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February 24, 2009

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kim

Let's see, government control of your house, your body, your money. Did we leave anything out?
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bgates

Kim, you overstate the matter. A woman's womb is still her castle.

clarice

The WaPo (second section) today has a piece up about local providers of low cost govt subsidized health plans shocked that the people for whom it was designed have failed to utilize it.
Shocked i tell you.

Do we have to send out engraved invitations to the uninformed?

clarice

In other news--proof that the US House of Representatives is on its toes. a bill has been introduced banning chimps as pets.

Jim Ryan

... YOU WIN!

OMG, I never won anything before! I win! I win!

Jim Ryan

a bill has been introduced banning chimps as pets.

No big whoop. A lot of people are prepared to tell the stormtroopers at the door, "My guns were stolen last week. And my chimp. Yeah, stolen, that's the ticket, my chimp was stolen."

Porchlight

Clarice, I recall during the S-CHIP expansion debate (the bill that actually got debated, as opposed to what just went through), it was reported in several places that S-CHIP was underenrolled in many (most?) states where it was available. Some states were offering benefits to parents in order to boost enrollment.

Can't we spend a little money educating people about the available benefits, and getting them on the rolls, before we spend a lot of money to expand the program (and have the expansion also be underenrolled)? It is infuriating.

Amused bystander

Kim: you forgot energy. Also the climate, don't forget that one--it is a rel crisis I am told.

Soylent Red

Yeah, stolen, that's the ticket, my chimp was stolen.

"Goddamn chimp collected all my firearms and ran away into the woods last week. Left a note mentioning he was going off to look for Dr. Zaius.

Worst of all, he took my completed tax forms with him."

bad

If we can't get people to prepare for TV digitation, we'll never get them to sign up for insurance coverage.

Ranger

Hmmm... This will be fun. I wonder how many of those 20 something "I want my free lunch" Obama voters will turn sour when they get stuck having to pay a few hundred bucks a month for Mom an Dad's health care?

daddy

"a bill has been introduced banning chimps as pets."

Tarzan's gonna' be pissed!

bad

End of Patients, indeed TM.

Think of the SS and Medicare savings...

clarice

Here's the beauty of expanding the services which are underenrolled--you put more credentialed mopes on the fed payroll to interface with and coordinate programmatically and assist the underenrolled.Since these new hires are neither smart enough nor diligent enough to qualify for jobs which actually provide health care actual health care we follow the community organizer model. The slums in Chicago did not get fixed but the organizer made it to the WH.

Jim Ryan

Red, you first have to gag the chimp and put him and the guns in a clothes hamper. Er, separate hampers.

RichatUF

clarice-

Do we have to send out engraved invitations to the uninformed?

They are too stoned and too stupid to figure it out, which why there are community organizers to make sure the uninformed "get their rights".

bad

Clarice, do you think he'll figure out that even with the power of the presidency he isn't going to do a thing to change those Chicago slums?

Not that he won't bankrupt us trying....

bgates

Red, it's the perfect crime. With Holder telling everyone we've been too reluctant to go to Sharpton rallies, what police department is going to put out an APB for "a monkey with a gun"?

bgates

Speaking of previews, Jennifer Loven of the AP (I tried for a minute to come up with something insulting, but couldn't think of anything worse than "Jennifer Loven of the AP) has a review of the speech, written in the past tense. It includes this line:

Comments on Obama's address came in early from Republicans, many hours before he had uttered a word.

That does seem unfair.

Jane

Speaking of health care, I had to go to the emergency room today because I had a reaction to a procedure I had yesterday (I'm fine) and they have now added a new mandatory question to "Do you feel in danger at your home" and the other litany of questions they ask - and it is:

"Do you feel that anyone is taking advantage of your financial situation?"

I answered. "Yes, Congress and the President, and I want you to write that down."

I'll probably be arrested tomorrow.

