Quotes of the day

posted at 10:41 pm on March 18, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

Just a few months ago, it looked like 2014 would be the year of the populist, with Democrats running on economic inequality, tea party Republicans bashing banks and newly minted New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio pledging to soak the rich with higher taxes.

That was so January. The terrain is now shifting fast as the 1 percent fights back hard and the effectiveness of the populist approach comes into question.

Fresh off a bruising loss in Florida, the Democratic playbook for the midterms appears in need of a major rewrite — and the pro-business wing of the party is ready to draw up new plans. President Barack Obama in his budget once again floated a plan to raise taxes on Wall Street, but no one took it seriously. And just days later, the president was raising money at the home of one of the wealthiest private equity executives in New York. Mayor de Blasio’s hopes to increase taxes on the wealthiest got blown out by Wall Street’s newest hero, New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo. And de Blasio is facing major heat from the rich over his opposition to charter schools.

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So it’s comical, in a way, to see Mr. Ryan trying to explain away some recent remarks in which he attributed persistent poverty to a “culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working.” He was, he says, simply being “inarticulate.” How could anyone suggest that it was a racial dog-whistle? Why, he even cited the work of serious scholars — people like Charles Murray, most famous for arguing that blacks are genetically inferior to whites. Oh, wait. …

Or we’re told that conservatives, the Tea Party in particular, oppose handouts because they believe in personal responsibility, in a society in which people must bear the consequences of their actions. Yet it’s hard to find angry Tea Party denunciations of huge Wall Street bailouts, of huge bonuses paid to executives who were saved from disaster by government backing and guarantees. Instead, all the movement’s passion, starting with Rick Santelli’s famous rant on CNBC, has been directed against any hint of financial relief for low-income borrowers. And what is it about these borrowers that makes them such targets of ire? You know the answer.

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Let’s for a moment concede that roughly half the country is focused on punishing the poor. Let’s say they communicate this viewpoint via thinly-veiled racist rhetoric that apparently anyone can hear. Still, is it really “difficult” to find a Tea Party denunciation of bailouts? I guess asking your intern to type the words “bailout” and “Tea Party” into a Google search is problematic for a guy who insulates himself from the opposition’s arguments. Arduous as the work can be, though, Krugman would have first found a Wikipedia page that cited all larger 2009 Tea Party protests and found around a dozen of them were partly or explicitly aimed at denunciating Wall Street bailouts. …

Actually, nearly every Tea Party-affiliated candidate had come out strongly against TARP, many of them making it the centerpiece of their runs against establishment Republicans — including Mike Lee and Marco Rubio.   Is there no editor on the Times’ opinion page editor that can email the professor and ask him whether he wants to make such a ludicrous claim?

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It should matter that what Ryan told Bennett is true, as anyone who has spent time in America’s inner cities and working with kids there can testify. The reasons for the hardships facing those living in America’s inner cities are complicated and not simply cultural; they are economic as well. But to say that there isn’t a problematic culture that has taken root in America’s inner cities is a lie; and to attack those like Ryan who speak about it is to compound the lie. …

But as Jonathan points out, there’s something more fundamental going on here. Liberals who have complicity in the problems plaguing America’s inner cities are attempting to make an honest conversation about poverty impossible. They are signaling that they intend to try to take out Republicans who want to address some of the root causes, the behavioral causes, of poverty. …

For them the villain isn’t, say, the ruinous public school systems in Chicago, Detroit, and D.C. that are destroying the lives and future of hundreds of thousands of kids; it’s Paul Ryan, who among other things supports school choice for inner-city parents. This is what large parts of liberalism have been reduced to: the praetorian guard of corrupt, poverty-creating institutions and organizations.

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Half a century later, with the Census Bureau reporting more than 46 million Americans still mired in poverty, these same liberals seem insistent on denying low-income children quality educational opportunities, through cruel policies that will only perpetuate the cycle of poverty.

In New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio has embarked on a systematic campaign to destroy the city’s burgeoning charter school movement. He’s diverting more than $200 million in funding marked for charter schools, and has also thrown hundreds of students out of their promised school buildings. He has also declared his intent to nullify arrangements that allow charters to locate in existing public schools rent-free. …

Worst of all, the left and teachers unions aren’t just denying the clear facts — they’re denying millions of low-income students the opportunity for a better future.

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I am mystified. Charter schools are not private schools. They are free public schools that are open to any student, usually by lottery. Some very rich people support them, provide extra funds for special programs and, in return, get vilified for their efforts. One columnist, citing the pay package of charter-school CEOs, referred to a “gilded crusade,” another to an “all-out campaign by the elite.” You would think we’re talking about the “gilded” and “elite” getting their own kids into some fancy school. Instead, they’re helping poor children. …

When the rich insist that lower taxes would do wonders for the poor, the orphaned and the grievously widowed, I detect the faint aroma of self-interest. But when they plump for charter schools, the only ulterior motive you can find is that down the road, years from now, society will benefit and so, as night follows day, will they. I can live with that.

