May 6, 2009

Web Reconnaissance for 05/06/2009

A short recon of what’s out there that might draw your attention, updated throughout the day...so check back often.

ShrinkWrapped: Rationing Medical Care - Hugh Hewitt has been paying attention to the nascent, and mostly covert, discussion of single payer health care and the certainty of rationing under such a system: “The Approach Of Health Care Rationing: You Don't Get What You Don't Pay For, Like Pandemic Protection - My column in the Washington Examiner looks at the rush to radical restructuring of health care, which will indeed bring about rationing, and just after U.S. medicine takes the lead in containing the H1N1 virus. Rarely has so effective a system been so thoroughly punished for its success.” His point should be better understood by those who support single payer, ie government run, health care but as with so much in our overly bureaucratized system, opportunity costs are never calculated or even acknowledged by those who job it has traditionally been to be purveyors of information, the MSM. Their failure is going to have a dramatically deleterious effect on our health care if single payer takes off. (READ MORE)

Un-liberaled Woman: Republicans At Fault for Pandemic Non-Preparation By GASP! Coordinating Pandemic Preparation? - Confused by the title? Yeah, no kidding. Ah, just another day in the life of party politics. Okay, I’ll admit I can sometimes be blinded by politics. Hey, it happens to us all. Nobody is innocent even though I have tons of far left friends who would argue otherwise about themselves. Because that’s how you are when you’re a liberal. Your POV is right and there’s nothing else, even FACTS, that can prove you wrong. Pfffffffffffff. O-oookay. So this cracks me up. Over the last week during the whole swine flu “epidemic” Democrats have taken their unsubstantiated shots at Republicans for not doing enough to prepare for a flu pandemic. Like for instance, opposing more funding in the porkulus. (via Michelle Malkin) “Well, it didn’t take long for partisan Democrats to blame the swine flu outbreak on the Republican Party. Here’s the line: Since House Republicans all opposed the trillion-dollar-porkulus, which included funding for pandemic preparations, it’s all. Our. Fault.” (READ MORE)

The Other McCain: MSM pile onto Carrie Prejean nude - OK, when I started blogging "Carrie Prejean nude" yesterday morning, the story was basically MSNBC and some celebrity gossip blogs at WeSmirch. Now look: The Washington Times - Washington Examiner - San Jose Mercury News - Associated Press - Boston Globe - CNN: You see the point? The story first broke online late Monday. By the time somebody picks up the paper Wednesday, the news is about 36 hours old and -- assuming you've got Internet access at your home and/or office -- if you actually care about the story, you already know everything. Why buy a paper that's just rehashing what was on Pop Crunch yesterday morning? And look at this pathetic excuse for a celebrity blogger at The Washington Post. Just read that dull bilge, if you can stay awake, and ask yourself how someone so deathly boring got assigned to the celebrity beat? (READ MORE)

Lonewolf Diaries: Silly Dames of ‘The View’ - Honestly, I don’t get it. If there is a more under-qualified, un-interesting group of female hacks available for hire… Well I certainly haven’t found them. Ever since my grade school days as I mastered the art of “faking sick” and I stumbled across “The View,” I’ve been confusedly asking myself the same question… How do these dumb broads remain gainfully employed?! 15 years later, I’ve grown much better at creating ficticious ailments (the key is to lick your palms), yet I remain just as vexed with the “View-ladies” as the day I found them. Here we’ve got a show, with a pretty basic format that is clearly designed to be personality driven. So in order to analyze the success of the show one would have to take an in-depth look at said personalities. So come on folks, follow me along down the logic trail! (READ MORE)

AJStrata: Obama Picked Wrong Fight With Intelligence Community - The liberal lunatics who see only evil where there are normal Americans work tirelessly all day, every day to detect and stop terrorists attack have been a quaint, if not a wince invoking, embarrassment we could tolerate on the margins. Sort of like the crazy aunts and uncles of the family. You keep them in your heart, you don’t believe a word they say, you never act on their wild fantasies. But President Obama made a neophytes mistake when he tried to give these paranoid delusionals credibility in the extreme interrogation method debate on a hand full of known terrorist threats with insider knowledge of the next pending attacks on America. The use of these methods (which fool the body, don’t actually invoke drowning) saved lives - thousands of them in LA so far as we know. Other places are likely to come to light if this witch hunt continues. But by letting the mad aunts and uncles on the left push him into opening this subject up, Obama has probably picked the wrong fight with a very proud and deserving segment of our society. I predicted this might backfire a while back: (READ MORE)

