plan is a Socialist Realist plan which considers the greatest good of the masses and the State, but when it comes to his PERSONAL situation, Teddy has a "come to Jesus moment" where he takes the viewpoint that All God's Children are precious and deserve to be treated - and treated with dignity - no matter how old or sick they are.

As they said in Animal Farm: All Animals are Equal but Some Animals Are More Equal Than Others.
 

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Who will Tell Michael J. Fox it`s Time to Die?

Jack Kemp (not the last politician)

This article considers the health condition of Michael J. Fox and a bunch of other celebrities such as Larry King (had bypass surgery) and how they would fare under the ObamaCare system.
 
Larry King, by the way, was on Mark Simone's Saturday morning radio program in NY recently. King stated he was in favor of targeted taxes for those causing their own health problems, specifically mentioning high cigarette taxes. I wish Simone would have asked him if he also favored an AIDS tax on any male buying a Judy Garland album - or going to gay nightclub. King might have had another heart attack upon hearing that question.
 
This article mentions charitable foundations set up by Michael J. Fox, Larry King and others. Under proposed Obama administration guidelines, the tax advantage of these charities could be destroyed as well.
 
Jack
http://spectator.org/blog/2009/07/28/who-will-tell-michael-j-fox-he
Who Will Tell Michael J. Fox He Needs to Die?
By Jeffrey Lord on 7.28.09 @ 6:08AM

"If they would rather die they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population."
-- Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol 

Should Michael J. Fox be put to death?

Celebrities and death. Now there's a potent cocktail.

Several parts fame, a few jiggers of Hollywood and a splash each for sports, business and journalism. Did I mention politics and government bureaucracy? Sorry. Without that essential element the mixture has no wallop. And a wallop this concoction surely will have, particularly if you believe actor Michael J. Fox has overstayed his welcome on the planet.

Let's pour the dry ingredients of politics and government bureaucracy into the pitcher first, beginning with the politics of death and dying.

Laws in America come into being because someone somewhere saw a problem, devised a would-be answer and then persuaded politicians to pass the law based on the philosophy and politics one group or another saw as underlying that answer. Need revenue? Raise taxes. Global warming? Shut down the coal plants. Dopey kids? Pay more to teachers. Everyone knows how this works.

So what is the driving philosophy underpinning the Obama health care plans for all of us? Let's begin with a few short quotes and one definition that outlines the idea succinctly.

- President Obama; "There is a whole bunch of care that's being provided that every study, every bit of evidence that we have indicates may not be making us healthier."

- Peter Singer, Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University: "Life as a whole has no meaning. Life began, as the best available theories tell us, in a chance combination of gasses; it then evolved through random mutation and natural selection. All this just happened; it did not happen to any overall purpose."

- America's Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009 as introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives (H.R.3200) by Congressmen Dingell, Waxman, Rangel, Stark and others: "The Secretary shall establish within the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality a Center for Comparative Effectiveness Research-with respect to the outcomes, effectiveness, and appropriateness of health care services and procedures."

- QALY: Quality-Adjusted Life Year. A formula devised by left-wing policy wonks that purports, as David Catron has so ably illuminated on these pages, to measure the worth of your life by assigning a numerical value to each year of your existence. In Catron's words: "A year of perfect health, for example, is given a value of 1.0 while a year of sub-optimum health is rated between 0 and 1. If you are confined to a wheelchair, a year of your life might be valued at half that of your ambulatory neighbor. If you are blind or deaf, you also score low. All that remains is to assign a specific dollar value to the QALY and, voilà, your life has a price tag."

This is all a bit dry to the taste, isn't it? QALY, Center for Comparative Effectiveness Research, HR 3200. Blah blah blah. Let's add the fizz to this baby.

So. Who will tell Michael J. Fox he needs to die?

Which health care mouse out there will have the guts to bell the cat who is one of the most famous Parkinson's Disease sufferers in America? Who is going to tell him that the treatments that are associated with Parkinson's -- drugs like Sinemet, Symmetrel, Eldepryl, Parlodel, Permax, Mirapex, Requip, and surgery with the quaint name "deep brain stimulation" -- are just no longer possible for Fox because, well, Mike, your QALY just isn't up to snuff, babe. You have Parkinson's. You boozed (according to you). As a result, the government has decided treatment for you, Mike, lacks "appropriateness." The "outcome and effectiveness" of treating you -- which is to say the worth of your 47-year old life -- just isn't worth it for the rest of us.

