Posted by: nhfalcon | November 7, 2010

J.A.R.D. v.11.7.10

* – RIP, Sparky Anderson.

* – MTV might actually start playing music videos again? What a concept!

* – meet your new Spiderman villain.

* – the next movie franchise to be re-booted? How about Charlie’s Angels?

* – we’re actually getting closer to Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak?

* – not that I’m complaining, but why do some women wear those really racy costumes on Halloween?

* – the ten sexiest jeans ever?

* – I think I want to live in Australia now (or at least have this country grow some balls and adapt some Australian attitudes).

* – remember those old text-based medieval fantasy role-playing computer games like “Zork” and “Adventure”? Well, in the spirit of this past midterm election, why not try “Beltway Adventure“?

* – there certainly were some, ah, “interesting” (to be polite) incidents that popped up during this past election cycle, weren’t there? North Carolina. Nevada. Arizona. Illinois.


* – that being said, I’m still obviously very pleased by the results of this past midterm election. Republicans got the House back and made a dent in the Senate. It still blows my mind that people like Harry Reid, Barney Frank, and Barbara Boxer got re-elected, but their impact will be minimalized over the next two years. By 2012 we’ll hopefully be able to take control of the Senate and the White House (although I’m still waiting for a Republican to come along who blows me away as a presidential candidate. None of the current crop of legitimate hopefuls really impress me).

Of course, just winning this past election doesn’t mean anything. Remember what happened the last time the GOP was in control? It wasn’t very pretty, was it? This current group has talked a good game up to this point, but I’m not going to take it for granted that they’re going to walk the walk. R or D, they’re politicians, and I trust them about as far as I can throw them.

This, for example, is a legitimate possibility.

* – “After suffering a “shellacking” in the midterm elections, President Obama acknowledges what many have seen as his chief weakness – failing to sell the importance of several legislative milestones to the American people.”

What?! He failed to sell the policies?! A.Y.F.K.M.?! That’s all he did while health care was a debate! How tv appearances did he make? How many radio addresses? How many interviews? We were bombarded with it on an almost daily basis!

You got a shellacking, Mr. President, because of your policies, not because of your salesmanship.

* – way to go, B.O. You were touted as this great unifier. Some even called you “The One” (and to this very day some still do). You were supposed to bring us a post-partisan, post-racial era in this country. How’s that working out for ya? Hell, you’re even losing some of the core elements of your voting base, like Latinos and women. You’re starting to lose the gay vote, too.

* – so the AARP endorsed Obamacare, right? Well, they just had to email their employees that – because of Obamacare – their premiums are going up and their copayments and deductibles are changing.

How’s that hope and change working out for ya? 

* – um, Senator Kerry? About those taxes you owe…?

* – am I guilty of schaudenfreude over Keith Olbermann’s current situation?

Yes, yes I am. 🙂

* – like I need more reasons to hate Bill Maher:

Why does anybody like this arrogant, elitist prick?!

* – don’t you love it when people show you video clips from Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Honor” rally that are supposed to prove what a bunch of morons his fans are?

Ain’t payback a bitch? 🙂

* – and now for your regular installment of Chris Christie “porn.” 🙂

* – and now for your regular installments of “What We Believe”:

(I’m a little uncomfortable with the way Mr. Whittle began that piece above, but I’m with him on the overall gist)

* – I think I just found a new favorite musician.



  1. Two things:

    One: re the health care cost increases you mention (and link to); the article says:

    AARP officials said medical inflation is the main reason employee costs will be going up. The health care law is “a small part,” said David Certner, legislative affairs director. (my emphasis)

    The article goes on to say:

    “We supported the (health care) package because it contained incredibly important protections for our younger members, who often have problems getting access to care,” said spokesman Jim Dau. “And because it helps our older members in Medicare with important new benefits.”