America has always had a love-hate relationship with its rich. But lately, there’s been more hate than love.

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The welfare state, primarily devoted to pensions and medical care for the elderly, aggravates inequality. Young people just starting up the earnings ladder and families in the child-rearing, tuition-paying years subsidize the elderly, who have had lifetimes of accumulation. Households headed by people age 75 and older have the highest median net worth of any age group.

In this sixth year of near-zero interest rates, the government’s monetary policy breeds inequality. Low rates are intended to drive liquidity into the stock market in search of higher yields. The resulting boom in equity markets — up 30 percent last year alone — has primarily benefited the 10 percent who own 80 percent of all directly owned stocks. Charles Wolf writes in the Weekly Standard: “The financial sector’s profits rose from 18 percent of total corporate profits preceding the recession in 2007 to 23 percent in 2013.” …

The monetary base having expanded 340 percent in six years, there is abundant money for businesses. But, says Fisher, the federal government’s fiscal and regulatory policies discourage businesses from growing the economy with the mountain of money the Fed has created. This is why “the most vital organ of our nation’s economy — the middle-income worker — is being eviscerated.” And why the loudest complaints about inequality are coming from those whose policies worsen it.

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The factor in all this that liberals have been emphasizing the most in recent months has been stagnation in the minimum wage. It is true that a recent Congressional Budget Office analysis found that a substantial increase in the minimum wage would lift 900,000 low-wage workers out of poverty. But a minimum-wage hike would be very poorly targeted if our goal were to help poor families. Specifically, the CBO found that only 19 percent of the income gains that would follow an increase in the federal minimum wage to $10.10 would go to households whose earnings fall below the poverty line. And the CBO also projects that the U.S. work force would become smaller by an amount equal to 500,000 workers as employers found large numbers of Americans unemployable at a higher wage floor. That is, a minimum-wage hike risks making the worklessness problem worse rather than better.

So what can we do about the worklessness crisis?

First, Republicans need to back macroeconomic policies that will bring us closer to full employment. David Beckworth and Ramesh Ponnuru have argued in these pages that if the Federal Reserve keeps the growth of nominal spending and nominal income on a steady path, we will see a far more robust labor-market recovery. Achieving full employment is a crucial first step, as periods of full employment are also periods during which inflation-adjusted incomes rise for all households, including those at the bottom of the ladder.


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canopfor on March 18, 2014 at 11:16 PM

Heh…
Hey, bud

OmahaConservative on March 18, 2014 at 11:20 PM

OC:—–:0

canopfor on March 18, 2014 at 11:39 PM

More illegal aliens than unemployed in the USA

Schadenfreude on March 18, 2014 at 11:39 PM

Schadenfreude on March 18, 2014 at 11:27 PM

My heart goes out to her and her husband.

RE ObamaCare: Greyson said it in from of the nation, he simply used projection to try and lay it at the feet of the GOP. “Die quickly.”

Rham Emanuel’s brother, Ezekiel, a bioethicist, wrote a book wherein he lays out his preferred plan for health care in this nation. He prefers that resources be reserved for those fifty years of age and younger, with the majority if services and resources being denied to those who are ‘beyond their peak productive years.’

The elderly and disabled would be the most vulnerable and the first to suffer under such a health care plan.

Ezekiel Emanuel was a key adviser during the drafting of ObamaCare and had regular access to the White House through his brother, who was then Chief of Staff to Obama.

thatsafactjack on March 18, 2014 at 11:39 PM

OC:—–:0

canopfor on March 18, 2014 at 11:39 PM

Page 3 Bish. Bishop will never see this.

Bmore on March 18, 2014 at 11:40 PM

Amnesty = traitors to the legal American workers.
Amnesty = hatred toward the middle class of America.
Amnesty = hatred toward blacks and other minorities, legally in the USA.
Add your own…
Schadenfreude on March 18, 2014 at 11:10 PM

THIS^1M

Pro-illegal alien amnesty Paul Ryan is a traitor, and I will never again consider him for president.

bluegill on March 18, 2014 at 11:41 PM

This girl will beat your azz!!
Buuhhhaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rieWllfw9M

ToddPA on March 18, 2014 at 11:36 PM

Speaking of Sarah and shoes.

predator on March 18, 2014 at 11:41 PM

Hey ya…

oscarwilde on March 18, 2014 at 11:41 PM

canopfor on March 18, 2014 at 11:27 PM

Oh, no — you misunderstood. “Small human — tasty as hell” is a compliment. When someone says the phrase “small, tasty human,” don’t you automatically picture alt?

