Beyond The Pale — The Treasonous Bloodlust of the GOP’s Reichwing Lunatic Fringe | ePluribus Media

30 09 2009

This is a bit over the top, but the Right really needs to take a look at where the fringe is taking their party.

Beyond The Pale — The Treasonous Bloodlust of the GOP’s Reichwing Lunatic Fringe | ePluribus Media.


Inside the Apocalyptic Soviet Doomsday Machine

29 09 2009

Well this is pretty chilling reading

I recall being very uneasy during Ronald Reagan’s game of “nuclear chicken” with the Soviets in the 80’s.  In the end the Soviets blinked, so I guess Reagan’s nuclear sword rattling won, but I have to ask what would have happened if word spread that the Ruskies had a “dead hand” machine as part of their “Mutual Assured Destruction” apparatus this entire time?  Would we still have been so provocative at this time?

While this has been discussed before, I continue to find fascinating the complete detachment in thinking between the US thinking its planned missile shield should be accepted as only “defensive” in nature and the Russians seeing it as a prelude to a US preemptive strike.

To me this is quite illuminating on Russia’s recent decision to support sanctions on Iran , right on the heels of Obama’s announcement of pulling back missiles from Poland and Czechoslovakia.  Nobody’s claiming there was a quid pro quo openly, but there sure must have been a direct connection between the two.

And why is the song “99 Luft Balloons” in my head right now?

Inside the Apocalyptic Soviet Doomsday Machine .

Former deputy sues over drinking disability | | Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater

29 09 2009

OK, this one I like.  Become a boozer and have your job protected.  This is worth following to see where this one goes…

Former deputy sues over drinking disability | | Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater.

The nine-page federal suit claims Sgt. Clinton Knowles “had begun to suffer from the effects and condition of alcoholism a recognized disability or handicap” under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1992 as well as the Florida Civil Rights Act.

Middle-aged Males, Avoid All Swine

28 09 2009

Sorry for the silly title… Couldn’t help it.  Heh…

So, I got the following notice from Blue Cross / Blue Shield relative to coverage for the H1N1 flu vaccine (edited to just give the good bits…):

A Message from BCBSIL Concerning Coverage for the H1N1 Vaccination

As you may be aware, the vaccine for the H1N1 (swine) flu virus has been approved and will be available in the coming months from the U.S. government at no cost to health care providers. However, health care providers may charge fees for administering it.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) has announced it will cover the administration of the vaccine for the H1N1 flu virus for all members – who are in the targeted priority groups (defined below) (emphasis added)– ….

* * *

It is important to understand that these benefits are subject to the vaccine’s availability. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working with local health departments to ensure the following targeted priority populations receive the vaccine first:
1. Pregnant women
2. People who live with or care for children younger than 6 months of age
3. Healthcare and emergency medical services personnel
4. Persons between the ages of 6 months through 24 years
5. People ages 25 through 64 years who have chronic health disorders or compromised immune  systems.

This communication relates to the H1N1 flu vaccine only. Coverage for other vaccines will remain in accordance with the member’s plan…

The rest of the notice is legal stuff, not relevant to my point:  My point being to question why if one is not pregnant, with young children, work in health care, under 24 years old or have chronic health conditions, BC/BS has decided that the money taken out of pay every paycheck does not entitle one to the same coverage for vaccination against a possibly (however unlikely) deadly illness?  Shouldn’t coverage for one be coverage for all?

I’m sure that BC/BS would say that it is going further than it has to in providing full coverage for  those in the “targeted priority populations”.  They could sit back and collect co-payments or deny coverage for all H1N1 Swine Flu vaccinations – but I’m sure they know they’ll look bad in doing so.  Heck, it may even be patting itself on its figurative corporate back for being so “generous” with its policyholders.

However, I would change the question to be why should this matter?  Do we not all subscribe to the same insurance contract?  True, the priority list is something the government came up with – but its expected that there eventually will be enough vaccine even for the rest of us.  So, why isn’t BC/BS covering us?  Indeed, isn’t BC/BS making a decision to protect its corporate profits by only extending coverage to those in the select categories based on some actuarial calculation that “they better do it” as the people in the select categories getting swine flu are more likely going to need thousands of dollars of healthcare in order to deal with the sickness?  If you don’t think this is how it happens, well then you’re not a manager at BC/BS corporate parent Wellpoint, I guess (check out the financials for ticker symbol WLP – over $61 Billion – that’s “Billion” with a B – in gross profits last year!)

