Be like the LPGA ...
Today we honor our dear friend and colleague Ted Kennedy, Teddy to his fellow senators, Teddy K. to his staff and The Big KY to the interns.
Over at The American Spectator a piece on Van Jones.
To anyone who thinks that harsh interrogation (torture to liberals) can't work I would like to posit a simple example.
Apparently you can put a price on a life. Or on 270 of them. Revealed: Lockerbie link to oil exploration deal - Times Online.
The Agenda on National Review Online
To quote Mr. Salam:
"There are many who believe that Kennedy was less an American hero than a
reckless scoundrel who was directly responsible for the death of Mary Jo
If liberals and could come to grips with the fact that he was both in their
eyes I'd be happy but alas that is not to be for a great majority of the
But on to productive questions ... because noticing that the "Lion of the
Senate" and the leading health care liberal in a generation was a drunken
womanizing fool on top of being a manslaughtering coward does nobody any
good. When you marched behind that elephant of a man the sh*t you had to
pick up must be unbelievable.
Obamacare: The Only Exit Strategy by Charles Krauthammer on National Review Online
Another well thought out article by Dr. K ... I am especially chilled by the last section:
"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 unlimited coverage will vastly compound already out-of-control government spending on health care. The financial and budgetary consequences will be catastrophic.
However, they will not appear immediately. And when they do, the only solution will be rationing. That’s when the liberals will give the FCCCER regulatory power and give you end-of-life counseling."
I predict that the name Ted Kennedy will be brought up some much in the next 2 months that we will half expect to see Ted propped up in the background somewhere in support of whatever speaker is at the podium.
In his eulogy to Ted Kennedy in Time, Ted Sorensen writes:
Finally your shame is put to rest. The coward sibling of two great men is finally where he belonged years ago in that car instead of that innocent young woman.
The purpose of this article is to put to rest once and for all the fantasy that ethanol can have a major impact in energy independence. It can't and here is why.
Land ... Land ... Land ...
It doesn't matter if it costs less than a gallon of gas to produce, which it certainly does not. It doesn't matter if it emits less CO2, which it doesn't. What matters is that we cannot grow enough of any crop to produce enough ethanol to cover more than a fraction of our fuel needs.
Its not that we are incapable of growing things, its that we don't have enough land to grow it on.
Simple math with undisputed numbers will show that its is pure folly to consider ethanol for more than a fraction of our fuel needs.
So, lets get to it. First, the basics. Current output per acre is 150 bushels per year. At 2.7 gallons of ethanol per bushel we get 405 gallons of ethanol per acre per year. You all still with me ?
Our current gas and diesel consumption is 500 million gallons per day. Given the energy difference between ethanol and gas/diesel of .7 we see that 100% ethanol fuel would require 714 million gallons of ethanol per day, 257 billion gallons per year.
10% of that, 25.7 billion gallons would require 92,000 square miles of farmland at 697 acres per square mile. 25% would require 230,000 square miles. 100% would require 920,000 square miles.
Lets talk about that in terms of Iowas, 10% = 1.6 Iowas, 25% = 4.12 Iowas, 100% = 16.49 Iowas. Or in terms of Californias, 10% = .56 Californias, 100% = 5.6 Californias. That is every square inch of land in use, no land used for anything else, like housing or roads and such.
Now lets compare that to the current amount of land used for all farmland, including feedstock, is about 500,000 square miles. We currently farm 72,000,000 acres of corn (103,000 sq. miles), 80%of which is used for feedstock.
So to get to about 50% ethanol fuel supply we would have to stop growing all other agriculture. Imagine what food prices would be then. We could of course farm new acerage for this corn but given that farmland has been shrinking I don't see how that would be possible.
Now given that it requires trucks to move the corn from the field to the plant 50% ethanol would require 145,000 extra trucks on the road every day of the week, 52 weeks a year. All burning something, ethanol or diesel, all producing CO2.
Anyone that believes that ethanol can be anything more than a boutique vehicle fuel is either a fool or in the pocket of big corn.
Democratic Investigators Target Health Insurers - POLITICO.com
I'm sure none of that information will EVER get leaked to embarrass any company that resists the WON's ObamaCare plans.
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Death Panel or Life Panel ?
Palin Was Right...
What I took Andy McCarthy to mean in his post was that the editors should have keep their mouths shut about Palin and been thankful that she took the load of cr*p for bringing up the medical panels. NRO did nothing serious to bring it too light and would have gone down saying "tisk, tisk I'm sure they don't mean to unplug granny".
Palin pointed out that the "result" will be a dead grandmother. The NRO board tries to say there is a difference between cutting off the funding for the electricity and unplugging granny. There is and only an egghead elitist would give a da*n about the ever so subtle difference.
I hope Andy gives it to Lowry with both barrels.
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The wrong Obama is pitching health care reform.
And see if that will fly ...
Lately I have been trying to examine why it is that I have never considered becoming a Democrat and I think I have hit on the reason.
NY City Version ...
On Health Care, a Populist Revolt by Rich Lowry on National Review Online
The special interests are in bed with Obama. Obama is the corporate shill in this case.
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The Swiftboat Metaphor by Ramesh Ponnuru at NRO ...
To quote Mr. Ponnuru, "I think the parallel holds up. A mixture of true, false, and partly-true-but-hyperbolic claims are being made against a liberal cause, and liberals are for the most part using the false criticisms to avoid dealing with the valid ones."
He of course never details the false claims made by the SwiftBoat veterans. That may be because they were no claims proven false. Hyperbolic claims maybe but none were proven false and plenty of them were proven true. This is simply accepting that Swiftboating is a smear and that is lazy BS that should never appear in NRO.