Alien on March 18, 2014 at 11:31 PM

Alein:Um,…kinda,..hehe:)

canopfor on March 18, 2014 at 11:42 PM

thatsafactjack on March 18, 2014 at 11:39 PM

And we thought Abby “Never Trust Anyone Over 30″ Hoffman and “Logan’s Run” were out of their trees…

Newtie and the Beauty on March 18, 2014 at 11:42 PM

I don’t know why I have the tv on when I don’t pay attention to it. I think it’s time to go to bed. Georgie has come in for the night and Winston has gone out for the night.

crankyoldlady on March 18, 2014 at 11:42 PM

31giddyup on March 18, 2014 at 11:31 PM

Have you ever seen/remember this one, Giddyup? Red Skelton’s Pledge of Allegiance

Awesome man!

Newtie and the Beauty on March 18, 2014 at 11:35 PM

I have and it’s the best! Been a while since I’ve listened to it. Will listen to it tonight before bed. Thanks!
How ya doing Newtie?

31giddyup on March 18, 2014 at 11:43 PM

Wow. Prayers are ascending for KWR. What a real blow. I am just sick over this news…

OmahaConservative on March 18, 2014 at 11:43 PM

31giddyup on March 18, 2014 at 11:43 PM

So far, so good, Giddyup! I hope all is well your way!

Newtie and the Beauty on March 18, 2014 at 11:44 PM

Hagfish!

Lanceman on March 18, 2014 at 11:44 PM

Ezekiel Emanuel was a key adviser during the drafting of ObamaCare and had regular access to the White House through his brother, who was then Chief of Staff to Obama.

thatsafactjack on March 18, 2014 at 11:39 PM

Two people I hate more than obama on obama’care’: Ezekiel, who advocates against doctors now, just for nurses, and Gruber, the guy who drafted it. May they both go directly to Hell.

Schadenfreude on March 18, 2014 at 11:44 PM

kcewa on March 18, 2014 at 11:32 PM

If we are placing blame, I blame the illegal aliens for being predatory parasites on my fellow citizens, legal immigrants, and the nation, I blame the employers for facilitating that predatory relationship, and I blame our political class for pandering to big business, the Chamber of Commerce, and amnesty/open borders groups. placing their own careers and the desires of those groups above the rights and needs of American citizens and legal immigrants and denigrating the rule of law in the process.

thatsafactjack on March 18, 2014 at 11:44 PM

crankyoldlady on March 18, 2014 at 11:42 PM

Mine’s on 24/7/365…

Newtie and the Beauty on March 18, 2014 at 11:44 PM

Hey Jackie, you here?

oscarwilde on March 18, 2014 at 11:44 PM

Breaking: Missing Malaysian Air flight 370 found in Atlanta, GA CNN headquarters. CNN spokesman claims they had nothing to do with the disappearance: “it was in the office where we store our journalistic ethics – no one ever goes in there.”

kcewa on March 18, 2014 at 11:45 PM

I just ate a cat

Alien on March 18, 2014 at 10:49 PM

.
And your culinary opinion is?

snack-worthy? too furry? too small to mess with?

Inquiring predators want to know.

predator on March 18, 2014 at 10:59 PM

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Some kind of predator(s) got the litter of “wild” kittens that were born in a barn on the property where we rent. Born early last June, and the first one disappeared around mid October. then they disappeared one at a time over the next three months.

I suspect a Horned Owl, but it also could have been a Fox, or a combination.

listens2glenn on March 18, 2014 at 11:45 PM

Schadenfreude on March 18, 2014 at 11:44 PM

Good evening, my friend. :)

Indeed.

thatsafactjack on March 18, 2014 at 11:46 PM

Sorry

Sad notes from Key West Reader

Schadenfreude on March 18, 2014 at 11:27 PM

Schadenfreude: Thanks, I did not know, oh man!:)

canopfor on March 18, 2014 at 11:46 PM

Wow. Prayers are ascending for KWR. What a real blow. I am just sick over this news…

OmahaConservative on March 18, 2014 at 11:43 PM

Some are talking of class action suits. I would like to see the populace revolt big time.

crankyoldlady on March 18, 2014 at 11:46 PM

oscarwilde on March 18, 2014 at 11:44 PM

Good evening, Mr. Wilde. :)

Just barely.

thatsafactjack on March 18, 2014 at 11:46 PM

The USA, today. Must listen to the end.