Ralph L

I hope voters will remember what federal subsidies did to college tuition--push it out of sight. I bet that's the Dems' evil plan--insurance becomes so expensive, the government must take it over completely and ration care.

bad

Way to go Jane!!

centralcal

LOL, Jane! Glad you're okay.

Porchlight

LOL bgates (how many times have I posted that?)

Good for you, Jane, on both counts!

bad

via Hot Air:

In the continuing saga of "bright blue scrotum"-gate, the person who was responsible for posting the doctored video to YouTube has been fired. The news was first reported by FTVLive.

I confess I never see or hear anything about Holder without thinking of BBSG....

Soylent Red

Yes bgates. That would be racialist.

clarice

Jane, they better not ever house us in the same old folks home.

bad

By the way, I only pointed out the latest on BBSG because I would feel like a coward if I didn't.

clarice

bgates that is even funnier than usual. A pre-speech news account including pre speech critiques.

Laura

Jane,
Very happy to hear you are okay and still giving them hell.

Re schip, an acquaintenance of mine made an extremely good business out of providing hospitals the service of registering patients for the incredible host of benefits they were entitled to medicaid, schip, other programs. Most were unable or unwilling to sign up due to the usual litany of problems, illiteracy, alcohol and drug dependence, fear of legal interventions etc. She would walk them through the process and get the hospital their money.

centralcal

Your insult of Jennifer Loven was just hysterical! Priceless, even!

centralcal

sorry, my post was addressed to bgates, obviously.

Ignatz Ratzkywatzky

Somebody asked on another thread about games for Obama's speech tonight.
Here, via AmSpec blog, is a fun packed O-bingo game to listen and play along with.

bad

CC, unless bgates created a fake Bretbart site that I'm too stupid to catch, there is a review just as he says.

Even comments where people are noting the speech hasn't happened yet.

Pofarmer

it was reported in several places that S-CHIP was underenrolled in many (most?) states where it was available.

Well, there's a couple of possiblilities.

#1 The need for it is overstated.

#2 People who need it know that they'll get healthcare anyway because, no matter what the Dim's say, not kids are turned away from health care. So, I guess you could see #1 for that one too.

PeterUK

"a bill has been introduced banning chimps as pets."

Some kind of Congressional empathy?

MaryD

Ignatz,the Obingo game is priceless. Esp. because Obingo sounds so much like Odinga.

BobS

the speech will be boilerplate bait and switch....talk moderate/bipartisan while governing to the left

Matt

if they outlaw chimps, only outlaws will have chimps.....

bgates

The best part about Loven's cattiness is that the comment she uses to try to illustrate the Republicans are unfairly criticizing the speech before it happens, one, is very conciliatory, and two, doesn't mention the speech:

" "House Republicans stand united in willingness to work with this president to try and tackle the very tough economic situation that is facing our families, to try and make some of the tough decisions together," said House GOP Whip Eric Cantor of Virginia. But Republicans would stick to their principles, he said: "One is that Washington shouldn't be spending money that we don't have. And two, we shouldn't be raising taxes on businesses and families that can't afford to pay them." "

Matt

where are the democrats going to get their next slate of candidates if they outlaw chimps.....

MayBee

Clarice, do you think he'll figure out that even with the power of the presidency he isn't going to do a thing to change those Chicago slums?

As he ran for President, there was no era he could point to that had a good economy where enough people were employed.
Remember how he knocked the 90's? His community organizing days were in the 90's, and he talked about how awful it was for the mill workers who had lost work. Nobody has ever done enough for the worker.

That should have been a clue. He

MayBee

Are the 40 million uninsured Americans all healthy workers who have opted out?
That's kind of the vibe I'm getting as I ask around about how getting all Americans insured is going to lower health care spending.

Otherwise, I'm having a hard time figuring out why it's going to be so cheap to subsidize insurance for 30 million or so Americans.

glenda

Oh, Jane..you are priceless! If they come to get you, I'll fly to MA and get you out!
Hope all is A-OK!