Sorry Mike. Say Goodbye to Hollywood. Close your Parkinson's Foundation (waste of scarce resources, to wax Singeresque). Just go home to the wife and kids, cut off these expensive meds and please die. Quietly. And for heaven's sake, get yourself buried in private. We don't want any of this Michael Jackson type-hoopla disrupting our favorite programs. We have lives to get on with.

A bit harsh?

Heck, we haven't begun to shake this cocktail. There's more to mix.

You see, the philosophy behind ObamaCare, as promoted just a week ago in the New York Times Sunday Magazine by Professor Singer, is the hard cold necessity Obama sees for government to ration health care for people like, well, Michael J. Fox. As Mr. Singer says: "Health care is a scarce resource, and all scarce resources are rationed in one way or another." And quite obviously, with Mike Fox's QALY being what it is (and Singer is a big proponent of using QALY to judge the worth of a life), the time to cut his treatment off was... yesterday. Actually, a lot of yesterdays ago.

This is what President Obama believes when he says "there's a whole bunch of care" that someone -- this would be the government -- will have to decide not to employ in treating someone like Mike Fox. What about the idea that Michael J. Fox -- not to mention his wife and children, extended family and friends who might actually love the little lug -- think Mike's spirit should count for something here? After all, he did an entire documentary on The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist. In the President's words: "I don't think that we can make judgments based on peoples' spirit. That would be a pretty subjective decision to be making. I think we have to have rules...."

Right. Rules. Got it. Government rules. Which is another way of saying decisions on Mike Fox's life will, if Obama and company get their way, be resting in the hands of this whiz bang group of policy wonks and bureaucrats called the Center for Comparative Effectiveness Research. Located, but of course, within the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Where the Rule of QALY will reign. Did I leave out that this will all be established by The Secretary?

Let's get rid of the bureaucratese here and just call this agency what it really is: The U.S. Bureau of Death (or "BOD" in the acronym form loved by bureaucrats everywhere).

Now let's toss in all the rest of this cocktail's ingredients and give it a shake. Take a real, deep drink.

So. Whose bod in Hollywood will BOD be coming for? Who in celebrity land -- and here we can add in journalism, sports and business -- will be on the BOD Squad's hit list when the information is received that well, sadly, like poor old Michael J. Fox, their QALY just doesn't make the grade? Let's take a look into this perilously close future for all of us as the BOD Squad makes its rounds.

Elizabeth Taylor. La Liz. Born in 1932, her age alone raises the appropriateness question She's had more health problems than husbands, as one BOD Squad staffer apparently scribbled on a report. Are you kidding? The Secretary of the Department (known internally as the SOD BOD) was furious to see what the American people had been putting up with from this woman: Congestive heart failure, a benign brain tumor, skin cancer, a back five-times broken, both hips replaced, bouts with pneumonia, osteoporosis and scoliosis. In the succinct observation on her leaked file: "Toast." Say hello to Jacko.

David Letterman: A quintuple bypass was given to Dave. That was under the old pre-Obama system and it won't be allowed again. Dave's QALY is nowhere near that of a healthy teenager who might have a case of pneumonia that is cheaper to treat and not likely to recur. Former Governor Palin's last official act as Governor of Alaska was to file an addendum to Dave's file at BOD Squad HQ. To be officially classified a "dirty old man" takes 10 points off anyone's QALY.

Patrick Swayze: As this is written, the National Enquirer is on the stands proclaiming this famous cancer victim has had a heart attack. According to news accounts, Swayze has been undergoing "pioneering Cyberknife radiotherapy at California's Stanford University Medical Centre." Cool. But alas this kind of thing doesn't meet the BOD Squad standards for appropriate or effective treatment. Loved you, Patrick, but the government says you have to go. Worse, you wasted a lot of people's resources with all this dancing around that you were going to fight on. Shameful.

Magic Johnson: Eighteen years ago, the legendary Los Angeles Lakers star had to quit because he contracted the AIDS virus. He is still here, healthy and active at 50. The problem: every day Magic has to swill a "multidrug cocktail" of GlaxoSmithKline's Trizivir and Abbott's Kaletra to keep himself healthy. Let's face it, if you're a BOD Squad staffer eighteen years ago looking at the paperwork from Mr. Johnson, you will believe that if his primary activity in life was professional basketball -- and he has had to quit because he has AIDS -- well, no more magic for Magic. The Glaxo cocktail will go elsewhere.