Schadenfreude on March 18, 2014 at 11:47 PM

Schadenfreude on March 18, 2014 at 11:44 PM

Good evening, my friend. :)

Indeed.

thatsafactjack on March 18, 2014 at 11:46 PM

Could you pop over here real quick, I have a question for you.

oscarwilde on March 18, 2014 at 11:48 PM

I suspect a Horned Owl, but it also could have been a Fox, or a combination.

listens2glenn on March 18, 2014 at 11:45 PM

I went to check on a friend’s farm once and there was a hawk hanging around. Bold becuase nobody was there.

crankyoldlady on March 18, 2014 at 11:48 PM

Alien on March 18, 2014 at 11:31 PM

Husband says that I’m not crunchy.
*GET YOUR MINDS OUTTA THE GUTTER!*

annoyinglittletwerp on March 18, 2014 at 11:48 PM

Some kind of predator(s) got the litter of “wild” kittens that were born in a barn on the property where we rent. Born early last June, and the first one disappeared around mid October. then they disappeared one at a time over the next three months.

I suspect a Horned Owl, but it also could have been a Fox, or a combination.

listens2glenn on March 18, 2014 at 11:45 PM

I think they are probably in a better place now. The wild life is just not good for cats.

arnold ziffel on March 18, 2014 at 11:48 PM

oscarwilde on March 18, 2014 at 11:48 PM

Sure. Going now.

thatsafactjack on March 18, 2014 at 11:48 PM

Some are talking of class action suits. I would like to see the populace revolt big time.

crankyoldlady on March 18, 2014 at 11:46 PM

KWR helped me out big time a few years back. She advised me over the phone, this feels like a death in the family to me…

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canopfor on March 18, 2014 at 11:49 PM

Key West Reader – I have no words. I’m so sorry for your loss.

Midas on March 18, 2014 at 11:50 PM

Schadenfreude on March 18, 2014 at 11:27 PM

I’m 43.
44 is too young.
Oh poor KWR.
*cries*

annoyinglittletwerp on March 18, 2014 at 11:50 PM

I suspect a Horned Owl, but it also could have been a Fox, or a combination.

listens2glenn on March 18, 2014 at 11:45 PM

Hawks, foxes,and coyotes do a number on them around here.

predator on March 18, 2014 at 11:51 PM

oscarwilde on March 18, 2014 at 11:48 PM

Best advice: I wouldn’t get involved in any way.

thatsafactjack on March 18, 2014 at 11:52 PM

OC:—–:0

canopfor on March 18, 2014 at 11:39 PM

Page 3 Bish. Bishop will never see this.

Bmore on March 18, 2014 at 11:40 PM

Bmore: *Sigh*,..–:)

canopfor on March 18, 2014 at 11:52 PM

Evening Shad,
Good to see you. By all means call me Rhonda as Lanceman mentioned. As far as bamscare goes, some family members are having issues with it. They were the ones the held their hands to their ears and yelled. “lalalalalalal” when I tried to warn them. Now they’re verwy verwy quiet.

31giddyup on March 18, 2014 at 11:52 PM

Husband says that I’m not crunchy.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 18, 2014 at 11:48 PM

A good batter will fix that. *ducks*

predator on March 18, 2014 at 11:52 PM

Nancy Kulp (Miss Hathaway on The Beverly Hillbillies)

eon on March 18, 2014 at 11:30 PM

I knew it!! Short hair, sensible shoes, probably played 2nd base for the studio softball team.

kringeesmom on March 18, 2014 at 11:53 PM

oscarwilde on March 18, 2014 at 11:48 PM

Best advice: I wouldn’t get involved in any way.

thatsafactjack on March 18, 2014 at 11:52 PM

Thank you… I was, well, suspicious myself, just needed someone whose advice I trusted…

oscarwilde on March 18, 2014 at 11:53 PM

Mine’s on 24/7/365…

Newtie and the Beauty on March 18, 2014 at 11:44 PM

I at least give mine a rest at night and when I’m away. I used to leave it on when I went out but then I heard from people I know about 2 people dying when their tv’s exploded. One was a handicapped man who couldn’t get out.

crankyoldlady on March 18, 2014 at 11:53 PM

Key West Reader – I have no words. I’m so sorry for your loss.

Midas on March 18, 2014 at 11:50 PM

Same here, KWR. Prayers for you and yours.

predator on March 18, 2014 at 11:54 PM

Hawks, foxes,and coyotes do a number on them around here.

predator on March 18, 2014 at 11:51 PM

Hawks never hurt the kittehs!

hawkdriver on March 18, 2014 at 11:54 PM

Hey Jackie, you here?

oscarwilde on March 18, 2014 at 11:44 PM

I thought I saw her dancing by the pool. Maybe I was dreaming because she was so luminous and shiny.