Chicago Boyz: Extremely Disturbing - Obama has nominated Cass Sunstein, who he knows from the University of Chicago, to be “regulatory czar.” Apparently, Sunstein has proposed that web sites be required to link to opposing opinions. He has argued that the Internet is anti-democratic because users can choose to view only those opinions that they want to see, and has gone so far as to say: “‘A system of limitless individual choices, with respect to communications, is not necessarily in the interest of citizenship and self-government,’ he wrote. ‘Democratic efforts to reduce the resulting problems ought not be rejected in freedom’s name.’” The forced-linking proposal makes about as much sense as requiring that when you buy a political book at a bookstore, the store must also require you to buy books of contrary views. Sunstein’s proposal is almost certainly unconstitutional–moreover, it is philosophically primitive. There are not one or two dissenting views from any opinion: there are thousands of them, incorporating widely differing conceptual frameworks. (READ MORE)

The Belmont Club: As apple pie - Francis Cianfrocca looks at all the “moving parts” in the Chrysler bankruptcy and tries to figure out where they are all headed. His first problem is to understand the game, which on the face of it doesn’t make sense, until you look at it from a certain angle. “I have at least two very big questions, one of which is public and the other isn’t … The private question relates to the current owner of Chrysler, which is Cerberus Capital Management, one of the most powerful, most wealthy, and most feared private equity groups in the world. They easily have access to billions of dollars they could invest in Chrysler. As of a month ago, they had gotten more than $5.5 billion from the feds. The fact that they simply don’t want to invest their own money tells you that Chrysler as a company isn’t worth investing in, and ipso facto the taxpayers are flushing money down the toilet.” In short, it’s a hell of way to run a business. If you were running a business. (READ MORE)

John Hawkins: Gun Laws In The Real World - Abe Lincoln may have freed all men, but Sam Colt made them equal. -- Anonymous - The problem gun laws is that too often, they take guns out of the hands of law abiding citizens while the criminals stay armed. For example, let's say Barack Obama and Company were to have one of their fondest wishes answered and they were able to make it illegal to own a handgun. The mainstream media would cheer from the rafters, they'd produce skewed polls showing that the public supports it, they'd produce "experts" who'd swear up and down that it would mean that the crime rate is going to plunge, and we'd have weeping anti-gun activists on TV who'd talk about how wonderful it is that there would be no more massacres like Columbine for us to worry about. That could all be true -- well, if criminals followed laws. Of course, the reason criminals are criminals is because they break laws -- like gun laws. That brings us to a story from College Point, GA that's making the rounds across the right side of the blogosphere right now. (READ MORE)

Duane Lester: Democrats Vote to Protect Pedophiles, Refuse Same Courtesy to Veterans - Back in September of 2007, I wrote the definitive history on the effort to legalize pedophilia. It was called "The Shadow Sexual Revolution - The Push to Legalize Pedophilia." In it, I discussed everything from Kinsey to the ACLU's push to "make the sale and distribution of child porn...safe under the First Amendment." A new chapter is being written today, though not by me. It is being written by Congressional Democrats in the form of "hate crime" legislation. H.R. 1913, titled the "Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act," was adopted by the House on a 249-175 vote. The Senate version of the bill has been called the "Pedophile Protection Act." (READ MORE)

McQ: Thugs In The White House? - One of the things I try to do is take a look at stories and decide whether or not there's enough there to blog about it. And part of that has to do with corroboration. When I first saw the story about the Obama White House allegedly threatening a Chrysler stakeholder during negotiations that eventually broke down, I wondered if perhaps that particular person might have been a little over sensitive or misinterpreted the situation. But it was interesting and something worth watching. Today comes some corroboration making this a good blog story. Although the story uses anonymous sources, it uses multiple sources, and the reason for the anonymity should be obvious. (READ MORE)