Larry King: CNN's talk star suffered a heart attack in 1987 and had quintuple bypass surgery. In signs of just what a racket this Hollywood-Big Surgery connection is, Larry and Dave Letterman had the same surgeon. I guess that's one Doc who can retire, huh? Sounds like one of those thieving tonsil doctors the President gripes about. Larry's father had died at 44 of a heart attack, and Larry was a smoker. Gee, you think this QALY is gonna be wearing brassy suspenders? Ole Lar was supposedly so shocked by his experience that he has written not one but two books on the subject. Mr. King, You're Having a Heart Attack: How a Heart Attack and Bypass Surgery Changed My Life and Taking On Heart Disease: Famous Personalities Recall How They Triumphed over the Nation's #1 Killer and How You Can, Too. As with Michael J. Fox, King too set up a foundation based on his illness, the Larry King Cardiac Foundation. Alas, this kind of thing can now easily be deemed irrelevant if not a stealer-of-resources by the BOD Squad. Who cares if Larry has a Foundation? Do we really need more heart attack books? Sorry Larry, if the BOD Squad had been here in 1987, you wouldn't be. Memo to Mrs. King: Stop sending Larry's daily QALY updates to the SODBOD.

Regis Philbin: Regis had a triple-bypass at 75 years of age, after having an angioplasty fourteen years earlier. Seventy-five? Whoa! There's no QALY statistic in the world that will say these resources were better used on Regis than on some 21-year-old. Regis, buddy. What were you trying to pull? The BOD Squad almost had a coronary when they saw this. Sorry. But if ObamaCare were here, you'd be chatting with your friends Dave and Larry somewhere not on the planet. Or maybe nowhere at all, as Professor Singer says life is meaningless anyway.

David Hasselhoff: News reports out there say the ex-Baywatch star and current judge on America's Got Talent was rushed to the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center back in May, yet again undone by a battle with the bottle. The Hoff's alcohol level registered at .39, more than four times the legal limit in California. Alcohol poisoning, yet again, came close to doing him in, say the stories, this one in Radar Online.com. This, says the always juicy quote from a Hollywood source, "is about the 7th time he's been taken to a hospital over the last few years with alcohol poisoning. How many visits will it take before he dies?" Well, considering the BOD Squad has that video of a while back taken by the Hoff's daughter, which displayed the star's agonizing battle in disturbing detail, the answer is: not long. Sadly, the Hoff just drank himself into a seriously bad QALY. Sorry to say, the bottom of the bottle has at last been reached. America will be one talent less.

Joan Rivers: Can we talk? A dozen plastic surgeries? A dozen…meaning twelve? Joan, sweetheart, America can't grow plastic fast enough to do this. You're surely in violation of a good dozen environmental laws before we even get to the health care issues. Multiple facelifts? OMG! That's before or after the "brow lift, botox, soft tissue fillers, jaw implants, multiple nose jobs, veneers, blepharoplasty (eye work), liposuction, cheek implants, breast implants" catalogued on FamousPlastic? Honey, the BOD Squad has a memorandum from the EPA and determined that you can't be buried, burned or dumped with all this stuff inside you. Please have your lawyer file an "Extinction and Burial Application Form 1A." Immediately.

And now, one last report. Perhaps the most interesting in the celebrity death struggle with ObamaCare.

Steve Jobs: A liver transplant for the creator of Apple? Well, well, well. Now this celebrity death struggle is particularly interesting. Why? Because Mr. Jobs had his transplant only three months ago, just as the ObamaCare toxin was seeping into the political atmosphere. This has already resulted in news stories speculating that the secrecy of the operation, the fact that Jobs traveled unannounced and unknown to Tennessee to have it, means that Jobs was, in the words of an actual news report, "gaming the system." How? The wait-time for a liver in Tennessee is about 48 days, on average. The United Network for Organ Sharing says the national wait time is 306 days. In other words, before the BOD Squad legislation has even passed Congress, one prominent American celebrity is under fire for "gaming the system" when it comes to transplants. Another couple of months and Mr. Jobs would have been either dead because of instructions on his QALY or brought up on charges for getting around "the rules." There will be penalties for trying to save your life, right?

Gaming the system. An interesting concept. You mean government rules can be manipulated? Nooooooo! Really?

