Archive for August, 2009

Democrats want to enlarge boobies, rip off boobs

Saturday, August 29th, 2009

Or maybe not.

But no mistake, the open relay Democratic email forwarding system — that doesn’t even require users to prove they are human beings, let alone American citizens, has become a surprising new haven for spammers.

Like the researcher in the linked article, I’m kind of surprised. I’d have expected this level of incompetence with teh intertubes to be a Republican move, not one from the ascendant (for months to come, too), cash-rich Democrats. [Maybe they got their cash via 419 scams and cheap meds from Canada? This would explain a lot about health care…]

“Unfortunately, because they’re able to relay mail through the Democratic Party server, it does affect the Democratic Party’s IP reputation, as well as their domain sending reputation,” Jamie Tomasello, Cloudmark’s abuse operations manager, told The Register. “I was surprised.”

Being wolfe, I can’t resist a[nother] cheap shot. Yes, it does unfortunately affect the Democratic Party’s [IP] reputation. The Viagra, and “enlarge body parts” spams probably raise it.

-wolfe

Miss Nambia was my #1

Friday, August 28th, 2009

Don’t you love the expression on her face?

Miss Namibia 2009, Happie Ntelamo. Credit: AP

Miss Namibia 2009, Happie Ntelamo. Credit: AP

-wolfe

Scary Right Wing Nuts

Friday, August 28th, 2009

Us right-wing nuts sure is scary! That’s the message from the Washington Post. To put this in language a conservative would understand, the fourth estate has been alarmed once again by the Burkean proclivities of our nation’s citizens.

Heh. Glad to provide that translation for the more literate readers I have.

All I have to say is that I think the “birthers” are wrong, but no more so than crazy Democrats who proclaimed that George W. Bush was “selected, not elected” and stole two elections.

-wolfe

Health

Friday, August 28th, 2009

As I’ve said before, I’m for universal health care, though not, I confess, on President Obama’s model. Nor on any model that’s being advanced by anyone.

I think the President’s model would be a disaster, combining the worst of the British and Canadian systems (rationing) with the worst of the American systems (huge overhead, massive lawsuits).

I urge every reader to take a look at this article in the liberal journal (I use liberal, as I often do, in the best sense of the word) The Atlantic.

It’s a thoughtful article (despite the title, “How American Health Care Killed My Father”) from a liberal Democrat.

A brief excerpt:

All of the actors in health care—from doctors to insurers to pharmaceutical companies—work in a heavily regulated, massively subsidized industry full of structural distortions. They all want to serve patients well. But they also all behave rationally in response to the economic incentives those distortions create. Accidentally, but relentlessly, America has built a health-care system with incentives that inexorably generate terrible and perverse results. Incentives that emphasize health care over any other aspect of health and well-being.

And then… words that make total sense:

To achieve maximum coverage at acceptable cost with acceptable quality, health care will need to become subject to the same forces that have boosted efficiency and value throughout the economy. We will need to reduce, rather than expand, the role of insurance; focus the government’s role exclusively on things that only government can do (protect the poor, cover us against true catastrophe, enforce safety standards, and ensure provider competition); overcome our addiction to Ponzi-scheme financing, hidden subsidies, manipulated prices, and undisclosed results; and rely more on ourselves, the consumers, as the ultimate guarantors of good service, reasonable prices, and sensible trade-offs between health-care spending and spending on all the other good things money can buy.

This really is the “Third Way”. It would cause drastic reductions in insurance company revenues, and simultaneously end the drooling dark desire of demented public-sector unions and perverse profligate politicians to control this segment of our economy. (Sure, I’m being harsher on the unions and politicians than the super-evil insurance companies; what did you expect?) And the super-evil insurance companies aren’t that evil… check out their profits and pay by sector — they rank somewhere around #86; decidedly mediocre.

