Monday, November 23, 2009

A collection of hot-news items

I can't believe how many things happened this weekend! I'll just leave a few links for you to peruse, some of it exciting, some of it disturbing, all of it interesting.

Andrew Breitbart (my new hero) got his hands on pounds and pounds of documents that the San Diego County ACORN tried to get rid of by throwing them in a public dumpster just days before the Attorney General raided their offices. Mr. Breitbart says he will be releasing them.

Finally. Finally someone - either a whistleblower or a hacker - released emails, code, documents, etc. from the Climate Research Unit in East Anglia, a "premier" research entity on all matters of "climate change." Turns out that these researchers are liars and fakes, and really, criminals. Finally, the truth starts to come out.

It seemed like practically all of MSNBC from anchors to reporters to commentators and guests were appalled at the "whiteness" of Sarah Palin's crowds. They snarled that her crowds thus far prove that she is a magnet for "angry whites." Well, hidey-ho, take a look at the racial make-up of MSNBC and have yourself a nice laugh over their ridiculous hypocrisy.

There are just a ton of great links over at Hot Air today so here are a few to start you out, but make sure to check back there regularly.
ObamaCare losing even more numbers
Obama + Asia = Flop
(Via Hot Air) The unstated price of trying the terrorists in our court system
The real cost of the senate health care bill

Of course, most of the articles and blog posts here are wonderful. Take your time picking through them.


  1. Patty for Senate has closed comments again.


    Check it out and pass it on...we need to get in front of the media trying to squash this event ahead of the Copenhagen treaty.

  3. Keep educating yourself: (right down in Portland)

  4. Charles Krauthammers Health Care Reform Solutions

    First, tort reform. This is money -- the low-end estimate is about half a trillion per decade -- wasted in two ways. Part is simply hemorrhaged into the legal system to benefit a few jackpot lawsuit winners and an army of extravagantly rich malpractice lawyers such as John Edwards.

    The rest is wasted within the medical system in the millions of unnecessary tests, procedures and referrals undertaken solely to fend off lawsuits -- resources wasted on patients who don't need them and which could be redirected to the uninsured who really do.

    In the 4,000-plus pages of the two bills, there is no tort reform. Indeed, the House bill actually penalizes states that dare "limit attorneys' fees or impose caps on damages." Why? Because, as Howard Dean has openly admitted, Democrats don't want "to take on the trial lawyers." What he didn't say -- he didn't need to -- is that they give millions to the Democrats for precisely this kind of protection.

    Second, even more simple and simplifying, abolish the prohibition against buying health insurance across state lines.

    Some states have very few health insurers. Rates are high. So why not allow interstate competition? After all, you can buy oranges across state lines. If you couldn’t, oranges would be extremely expensive in Wisconsin, especially in winter.

    And the answer to the resulting high Wisconsin orange prices wouldn’t be the establishment of a public option -- a federally run orange-growing company in Wisconsin -- to introduce "competition." It would be to allow Wisconsin residents to buy Florida oranges.

    But neither bill lifts the prohibition on interstate competition for health insurance. Because this would obviate the need -- the excuse -- for the public option, which the left wing of the Democratic Party sees (correctly) as the royal road to fully socialized medicine.

    Third, tax employer-provided health insurance. This is an accrued inefficiency of 65 years, an accident of World War II wage controls. It creates a $250 billion annual loss of federal revenues -- the largest tax break for individuals in the entire federal budget.

    This reform is the most difficult to enact, for two reasons. The unions oppose it. And the Obama campaign savaged the idea when John McCain proposed it during last year's election.

    Insuring the uninsured is a moral imperative. The problem is that the Democrats have chosen the worst possible method -- a $1 trillion new entitlement of stupefying arbitrariness and inefficiency.

    The better choice is targeted measures that attack the inefficiencies of the current system one by one -- tort reform, interstate purchasing and taxing employee benefits. It would take 20 pages to write such a bill, not 2,000 -- and provide the funds to cover the uninsured without wrecking both U.S. health care and the U.S. Treasury.

  5. Our government at work protecting us:


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