SparkPlug on March 18, 2014 at 11:54 PM

You may call her Rhonda, Palladini.

Lanceman on March 18, 2014 at 11:35 PM

Ok, thank you, Lance.

Schadenfreude on March 18, 2014 at 11:54 PM

oscarwilde on March 18, 2014 at 11:53 PM

You have excellent instincts. :)

Legitimate interests will never make contact in that way.

thatsafactjack on March 18, 2014 at 11:54 PM

Very sorry to hear the news about KWR,

My Prayers go out to all.

Good night, and God Bless.

ToddPA on March 18, 2014 at 11:55 PM

Hawks never hurt the kittehs!

hawkdriver on March 18, 2014 at 11:54 PM

Must have been your evil twin.

crankyoldlady on March 18, 2014 at 11:55 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on March 18, 2014 at 11:48 PM

Somebody’s a neck nibbler… :o

Newtie and the Beauty on March 18, 2014 at 11:55 PM

Hawks never hurt the kittehs!

hawkdriver on March 18, 2014 at 11:54 PM

Not even Kittyhawks?

predator on March 18, 2014 at 11:55 PM

SparkPlug on March 18, 2014 at 11:54 PM

Good evening, Spark. :) You dazzle me, too. :)

thatsafactjack on March 18, 2014 at 11:55 PM

predator on March 18, 2014 at 11:55 PM

[Adds sham-wow and Windex to Predator's tab, under "Cleaning Supplies"...]

Newtie and the Beauty on March 18, 2014 at 11:56 PM

Not even Kittyhawks?

predator on March 18, 2014 at 11:55 PM

(((rim shot!!!)))

hawkdriver on March 18, 2014 at 11:56 PM

Spawn has decided that since he turns 20 in 2 weeks, he doesn’t want to be ‘Spawn’ anymore. He has given me permission to disclose his ‘real’-sort of-first name:
It’s Alex.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 18, 2014 at 11:56 PM

My condolences to Key West. So wrong to have happened. So wrong… May God hold him in his arms and always keep you in reach. Hugs.

31giddyup on March 18, 2014 at 11:57 PM

Damn, this is getting expensive.

predator on March 18, 2014 at 11:58 PM

Why cover it up…?

JohnGalt23 on March 18, 2014 at 11:29 PM

It means they would have shot down 200 Chinese citizens.

They would be the first country to shoot down on of their own planes.

This would be ammo to use against the current Prime Minister, like Katrina on steroids.

faraway on March 18, 2014 at 11:58 PM

Two people I hate more than obama on obama’care’: Ezekiel, who advocates against doctors now, just for nurses, and Gruber, the guy who drafted it. May they both go directly to Hell.

Schadenfreude on March 18, 2014 at 11:44 PM

I dunno Gruber all that well, but I will tell you all (as I have mentioned before) Ezekiel is a nut. To be a “noted bioethicist” means only that other “bioethicist” know who you are. And since there are only a tiny number of them in the whole world, it is NOT a notable distinction. I can assure you that NO ONE in medicine who actually spends a day taking care of patients had ever heard of Ezekiel Emmanuel until his brother became famous, and only people on the extreme left fringe take him seriously.
In that same vein, I read some article recently that started using the AMA as a surrogate for all doctors–the AMA is also a left wing organization, and represents only about 9% of doctors. I am proudly NOT a member, and most of the other docs around me are not either–those guys have been advocating Single Payer for years, even before Obama.

Doc Holliday on March 18, 2014 at 11:59 PM

oscarwilde on March 18, 2014 at 11:53 PM

You have excellent instincts. :)

Legitimate interests will never make contact in that way.

thatsafactjack on March 18, 2014 at 11:54 PM

Something just didn’t seem right about it, couldn’t put my finder on it, as I am not in the know about that particular industry.

oscarwilde on March 18, 2014 at 11:59 PM

Doc Holliday on March 18, 2014 at 11:59 PM

In 2009 I participated in a Tea Party protest outside the AMA HQ. Joining our small group were several MDs and a nurse. All of us were women.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 19, 2014 at 12:00 AM

predator on March 18, 2014 at 11:58 PM

You have an in with the proprietor, Predator. You’re credit’s good here ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on March 19, 2014 at 12:02 AM

oscarwilde on March 18, 2014 at 11:59 PM

I’m glad you trusted your instincts. That inner voice serves you well, Mr. Wilde. :)

thatsafactjack on March 19, 2014 at 12:02 AM

Turtle
Post
Bucket
Hammer
Sophie
Axe

Make a sentence out of these words.