MayBee

So no FWDAJ today?

Elliott

But is there anything about orangutans? We must not rue the mortgage crisis to the point of ignoring serious threats to public safety.

cathyf
People who need it know that they'll get healthcare anyway because, no matter what the Dim's say, not kids are turned away from health care.
Or, even more likely, they are just practicing efficient time management. They wait to sign their kids up for SCHIP until the kid needs to see a doctor the first time. A lot kids only have need for medical care every couple of years, and then the parents don't need to mess around with the paperwork in between.
Elliott

Glad to hear you are doing better, Jane. Great line!

Soylent Red

"Rue"

Heh, Elliott.

Jane

So no FWDAJ today?

No and I'm bummed out about it - I so wanted to talk about Santelli's tea party.

Jane

Elliott are you still in London?

centralcal

What time does "dear leader" speak tonite? These things often begin while I am commuting home from work.

I loved Tappers piece about all the "Skutniks" that will be setting with the First Lady. I could snark, but one doesn't know what might be taken racially any more, so better not.

Jane

I think it is 9:00 CC - I was planning to become an American Idol fan but I think even Simon Cowell is being preempted.

JM Hanes

Jane:

Do you have any idea where I could find that list of questions they're required to ask you in the emergency room? Or at least where I should start looking for it? I believe doctors -- or perhaps just pediatricians/obstetricians? -- are required to ask some of same. I think we're going to be seeing a lot more of that kind of intrusive "off topic" questioning everywhere, not to mention in the census when the White House political office finishes redesigning it. When you factor in digitizing medical records -- and the centralization that inevitably entails, I think the future is staring us in the face.

Extraneus

What time does "dear leader" speak tonite?

Who cares, as long as MayBee is willing and able?

bad

Think of the advertising dollars down the tube with all those channels pre-empted....

PDinDetroit

What time does "dear leader" speak tonite?

Does it really matter? All I hear from this loser is more of the same: Responsibility Redistribution.

mel

I'm an idiot.

Please explain "FWDAJ", unless it is an unacceptably, derogatory term for myself, then you can e-mail it to my wife.

Nice Bernanke bounce today.

caro

We are all sorry about FWDAJ this week, Jane.

Glad you are okay otherwise.

Jane

Do you have any idea where I could find that list of questions they're required to ask you in the emergency room?

JMH,

I was thinking the same thing. There were 4 or 5 of them but I can only remember 2. I have no idea if it is a state mandate or a federal one. I'd start with google, or even call your local doctor's office and ask them. I was asked questions both days - so it wasn't just the ER.

Jane

Mel,

It stands for "Fun with Dick and Jane" which is the name of my radio show, which I usually do on Tuesdays. I post a podcast the following day, at the LUN. SO you aren't an idiot at all.

Captain Hate

More Ezra Klein links; sorry TM, I'm not giving that butt brigand a web hit.

Barry Dauphin

in other news--proof that the US House of Representatives is on its toes. a bill has been introduced banning chimps as pets.

They're getting rid of Biden already?

JM Hanes

The Jennifer Loven piece is not a joke. Or rather, not a counterfeit. Or rather, not a prank. It's everywhere, from Boston.com (Boston Globe) & the Baltimore Sun, to Forbes. Karen Travers and Jake Tapper are working with excerpts from the embargoed version, over at ABC. They use the professional future tense., but why on earth do reporters waste their time reporting on what the President is supposedly going to say himself in a couple of hours? It's even worse, when they then feel compelled to tell us what he did say, immediately after we've just watched him say it.

Mark Halperin has the official White House preview release:

But while our economy may be weakened and our confidence shaken; though we are living through difficult and uncertain times, tonight I want every American to know this: We will rebuild, we will recover, and the United States of America will emerge stronger than before.