    There is no way that something – ANYTHING – llike this can go through without its adversely affecting SOMEONE. I invite you to consider that there are a lot more people who are going to benefit from this law (in fact, you and I both, as a consequence of our incomes, will likely benefit, as will our children) than will not. Is it perfect? Of course not. Is it better than what we had? Worlds.

    Two: Never once – ever – did I say that Beck’s fans are “a bunch of morons,” and never once – ever – did I say that “the other side” doesn’t have its share. I was profoundly embarrassed that, when asked by the same interviewer who circulated through the Beck crowd asked questions of the Stewart contingent, several people had no idea who was running in their own districts. That bothered me. I am less affected that people don’t understand what a Keynesian is, however; few people who’ve not recently taken an economics class do.

  2. 1) An increase is an increase, Mrs. C. Wasn’t one of the biggest reasons why we were supposed to love this plan lower costs? Then why do we keep hearing stories about how rates are going up?

    If you want prices to come down, let a truly free market do it’s work. Let all 1400+ health insurance companies compete against each other in all 50 states equally and let the consumer make their own decisions for themselves.

    2) No, Mrs. Chili, you have never referred to Beck’s fans as a bunch of morons. That sort of blanket disrespect is simply not in your makeup. I was not referring specifically to you. Have you referenced me to videos that showed Beck fans in a bad light? Yes. But you are not the only one. Not by a long shot.

    If anything, you are in the minority in that you are more than willing to admit that such videos are likely edited specifically to make Beck fans look bad – just as the video I’ve linked to above was likely edited to make Stewart fans look bad.

    Are there Beck fans that are morons? Of course there are. There morons in any group.

  3. I agree that an increase is an increase, but did you notice that the increase wasn’t tied to the health care legislation?

    I will freely admit that I lean toward socialism in human services. I firmly believe that neither health care nor education should EVER be run for profit; I do not trust people to behave as if they’re more concerned about PEOPLE than they are about PROFIT.

  4. “Now the seniors’ lobby is telling its employees their insurance costs will rise partly as a result of the law.”

    “… AARP adds that it’s changing copayments and deductibles to avoid a 40 percent tax on high-cost health plans that takes effect in 2018 under the law… Shifting costs to employees lowers the value of a health care plan and acts like an escape hatch from the tax.”

    “Plan value changes were necessary not only from a cost management standpoint but also to ensure that AARP’s plans fall below the threshold for high-cost group plans under health care reform.”

    “The health care law is “a small part,” said David Certner, legislative affairs director.”

    “AARP warned its employees that more cost-shifting could be in store. “AARP intends to make similar changes, as necessary, in the future to avoid the (health plan) tax,” said Hodges’ e-mail.”

    Are the increases the only reason, or even a major reason, why the costs are going up? No. But they ARE part of the reason, and, regardless to what degree, that goes against what we were told when Obamacare was being pitched to us.

  5. [sits back and grabs popcorn]

    It’s why a lot of other insurance plans have been hiked or cancelled…

    Businesses operate for profit. Period. Health care is a business. Ergo, health care business operate for profit, not for the sparkly, hold-hands-and-sing mystical world of free-for-everyone.

    If the insurance industry hadn’t created the monster years ago, we wouldn’t be having this argument today.

    • If the insurance industry hadn’t created the monster years ago, we wouldn’t be having this argument today.

      Exactly. Any attempt to get that proverbial monster under control is going to be difficult, complex, and very likely messy. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try, though.

      • Agreed. But the change needs to come from within the industry itself. Private industry NEVER benefits from governmental involvement. Especially when it’s 1/7 of the total economy.

        Insurance has seen the writing on the wall. Repeal this obscene monstrosity of a bill that actually has little or NOTHING to do with actual healthcare, and the industry – as all markets do – will have to reform itself if it wants to survive.

  6. Should food companies be profit-driven? That’s another basic need, after all. How dare some massive corporation make money on a can of pears!

    Demonization of the profit motive has been successful enough to be quite alarming.

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