SparkPlug on March 19, 2014 at 12:02 AM

You have an in with the proprietor, Predator. You’re credit’s good here ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on March 19, 2014 at 12:02 AM

So is he buying the drinks?

crankyoldlady on March 19, 2014 at 12:03 AM

Sad notes from Kew West Reader :

My husband passed away on February 6th.

He was VA, but was treated at Tampa General due to emergency circumstances… he was in patient for 10 days and incurred $133k in charges. They discharged him without assigning him a visiting nurse for IV antibiotics because he didn’t “qualify” for ObamaCare. They marched him out the door on 1/5/14 and he was dead a month later.

Don’t tell me ObamaCares or I will stab you in the face.

This is a BAD law. Hospitals used to NEVER discharge a patient without the needed follow up care. They are allowed to do this now. Thank you Democrats may you burn in Hades. I hate you all.

Key West Reader on March 18, 2014 at 4:48 PM

platypus on March 18, 2014 at 5:08 PM

You are very kind. It was a long hard illness and he is now at peace. But when I see treatment being denied to folks like my husband and this pastor it only reminds me of Sarah Palin’s warning about death panels.

He was only 44 years old.

Key West Reader on March 18, 2014 at 5:23 PM

Schadenfreude on March 18, 2014 at 11:25 PM

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. . . s i g h … ( through clenched teeth )
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I missed whichever thread this originated from, so thank you Schadenfreude ( and I guessing platypus ) for passing this on.
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Most of you are probably way ahead of me, but this needs to be SAVED, to show our “commie/socialist” trolls at the next available opportunity, and every one thereafter ! … again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, UNTIL THE END OF TIME.

listens2glenn on March 19, 2014 at 12:03 AM

Tribune finally caught up to Politico and poof … they moved to Politico’s number, 2%. So Politico was right all along. Good to know.

Jaibones on March 18, 2014 at 11:36 PM

Thank you for the update, Jailbones!

That is very good info to have for the next Primary. I am always trying to figure out which site is best to watch for election results.

Tonight I started with the Tribune, then switched to ABC, then switched to Politico.

When the Governor race started getting close, I wanted to see which votes were still waiting to be counted. Politico had a County map where I could track the counting process.

wren on March 19, 2014 at 12:03 AM

Doc Holliday on March 18, 2014 at 11:59 PM

Doesn’t AMA benefit from Obamacare through their billing and diagnosis codes. Is that why they were firmly in bed with the law?

kringeesmom on March 19, 2014 at 12:04 AM

I’m glad you trusted your instincts. That inner voice serves you well, Mr. Wilde. :)

thatsafactjack on March 19, 2014 at 12:02 AM

He stole magic 8 ball. That’s why he suddenly got so instinctfulitious.

M8B tells him all my sekrits.

SparkPlug on March 19, 2014 at 12:04 AM

In 2009 I participated in a Tea Party protest outside the AMA HQ. Joining our small group were several MDs and a nurse. All of us were women.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 19, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Right on….

You should think of “Organized Medicine” in much the same way you think of “Organized Labor”, or even “Organized Crime”

They have an agenda, and it is NOT the health of their patients. As usual, it’s money/power/recognition.

Doc Holliday on March 19, 2014 at 12:04 AM

Breaking: Missing Malaysian Air flight 370 found in Atlanta, GA CNN headquarters. CNN spokesman claims they had nothing to do with the disappearance: “it was in the office where we store our journalistic ethics – no one ever goes in there.”

kcewa on March 18, 2014 at 11:45 PM

Who knew CNN’s headquarters in Atlanta was the heart of the ‘new Bermuda triangle’?

Are they sure there were not any space aliens involved? Don Lemon thinks they might.

Resist We Much on March 19, 2014 at 12:04 AM

Doc Holliday on March 18, 2014 at 11:59 PM

The AMA’s numbers have gone down drastically, then, since 404care was passed, Doc. Last I had heard, back in early 2010, the AMA claimed like 17% of doctors nationwide.

Then again, I am a lowly layperson. What do I know?

Newtie and the Beauty on March 19, 2014 at 12:04 AM

You have an in with the proprietor, Predator. You’re credit’s good here ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on March 19, 2014 at 12:02 AM

It’s a good thing. By now my bar tab must weigh 50 lbs. and have 2200+ pages–like the DeathCare bill.

predator on March 19, 2014 at 12:04 AM

predator on March 19, 2014 at 12:04 AM

Your tab’s settled nightly, Predator. Like I said–your credit’s good with the proprietor ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on March 19, 2014 at 12:05 AM

SparkPlug on March 19, 2014 at 12:04 AM

lol! Don’t worry, Spark. M8B doesn’t know all of your secrets. You’re too complex, even for M8B. :)

thatsafactjack on March 19, 2014 at 12:05 AM

Doc Holliday on March 19, 2014 at 12:04 AM

I was thinking eugenics and euthanasia…and I don’t need to mention who comes to mind with those two agendas.

