Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Health Care Cause and Effect

If this happens, Obama May Use Legislative Ploy to Jam Through Health, Tax Bills, do not be surprised to read something like this, Britain apologises for ‘Third World’ hospital, wherein you are informed of the following.

Julie Bailey, whose 86-year-old mother Bella died in the hospital in November 2007, said she and other family members slept in a chair at her bedside for eight weeks because they were so concerned about poor care.

“What we saw in those eight weeks will haunt us for the rest of our lives,” said the 47-year-old. “We saw patients drinking out of flower vases they were so thirsty.

“There were patients wandering around the hospital and patients fighting. It was continuous through the night. Patients were screaming out in pain because you just could not get pain relief.

“It was like a Third World country hospital. It was an absolute disgrace.”

Posted by John Venlet on 03/18 at 04:43 PM
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Chris Dodd, Tim Geithner, AIG Bonuses and the Family Circle Cartoon Character “Not Me”

From a post at The Corner, by David Freddoso, titled Who Knew What, When?

...Sen. Chris Dodd (D, Conn.), who until today has been blamed as the author of the statutory protection for bonuses, is in turn blaming the Obama administration for insisting on the provision back in February. Just how long had the president really known about the situation before he made his melodramatic denunciation of AIG on Monday?

If that does not remind you of this “Not Me” Family Circle cartoon, I don’t know what will.

Posted by John Venlet on 03/18 at 03:25 PM
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“Never Waste a Good Crisis” - A Cause for Concern

Recently, from the very pinnacles of power in the United States of America, we heard and read the following words.

“Never waste a good crisis” has become the mantra of the Obama administration. This ideology was first echoed by President Barack Obama’s White House chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel. Less than 10 days after Obama was elected president, Emanuel went on the Sunday morning talk shows and said, “Rule one: Never allow a crisis to go to waste. ... There are opportunities to do big things.”

The above quote, “Rule one: Never allow a crisis to go to waste. ... There are opportunities to do big things,” which may very well be the ideological mantra of the Obama administration, was gleaned from this article.

Now, let’s compare that quote, dribbled out of Rahm Emanuel’s mouth on more than one occasion, and parroted by Hillary Rodham Clinton, to the words of Lenin.

During a famine, Lenin ordered his followers not to alleviate but to take advantage of mass starvation:

It is precisely now and only now when in the starving regions people are eating human flesh, and hundreds if not thousands of corpses are littering the roads, that we can (and therefore must) carry out the confiscation of church valuables with the most savage and merciless energy.

The above quote was gleaned from a review of a now available book titled Inside the Stalin Archives, by Jonathon Brent.  The review was written by Gary Saul Morson, for the New Criterion, and is titled The lingering stench: airing Stalin’s archives.  This book will now jump to the top of my reading list.

If the fact that from the highest levels of the government of the United States of America you are hearing words, expressing an ideology so callous, brutal and destructive to individuals, so socialist, does not concern you, my personal opinions of where this country is headed are not unfounded.

I thank Mike Soja, for the second time today, this time for his post titled Crisis exploitation and the destruction of humanity, as this was the catalyst for my post.

Posted by John Venlet on 03/18 at 01:12 PM
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Holy Bat Tenacity

A small bat that was spotted blasting off with the space shuttle Sunday and clinging to the back side of Discovery’s external fuel tank apparently held on throughout the launch.

Bat Hung On For a Ride Into Space

Via Fred Lapides’ GoodShit.

Posted by John Venlet on 03/18 at 11:27 AM
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Ignoring History at Our Own Peril

The ignorance regarding history is troublesome, and may lead to future tomes with titles such as “The Decline and Fall of the United States.”  Two individuals who note this, as they are not ignoring history, are Billy Beck and Mike Soja.  From a recent Billy Beck post titled I Get These Pains.

I’m looking at lines of history spanning centuries and thinking in terms of whole concepts (facts, truth, and principles, for Christ’s goddamned sake) that one cannot hardly bring to bear on current affairs in presumably polite discussions now, no matter how crucial they are to reality.

From Mike Soja’s post titled See you in the fall, where Mike links to a piece at the Mises Economics Blog titled The Rise and Fall of Society: a live blog.

The 50 years since Chodorov wrote this book has seen an ever-increasing state, to the point that we may soon face, just like Rome, our own decline and fall. If the state continues to destroy wealth and the ability to produce wealth, society will collapse. In all similar instances, “Society, which flourishes only under a condition of freedom, collapsed first; there was no disposition to resist the invading hordes.”

Mike also links to a piece at ContraHour, written by Mike Armstrong, titled Is It Time To Turn Out The Lights?.  Both pieces linked by Mike Soja, and Billy Beck’s post, are worth your time, at least if you desire to learn from history.

UPDATE:  Malone Vandam, at the Novathrob Depravity-Rationalizer, which is the current name of the New Paltz Times, also notes the perils of ignoring history, at the conclusion of his post titled The premise is confused, wherein he links to a piece written by Dick Morris and his wife Eileen McGann which is posted at FrontPage.

This is not about a clash of competing theories. The competion from any theoretical point of view is long over. It’s about the difference between something that doesn’t work and something that does work, born out by the facts of history.

Posted by John Venlet on 03/18 at 09:18 AM
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Hey, He Looked Trustworthy

I often wonder who is making the decisions when money is spread around for various university studies.  Here is an assumption, from one of those studies, that is the catalyst for my current wondering.

A credit score can tell a lender a lot about a prospective borrower, but so can the borrower’s looks, a new study says.

The study was conducted by Jefferson Duarte, a professor of real estate finance at Rice University, and Stephan Siegel and Lance Young of the University of Washington in Seattle.

Based on the study, Duarte opines,

“People don’t trust the markets right now. The people don’t trust the banks, the banks don’t trust themselves ... trustworthiness seems to be really important in every single transaction and we need to pay attention to this concept,” he said.

Yeah, let’s pay close attention to the concept of hey, he looks trustworthy, so let’s lend the guy a bunch of money, because it worked so well for the subprime lending industry when they lent out billions and billions of dollars based on, for the most part, simply an individual’s credit score, rather than underwriting a mortgage loan based on a prospective borrower’s ability to repay a mortgage, and the prospective borrower’s willingness to repay a mortgage.

Creditworthiness may be linked to looks

Posted by John Venlet on 03/18 at 08:08 AM
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Best Descriptive Line on Politicians

Title of post at the American Thinker blog.

You can lease Chris Dodd, but you can’t buy him.

All politicians’ names can be freely substituted for Chris Dodd.

Via Reynolds.

Posted by John Venlet on 03/18 at 07:52 AM
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