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Jon Stewart interviews Bill Kristol of the Weekly Standard tonight…he asks Kristol if the American people deserve the same healthcare as the US military. Kristol, since he has common sense, says, “no. No, the general public should not receive the same healthcare the military does.” We give them top notch healthcare because of their service to our country. Stewart, and his zombie audience with him, “ooooohhhhh” over this comment.
Kristol, in the process, says that the military healthcare is run by the government, and that it’s top notch. Stewart then argues that Kristol admitted the federal government could run public healthcare and do a great job at it.
Let’s take a look at the stats. Wikipedia shows 3 million active members of the US military. Let’s assume that half of them get healthcare and use it. That figure is probably much higher than the actual number who use the government healthcare. So, 1.5 million people use a public healthcare plan that the federal government runs. Thus, that’s proof that ALL Americans deserve the same deal for doing nothing for the country, and on top of that the government could run this program for ALL Americans expertly.
The current US population according to the US Census Bureau is 305 million people. So, Stewart is trying to argue that because there exists a system that covers, at most, 3 million military men and women, and more likely less than half of that, the federal government could easily and efficiently run a system to cover 305 million people. On top of the raw numbers, think about it- military men and women are, generally, in great shape. The public, at large, is fairly out of shape for the most part. The general public would cost, we can assume, twice as much at least and probably much more than that.
What’s worse than this absurd comparison is the socialist-sounding demand that we cover ALL Americans with the same care that military men and women receive. Why would this argument ever make sense? Do Americans, just for being born in this country, deserve free healthcare that is, in no way, truly free? Taxes will go up across the board. The current plan touted by Obama will raise the budget deficits to levels never seen in our nation’s history according to the Congressional Budget Office.
Kristol didn’t defend his comment well, but Stewart made little, if any sense, to begin with. Comparing a system for the military with the general public is laughable, and the demand that we give to all Americans the same service we give to military officers who risk their lives is just plain dumb.
Stewart would fit in well with the Obama administration. I wonder when he’ll leave his place as a “newsman” and join the Obama team? His analogies make about as much sense as Obama’s own plans.
ADDENDUM: The system clearly covers retired members of the armed forces, so the total number would be over the 3 million currently active or reserve, but we’re talking different systems here. The VA would cover those retired members, and there have been some fairly large complaints about the VA system, so I don’t consider that in Kristol’s talk of wonderful care received.
This is how you know Barack Obama is a backwards, completely naive, socialist at heart. He says he wants to take the profit incentive out of healthcare. Which is code for saying he wants to make sure healthcare is 100% taxpayer funded (that’d be you folks, paying for my healthcare)…hospitals exist TO MAKE MONEY. They ARE businesses. Pharmaceutical companies exist not because their CEOs, boards, and staffs are saintly, but because they’re offering a fee-based service and want to earn profit in the process.
Name a time, historically, when companies made more profit when they were more regulated. Notice he says that he wants to regulate the hell out of healthcare companies. It’s as if he’s ignoring history or trying to rewrite it himself.
Finally, the bestest and most eloquent speaker ever comes up with a lame analogy as to how insurance companies are somehow evil beasts who demand you remove a kids tonsils rather than repeatedly treat his sore throat. Did no one prep him beforehand, or did they actually insert this idiotic analogy into his notes to spout off whenever he saw fit?
Obama is clueless on healthcare, and it’s videos like this that prove it. Again and again and again.
I bought an iPhone about 2 months ago. I had never touched one before, I had never seen anything but some online videos and some information about the phone. My old phone was crap, had no features, couldn’t connect to the internet, and it got shitty reception in the area of my new apartment. So, I knew I had to get a phone. I thought, since I saw refurbished iPhones for $99, I’d pick one up. I like it. I like it a lot. I can do all sorts of things I could never imagine doing with my old phone.
I wanted to go with a Rhapsody-capable phone from Verizon, as I have a Rhapsody music account, and I could listen to my music anywhere. You can do the same thing with the iPhone, but iTunes is crap- when software can turn deleting music into a confusing ordeal in itself, you know you have a loser on your hands. When I sync my phone, videos and songs I deleted before get added back on. It’s an annoyance to go in and uncheck everything you don’t want synced- a nice windows-like folder layout that would, I dunno, simply show the contents of my iPhone’s storage would be MUCH too easy. (ugh)
The iPhone’s application store is nice, and it’s something you can’t get on a lot of phones. People are more apt to create all sorts of applications for this phone as opposed to many others on the market. That’s a plus.
