American Elephants


Chris Matthews Comes Out! by American Elephant
January 19, 2010, 10:48 pm
Filed under: Media Bias, Politics, Progressivism | Tags: , , , ,

“I Admit I’m Marxist When it Comes to my Analysis”…

And Rachael Maddow enthusiastically chimes in that this is one of the circumstances when it’s apparently okay for them to be “absolute purists”. As opposed to their usual moderate Marxism???

Can we please stop pretending these radicals are anything even approaching “mainstream”?

(via Weazel Zippers)

Update: Mika Brzezinski, MSDNC co-host and daughter of the disastrous Carter National Security Adviser concedes that its time for journalists to stop pretending they aren’t Democrats. To which I add, can’t we also stop pretedning that today’s Democrats aren’t largely Marxists.



Yoo-Hoo! Nancy, Harry, Barack! by The Elephant's Child

The people of the United States are trying to tell you something.  And you are not listening!  America has the world’s best health care system.  It has flaws.  There is no perfection in this world.  The flaws can be improved, if not fixed completely, but there is nothing that you are doing that actually fixes anything.

You claim to cover the uninsured, but at least 22 million remain uninsured under your plan.  You claim to be saving Medicare by letting younger people “buy-in,” and then slashing Medicare payments by 20 percent.  Are you nuts? There are many doctors that will not accept 20 percent less than what already does not cover their costs.  They just won’t accept Medicare patients.

Many doctors have said that if this goes through, they will simply quit the practice of medicine. Did you think that a hollow threat?  I wouldn’t bet on it.

One of your most precious ideas is the notion that a bevy of bureaucrats in Washington can look at a bunch of statistics that are only dimly understood, and decide from that who will get what treatment.

Medicine is not a one-size-fits-all deal.  Patients are individuals and have different reactions to medicines, to treatments, to tests.  Doctors learn skills in medical school and residencies, but the practice of medicine remains an art — trying to figure out just what is the right treatment for the individual patient. It probably doesn’t seem like a big deal when you have your own Cadillac plan with a complete clinic on call right downstairs. You forget that you are dealing in real people’s lives.

Medicare and Medicaid are already in the red. You’re going to cover everyone who is uninsured by forcing them to buy insurance, cover everyone who has a pre-existing condition, cover  illegal immigrants, promise to cover all ills — just before you explain that we can’t afford it.  Then you try to tell us that it will “bend the cost curve down?” This is simply the grossest kind of Liberal nonsense.

And where did you get the idea that in the United States of America you can plot Liberal fantasies in back rooms, behind closed doors, in secret?  This is not the Soviet Politburo. You are way out-of-line: arrogant, historically ignorant, impervious to evidence and economically illiterate. You are making a mess.

This is a wake-up call!  You really need to pay attention.

The splendid cartoon is by Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Ramirez. See his political commentary every day here.



Brown Wins! Massachusetts Teabags Democrats! by American Elephant

Snot-faced liberals on MSDNC and CNN have been giggling for months as they knowingly, consistently used this crude sexual epithet to try to demean and dismiss millions of Americans who object to their command and control agenda. But what they never seemed to get, or I should say, one of the multitude of things they don’t get is that if protesters are the “tea-baggers” then lefties are the tea-baggees. Perhaps that’s where they wanted to be all along.

Perhaps their juvenile antics will lose their wit now that the bluest of blue states, that bastion of Northeastern enlightenment has teabagged them. It couldnt happen to a more deserving group.

Just around 9:30 Eastern, Martha Croakley called to concede the election to Scott Brown.

BOSTON – In an epic upset in liberal Massachusetts, Republican Scott Brown rode a wave of voter anger to defeat Democrat Martha Coakley in a U.S. Senate election Tuesday that left President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul in doubt and marred the end of his first year in office.

The loss by the once-favored Coakley for the seat that the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy held for nearly half a century signaled big political problems for the president’s party this fall when House, Senate and gubernatorial candidates are on the ballot nationwide.