Newtie and the Beauty on March 19, 2014 at 12:06 AM

Evening J. – just now saw your greeting. Thread is moving fast, with furious info.

31giddyup on March 18, 2014 at 11:52 PM

Nice meeting you Rhonda, the HA Charles Dickens :) You can call me Schad :) For later. It’s good.

Doc Holliday on March 18, 2014 at 11:59 PM

At least the Surgeon General appointee hack is on hold. Even the leftist senators would vote against him.

Schadenfreude on March 19, 2014 at 12:07 AM

ABC BOMBSHELL

Thai military radar “was able to detect a signal, which was not a normal signal, of a plane flying in the direction opposite from the MH370 plane,” back toward Kuala Lumpur. The plane later turned right, toward Butterworth, a Malaysian city along the Strait of Malacca.

Hijack, attempted crash into Twin Towers, Malaysian Air Force splashes 777, coverup begins?

faraway on March 18, 2014 at 11:24 PM

faraway:)

Try’d to find the audio,..I heard it last
night!
======

Joining the show for a segment in the first hour, and part of the second hour, a pilot for a major airline, ‘Charlie’ (pseudonym), also offered commentary and theories about the jet. “I think it’s on the ground somewhere. It probably landed somewhere first at a predestined location, where they had fuel waiting,” he remarked. If the plane crashed, there would be a debris field and a merchant sea locator transmitter sending out a radio frequency signal, and an emergency locator beacon (an underwater signal), he noted.

http://www.coasttocoastam.com/show/2014/03/17

canopfor on March 19, 2014 at 12:07 AM

All I have now is B9.

SparkPlug on March 19, 2014 at 12:09 AM

thatsafactjack on March 19, 2014 at 12:02 AM

He stole magic 8 ball. That’s why he suddenly got so instinctfulitious.

M8B tells him all my sekrits.

SparkPlug on March 19, 2014 at 12:04 AM

did not…Ken “Borrowed” it…

oscarwilde on March 19, 2014 at 12:09 AM

Doesn’t AMA benefit from Obamacare through their billing and diagnosis codes. Is that why they were firmly in bed with the law?

kringeesmom on March 19, 2014 at 12:04 AM

yeah, the coding is part of their gig, but I’m not sure that Obamacare changes that very much–the coding was changing and evolving even before Obama. They’re just keeping themselves in that game. Even since I was in medical school, they have taken an ever more leftist turn–gun control, single payer, you name it. It’s always about being bossy and making money be establishing themselves as “the” voice of medicine. I think if I remember correctly they have even given some credence to global warming…

Doc Holliday on March 19, 2014 at 12:09 AM

Key West Reader,

As always, all of us here are with you and the sun and the morning. God Bless you and your family.

– TXUS

TXUS on March 19, 2014 at 12:10 AM

Newtie and the Beauty on March 19, 2014 at 12:06 AM

The Nazis woulda done me in because of my Asperger’s-long before they’d have gotten around to getting me because I was born Jewish.
In the US I would’ve been ‘Carrie Buck’d’.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 19, 2014 at 12:10 AM

You are very kind. It was a long hard illness and he is now at peace. But when I see treatment being denied to folks like my husband and this pastor it only reminds me of Sarah Palin’s warning about death panels.

He was only 44 years old.

Key West Reader on March 18, 2014 at 5:23 PM

I am so very sorry for your loss, Key West Reader!

And I am seething with an even stronger rage against Obamacare after reading about your experience.

Nobody should be treated this way by their government. Legal action should be the beginning of the process of taking down Obamacare and everybody associated with inflicting it upon our once great nation. Then we need to vote all elected officials who supported Obamacare out of office in November (or earlier if we can get rid of them in a Primary.)

wren on March 19, 2014 at 12:11 AM

Turtle
Post
Bucket
Hammer
Sophie
Axe

Make a sentence out of these words.

SparkPlug on March 19, 2014 at 12:02 AM

SparkPlug is the name of a turtle, who climbed atop a post and then had a bucket fall on top of him right before a hammer, wielded by Sophie, struck, which was followed up for good measure with a TTWWHHAAAAAAAACK of an axe.

Resist We Much on March 19, 2014 at 12:12 AM

Then again, I am a lowly layperson. What do I know?

Newtie and the Beauty on March 19, 2014 at 12:04 AM

You know some pretty good tunes…the science is settled on that one. :)

I’m not sure if the numbers on the AMA are correct or not, but 9% or 17%, doesn’t really matter. They don’t speak for anything resembling the majority at either level.