Perhaps you've heard of a federal agency called the IRS? Like the soon-to-be bureaucrats at the BOD Squad, the Internal Revenue Service is in theory designed to be a "just-the-facts" kind of agency. And yet….hmmm.

In 1952, a controversial Senator from California named Richard Nixon found his tax returns leaked from the Truman-run IRS to a virulently anti-Nixon columnist named Drew Pearson. (In those days, candidates did not release their tax returns as they frequently do today.) In 1963, a few months after Nixon lost a humiliating race for governor of California, his political life was presumed by all seers of the day as dead. Yet low and behold, private citizen Nixon found himself subject to a lengthy and exhaustive audit by the IRS. Years later, the IRS supervisor of the case admitted that, well, his Washington superiors in the Kennedy administration had ordered him three times to re-open the original audit and try and get Nixon for tax evasion.

Thus, when Nixon became president at last, he tells us he was so furious at his treatment by the IRS when in the hands of Democrats that he personally and repeatedly "urged Haldeman and Ehrlichman [the Rahm Emanuel and David Axelrod of the day] to have IRS checks made on [1972 Democratic nominee] McGovern's key staff and contributors."

In other words, power can be abused. In a blink. You think David Letterman is sorry now for the things he said about Sarah Palin's daughter? Wait 'til ole Dave discovers he has a recurrence of heart problems down the road and appeals for a little Obama-esque empathy from the BOD Squad -- and the response he receives telling him to go pound sand and die is coming from an appointed bureaucrat of President Palin's. FYI to the Reverend Jeremiah Wright: Watch your QALY, brother.

Or imagine the current kerfuffle with Harvard's Professor Henry Gates and Cambridge police Sergeant James Crowley. Let's change the story a bit. Instead of Crowley being a policeman, let's make him Dr. James Crowley, a member of the BOD Squad. He and his fellow bureaucrats have told the sick Professor Gates that, gee, sorry. Your QALY just isn't that good. Please file an Extinction Application. To which Professor Gates snaps off from his hospital bed exactly the same reply he gave to Sergeant Crowley in his house: "Why…because I'm a black man in America?"

What's the racial composition of the BOD Squad? How many Wise Latinas are there to decide on the worth of a brown-skinned life over the worth of a white-skinned life? Have Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson gotten wind of this yet? If civil rights activists believe there are too many blacks in American prisons, what will they say if the number of blacks being sent off by the BOD Squad is, percentage wise, higher than the number of whites? Whose life has more -- or less -- value? A white? Or a black, brown, yellow or red life? Does the black guy live or the Latina? The American Vietnamese or the Native American? Just what Washington, D.C. needs -- more lobbyists. Not to mention the QALY law practices that will quadruple the size of the trial bar.

You think the gay community is upset over same-sex marriage prohibitions? This is as nothing compared to the fuse that will be lit when gays come to believe the BOD Squad is filled with homophobics intent on claiming AIDS is such a disqualifying QALY feature that simply being gay means a death sentence ASAP.

We haven't even gotten to Senator Kennedy's brain surgery, the latest hospitalization for West Virginia's 91-year old Senator Robert Byrd, Lance Armstrong's testicular cancer or Tiger Woods's knee operation. Needless to say, the agonized Farrah Fawcett would never have been allowed to struggle on as she did from the moment of her cancer diagnosis, Ed McMahon's QALY, with a broken neck and two neck surgeries in his eighties on file, would have had him announcing himself to God long before the other week. And Michael Jackson? Maybe the Bod Squad already made their first call.

Which returns us to Michael J. Fox. Remember the dust-up a while back when Mr. Fox was appearing in political ads supporting stem-cell research? One can agree with Mr. Fox, or not. But without doubt his opponents on the issue believed the importance underlying the issue was the larger point of respect for human life. The issue was at play in Missouri, where state funding was under discussion, and it elicited this fairly standard response from a Missouri State Senator: "I believe that a human embryo is worthy of legal protection," said state Sen. Matt Bartle (R), who vows to press the fight. "Western medicine has been founded on a principle: First, do no harm."

For Fox, this issue now falls precariously close to the old caution about being careful what you wish for. Once upon a time in America the issue of "life" was about the death penalty for murderers. Then it was abortion. Next it was about stem cell research. Now, it's about whether Michael J. Fox's life has sufficient QALY points to justify letting him live.

Does Michael J. Fox's life deserve respect? Of course.