More immediately, Brown will become the 41st Republican in the 100-member Senate, which could allow the GOP to block the president’s health care legislation and the rest of Obama’s agenda. Democrats needed Coakley to win for a 60th vote to thwart Republican filibusters.

Waterloo!

This election was a referendum on Obama, Democrats and their “progressive” agenda. Period. Obama admitted it himself. Americans, even in Democrat strongholds like  New Jersey and now Kennedyland, are overwhelmingly rejecting the Democrats  “progressive” agenda that has already wrought so much destruction on this country, and threatens so much more. Americans are mad as hell at Democrats and Obama and their fascist, command and control agenda, and they aren’t going to take it anymore!

Congratulations to Scott Brown on his victory, and on a brilliant campaign! If you are a Democrat politician thinking you can escape voters’ anger because you live in a “safe” seat? Be afraid, be very afraid.



In the Terrible Devastation of Haiti, Some Things Are Working. by The Elephant's Child
January 19, 2010, 1:32 am
Filed under: Politics | Tags: , ,

Countries all over the world are dispatching aid to devastated Haiti.  Many have sent planeloads of rescue teams, food water, medicines and other needed aid to the stricken country.  Saudi Arabia sent a letter of condolences to Haitian President Rene Preval.  Oil-rich Kuwait chipped in $1 million as did Morocco.  The Middle East, in general, was noted for their frugality.

Immediately after the quake, the Israeli Home Command dispatched two planeloads with 220 aid-and-rescue personnel and a complete field hospital capable of treating 500 patients a day.  It is the most modern medical facility in Haiti, staffed by 40 doctors.

The hospital is equipped with a medical lab, a pharmacy, an X-ray center, a children’s ward, an emergency room, a surgical department, two operating rooms, and a maternity ward.

Israeli doctors performed 25 life-saving surgeries and assisted in the births of three babies. One baby boy will be named “Israel” by his grateful mother.  The first couple of planes brought tons of medicines and other supplies, and a third planeload followed over the weekend.

Other sources confirmed the fine work the Israeli field hospital is doing, and the efficiency of their operation.  A nice counter to all the ignorant anti-Israeli propaganda.  And it’s nice to hear some positive stories amongst all the human catastrophe.



The Automobile Business Gets Stranger Every Day. by The Elephant's Child

Toyota executives have expressed reservations about battery-powered cars.  They still plan to start selling them in 2012.  The Toyota plug-in hybrid is a version of the Prius with greater battery capacity and wall-charging capability.  It can travel 14.5 miles on batteries alone.

Last June, Irv Miller, Toyota’s group vice president for environmental and public affairs said that the battery pack in a plug-in hybrid “becomes a boat anchor” after the charge runs down.

“The dog doesn’t hunt,” Mr Miller said. ” We may be trying to change the world for a very small part of the market.  My wife, for instance, drives only seven miles a day, so a plug-in hybrid makes sense for her.  She would need to go to a gas station only once every other month.”

In test cycles, the plug-in hybrids achieve spectacular mpg.  Actual highway mileage is not apt to reach spectacular numbers.  Jana Hartline, an environmental spokeswoman for Toyota said that a commuter traveling 40 miles to work in Southern California — not unusual — may not see the same benefit from a plug-in hybrid as someone who does mostly around-town driving with occasional highway mileage.  On the other hand, my round-trip commute is 10 to 12 miles, so I could feasibly go back and forth each day without gasoline.”

A new National Research Council report suggests that plug-in hybrid costs are likely to remain very high, and benefits will remain modest. Even with subsidies, they are unlikely to have much effect on oil use or climate emissions before 2030. (Emissions? no effect at all).  Manufacturing costs next year will be high; as much as $18,000 over a similar internal-combustion car.  Most of that cost is due to the expensive battery pack that will go all of 14.5 miles.

The federal report did claim that (with subsidies and potential  battery advances) as many of 40 million plug-in hybrids could be on the road by 2030.  And we have to keep subsidizing this useless enviro-dream until 2030?




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