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.

Indoctrination, Taxation, Representation And Annihilation

With all the rain we’ve had around here lately, I haven’t had much time to focus on some of the news from the past two days. My mind is swimming with thoughts about some things I have read tonight and I need to get them off my chest.

Thought #1

What the hell is this about?

We’re teaching kids to praise President Obama? Since when do we indoctrinate children by teaching them to honor the President in an organized chant? Pathetic, really.

Thought #2

Joe Biden is right. While discussing the upcoming 2010 elections and the 35 House seats that are currently held by Democrats in traditionally Republican districts, he said,

If they take them back, this the end of the road for what Barack and I are trying to do

Like I said, he’s right.

Thought #3

Jimmy Carter says that former President Bush and his administration may have been involved in a 2002 coup attempt against Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez.

I think there is no doubt that in 2002, the United States had at the very least full knowledge about the coup, and could even have been directly involved

Personally, I think that’s better than President Obama and his administration’s attempts to stifle democracy in Honduras. I’m not going to go into it all in this post, but a simple search on Google will give you plenty of information to learn that President Obama has personally condemned the rise of democracy in Honduras.

I don’t think we need to be messing around in either country, but interfering in the name of democracy rather than stifling it sounds better to me any day.

Thought #4

Fining people for not carrying health insurance is wrong. Such fines collected by the IRS are nothing more than taxes. So much about the health care bills in the House and the Senate are wrong. When things are this wrong, they cannot be “negotiated” they must be re-written.

Thought #5

Former President Jimmy Carter sure thinks he’s an expert on the Middle East, doesn’t he? It’s hard to imagine that someone who was apparently so instrumental in brokering peace between Egypt and Israel can be so wrong about peace between Israel and the rest of their neighbors.

I’m no expert, but I do know a few things. Hamas wants nothing less than the complete annihilation of Israel. Hezbollah wants nothing less than the complete annihilation of Israel. Nothing Israel has done in the past, is doing now, or shall do in the future will change either of those facts. So, it’s quite a surprise to read the following:

Former President Jimmy Carter says Israel must stop building settlements in Palestine for there to be peace in the Middle East.

In order for there to peace in the Middle East, Hamas and Hezbollah need to stop sending homicide bombers into Israel, they need to stop threatening Israel, and Hamas as well as Hezbollah need to be annihilated. Only then, will there be a chance for peace in the Middle East.

Thought #6

The voters of Georgia’s Fourth Congressional District may have thought they had sane representation when Hank Johnson won the seat, but it’s clear that Georgia #4 has some sort of Cynthia McKinney syndrome that could take years to purge.

Rep. Hank Johnson is standing by his comments that Rep. Joe Wilson’s “You lie!” outburst at President Obama “instigated more racist sentiment” and could lead to a resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan.

Johnson, a Georgia Democrat, wrote in the Atlanta Journal Constitution on Monday that he doesn’t think that most of Obama’s opponents are motivated by racism, but that he believes Wilson’s comments “winked at a racist element” and that there is a small but “racially motivated fringe” among those who disapprove of the president and his policies.

Ridiculous.

You Gotta Be Crazy In Your Head

Politics can make people do crazy things. Just look at the events of the past year and you have all the evidence you need that you have to be out of your ever-loving mind to seek the office of President of the United States.

Running for office makes you say things you would otherwise never say, it makes you do things you would never dream of doing, and it makes you wish you could remember all the bad things you have done before the press finds out about them.

It all starts with the primaries, where things start out quite civil but turn nasty real quick. Then, before too long, you find yourself praising the very people you were denouncing as satan worshippers just a few months earlier in the campaign.

If you make it past the primaries, things get even more insane. In fact, the best you can do is hold on tight and enjoy the ride.

There’s an old saying that you can’t win if you don’t play. When you’re running for President of the United States you cannot win if you don’t campaign. You must play the game. If you aren’t willing to go out there and give it your all, you’re just not going to win. In fact, if you don’t get your name out there, you will never have a chance, no matter how insane you are.