But if they can come for Michael J. Fox, they can come for you.

And they will.


 

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One More Article Refuting Global Warming

Dana Mathewson

This is in Yid With Lid, and quotes a study done by reputable scientists.  Just in case you're interested...

http://yidwithlid.blogspot.com/2009/07/peer-reviewed-scientific-study-al-gore.html

This might be considered the "money quote" from the article (emphasis mine): "When climate models failed to retrospectively produce the temperatures since 1950 the modellers added some estimated influences of carbon dioxide to make up the shortfall," says McLean.

END QUOTE

Aha -- there's where the CO2 comes in.  I have wondered about that.

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America`s Downward Spiral

Dana Mathewson forwarded this post

"Paul Rahe: Sobriety and Hope" is one to read and ponder.  From Power Line.  http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2009/07/024123.php

I throw in my two cents:


I think professor Rahe is looking at this from an entirely too materialistic perspective.  The Founding Fathers all agreed that the American experiment would only work with a moral and religiously upright people. The constraints on behavior can only be self-imposed, not extermally imposed.  Rahe thinks that economics will dictate a return to sanity-I don`t, because America has become secular and corrupt, and the American People will vote based solely on self-interest and not on what is moral or right.  Secularism breeds liberalism like dirty water breeds typhoid. Immorality, too.  This may sound terribly prudish, but the culture wars were lost when Elvis gyrated his hips on television, or even earlier when Rhett Butler said "damn" in Gone with the Wind; these things seem minor and quaint, but they were the dribbles in the dam.  Once accepted, these minor vices continued to expand and grow, and now we have the utter degeneracy we witness today.

That`s not to say we weren`t a bit too prudish, but standards cannot be maintained halfway. The Churches, all fearful of being tagged as prudes and killjoys, embraced the changing moral standards, or at least did not oppose them forcefully, and the public saw no reason to not move further, to push the envelope. 

Once the rug was pulled out, there was no stopping the libertines and radicals. Now most Americans see hold no real standards, except the standard of non-judgementalism. Without moral standards there aren`t any good reasons to believe in standards in other areas. If you can vote money out of somebody else`s pocket, why not?  Covetousness and Envy are only immoral because somebody says it is immoral. If we can discard old notions of morals, why hang onto some moth-eaten Judeo-Christian idea?

That is at the root of the rise of post-modern atheism, and the explosion of sexual perversity. Why not have sex with anything-animal, vegetable, or mineral-that pleases? It`s a free country, isn`t it?

No, it is not a free country. It is a country free from interference by government; there is a huge distinction. It is not a country free from the moral law. If people will not obey the moral law, the state will impose some arbitrary code. That means it becomes a tyrannical country. Freedom from morality always leads to despotism. 

And those people, chafing at the constraints of morality, will happily dismantle the protections of freedom so as to enjoy the lusts and sensual urges they so much want to entertain. It has happened repeatedly in history.

Consider the Greek Golden Age; it was quite short-lived, and the enlightened Greeks fell to their semi-barbarous cousins from Macedonia. Why? Because they believed that Reason was the key to proper living, and concepts of morality were antiquated. Reason works well for understanding the physical world, but human psychology is centered on a deeper code, something that is built into our brains and our souls. That code comes from God, not man.

And so, the enlightened, democratic  Athenians fought a bitter war against the despotic Spartans-with most of Greece on the side of the despots. An immoral democracy was worse than a more moral police state.

The Romans, too, happily sunk into moral rot. The Republic was finished, and not because of outside interference, but because every man thought he had the right to behave as he wished. Julius Caesar, understanding the problem to a degree, sought to consolidate power to save Rome, and his nephew Octavius finished the job, creating a dictatorship. Everyone was happy with this (except the men who had to be murdered in the process) because it provided stability, thus allowing the immorality of the populace to run free. Bread and Circuses! 

America is in the same downward spiral, and there will not be a political solution; we need a religious and moral re-awakening.  Without a return to a moral character in our people the government will continue to grow, and we will reap the inevitable fruits of our poisoned labors. The Russians who predict an American collapse could well be right. We`ve been going the wrong way on a freeway for quite some time; sooner or later we`ll have a nasty accident.

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July 27, 2009

Old Joke

Jack Kemp (not the late politician)

American Thinker editor Thomas Lifson's invention of the term "Gafftastic" reminded me of a great old joke I will rework and update here to fit the current political scene.
 