Doc Holliday on March 19, 2014 at 12:12 AM

Turtle
Post
Bucket
Hammer
Sophie
Axe

Make a sentence out of these words.

SparkPlug on March 19, 2014 at 12:02 AM

On her way to return the hammer and axe to the bucket, Sophie saw a turtle next to the post.

kringeesmom on March 19, 2014 at 12:13 AM

wren on March 19, 2014 at 12:11 AM

What you said, wren. I’m glad that my company still has its original policy in effect. Given the stuff that I’m having to deal with health-wise, O-care would probably mean my doom.

predator on March 19, 2014 at 12:14 AM

They don’t speak for anything resembling the majority at either level.

Doc Holliday on March 19, 2014 at 12:12 AM

Heh heh heh, kind of like the IPCC speaking for scientists eh… <—- insert evil grin here…

oscarwilde on March 19, 2014 at 12:14 AM

Resist We Much on March 19, 2014 at 12:12 AM

Hey, that’s not what I was expecting.

/alfalfa turtle sprouts

SparkPlug on March 19, 2014 at 12:15 AM

SparkPlug on March 19, 2014 at 12:09 AM

And me, and the Spritely One, and Paladin is in your corner, too. :)

thatsafactjack on March 19, 2014 at 12:15 AM

A few years ago, Donald Luskin had a feature at NRO called “Krugman Watch,” dedicated to pointing out the errors of fact and contradictions in Krugman’s columns.

Unfortunately, even the plunging prices of bandwidth weren’t enough to maintain the database, and Luskin would have needed a full time staff to continue anyway.

If you read Krugman and just assume the exact opposite of his every assertion, prediction, and suggestion, you will right almost every time.

Adjoran on March 19, 2014 at 12:15 AM

Not even Kittyhawks?

predator on March 18, 2014 at 11:55 PM

(((rim shot!!!)))

hawkdriver on March 18, 2014 at 11:56 PM

hawkdriver:Lol,…KittyHawks:)

canopfor on March 19, 2014 at 12:15 AM

Doc Holliday on March 19, 2014 at 12:09 AM

Thanks for the answer. I remember getting coding books every year. Bet they cost a pretty penny.

kringeesmom on March 19, 2014 at 12:16 AM

SparkPlug on March 19, 2014 at 12:09 AM

And me, and the Spritely One, and Paladin is in your corner, too. :)

thatsafactjack on March 19, 2014 at 12:15 AM

Hopefully with duct tape and a bottle of medicinal alcohol… <— Insert evil laughter here…

oscarwilde on March 19, 2014 at 12:16 AM

I suspect a Horned Owl, but it also could have been a Fox, or a combination.

listens2glenn on March 18, 2014 at 11:45 PM

.
Hawks, foxes,and coyotes do a number on them around here.

predator on March 18, 2014 at 11:51 PM

.
We have hawks (Marsh and Red-tail) around here, but during daylight hours those kittens stayed “under cover”.
I’ve seen other cats ‘sneaking’ through cover during daylight though.
If I can see them, so can the Hawks.

I don’t believe the coyotes we have would venture as far away from “good cover” as they would have to to get in near this barn.
But I’ve no doubt they would take one, if opportunity presented it self.

listens2glenn on March 19, 2014 at 12:16 AM

Turtle
Post
Bucket
Hammer
Sophie
Axe

Make a sentence out of these words.

SparkPlug on March 19, 2014 at 12:02 AM

If you Axe me one more time about that turtle post I made the other day, Sophie and I are going to put a bucket over your head and hit it with a hammer.

predator on March 19, 2014 at 12:17 AM

Sorry

Sad notes from Key West Reader

Schadenfreude on March 18, 2014 at 11:27 PM

Schadenfreude: Thanks, I did not know, oh man!:)

canopfor on March 18, 2014 at 11:46 PM

….thanks for the heads up…went back and looked…she’s had enough on her plate the last year or so…I love that woman…and she still retains her sense of humor!

KOOLAID2 on March 19, 2014 at 12:17 AM

did not…Ken “Borrowed” it…

oscarwilde on March 19, 2014 at 12:09 AM

It helps me Bishop.

KCB on March 19, 2014 at 12:17 AM

oscarwilde on March 19, 2014 at 12:14 AM

Indeed, although I think the IPCC make take the cake for corruption and cronyism masquerading as serious policy. If a member of the AMA diagnosis you with pneumonia, you probably have a pneumonia. If the IPCC diagnosis something….they’re just looking for grant money.

Doc Holliday on March 19, 2014 at 12:17 AM

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