Oh, and for whatever it’s worth, I have a great deal of understanding re what Mr. Goldhill wrote:

Almost two years ago, my father was killed by a hospital-borne infection in the intensive-care unit of a well-regarded nonprofit hospital in New York City. Dad had just turned 83, and he had a variety of the ailments common to men of his age. But he was still working on the day he walked into the hospital with pneumonia. Within 36 hours, he had developed sepsis.

Couple years back, my own beloved Dad, only in his mid 60’s, contracted the exact same infection — sepsis — after surgery in a [redacted] hospital. Generally, people refused to believe he was seriously ill until it was nearly too late. My mother, in a panic, called me to drive down. I didn’t drive; I flew. I stood in their living room, looking at a shivering, barely coherent, gray man. I phoned his doctor and was told it was probably just the flu; to leave it a day or two.

I figured [redacted] would be the best place for him. So I bundled him in the rented SUV I had and started driving. Fast. Got my mom to work the phone, searching for a friend of the family who could get us in.

And the attitude I faced from some, throughout this was implicitly… “Honey, he’s African American. Average lifespan is 68.” Very few came out and said it. But after asking where he was born… yeah. You got it. 68 was what I heard a lot. Endless variants that I was too upset to recall, of “A good innings”, and there I betray my time spent abroad.

So when you ask me if Sarah Palin’s somewhat unfair and propagandistic “death panel” comments resonate with me… I say yeah. Yeah they do.

And so does the article I’ve linked. Unlike the death panel comments, I think it can genuinely add to and extend the dialogue on health care.

-wolfe

Edward M. Kennedy dead at 77

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

I cannot say many good things about this man, given that he caused the death of a young woman through recklessness and cowardice. But I can say that I believe he felt sincerely called to service; that he endured terrible tragedy, not all of it of his own making, and that no one would wish dying of brain cancer on the man.

I think these two paragraphs from the Houston Chronicle sum up my thoughts:

He was a Rabelaisian figure in the Senate and in life, instantly recognizable by his shock of white hair, his florid, oversize face, his booming Boston brogue, his powerful but pained stride. He was a celebrity, sometimes a self-parody, a hearty friend, an implacable foe, a man of large faith and large flaws, a melancholy character who persevered, drank deeply and sang loudly. He was a Kennedy…

Born to one of the wealthiest American families, Kennedy spoke for the downtrodden in his public life while living the heedless private life of a playboy and a rake for many of his years. Dismissed early in his career as a lightweight and an unworthy successor to his revered brothers, he grew in stature over time by sheer longevity and by hewing to liberal principles while often crossing the partisan aisle to enact legislation. A man of unbridled appetites at times, he nevertheless brought a discipline to his public work that resulted in an impressive catalogue of legislative achievement across a broad landscape of social policy.

Leaving aside Mary Jo Kopechne, it must have been extraordinarily difficult for Senator Kennedy to grow up in the shadow of three such high-achieving brothers. His oldest brother, Joe, had died in World War 2. Jack Kennedy, had become President and was assassinated. And Robert Kennedy, running for President, was also assassinated. How ghastly. It is difficult to imagine the psychological tortures that that would put any man through.

Does that excuse the way he lived, the choices he made?

No.

But it does offer a measure of explanation, and, in my mind, a measure of understanding.

-wolfe

Incorrigible.

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

That’s me.

Back again.

Took a few hits overseas, have been recovering.

Made some choices. Still making some.

Ambivalent about continuing this blog.

Going to ask my gf to marry me, and I know she doesn’t like this blog. I know she’d like me to shut it down. Heck, I admit that’s one of the reasons why I was so slow to resurrect it — it wasn’t just taking some shrapnel, though that was a big piece.

Don’t give a good God-da*n about what most women think, but, strangely, with her, do. Call me a fool.

The blog is a hassle to keep up; it’s small traffic, and mostly amongst what she calls “frenemies”. True, I guess, in that most of you detest what I have to say about … well, everything.

Going to also work on another book (no, my first book sold 4k or so copies, not so cool). Can’t really use a MABTW-derived blog to promote my book. Sucks.

Marriage, book, should I continue posting here?

You call it via posts and emails.

-wolfe

Hello world!

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

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