White neighbor: Prof. Gates, haven't seen you all summer. What have you been up to?
 
Prof. Gates: Well, I have been working on my expert television show and my honest non-profit corporation.
 
White neighbor: That's fantastic.
 
Prof. Gates: As you may know, I forgot my keys and had to break into my own home as the wisest method to use one night.
 
White neighbor: That's fantastic.
 
Prof. Gates: Then some racist policeman confronted me, and I put him in his place.
 
White neighbor: That's fantastic.
 
Prof. Gates: And the President went on television to support my actions.
 
White neighbor: That's fantastic.
 
Prof. Gates: What did you do this summer, neighbor?
 
White neighbor: I went to politically correct training class and learned to say "fantastic" instead of "bullshit."

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Oh Where o Where has Global Warming Gone?!

by 7lb Dave and Johnnie

We went to Mastodon State Park and they admit in all of the literature that one of the most likely causes of extinction of these prehistoric animals is "CLIMATE CHANGE"! Excuse me, what kind of cars did the Mastodon's drive? Did the giant land sloth or the Clovis man have coal-fired power plants to generate electricity?
The same scientist that are saying this are probably the same ones that are trumpeting global warming today. North American used to be covered in ice and then IT MELTED 30,000-a million years ago.
That's global warming baby!


3,000 Low Temp Records Set This July!
 
http://www.accuweather.com/mt-news-blogs.asp?blog=weathermatrix&partner=&pgUrl=/mtweb/content/weathermatrix/archives/2009/07/1000_low_temp_records_set_this_july.asp
 

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How "stupid" is Obama?

Jack Kemp (not the late politician)
 
In calling the police "stupid" in the Prof. Gates incident, Obama abondoned Innocent Until Proven Guilty. In fact, Guilty Until Proven Innocent is the Napoleonic Code. Perhaps Barack Obama fancies himself as Napoleon.
 
If you went down to your local county court house, you would be hard pressed to find a defense attorney who would call the police "stupid," especially while having no detailed evidence of the events in question. If a defense attorney used such language in a courtroom, they would probably be admonished by the judge - and the opposing prosecution attorney. Objection sustained.
 
The only other big mouth attorney I can recall who made such outlandish statements was Marcia Clark, in the OJ Simpson case. Shortly after the capture of OJ, before hardly any evidence was gathered, she stated at a press conference that OJ Simpson acted alone and she would prove that in court. Perhaps it was true, but she had no basis for jumping to such conclusions at that early stage. Needless to say, such attorney stupidity contributed to her losing the case against OJ.

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Gates Parody Song

Jack Kemp (not the late politician)

My new parody song on the Gates affair.
 
Jack
 
Gee, Officer Crowly
As sung by Prof. Henry Gates, Jr.
to the tune of "Gee, Officer Krumpke"
by Leonard Bernstein in "West Side Story"

ACTION
Dear kindly Sergeant Crowley,
You gotta understand,
It's just our bringin' up-ley
That gets us out of hand.
The racist cops all beat us,
Harvard influenced skunks.
Golly Gaia, natcherly we're punks! 

ACTION AND JETS
Gee, Officer Crowley, we're very upset;
We never had the love that ev'ry child oughta get.
We ain't bomb lobbers,
We're misunderstood.
Deep down inside we're from the 'hood!

ACTION
From the 'hood!

ALL
From the 'hood, from the 'hood,
We are misunderstood!
Like inside, we're just from the 'hood! 

SNOWBOY: (Spoken) That's a touchin' good story.

ACTION: (Spoken) Lemme tell it to the world!

SNOWBOY: Just tell it to the judge.

ACTION
Dear kindly Judge, your Honor,
My parents taughtt me rough.
I learned about Bull Connor,
He treated Negroes rough.
Now at Martha's Vinyard,
I feel a racial tinge 
Yo, man, that's why I got so unhinged!

DIESEL: (As Judge) Right!

Officer Crowley, you're really a heel;
This Prof don't need a judge, he needs a three book deal!
It's his need for attention that oughta be curbed.
He's a Harvard Yard p.c. nerd!

ACTION
I'm a nerd!

JETS
We're nerds, we're nerds,
We're the biggest nerds,
Yo, we're Harvard p.c. nerds.

DIESEL: (Spoken, as Judge) In the opinion on this court,
this brother is disadvantaged on account he only knows guilty white academics.

