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Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Attack of the Birthers

The conservative equivalent of 9-11 Truthers, who also love to show up at town hall meetings and harangue their representatives. Compare and contrast:

About the only difference is you don't hear the crowd egging on the Truther. But I guess that Obama Birtherism is mainstream Republican now, as Rush has given his seal of approval:

On his show today, Limbaugh told listeners, "As you know, I'm in the midst of another harassing audit from New York State and New York City for the last three years. We're up to 16 different ways I have to prove to New York City and state tax authorities where I have been every day – not just work week – but every day, for the past three years."

He continued, "Barack Obama has yet to have to prove that he's a citizen. All he has to do is show a birth certificate. He has yet to have to prove he's a citizen. I have to show them 14 different ways where the h--- I am every day of the year for three years."


Tuesday, July 21, 2009
In Theory, Monkeys Could Fly Out of My Butt

Ezra Klein speculates on potential deficit savings from Obamacare:

There's the theory that comparative effectiveness review -- particularly when combined with a new IT infrastructure that could eventually help guide physician decisions -- will cut down on unnecessary treatments and allow us to bring high-spending regions of the country into sync with their low-spending brethren.

I like the comeback of one of his commenters:

Your argument is basically, "But he didn't even address the salient impact of unicorn dust and pixie wings".

I've heard all about the promise of technlogy and computerization saving money in health care not for years but for decades. The problem is that any savings on individual procedures immediately gets subsumed by additional demand. Nobody says, "Wow, fewer C-Sections, let's pocket the savings and lower the cost of care." Instead it gets turned into meeting improved access or broader services.

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Monday, July 20, 2009
Frank's Ashes

Frank McCourt died.

Those of you who are not Irish may only vaguely remember the name, but the Irish among us will never forget Angela's Ashes, McCourt's recounting of a terribly deprived childhood of an alcoholic father and an enabling mother.

It was a huge bestseller; I doubt there are many Irish in America who will confess to not having read it. It is a quite compelling and tragicomic story. Frank and his brother, Malachy, often went hungry because their father would go on a bender whenever he got paid, which unfortunately wasn't often because he was too much a drunk to stick with anything for long.

Where the story does become comical is on those paydays, as Frank and Malachy fantasize all the food they're going to eat when Daddy gets home. But of course as the afternoon turns into evening, and the evening into night, they realize that he's gone on an other bender, and by the time he returns there will be no money left for food.

As a result of his book, McCourt became a prominent professional Irishman and was featured extensively in the PBS series, The Irish in America.

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Sunday, July 19, 2009
Don't Blame Me, I Voted for the Loosertarian Candidate

Not the dumbest thing Stacy McCain has said, but right up there.

Yes, and how did this happen? Because I voted for Bob Barr in Maryland? I think not. The GOP nominated as its presidential candidate the only candidate in the primary field for whom I could not vote. (S. 2611.) The most electable candidate in the Republican field, Mitt Romney, quit two days after Super Tuesday.

The most electable candidate in the Republican field was the guy who couldn't win in the Republican primaries? How ironic is that?

As I will eventually tire of pointing out, McCain did better than the GOP candidates for Senate in 2008. So far from McCain dragging down the GOP, the GOP dragged down McCain. I can understand why some people want to ignore this, but I don't understand why we should listen to them when it is quite obvious that they are wrong, and when they contributed to Obama's victory with their constant carping about how the GOP's candidate was completely unacceptable.

Unlike Stacy McCain, I will pledge here and now to support the GOP's candidate in 2012. Even if it turns out to be Ron Paul.

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