BC/BS Profits = 61 of this

BC/BS Profits = 61 of this

For those that don’t get sarcasm – yes, I’m suggesting that BC/CS is only doing this based on a calculation that they will save money in the long run by prompting the select populations to get the vaccination.  For the rest of us, we’re sort of like that calculation Ford made with the Pinto long ago:  Sure, we’ll see some explosions with the gas tank in that spot, but in the end the payouts will be less than what we’ll pay on the redesign of the car.

But, if we look at this from the position of the policyholders, it seems to me that those excluded from this extension of coverage (middle-aged people in generally good health) are the ones most likely subject to losing significant pay and expense should they come down with Swine Flu.  Likewise, these people are the ones that, in many cases, are the family members primarily responsible for supporting those in the select classes.  But that’s OK to BC/BS, cause in the end they’ve likely calculated that the expense for the remedial care they’ll get hit with will be less than the cost of extending coverage to everyone.  After all, they’re not the one’s riding in that figurative Pinto…

Anyway, grist for the mill.  Even though BC/BS has decided I don’t qualify for their grant of coverage, I’ll probably get the shot and go ahead and pay the co-payment.  I’m lucky enough to be in a position that this is not a financial decision I have to worry much about.  But what about the husband and father my age scraping by on what’s left of his pay after taxes and deductions for BC/BS’s health ‘coverage’ who is stretched thin?  What happens to those guys who don’t get the shot (yes, there will definitely be people that will avoid the shot because of its cost) and then get sick, lose work or worse?  What about their family members when this happens?

Anyway, this notice seemed unfair to me and sort of an arbitrary classification of who gets the encouragement of getting the preventative care of the immunization.  Would a “Public Option” insurance carrier make this kind of selection of who gets coverage like this?  I think not.

Obama to Copenhagen… Good sign?

28 09 2009

nullSo, I’m reading that after spending the past couple weeks keeping his options open, President Obama has decided to go and join the delegation from Chicago in making Chicago’s “final pitch” for the 2016 Olympics.  It’s been my thought that the only way this would happen is if there was good intel that Chicago was going to be selected above Rio, which seems to be the only city really in the running with Chicago.

My thought is this:  Why would Obama’s handlers send him overseas for an effort that would possibly blow up in his face if another city is selected over Chicago?  One big bit of “cache'” he has in international relations is his popularity and respect overseas.  Why risk this being tarnished by being tagged with an unsuccessful effort?

Anyway, it’s now out there that he’s going with the Chicago delegation, rather than just sending the First Lady.  I see this as a sign that Chicago’s going to be selected.  Am I right?  We’ll see on Friday I guess…

Forgery upon forgery… gotta love them Birthers.

22 09 2009

Taitz’ Client Files Grievance Against Her

Posted on: September 21, 2009 9:16 AM, by Ed Brayton

This just keeps getting funnier and funnier. Remember the woman that Orly Taitz represented last week when the judge smacked her down hard, a soldier who wanted her orders voided because Obama isn’t really the president? Her name is Capt. Connie Rhodes. And she’s now filing a grievance against Taitz and wrote a letter to the judge telling him she didn’t want Taitz anywhere near her case anymore.

After losing and being told by the judge that if she ever files another such suit in his court she’d be sanctioned, Taitz then filed a motion for reconsideration in the same court. The motion began:

Plaintiff Connie Rhodes files this request for stay of Deployment pending Plaintiff’s Motions for Rehearing and to Amend and/or Alter Judgment pursuant to Rule 59(e).

But apparently, Connie Rhodes didn’t file that request at all and is upset that Taitz filed it on her behalf. In a letter to the judge, Rhodes said that she “did not authorize this motion to be filed.” She also said:

I do not wish for Ms. Taitz to file any future motions or represent me in any way in this court. It is my plan to file a complaint with the California State Bar due to her reprehensible and unprofessional actions.

Rhodes will now, of course, immediately become a communist traitor.