Archive for July 2009

Health-Care “Debate”

“Something needs to be done, especially to help the kids and the elderly,” said Williams, 48, who works for the school district in Forsyth County, Ga. “But if the reforms affect the insurance I have now, I would have a deep issue with it.”

The elderly already have government run healthcare.  There is 100% coverage for the elderly.  It’s called Medicare; you may have heard of it.

Kids are generally covered by Medicaid and S-CHIP, more government healthcare schemes.

This “debate” isn’t about kids and the elderly.  This is about working age adults — and a small percentage of them.  It isn’t about truly poor working age adults — those adults qualify for Medicaid.  It isn’t about the disabled — they qualify for Medicare.

This is about able-bodied adults without permanent disabilities who have income but maybe not enough to cover buying their own insurance, people who are in between jobs, and young adults who can afford it but are healthy enough that they just don’t feel like buying it.

If Obama were just concerned with covering those people and not trying to wreck everyone’s insurance, then the right side of the aisle would have already lost the debate.

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No One Obama Knows Pays Their Taxes

A foundation created and led by Henry Louis Gates Jr. is amending its federal tax form after questions were raised about $11,000 paid to foundation officers — funds that the original tax form called research grants, but that should have been classified as compensation, ProPublica reported. When the payments are accounted for accurately, the foundation’s administrative expenses will account for 40% of its spending in 2007, not 1% as originally reported to the IRS.

Note that the ‘foundation” seems to be mainly in the business of funnelling money to Gates’ cronies. No wonder Obama wants to raise taxes on everyone.  No one he knows is paying nearly as many taxes as the rest of us.

You wanna balance the budget, Barry?  Get your rich deadbeat friends to pay all their taxes.

Sam Raimi’s Warcraft Movie Production Diary

Day 33

I can’t believe how hard it is to get any work done on this project. There are extras goofing off everywhere, but it takes an hour of asking around to get a group of 10 of them together to shoot a scene. And then, just when we’re about to start filming, one of them suddenly has to leave because his mother needs him to clean his room or something.



East Austin

Police are investigating a brick with an offensive message thrown into the window of an East Austin home.

The brick, thrown through a 4-year-old boy’s bedroom window, read “Keep Eastside Black. Keep Eastside Strong.”

The homeowner, Barbara Frische, who is white, said she has lived in the home for 10 years.

“It’s the first time anything like this has ever happened to me,” she said.

Frische was featured in a Statesman Watch article published in May in which she lobbied for action to be taken on a charred house that posed a safety hazard.

She has not received negative feedback from area residents about the article, she said, and does not believe this morning’s incident is connected to it.

Police have not classified this incident as a hate crime, said Austin Police Sgt. Richard Stresing, because hate crimes target an individual specifically because of an identifying characteristic, like race. Police say the incident has been classified as criminal mischief and deadly conduct.

via Police investigating brick thrown into East Austin home | The Blotter

Let me ask you — if a brick had been thrown through the window of a black family’s home that said, “Keep Eastside White.  Keep Eastside Strong.” that there would be any question that this qualified as a hate crime?

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