June 10th, 2009

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Expect The Violence To Continue

Security guard at Holocaust Museum killed.

Look, another armed looney killing someone he thinks is "destroying America." In this case, an antisemite going after the Holocaust Museum.

Let's see, we have bad economic times creating a stressful environment, a segment of the media with a business model that depends on maintaining a constant state of rage and fear in its listeners and exhorting them to help stop the people who are "destroying America." And we are surprised to see more armed whackos popping off at the targets of their choice?

If you belong to a group singled out as "enemies of America" by anyone with one of those 50,000 watt megaphones we call a radio broadcaster, I advise you to watch your back and carry a weapon. You will want to be in a position to return fire.

Welcome to the Crazy Years folks.
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Common Cause Honors JAG Officer Who Defied Torture Policy

Common Cause has begun a petition drive to recognize and honor those JAG officers who protested the use of "enhanced interrogation techniques" and refused to participate in what they regarded as illegal proceedings.

You can read the letter and sign the petition here. The goal is to collect 50,000 signatures by July 4.

I salute my brother and sister lawyers who stood by their conscience and risked their careers to uphold the rule of law.
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Why is everyone so in love with this mandatory health insurance crap

The problem is that people who can afford to buy insurance don't? Really?

Actually, the real reason is more evil. Insurers love it because it boosts the number of healthy people in the pool and gets government to subsidize poor people insurance without creating a real public option that could threaten the current bloated insurance establishment.

But the evidence from MA is that the mandate doesn't work. Because what is the penalty and who checks?

But what irritates me is the people who say "we make you buy insurance to operate a car," as if that is somehow a relevant argument.

We also make me get a license to drive a car. Does that mean we can require me to get a license to keep living? And if I don't want to pay for car insurance, I can opt not to drive a car. If I don't want to pay for health insurance, then what? I have to die?

The final indignity is that we would all pay less if we had single payer insurance funded by a health insurance tax. What we are doing is imposing a profoundly regressive tax on lower income individuals and small businesses that we transfer directly to private insurers for a service the government could easily provide -- as demonstrated by every other industrialized nation.