The weight of this crisis will not determine the destiny of this nation. The answers to our problems don't lie beyond our reach. They exist in our laboratories and universities; in our fields and our factories; in the imaginations of our entrepreneurs and the pride of the hardest-working people on Earth. Those qualities that have made America the greatest force of progress and prosperity in human history we still possess in ample measure. What is required now is for this country to pull together, confront boldly the challenges we face, and take responsibility for our future once more.

To date, Halperin's Page has released embargoed versions almost as soon as the starting gun goes off -- last time it meant you could actually read along with the speech. There are always a few impromptu additions or deletions which can occasionally be interesting.

 Ann

Jane, I am glad to hear you are okay. Sorry about your show.


I could snark, but one doesn't know what might be taken racially any more, so better not.

CC,

I think you should prove to Holder you are not a coward. I have decided to call the pirate looting our treasury "Black Ears".
Take that Holder!

JM Hanes

Jane:

I was assuming that the questionnaire was a Massachusetts special. :-)

centralcal

About dear leader speaking . . . I didn't want to miss the commentary here. It is really hard to catch up when you come in late. If he doesn't start until 9 pm ET, then I am good to go.

Thanks for the info, Jane.

centralcal

Ha Ha, Ann. Black Ears . . . I like it!!!

Sue

I believe Holder intended us to tell African Americans how horrible Caucasians have been and we will try and do better in the future, with the help of the courage our Dear Leader is going to give us. He never counted on the snarkettes at JOM to misconstrue his serious words. ::grin::

Sue

Jane,

Some of those questions are for geriatric patients. Eeek! Not sayin' anything, but they ask them in the event a caregiver is not behaving nicely.

I loved your response to the financial question.

bad

JMH, My college kid says Loven should be fired for filing a false report.

She is reporting physical phenomenon from an event that hasn't happened yet.

Extraneus

The weight of this crisis will not determine the destiny of this nation. The answers to our problems don't lie beyond our reach. They exist in our laboratories and universities; in our fields and our factories; in the imaginations of our entrepreneurs and the pride of the hardest-working people on Earth.

Could this be more gag-worthy? Really, who couldn't write the speech before it's given? I see no reason for Jennifer Loven or anyone else to wait for it.

Elliott

Yes, in fact I am. Should I arrange the tea shipment?

JM Hanes

Ignatz:

Just want to keep your Øbingo link in view! Very funny - I downloaded a card, which anybody who wants a prefab list of drinking words should consider doing. My favorite, of course, is any variation on "as I've said before" along with a roster of things & plans that Obama has made perfectly clear -- generally on a website where you can supply your name and email address. I also predict a lot of what "I will" or "I won't" allow, and at least one ideologically-constipated-conservatives-just-want-to-burn-down-public-schools moment. The mess he inherited is a given of course, but I doubt "toxic assets" will get a hit.

The risible Robert Gibbs actually describes the speech as Reaganesque! Halperin has excerpts from the prepared version of the Jindal Response.

So, there's your pre-game show. The only thing left to decide is whether to watch the speech with the sound on or off.

Almost forgot, Eric Holder has the undisclosed location duty tonight.

JM Hanes

Oh gag. CNN is doing the obligatory "What does the President have to accomplish tonight" roundtable.

bad

Eric Holder has the undisclosed location duty tonight.

The coward....

kim

Never mind that he's putting the knife in the back of all that industriousness. Every time he opens his mouth moral hazard shoots out.
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Jane

Should I arrange the tea shipment?

Okay, but we are just going to throw it overboard.

Jane

My gawd, Alan Colmes looks terminally ill. And that suit is really atrocious.

bad

The Loven article has removed this portion but is still written as an after the fact report:

"He enters the chamber to lawmakers of both parties hanging into the aisle for a chance to shake his hand or exchange a word. The gallery is filled, including a special section hosted by first lady Michelle Obama in which guests are selected to serve as living symbols of the president's goals. Cramming the floor are the leaders of the federal government: Supreme Court justices, all but one Cabinet member—held away in case disaster strikes—and nearly every member of Congress....."