The announcement of the new iPhone today is- well, it’s a joke. It’s an offensive joke that angers me. Steve Jobs is a not only a weird looking turtlenecked geek, he’s also a jackass. What does the new iPhone offer for $800? Well, you can record video now. Well, my $15 phone from before recorded video all day long! It can also send picture messages. My $15 phone could do that as well! They will eventually roll out the 7.2gb network that will more than double the current 3g speed. Okay, fine. But after looking over the reports today, it seems the two biggest changes are the video recording and the MMS. Apple truly has some chutzpah. Jobs and his pals decide- what the hell, let’s release a NEW iPhone, charge $800 for it, and it’ll merely do what the ORIGINAL IPHONE SHOULD HAVE DONE IN THE FIRST PLACE!!!!! Are you f’in kidding me turtleneck boy?!
And AT&T is no better. The monthly plans for the iPhone are absurd. I pay nearly $87 for the cheapest plan (450 anytime mins and 5, 000 nights and weekends), with the iPhone you MUST pay for a $30 data plan, and I pay $5 for 200 text messages a month. Yes, you heard that right, text messages, in the eyes of AT&T aren’t considered “data.” You get “unlimited data,” except if the data comes in the form of a text message. Even though a text message is NOTHING BUT DATA! Yes, it is, indeed, a lowlife move that is meant to do one thing- rip the consumer off. Unlimited texting for the iPhone through AT&T is $20 a month. That means their cheapest plan with the least amount of mins, the data, and the unlimited texting will run you nearly $100 a month. Imagine if you talked on the phone a lot and were forced into paying $20-40 more per month for more minutes. $140 a month for a cell phone? Ridiculous. Especially since bandwidth and cellular network prices are going down overall!
Like I said, I like my iPhone. But, I don’t doubt I’d also like any number of other phones out there. Apple is, for the most part, clueless…which is why they will never have the market share that Microsoft, for example, enjoys. Try buying a mac laptop…when you realize you can buy any number of MS-based laptops for $500 yet a macbook will cost you three times as much, you get an idea why Apple will never come close to MS. Who wants to pay three times as much for basically the same thing just to have the desktop completely backwards? Wanna close a window? Forget clicking one X, this is a mac, you’ve gotta do ten things from left to right to get it closed! Aren’t we Apple guys clever? (ick)
So, is the iPhone utlimately a great phone? I’d say, ‘no.’ It’s a good phone, but if it takes 3 tries just to get the basics right (basics that even free phones have built in), you’re either dealing with a product that isn’t all it’s cracked up to be or pure greed on the part of a confused company that tries so desperately to be “different.” Or maybe it’s a bit of both. Maybe I’m the idiot for buying an iPhone to begin with?
Stupid of the day. The FDA has sent a warning letter to General Mills, saying that the claims that Cheerios can lower cholesterol by 10 points in a month makes the food a drug, and no drugs can be sold without the proper FDA drug application. They have given the company 15 days to explain how it will change the advertising.
They’re not disputing the claims that it helps lower cholesterol (the science seems to be on Cheerios’ side), but it’s all about making health claims. A food product maker is apparently not allowed to make truthful claims about its products!
This is what happens when government gets so big and so powerful, you get career idiots in there, living off of large sums of taxpayer dollars in posh offices, totally clueless as to how the real world works. This is why we fight for smaller government. It makes people go mad when they have too much power. This is the sort of thing you hear and you just have to ask yourself, “what on earth are these fools thinking?”
Some slut in San Diego is auctioning off her virginity to the highest bidder in order to pay for her Master’s degree program. Some marriage and family therapy degree. She most likely didn’t get enough attention as a child and is acting out like the idiot she clearly is. People do it all the time in all sorts of ways. This young fool just decided to do it in a big way.
Can you imagine anyone in their right mind looking up a ‘marriage and family therapy’ expert who made her name by selling her virginity online? I wonder if it’s possible she is actually that stupid?
She says she got the idea after her sister paid for her master’s degree by working as a prostitute for three weeks. I wonder how the girls’ dad killed himself? Shotgun or did he jump from the top floor of an office building? I can’t imagine he hasn’t done himself in by now.
Governor A’hnald of California has demanded state employees take 2 unpaid days starting in February as a cost-saving measure. According to new reports, the state of California could be broke in 2 months. So, they save money or peoplee start losing jobs (more jobs than have already been lost), what’s a union boss to do? Well, he sues, of course, saying the governor has no authority to make such a demand.