Choosing the Target by Ramesh Ponnuru at NRO
good article on the Individual Mandate ...
My one push back would be that 250 million plus people are worried about the Public Option and maybe 10 million healthy 20 somethings are worried about the Individual Mandate. Money may be best spent going after the Public Option.
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Big Business Goes Big for Health-Care Reform by John Stossel at TownHall ...
As always a very illuminating article by Mr. Stossel. Seems like there are "special interests" involved in this debate, and they are on Obama's side.
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President Obama seems to believe that doctors only care about things they can charge their patients for. He implies that if we only paid doctors more for preventative advice they would make sure we lived healthier lifestyles.
I have been to several doctors over the last couple of years, a colon guy, a dermatologist, 3 heart care specialists, several ER doctors and several hospital on staff docs during a hospital stay.
I am of average build, not thin but certainly not overweight. In every single case one of the first thing I was asked upon meeting each doctor for the first time was, "Do you smoke ?". I'm sure if I was a plus size they also would have asked about my diet and exercise. Before I quit, believe me when I say that, I was harangued by every doctor about it, badgered in fact.
After stopping the response I get when I say I used to smoke is always, "How long ago did you stop and how long did you smoke?". None of these men and women got paid one thin dime more for asking and advising me about quitting smoking.
President Obama's ignorance about how people are treated by doctors is simply amazing. He is educated but ignorant. I'm certain every doctor he has ever seen in the last 20 years has asked him to stop smoking, which he has been unable to do.
Seems like it really doesn't have anything to do with your doctor does it Mr. President.
Eyes on the Real Prize by Jim Geraghty on National Review Online
If any enterprising reports manage to ask these Congressmen if they are willing to vote yes even if it costs them the next election I wonder how their constituents would react ?
At Hot Air they go into some of the whoppers covered by USA Today.
Obama: 'We're Going to Require Insurers to Cover What They Already Cover' - John R. Graham - Critical Condition on National Review Online
Obama is promising to fix problems that don't exist.
Remember last year when Obama attacked Hillary's health care proposal because it had mandates that everyone have insurance ? This year its peachy to have said mandates ...
Re: Krauthammer's Take - Andy McCarthy - The Corner on National Review Online
Mr. McCarthy has it exactly right. Now is not the time for timid behavior. Now is the time to make sure your congressman knows that you want him or her to vote No on the current crop of Health Care bills before Congress.
Right now a high percentage of Americans don't want this. If the Democrats continue to focus on the protestors and not on selling their health care scam then those percentages won't improve no matter how much cover the MSM gives them.
If you are voting in Sept. 2009 for a bill that 60 - 75% of your constituents oppose you are going to be in deep trouble come Nov 2010 and I don't see very many congressman with that much courage.
Palin's Comments on Death Boards Mr. Smith at NRO ...
Mr. Smith writes, "True, Palin would be a more effective critic of Obamacare if she didn't write like a college-student blogger. But her concerns are legitimate and substantive. And that shouldn't be lost in the criticism of her lexicon."
Wow ... Mr. Smith you really are an intellectual blowhard.
The MSM can't seem to report this ... I wonder why ?
Have You Heard Ken Gladney's Story?
Real Reforms in Health Care would be:
- Tort Reform (reduces costs)
- Medicare and Medicaid Reform (reduces costs)
- Mandate Reform (reduces costs, increases choices for consumers)
- Insurance Portability (reduces pre-existing condition issues, expands coverage for self employed and reduces costs)
From Michelle Malkin Who's Behind the Internet Snitch Brigade? - HUMAN EVENTS
I keep sending all my Viagra and Herbal remedy emails to the White House ...
What Did The White House Know About the PhRMA Deal? from Jake Tapper of ABC News.
As Jim Geraghty at NRO says, "All Obama Promises Come With An Expiration Date". Looks like the drug company deal just reached its expiration date. Hello back, let me introduce you the Obama knife.
Recieved the following from Mitch Stewart of Organizing for America ....
To quote our great leader;
“I don’t want the folks who created the mess do a lot of talking. I want them to get out of the way so we can clean up the mess. I don’t mind cleaning up after them, but don’t do a lot of talking.”
What mess is he talking about ? And who are these folks he's talking about ? Seems like the folks he means are the townhall protestors who are ordinary citizens. As far as the mess I guess he means health care but that is not currently a mess by any definition imaginable. In the future Medicare will certainly be a mess but nothing he is proposing will help that problem. So what mess is he talking about ?
I think he's just trying to say SHUT THE F**K UP AMERICA ...
Well, right back at ya Mr. President ...
Democrats Fear Is Showing on Health Care by Jonah Goldberg on National Review Online
Turns out it's Obama who doesn't have a clue how to organize his health care takeover. Given that he was actually a failure as a Community Organizer I'm not suprised.
Julys unemployment rate was dropped to 9.4 % ...
Based on the data here at Edmunds ...
There are several reasons the press will not be able to sell the American people ObamaCare like they sold us Obama himself.
The Cash for Clunkers program (CFC) which gives you $4,500 to turn in your old working car to buy a brand new working car is actually more expensive than you think.
Excellent article from by Oleg Atbashian at Pajamas Media ...
Interorbital is offering an $8,000 diy kit.
The first time the moment of truth came for Ted Kennedy he failed to rise to the occasion and call for help or report the accident to the police. Then later in the evening when friends begged him to call the police he again failed to rise to the occasion. Finally, after sleeping, he still refused to report the accident. Ted Kennedy was and is a coward of a man. My hope is that on the worst days he has ahead of him he remembers that Mary Jo is looking down from heaven and not smiling at his suffering because she knows that the devil will be looking up and smiling in anticipation of Ted joining the rest of the scum in hell.