American Elephants

And Now For Something Completely Different! by The Elephant's Child

(h/t: The Anchoress)

Northern Lights in the Lower 48? by American Elephant
August 3, 2010, 4:39 pm
Filed under: News, Science/Technology | Tags: ,

Perhaps — at least in the most northern states —  as a massive solar eruption has blasted an enormous wave of plasma towards earth. Look north to the skies tonight and tomorrow to find out!

41% by American Elephant
August 3, 2010, 12:38 pm
Filed under: Election 2010, News, News the Media Doesn't Want You to Hear, Politics | Tags: , ,

Cruising for the 30’s. Naturally, Gallup tries to hide that fact by burying it in the 5th paragraph.  Indeed, the author is so intent on protecting Obama that you have to go to Real Clear Politics to learn that Obama’s disapproval is up to 53% in this poll.

Keep in mind, this isn’t a poll of registered voters or likely voters, but all adults — the group most likely to support Obama.

In response, MSNBC is now charging that Gallup is racist.

(h/t Hot Air)

More Joys of Socialist Healthcare… by American Elephant
August 3, 2010, 11:54 am
Filed under: Health Care, News, Politics, Socialism | Tags:

Swedish man sews up own leg after waiting too long in ER…gets turned into police for unauthorized use of hospital equipment.

Canadian woman miscarries while waiting hours to be seen in ER.

Update:  Brits spend millions to silence doctors critical of NHS.

The Closer You Look, the Worse ObamaCare Gets! by The Elephant's Child
August 3, 2010, 6:30 am
Filed under: Democrat Corruption, Freedom, Health Care, Law | Tags: ,

Americans have a sense that there is something dreadfully wrong with the health care system being foisted upon them by an out-of-control Congress and the President.  The video of Nancy Pelosi”s smug statement that “We  have to pass the bill so you can find out what’s in it” has gone viral.  But do Americans actually understand just what the law does?  Representative Kevin Brady (R-TX) had his staff prepare a study of the law and a flow chart that explains how the major provisions will work. Economist Kevin Hassett of AEI describes it as:

[A] terrifying road map that shows Democrats have launched America on the most reckless policy experiment in its history, the economic equivalent of the Bay of Pigs invasion.

For a view large enough so that you can discern all its amazing intricacies, click here, and you should be able to enlarge it even more.  See the pale yellow star in the lower right-hand corner?  That is you — the patient.  The chart, made public on July 28, provides Americans with a preview of the impact the law will have on their lives and the lives of their families.  Kevin Hassett continues:

This is clearly a candidate for most disorganized organizational chart ever.  It shows that the health system is complex, yes, but also ornate.  The new law creates 68 grant programs, 47 bureaucratic entities, 29 demonstration or pilot programs, six regulatory systems, six compliance standards and two entitlements.

Getting that massive enterprise up and running will be next to impossible.  So Democrats streamlined the process by granting Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius the authority to make judgments that can’t be challenged either administratively or through the courts.

This monarchical protection from challenges is extended as well to the development of new patient-care models under Obama’s controversial recess appointment, Donald Berwick, whom Republicans are calling the rationer-in-chief.  Berwick will run the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, where he can experiment with ways to use administrative fiat to move our system toward the socialized medicine of Europe, which he has at times embraced.         (emphasis mine)

The whole piece is titled: “Obamacare Only looks Worse Upon Further Review.”   Please read it all.  It’s not long, but it is so important that you know what this legislation will do to you.

I find the idea of placing any decision about my health care in the hands of Kathleen Sebelius or Donald Berwick absolutely terrifying.  There is not much in this world that is a more personal matter than decisions about your own health that take place between you and your physician. The  idea that these blowhards in Congress feel that they can arrogate to themselves and to their friends and appointees control over my life and the lives of my loved ones is absolutely wrong and evil.

They want control, but from studying the chart, it apparent that they are clueless, and suffused with a monumental degree of sheer hubris. There is nothing that the government does well.  They can’t even distribute money to stimulate the economy without fraud, waste and sheer stupidity. But in producing this bill they have exceeded even their worst mistakes. The chart is appalling, but you cannot show on paper the pain that it will cause.

57 percent of Americans say the health care plan is bad for the country, 59% favor repeal.  That simply demonstrates the number of people who do not yet understand what their government has in store for them.

Crying Racism Way Too Often. by The Elephant's Child

Last week, Tony Blankley wrote a succinct essay on racism:

In the last fortnight: 1) The NAACP called the tea party racist; 2) Andrew Breitbart called the NAACP racist; 3) Shirley Sherrod called Republican opponents of Obamacare racists; 4) Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack called Shirley Sherrod racist; 5) many in mainstream media called Andrew Breitbart racist; 6) Howard Dean called Fox racist; and, 7) it was revealed that liberal journalist Spencer Ackerman proposed calling Fred Barnes and Karl Rove racist.

Thus, through a confluence of bizarrely unlikely events, the vicious act of falsely accusing people of racism became a laughingstock. It went from being a career killer to a punch line; from villainy to vaudeville; from knife in the back to pie in the face.

I think Mr. Blankley got it about right.  But wait!  There’s more.  Representative Charles Rangel of New York and Representative Maxine Waters of California  are being accused of some ethical wrongdoing. Politico reports:

The question of whether black lawmakers are now being singled out for scrutiny has been simmering throughout the 111th Congress, with the Office of Congressional Ethics a focal point of the concerns. At one point earlier this year, all eight lawmakers under formal investigation by the House ethics committee, including Rangel and Waters, were black Democrats. All those investigations originated with the OCE, which can make recommendations — but takes no final actions — on such case.

There’s a “dual standard, one for most members and one for African-Americans,” said one member of the Congressional Black Caucus, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

It just won’t work. It is a joke.  Charles Rangel accepted four rent-controlled apartments from a developer at a below market value, one of which he used as campaign headquarters, he neglected to pay taxes on the rental income from a beachfront vacation home he owned, and he is accused of preserving a tax loophole worth half a billion dollars for an executive who had promised a $1 million donation to the Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service at the City College of New York.  He will face a trial by the ethics committee in September.

Maxine Waters is accused of an ethics violation because of a meeting she set up in September 2008 between Treasury Department officials and representatives of minority-owned banks.  The meeting centered on a single bank — one in which her husband  had considerable investments at the time, and in which he had served on the board of directors.  The bank subsequently received $12 million in bailout funds.

I understand that only Republicans violate ethical standards.  We know that because Republicans encourage members who have violated standards to resign promptly. Democrats are free not to pay their taxes, and any other violations they may commit are probably a case of mistaken identity. But when the ethics committee investigates and requires a trial — don’t play the race card.   It should be beneath you.

ADDENDUM: The White House has actually put out a statement comparing opposition to ObamaCare to Opposition to the Civil Rights Act. The point is to demonize and intimidate Virginia Attorney General Cuccinelli and any other states that have sued, rather than address their claims about the unconstitutionality of the health care legislation.

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