Archive for December, 2009

Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

Here’s hoping for a wonderful 2010.  Celebrate with gusto (but safely, please)!

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Today’s Observation on the Health Care Debate

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

I am observing the same argument on many comment threads.

R: Requiring people to buy health insurance is unconstitutional.

L: Nonsense, the gov’t has been requiring people to buy auto insurance for years.

R: It’s not the same thing at all. Driving is a privilege regulated by the gov’t. But the Democrats are saying that you will be required to buy health insurance simply as a condition of being alive.

Yes, Right, this is absolutely true. The parallel between liability insurance, required almost everywhere now I think, and mandatory health insurance is false, because you don’t have to drive a car.

However. As a society, we are perfectly ready to do nothing while people who can’t afford cars walk, cycle, or wait for the bus, however inclement the weather. We are even ready to do nothing while those who are uninsured against fire move into a flophouse after their house burns down. But we are not ready, at least I hope most of us are not, to do nothing while those who cannot afford health insurance die in great pain from their untreated medical condition. This is is why we have EMTALA now.

What the socialist left is suggesting is that it is time to begin treating the heart disease before the man shows up at the ER with the heart attack, and time to begin performing mammograms before the woman shows up with, in the immortal phrase of my old boss, “cancer of the everywhere.” This may or may not be cheaper than the current system, but it’s what we’re shooting for.

Since we have decided that we don’t want  Medicare for All, one way to pay for this is to insist that everyone, even the young and healthy, “buy insurance,” or more accurately, pay into the cost pool that will be administered by various private insurers and subsidized with tax money. It’s not at all like auto insurance. It’s more like public school. Which we also decided a long time ago was important for everybody to have.

And thank you, Kathy, for making this outlet available so I don’t have to spend the morning hollering at the monitor again.

Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

I’m stopping in during a quiet real world moment to wish everyone the happiest of holidays! It’s been crazy around here — two Christmas productions, the second one closing on December 20, and then a houseful of family, the last of whom left this morning.

2010 is almost upon us, with statewide elections in Alabama and mid-terms throughout the country. I’m considering a New Year’s resolution to write at least one blog post a day. There should be plenty of material, with Birmingham’s mayoral runoff, grandstanding party switchers in Congress, musical chairs in Alabama’s Democratic gubernatorial race, Republicans exploiting terrorist attacks for political gain, and Sarah Palin trying her best to remain relevant (and using far too many semicolons). Oh, and I think American Idol is about to start up again, but you needn’t worry that you’ll read more about it here. I’ll be too busy mourning the demise of Dollhouse — you know, one of those archaic things once called scripted TV.

Back to the celebration. :)

I wasn’t going to say anything about Parker Griffith…

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

but then Sarah Palin congratulated us.

Those right-wingers have a point: why does she enrage us so? Is it because we fear her? Surely not. I am not enraged! Merely irritated.

But what’s with that semicolon? Communications degree my ass.

It Couldn’t Have Happened to a Nicer Guy

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

Well, yes, it could have. But if Frank Matthews had been a nicer guy, or even halfway civil, he might not have been fired from the mayor’s office.  Matthews lost his $72,000 a year gig as co-director of the Office of Citizen Assistance after a “profanity-laced verbal altercation” with some Patrick Cooper supporters at a city-wide Christmas party Monday.  He claims he was “provoked”.

Those of us who have been exposed to Matthews in the past know he’s easily provoked and has no problem whatsoever showing his fanny in public, even in front of television cameras.  And there’s no heat-of-the-moment defense for going on the radio this morning and calling new (now former) boss Roderick Royal “Napoleon” and a “liar”.

Matthews says his firing will give him more time to campaign against Patrick Cooper.  I suspect he was already spending plenty of his “work” hours doing just that — when he wasn’t busy organizing sparsely attended prayer vigils for Larry Langford. I’m glad the citizens of Birmingham — you know, those people he was supposed to be assisting — won’t be bankrolling him anymore.

I hate seeing “Alabama” on a national story

Friday, December 4th, 2009

It’s never good news when it’s about the tanker, and now this.

Moviegoers know Jody Trautwein as the smiling Alabama pastor who tries to talk Sacha Baron Cohen’s character out of being gay in the hit movie “Bruno.” Trautwein is now auditioning for another role: Mayor of Birmingham.

(Forgive me if this is old news to you guys; after all, you actually live in Birmingham, while all I do is read about it.)

I didn’t see Bruno, fwiw. I didn’t see the Borat thing either, but clips I watched on YouTube  left me completely cold. No matter how despicable the bigot, entrapment sh*t like this is even worse, in my opinion:

Trautwein said he was duped into appearing in the movie through phone calls from a producer and fake Internet sites set up by Cohen’s cohorts. Trautwein believed he was helping a German TV crew telling the story of a man who wanted to give up homosexuality.