Crazy Day Mayo

Are people insane? Seriously. I knew something was weird when so many people supported Barack Obama for President, but I had no idea how widespread the insanity really was. Sure, there have been signs over the past year and a half, but today just sealed the deal for me.

Administrators at a California high school sent five students home on Wednesday after they refused to remove their American flag T-shirts and bandannas — garments the school officials deemed “incendiary” on Cinco de Mayo.

If the school had announced that such T-shirts and other attire were not allowed on that specific day, then I would support the administrators of the school as they have a right to set policy for students on campus. But they didn’t.

The clothes these students wore are the same clothes they wear all the time, but because yesterday was Cinco de Mayo they were sent home. The students caused no disruption, they did not antagonize other students, they simply wore the clothing they have worn in the past.

In a statement released Thursday, Morgan Hill Unified School District Superintendent Wesley Smith characterized the incident as “extremely unfortunate” and said the matter is under investigation.

“The Morgan Hill Unified School District does not prohibit nor do we discourage wearing patriotic clothing,” Smith’s statement read. “The incident on May 5 at Live Oak High School is extremely unfortunate. While campus safety is our primary concern and administrators made decisions yesterday in an attempt to ensure campus safety, students should not, and will not, be disciplined for wearing patriotic clothing. This matter is under investigation and appropriate action will be taken.”

One student stated that Cinco de Mayo was the only day that Mexican-American students can show their national pride. National pride? Really? Painting a Mexican flag on your face on Cinco de Mayo while attending high school in Morgan Hill, California is showing your national pride? Therein lies the problem.

Mexican-Americans should always be allowed to show pride in their heritage and their cultural roots. I bet many of them do, but what nation does that young girl think she lives in?

Other Mexican American students reported that their Mexican flags were taken away but they were not sent home. Why was American patriotism and national pride even a concern on Cinco de Mayo? Are we so politically correct now that we can’t even be Americans on a day which just happens to be May 5th for most of us?

Care, Craft, Crap, & Crazy

After a nice long weekend, and a relaxing start to the week, things are about to pick up.

I have a dentist appointment tomorrow. It seems I was eating a mutant chicken wing last week, and bit into a bone that shouldn’t have been where it was. Presently, I have a chipped tooth and I have a nice big dental bill in my future.

Thought #1

Stop The ACLU has an interesting post about health care claim denials. You’ll never guess which insurer denies more claims than any other health care insurer in the country.

It’s not United Health Care. From March 1,2007 through March 10, 2008, a period of just one year, they denied just 30,000 of 1.1 million claims.That’s less than 3% of all claims submitted to them.

It’s not CIGNA. During the same period they denied just 9,000 claims out of 260 thousand, or just under 3.5% of all claims.

So who was it? Was it Aetna? Humana? Could it be Anthem or Coventry? Nope, nope, nope and nope.

Out of 6.9 million claims submitted, 475,000 of those claims were denied… by Medicare.

When you hear President Obama, or any of the Democrats on the Hill talking about the virtues of government run health care, keep this in mind. More people are denied coverage by the government than any other insurer in America and I’m sure that number won’t change when they add the ‘public option’. (cough)

Hat Tip to Vinny for posting about this too, somehow I missed it because of my chicken wing trauma.

Note: You can click the image above to view the denial statistics I so eloquently wrote about.


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Thought #2

The Obama Administration worked hand in hand with Egypt to craft a new resolution for the United Nations Human Rights Council.

“The United States is very pleased to present this joint project with Egypt. This initiative is a manifestation of the Obama administration’s commitment to multilateral engagement throughout the United Nations and of our genuine desire to seek and build cooperation based upon mutual interest and mutual respect in pursuit of our shared common principles of tolerance and the dignity of all human beings.”

Sounds good doesn’t it? We’re working with other countries with mutual interest and respect to help all human beings around the world. Awesome, huh?

The new resolution, championed by the Obama administration, has a number of disturbing elements. It emphasizes that “the exercise of the right to freedom of expression carries with it special duties and responsibilities . . .” which include taking action against anything meeting the description of “negative racial and religious stereotyping.” It also purports to “recognize . . . the moral and social responsibilities of the media” and supports “the media’s elaboration of voluntary codes of professional ethical conduct” in relation to “combating racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.”

The compromise which the Obama administration had emphasized as an important step in our involvement with the human rights council restricts one of the very freedoms we cherish so much. The freedom of speech. When the European Union distances itself from your resolution on human rights, you know you screwed up.

Thought #3

Has MAD Magazine has finally crossed that imaginary line? I sure hope so.

Thought #4

Do you remember when Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) compared health care in the United States to the Holocaust?

It seems such comments on the floor of the House of Representatives are allowed, if you’re a Democrat.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) says there’s no reason for Rep. Alan Grayson to apologize for his “Die quickly” remark, since Republicans have made statements just as outrageous as his.

“If anybody’s going apologize, everybody should apologize,” Pelosi told reporters at her weekly press conference. “We are holding Democrats to a higher standard than their own members.”

Did you catch that last line? “We are holding Democrats to a higher standard than their own members.”

Their standards must be quite low if the “higher” standard they are holding Democrats to amounts to something so vile as the comments made by Rep. Grayson.

I guess the rules only apply if you disagree with the leadership in the House. Way to stay ethical Nancy.

Thought #5

Vice President Joe Biden says the stimulus package has worked quite well, beyond his wildest dreams.

“In my wildest dreams, I never thought it would work this well”

Last week we learned that unemployment rose to 9.8% nationwide (17% if you count those who have simply given up looking for work).

Can we say out of touch with reality?

Thought #6

The Senate Finance Committee will be voting on the Baucus Health Care Bill soon. When asked if he will read the text of the bill, committee member Rep. Thomas Carper (D-DE) says,

“I don’t expect to actually read the legislative language because reading the legislative language is among the more confusing things I’ve ever read in my life”

Yet again, members of our clueless Congress are planning to vote on a bill they themselves have not read. A bill that could contain just about anything, since they have no intention of reading it. Follow that link to view the video of Rep. Carper making his excuses for failing to read the bill.

For that reason alone, this bill and any other bill they fail to read and disclose to the American people should be rejected in it’s entirety.

And They Call Me Crazy

Here’s a short post tonight while I work to finish up a project I’ve been working on for a week or two now.

Some people, including family members call me crazy because I happen to pay attention to all news outlets including FoxNews rather than bury my head in the sand and pretend reality doesn’t exist.

Well, welcome to reality.

I’m sure things are tough for some people. We all know that something needs to be done to catch those who fall through the cracks with our current health care system, but Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) is must be completely out of his mind.

How can anyone compare health care in America with the Holocaust? How can anyone compare the standard of living in America to the horror experienced by millions of Jews sixty years ago? How can anyone compare their definition of poor health care with the death of six million people?

That’s sick. That’s really sick.

Maybe I should just go hang out with my crazy right wing conservative friends and watch FoxNews? Is any other news channel covering this story? I wouldn’t know, because as you know, I am just crazy.