ACTION: (Spoken) Hey, I'm disadvantaged on account I'm advantaged.

DIESEL: So take him to a headshrinker.

ACTION (Sings)
My Harvard is a bastard,
They make me teach, you see
With all my outside projects,
I don't have time for me.
My coeds wear a mustache,
They all want to undress.
Goodness gracious, that's why I'm a mess!

A-RAB: (As Psychiatrist) Yes!
Officer Crowley, you're really a slob.
This prof don't need a doctor, just a good honest job.
Education's played him a terrible trick,
And sociology has made him sick!

ACTION
I am sick!

ALL
We are sick, we are sick,
We are sick, sick, sick,
Like we're sociologically sick!

A-RAB: In my opinion, this prof don't need to have his head shrunk at all.
Political Correctness is purely a social disease!

ACTION: Hey, I got a social disease!

A-RAB: So take him to a social worker!

ACTION
Dear kindly social worker,
They say go earn a buck.
Like write a race tear jerker,
Which means like be a schumck.
It's not I'm anti-social,
I'm only anti-white.
Gloryosky! That's why I always fight!

BABY JOHN: (As Female Social Worker)
Eek!
Officer Crowley, you've done it again.
This prof don't need a talk, he needs a month in the pen.
It ain't just a question that he's over-lawed,
Deep down inside him, he's a fraud!

ACTION
I'm a fraud!

ALL
We're all frauds, we're all frauds!
We're p.c. frauds,
Like the best of us are all big frauds!

DIESEL (As Judge)
The trouble is he's crazy.

A-RAB (As Psychiatrist)
The trouble's what he think.

BABY JOHN (As Female Social Worker)
The trouble is he's hazy.

DIESEL
He's always on the brink.

A-RAB
The trouble is he's growing.

BABY JOHN
The trouble is he's grown.

ALL
Crowley, we got troubles of our own!

Gee, Officer Crowley,
We're now in your debt,
'Cause no one wants a fellow with a Sixties mindset.
Gee, Officer Crowley,
What are we to do?
Gee, Officer Crowley,
Cluck you!

 

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July 25, 2009

Pawlenty Preparing for Prime Time

Dana Mathewson

William Katz has this appreciative (and informative) article on Urgent Agenda about Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty.  Can you say "Rising star in the GOP?"

http://www.urgentagenda.com/PERMALINKS%20IV/JULY%202009/24.PAWLENTY.HTML

There are some great lines by Katz here, my favorite being "When your opponent is committing suicide, don't get in his way."  And this is something we all need to remember.  Oppose Obama's policies, not Obama's person.

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And this wise-ass Latina is probably going to get on SCOTUS

Dana Mathewson

I am not reassured by what I read here -- are you?

Sotomayor Favors Legalized Theft Through Eminent Domain

http://www.israpundit.com/2008/?p=15660

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Texas and the 10th

Dana Mathewson

Let's hear it for the Lone Star State!  Gov. Rick Perry may invoke 10th Amendment to block "Obamacare" in Texas if it passes.

http://astuteblogger.blogspot.com/2009/07/governor-rick-perry-says-texas-may.html

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Muslims help fund exhibit that encourages defacing of the Bible

The next time some muslim group claims their religion is being mocked, point them in the direction of this story from Scotland.
 
Jack Kemp
 
Note to John Murtha & Dick Durban:
Muslims help fund exhibit that encourages defacing of the Bible
 
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,534721,00.html?loomia_ow=t0:s0:a16:g2:r3:c0.229037:b26658134:z0
Art Show Encourages People to Deface the Bible, Write Obscenities

A publicly funded exhibition is encouraging people to deface the Bible in the name of art - and visitors have responded with abuse and obscenity.

The show includes a video of a woman ripping pages from the Bible and stuffing them into her bra, knickers and mouth.

The open Bible is a central part of 'Made in God’s Image,' an exhibition at the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow. By the book is a container of pens and a notice saying: "If you feel you have been excluded from the Bible, please write your way back into it."

The exhibit, Untitled 2009, was proposed by the Metropolitan Community Church, which said that the idea was to reclaim the Bible as a sacred text. But to the horror of many Christians, including the community church, visitors have daubed its pages with comments such as "This is all sexist pish, so disregard it all." A contributor wrote on the first page of Genesis: "I am Bi, Female & Proud. I want no god who is disappointed in this."

