Monthly Archives: March 2012

Olbermann fired from Current TV

Yep, that happened.

What really chaps my ass about this is that all the reasons that they gave for firing him appear to be reasons why right-wing media outlets refuse to fire their talking heads. Was KO respectful toward the targets of his ire? Not by a damn sight, but even at his worst he never approached the level we saw from his compatriots on the other side of the fence.

I’m reminded of when William Jefferson was found with all that money in his freezer and the Democrats instantly disowned him, in stark comparison to the sex scandals wherein the GOP refused to cast out their members until they had no choice. One would almost think that lefties hold their comrades to a higher standard or something.

Santorum aaaaaaaalmost calls Obama a “nigger”.

Y’all remember how charitable I was last time around. Uh, yeah. I don’t know what else he could have been trying to say here. Listened about 10 times. I got no clue.

Seriously, if anyone has a guess, let me know.

Side note: ol’ Hanlon has new employment that’s making it MUCH harder to keep updates as flowing as before, but I’m not gonna let this site fall dormant! Just gonna be a bit until things settle and I can really start pounding on the updates.

Once again, missing the point

So there’s a video now of George Zimmerman at the police station, and people are all up in arms in debating whether or not you can see any injuries on him. He claims Trayvon Martin had punched him and smacked his head into the pavement, and the shooting was in self-defense.

The thing? It doesn’t fucking matter if Trayvon beat Zimmerman to within an inch of his life.

The 911 call and Trayvon’s friend’s statement clearly show that Zimmerman got out of his car and went after Martin. Going by the “self defense” idea, anything Trayvon Martin did was in self-defense against a 40 year old grown man who had just run him down. In fact, just by what we know happened, if Trayvon had shot and killed Zimmerman it would have been excusable by the “stand your ground” law.

People are focusing on the wrong damn thing. They’re going on and on about whether or not Trayvon Martin injured George Zimmerman when the reality is that if Zimmerman had followed the 911 operator’s instructions and stayed in his car, none of this would have happened. He was the aggressor, so even if he got his nose broken and both his eyes blackened, that’s his fault. He initiated the altercation.

Quick random health care thought.

Righties often say that the US has care available for everyone, in the sense that the ER can’t turn you away. From a strictly economical perspective, don’t they realize that it would cost the public far less to give that person normal health care that keeps them healthy than paying out the ass for their emergency operation or what have you when their inability to get coverage reaches a head?

Romney: uninsured + pre-existing condition = denied coverage

There’s a dirty little secret about this though…

“Well, if they’re 45 years old, and they show up, and they say, I want insurance, because I’ve got a heart disease, it’s like, `Hey guys, we can’t play the game like that. You’ve got to get insurance when you’re well, and if you get ill, then you’re going to be covered,’” Romney replied.

The secret? Mitt’s 100% right.

The problem isn’t that insurance companies are cruel in denying care, the problem is that privatized insurance relies upon as few payouts as possible. Because it’s opt-in, the only way for the business to stay afloat is for the average customer to pay more than they need over time, and if clients can show up, having put zero dollars in, and need a $50,000 operation, it means the rest of them need to pay in at least that much just to avoid losing money.

If insurance companies were forced to provide coverage to people with pre-existing conditions, then that begs the question: who in their right mind would pay for insurance if they aren’t sick? If you could call up Blue Cross or Aetna and say “hey guys I just got leukemia, pay for my treatment” and the law forced them to, every sane person would simply go uninsured until they needed it, then dump the plan after they got better. It would no longer be “insurance”, it would become “discount health care”. No one would ever have insurance for 15 years “just in case” if they could wait until disaster and then get full coverage.

Mitt’s comment exposes a situation that few want to really tackle: insurance companies aren’t the disease, they’re merely a symptom of the disease, which is privatized health care.

That’s why public programs work so well for the police, the military, and infrastructure. Taxes are mandatory, so everyone need only chip in a little bit for everyone’s benefit. I may not drive on a given road or ever need the police to save my ass, but since I have a couple bucks taken out of my pocket for it, everyone can feel safe knowing those things are covered. Imagine private infrastructure where roads were fixed only through donations, or you had to buy a “subscription” to them.

Mitt isn’t wrong, and I hope his comment makes people look not at “cruel CEOs”, but the very notion of leaving medical care up to private enterprise.

Scalia says reading the health care bill is “cruel and unusual punishment”

I just… buh… wuh… huh?

“Mr. Kneedler, what happened to the Eighth Amendment?” Scalia asked — a joking reference to the Constitution’s prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment. “You really want us to go through these 2,700 pages?

“And do you really expect the court to do that? Or do you expect us to — to give this function to our law clerks? Is this not totally unrealistic? That we are going to go through this enormous bill item by item and decide each one?”

Yes! God dammit, yes! That’s exactly what I expect!!

Just out of curiosity, what does he propose the court base its decision upon? Just whatever the people said it contains? This is what’s become of American law (and I say this in a nonpartisan way). Bills are gigantic and unwieldy, voted upon without being read and then challenged by people who haven’t read them in courts where they can be decided upon by judges who haven’t read them after hearing arguments by lawyers who haven’t read them. And no one is able to figure out why all these sneaky provisions manage to squeak past everyone.

If the bills are too long to read, either make them shorter or buckle up and read them anyway. Judge motherfucking Judy won’t even decide a case until she reads all the pertinent documents, and Scalia is going to judge on a massive case like this without doing so? Too long? How long is too long? What length is just barely short enough to read? If a bill goes over that line by a page, does that mean we can just go on whatever people say?


Geraldo thought

Everyone’s mad at Geraldo Rivera for his little blurting about parents stopping their kids from wearing hoodies vis a vis the Travyon Martin case, but…

…I can’t help but say I’d have said the same. He saw what happened and rather rightfully realized that, as a parent, you’ll want to tell your kids to be ultra careful because of the “nutjobs” (his word) out there. It’s like telling your daughter not to go around in skimpy clothing in bad neighborhoods at night. He wasn’t blaming Trayvon, he was saying that people are goddamn crazy, so parents should tell their kids to take extra precautions sometimes.