I’m no legal scholar, and the complicated union rules would confuse most of us. I do know one thing, however, and that’s unions are interested in one thing– lining their pockets with union dues. Most of these couldn’t care less about the workers, rather the money the workers pay (and are sometimes forced to pay) them in dues and fees.
Save the state from financial ruin, or whine like a baby? In the end, these fools make these demands, but they’re still forced to take the days off and a lot of people lose their jobs because some idiot said to hell with cost-saving measures, I’m all about getting mine and getting it now!
People amaze me.
I was checking the news, and apparently MTV has seen a marked descrease in viewership…ratings down 23%. They have 16 “reality shows” (read: game shows with dumber contestants) slated to start this next year. MTV Networks president, Brian Graden had this to say about the changes for the network:
The series come from high-profile producers including Sean Combs, Matt Stone & Trey Parker, Donald Trump and Nick Lachey. And they represent a major thematic shift for the channel — more toward the meta-scripted reality of MTV’s “The Hills,” one of the cabler’s few success stories these days.
While MTV pioneered reality series with 1992′s “The Real World,” that genre has become ubiquitous, so the network is offering a slate that avoids the backbiting and bitchery of most nonfiction fare.
“Our new shows will feature themes of affirmation and accomplishment,” says Brian Graden, prez of entertainment at MTV Networks music channels and president of Logo. “Our shows are going to focus less on loud and silly hooks and more on young people proving themselves. These are themes that are consistent with the Obama generation.” [emphasis added]
The Obama generation? What on earth does that even mean? I’ve heard that phrase a few times, and it just gets absurd each time it’s used. So, an unqualified (that’s what Obama himself said on his qualifications for the presidency) junior senator who was only elected because the last senator resigned over a sex scandal involving his wife gets elected by a populace who, when asked, can’t even tell you what his core policies are and somehow this makes the youth the Obama generation? Come on now! Are the executives at MTV as dumb as the “actors” on The Hills?
Most young people couldn’t even tell you how many senators we have or the current vice president’s name, so we can assume they don’t make a generation simply because they voted for the “cool and hip guy” (read the 50 year old suit-wearing lawyer who would never be cool if he were white– yes, of course he’s been labeled cool because he’s black, does anyone really think a white 50 year old would ever be considered “hip” or “cool”?)
And what’s with the whole “reality show” craze that STILL has yet to die its well-deserved death? We’ve had these types of shows since TV started, and they’re called game shows. Except in most game shows, we don’t have to see the same idiot contestant week after week, and none of them eat bugs as part of the contest. There’s nothing real about any of these shows, and to label them as such is silly. It’s a continuation of the dumbing down of our culture, especially our youth who couldn’t be bothered to think for themselves for ten seconds, let alone have any clue what’s going on in the world around them…the important things that is. They can tell you all about the newest American Idol winner, but ask them to point China out on a map and they’re brain-dead all of a sudden.
I do have one suggestion for MTV. Perhaps some music, seeing as how the first word of your network is “music.” Perhaps? Or maybe if you’re going to claim your new shows are about youth empowering themselves, you might want to cancel shows that have contestants dump their current girlfriends to hook up with strangers their parents set them up with or shows that feature bi-sexual sluts trying to win the heart of the star who happens to be bi-sexual and a slut herself. Graden says the new lineup is thematic different, then we hear that one of the new shows is produced by Donald Trump and follows a group of hard-partying girls to an English prep school (read: sluts go to England to get drunk and have sex). Let’s not pretend you’re doing wonderful things here…just stick to whipped cream licking contests, and the adults will be sure to tune out for more rational fare.
I have tried to watch episodes of ABC shows on ABC.com’s full episode player. Unfortunately, I’ve never been able to do so, on any computer I’ve tried. I’ve seen tons of posts from other people who cannot get the player to work either.
Yet, if I go to Hulu, I can watch episodes of NBC shows fine. The player works right away, I get no problems, and it’s a great experience.
This leads to one conclusion- even if you have millions of dollars at your disposal, you can completely screw up any project. Maybe the tech guys over at ABC could fix this problem sometime…maybe this decade? It’s odd when a tiny site with no tech genius behind the wheel can offer up thousands of videos without issue, yet one of the largest TV operations in the country employing hundreds if not thousands of technical wizards can’t offer up a single video.