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Joseph Biden, The Leader

Joe Biden wants you to think he is experienced enough to be Vice-President, or even President if need be. Watch this clip:

Part of what a leader does is to “instill confidence and demonstrate that he or she knows what they are talking about”.

Clearly, he has no idea what he is talking about, therefore he does not fit his own definition of a leader.

President Roosevelt did not address the American people via television after the stock market crash of 1929.

Do you need proof?

While it’s true that a couple of experimental stations were broadcasting in 1929, they were only broadcasting reflected light and sihouette images from motion pictures. The first regular broadcasts, according to Wikipedia, did not start until 1931. Oh yeah, and Franklin D. Roosevelt was not elected until 1932. Both of these facts make it quite impossible that ‘President Roosevelt’ addressed the American people via television after the market crash of 1929.

Joe Biden obviously has no idea what he is talking about. Then again, if we take Barack Obama’s 57 states into consideration, their combined version of history might be a little different than ours.

The more I hear Biden talk the more I am convinced that Barack Obama made the wrong choice.

Hate Is Hate, No Matter How You Spell It

Barack Obama said something today that his spokesman now says was just “an old expression”. In a speech to his supporters in Lebanon, Virginia, he was referencing the McCain/Palin campaign when he said,

“You know, you can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig.”

No matter how you try to spin it, he called Sarah Palin a pig. There is no doubt about it. Last week during the Republican National Convention, Sarah Palin asked,

“What’s the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull? Lipstick.”

Are we supposed to believe that he was simply using “an old expression”? That’s bullshit, let’s get real. We’re all adults here and we all know what he meant when he said it.

The Obama campaign is still fixated on Sarah Palin. While introducing Joe Biden at a campaign event in St. Louis, Democratic Congressman Russ Carnahan said,

“There’s no way you can dress up that record, even with a lot of lipstick.”

Now, are we seriously supposed to believe the lipstick line was just a coincidence? Give me a break. Barack Obama was clearly calling Sarah Palin a pig and there ain’t no sugar coating that one. If the “lipstick on a pig” comment wasn’t completely rude and uncalled for, I have no idea what is.

The media has given this guy a pass on everything has said and done since day one and it’s time it stopped. His comment was hateful, rude and demeaning toward Sarah Palin and he should apologize. With her track record of reform, I am sure she has been called much worse, and it’s pretty clear she can handle her own, but he should still apologize.

Let’s put the shoe on the other foot for a second. If someone had made a disparaging remark about Barack Obama or used an “old expression” when referring to him, the media would be all over it and people everywhere would be demanding an apology. So what’s the difference here?

Isn’t it funny how some people can point out the hate they see outside their window, but they are blind to it when it faces them in their own mirror?

Tossing Change Out The Window

By now you’ve heard that Barack Obama has chosen Joe Biden as his vice-presidential running mate. Some think Biden was a good choice, others not so much. Let’s put some things in perspective here.

For months, Barack Obama has been sending a message of hope and change to people across the nation. He has promised a new America. He has spent the better part of this year railing against “Washington insiders” convincing voters that he was bringing something different to the White House, something new and full of hope.

Instead, he’s bringing Joe Biden. A six-term U.S. Senator.

Joe Biden was first elected to the senate in 1972. In comparison, Dick Cheney was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1978. This makes Joe Biden more of a “Washington insider” than Dick Cheney. So much for new.

In 1988 while running for President, Joe Biden was caught plagiarizing a speech, and then within days it was discovered that he had also plagiarized a law review article while in his first year of law school. He dropped out of the race following those accusations. So much for hope.

Joe Biden voted for the final resolution to support the war in Iraq. He has consistently supported appropriations to pay for it and has argued repeatedly to increase the number of soldiers in Iraq. So much for change.

It is being said today that Barack Obama chose Joe Biden as his running mate because he brings solid foreign affairs credentials to the campaign. Well, he also brings a lot of baggage from inside Washington. Baggage that will most likely weigh down the campaign. Baggage that Barack Obama should have left at the curb.

As a right-leaning independent voter, I can’t help but think that Obama has just harpooned his own campaign.