This Ain’t Hell: Yeah, humor me and tell me lies… - Some advice for the anti-war movement, thankfully, they won’t listen. I seldom praise an actual journalist, but there is an excellently written article in the Minnesota Independent today by Chris Steller. The basic premise of the piece is that the Peace Activists can be largely broken down into 3 distinct philosophies of achieving change, and I want to discuss each in part. In reverse order of the way Chris discussed them, since the last is from our point of view the one that is most detrimental to the cause of victory. The first is the group like the asshats in Olympia last week, and the guys who tried to shut down an arcade. This is the faction of the “Peace” movement that takes direct action. In Minnesota, as Chris tells it: (READ MORE)

Kim Priestap: Lauria's Accusation that the White House Threatened Chrysler's Creditors has been Corroborated - Thomas Lauria, attorney for Chrysler's senior creditors, made the accusation that the White House threatened one of his clients, Perella Weinberg Partners, causing them to cave and accept the White House's offer of 29 cents on the dollar. Of course, the White House denied the accusation calling it "completely untrue." The White House's flat denial has become a bit more complicated as we learn today that Lauria's accusation has been corroborated by two other creditors who were in the meeting with Obama administration officials. The Business Insider has details and they are pretty shocking: “Creditors to Chrysler describe negotiations with the company and the Obama administration as ‘a farce,’ saying the administration was bent on forcing their hands using hardball tactics and threats. One participant in negotiations said that the administration's tactic was to present what one described as a ‘madman theory of the presidency’ in which the President is someone to be feared because he was willing to do anything to get his way. The person said this threat was taken very seriously by his firm.” (READ MORE)

The Spirit of Man: It's up to Israel - With the defeat of common sense in the US and ascendancy of Obamanaics, I think the Israelis have felt that they've been left with the tough choice of dealing with the Iranian regime's nuclear threat. And it makes sense. The Israeli gov't doesn't suffer from delusion as much as the Americans do at this time. After all the Jewish state lives awfully close to this evil that is the Islamic regime of Iran. However, I am happily surprised by the appointment of Professor Michael Oren of Princeton university as the new Israeli ambassador to the United States. I really like that choice. Prof. Oren knows the history of the region better than any one else and I'm extremely happy with this choice. Look what Mr. Oren has said today: "Israel will not remain passive while a government that's sworn to wipe it off the map acquires the means for doing that" (READ MORE)

neo-neocon: Roundup on Chrysler: where’s the outrage? - I keep thinking I’m cynical enough already, and can’t be surprised by politics and/or the MSM’s coverage of it any more. But I guess I still retain too much idealism, because the general lack of concern about the administration’s throwing out the usual rules regarding senior lenders in the Chrysler negotiations still has the power to surprise me. There is no way this course of action can end up benefiting our economy, or even Chrysler. The only beneficiaries are the unions (at least, temporarily; if the company ends up failing, they will go down too), Obama’s standing with his supporters on the Left who are angry at “greedy capitalists” and want to stick it to them, and perhaps Fiat. Obama has served notice: play ball with me or I’ll play hardball with you. The rules? Made for suckers, not for Obama. (READ MORE)

Lawhawk: Throwing Israel Under the Bus To Get Iranian Nuclear Disarmament? - This is about as asinine a step that the Obama Administration could take in dealing with the mess that is known as the Middle East and the Iranian situation in particular. Iran has repeatedly made it known that they seek nothing less than Israel's annihilation, and is working to that goal with a combination of missile technologies and nuclear enrichment programs that are designed to give Iran nuclear weapons capabilities. The time frame for Iran to obtain nuclear weapons is unknown, but it is a simply a function of time, given that Iran has thousands of centrifuges spinning furiously to separate uranium into its constituent parts - including weapons grade uranium. It is only a matter of time before those centrifuge cascades have run long enough to provide enough materials for nuclear weapons. (READ MORE)


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