The Church of Scotland expressed concern, the Roman Catholic Church called the exhibit infantile, and a Christian lawyers’ group said that the exhibition was symptomatic of a broken and lawless society.

The exhibition has been created by the artists Anthony Schrag and David Malone, in association with organizations representing gay Christians and Muslims. Mr Schrag, the gallery’s artist in residence, said that he did not believe in God, but that his research for the show had underlined his respect for people of faith.

The community church, which celebrates "racial, cultural, linguistic, sexual, gender and theological diversity," had suggested the "interactive" Bible and pens and Mr Schrag, 34, said he had been intrigued.

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Ari Emanuel, Hollywood Agent of Michael Moore revisited

Jack Kemp (not the late politician)

Ari Emanuel, Hollywood Agent of Michael Moore revisited
 
It's time to recall that Rahm Emanuel's brother Ari is the Hollywood agent for Michael Moore.
 
This was first reported in American Thinker (via the Los Angeles Times in 2007) but seems appropriate to recall at this time.
 
Peter Barry Chowka's July 2007 article "Socialized Medicine Cult Undeterred by Sicko's Sputtering Box Office" stated that:
http://www.americanthinker.com/2007/07/sicko_flatlines_and_michael_mo.html
 
'Back to Sicko: The movie has yet to open abroad and, after it finishes its theatrical runs, there will be sales of DVDs which should add additional millions to the take. Even if it's not as successful as its predecessors, Sicko will make money - and Moore himself, as the Los Angeles Timesreported on June 29, "has an unprecedented deal for the documentary's profits." It might seem ironic, since Moore believes that profit should be eliminated from all of American health care, that:
"Moore himself stands to make a mint on the film. Thanks to a lucrative contract negotiated with the Weinstein Co. by his talent agent, Endeavor's Ari Emanuel [Congressman Rahm Emmanuel's brother -- ed.],...'
 
END OF QUOTE
 
Ari Emanuel's own website also states this fact:http://www.ariemanuel.net/index_002.htm
 
"His most famous role in political history would be as agent to Michael Moore. Moore accredits Ari as being the one who helped Moore’s political film Fahrenheit 9/11 become a reality when Disney’s then CEO, Michael Eisner, tried to prevent the only American distributor (Miramax) who had agreed to distribute the controversial 9/11, Emanuel broke one of the unwritten rules and went public with the matter."
END OF QUOTE
 
Michael Moore's film "Sicko" is described at the Internet Movie Database as:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0386032/plotsummary
 
"Documentary look at health care in the United States as provided by profit-oriented health maintenance organizations (HMOs) compared to free, universal care in Canada, the U.K., and France."
END OF QUOTE
 
Something tells me that if Michael Moore - with his great physical weight -gets sick, he won't be going to Canada or England to seek treatment, despite the advocacy of his movie. And if he is considered too old and too much the cause of his own medical problems because of his overweight condition to receive treatment under an Obama medical plan, he will bellow like a harpooned walrus. One also wonders if a high powered Hollywood agent like Ari Emanuel would be willing to wait all day in a government health clinic. It also strains credulity that Ari Emanuel's brother Ezekiel, a physician, would passively accept their parents being refused end-of-life medical care, despite his advocacy of rationing the same. http://www.nypost.com/seven/07242009/postopinion/opedcolumnists/deadly_doctors_180941.htm 
Ari Emanuel's father and brother both chose to practice medicine in America. The father had previously lived in a country, Israel, with a socialist national health system called the Kupat Holim, but chose to come work in the "mean, for profit medical system" of the United States.
 
Well, who should we believe, the Emanuel family high sounding political speeches - or our eyes and what they did "voting with their feet?"
 
To think of all the poor immigrants to Israel from Morocco, Romania, Poland, Ethiopia, Russia, etc., who never got the benefit of the Emanuel doctors' care as the family rushed off to find richer patients in America. And now their son/brother Rahm is advocating a similar but harsher medical insurance system in the US that his own family ran away from as both physicians and as patients. Once again, who should we believe, the Emanuel family high sounding political speeches - or our eyes and what they did "voting with their feet?"
 
There is a term for people like this (beyond hypocrites and elitists). It is toxic egoists. If they chose to buy a family coat of arms from a website in England, the family motto could be "Do as I say, not as I do" or its' Latin equivalent. The line from Animal Farm, "Some Animals are More Equal than Others," would also fit their family crest.
 

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