Jennifer Loven sucks.

Elliott

We should probably make certain we are agreed on what brands are unworthy of such a fate. Unlike the colonists, I have no objection to jettisoning the Twinings.

PD

In other news--proof that the US House of Representatives is on its toes. a bill has been introduced banning chimps as pets.

Good to know they're on the job doing important work.

Actually, I guess it's better they're doing this than working on the economy.

bad

The remarks by Eric Cantor, that bgates highlighted earlier, have been removed as well.

mel

bad-

AP's MO.

They've done it before, and they'll do it again.

Remember Beruit, via Paris, or Sderot, via London?

We'll always have "fauxtography".

Frenchie, I gotta a feeling...

mel

Jane-

I'm still an idiot, just ask my.. well, you know the drill.

Glad to hear that you're fine, still spitting bullets, eating nails for breakfast, and hunting bears with a switch.

bad

Mel, I know I'm blowing smoke but it's fun to have stuff out there for silent readers.

I posted stuff at Tapper's site as well. Lots of traffic...

centralcal

Tom has a speech thread up and ready to go . . . just sayin'.

BobS

thanks for posting the link to your place, jane...i've never seen it before.

 Ann

Elliott,

I am go glad you are back. You were missed.

JMH,

If you want to see a terrifying questionnaire
look up THE AMERICAN COMMUNITY SURVEY (pdf). A response to this survey is required by law.
Some of the questions include:
* How many rooms are in your house?
* How many cars do you have?
* What sort of fuel do you use?
* How much do your utilities cost?
* How much does your insurance cost?
* How well do you speak English?
* What type of health insurance do you have?
* Can you hear?
* Can you see?
* Can you make decisions?
* Can you dress?
* Can you bathe?
* Can you climb stairs?
* Can you go to the doctor?
* Can you shop?
* How many times have you been married?
* Does grandma take care of the kids?
* How far do you live from work and how do you get there?

h/t Janeqrepublican

PD

Wow! Here's the subcaption on O'Reilly right now:

ALERT
President Obama departs the White House


Yeah! Yeah!!

Oh, wait. He's just departing to go make his speech.

sbw

A response to this survey is required by law.

Okay. My response is: BLOW IT OUT YER ...!

narciso

It's called Laphamization, based on the moonbat from Harper who filed a future take on the 2004 Republican Convention; which was
meant to illustrate the power of the evil right wing conspiracy, but the subtext was ignored because of such a blatant gimmick

BobS

holders statement is more than troubling as it opens the door to this troubling fellows philosophy. i've always felt he was a dem hack and he's done nothing to lessen that. but his "cowards" comment means one of only two things. if it is truly what he beleives, it reveals a greavance-based personal agenda that will govern much of his tenure at justice. if he doesn't feel that way, he's dishonest and meerly looking to use the race card to justify his actions while there. nonetheless, its not something any ag should have been commenting on.

clarice

I just went to a party at David Frum's for Roger Simon. (He has a new book out "Blacklisting Myself". Frum has a very beautiful house. Very beautiful.

A lot of interesting people there you know of. I, however, have to report that I ran into my boyfriend from freshman year in college whom I haven't seen for 50 years.WoW!

 Ann

Heck with the speech, I want to hear about the party, Clarice!

clarice

My lips are sealed, Ann.

BobS

clarice...thats completely off any wow chart i've ever seen....but i'm a huge admirer of roger simon....hope was as kind and engaging as he seems in his blog

BobS

say, wasn't frum invited to the obama dinner at george will's home?

BobS

have opted for a HOUSE rerun over the Obama speech....am i missing anything?

BobS

jane...did colmes really look bad....i've always sort of liked him and believed that ...politics aside...he is a decent fellow....it looked like both ailes and hannity really tried to get him to stay

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