July 08, 2009

Healthcare reform : No, I don't think I'll help you at all.

Blue Cross Blue Shield sent out an email asking people to contact their Rep in Congress and ask them to vote against the public option. Because they can't compete with a well run government program. Send them an email by clicking here and let them know that you hate them more than you fear the bogeyman of a government run healthcare program.

Steve over at Who's Playin' graciously rewrote the letter...

Dear sucker, we very much like colluding with our "competitors" in Texas to bleed you dry for every last dollar you can possibly part with in exchange for our health insurance.

We've been doing this a long time, and we have it down to an art. If the government gets involved in competing with us, we won't be able to keep jacking up your rates each year, even though you're not getting any healthier. We're scared they may do such a good job, that you and your employer will give us the finger.

Flatly put, we can't stand real competition, so we would like to take the opportunity to simultaneously intimidate you and induce fear, uncertainty, and doubt to convince you that you really don't want the reforms you thought you wanted. We would also like you to contact your Member of Congress so that they can go to town hall meetings this summer and claim that you already like your expensive health care plan.

Please ask your Represenative to vote for a plan that throws money at companies like ours to offer our same crappy product to everyone. (As long as this "everyone" only consists of healthy young single people with no children or pre-existing conditions, or a uterus.

Also, if there's a way that we could wiggle out of those pesky state regulations that require us to cover conditions that our marketing people don't know how to sell insurance for, we would like that too.

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February 19, 2009

You SUCK : George Will Edition

George Will says some stupid things and rarely knows what he's talking (or writing) about. He's been doing it literally for years, but we'll get to that later.

Recently, he penned a piece in the WaPo that got picked up by the Statesman about how global warming is a bunch of BS based on some really awesome anecdotal evidence that in some cases, when you dig a little deeper, is taken out of context and actually supports global warming.

I especially love the Julian Simon story in Will's piece, mostly because I love Simon. However, as usual, Will completely misses the point of Simon's work and the bet. The bet was more broadly about mankind's ability to fix problems and grow around constraints. In a similar vein, I'll make George a little bet... in 10 years, the environment will be cleaner than it is now and we will probably have found a way to reduce the carbon load in the atmosphere. This won't be because global warming isn't a very real problem... it'll be because we have the capacity to fix the damage we've done. If only we'll ignore the idiots like Will who are tragically incapable of realizing the frailty of the environment.

Oh, and as for getting things wrong, there's this...

Jonathan Schwarz has this awesome story about Will from Noam Chomsky. The persistent lying and lack of accountability may sound familiar to you.

CHOMSKY: [A] few years ago George Will wrote a column in Newsweek called "Mideast Truth and Falsehood," about how peace activists are lying about the Middle East, everything they say is a lie. And in the article, there was one statement that had a vague relation to fact: he said that Sadat had refused to deal with Israel until 1977. So I wrote them a letter, the kind of letter you write to Newsweek—you know, four lines—in which I said, "Will has one statement of fact, it's false; Sadat made a peace offer in 1971, and Israel and the United States turned it down." Well, a couple days later I got a call from a research editor who checks facts for the Newsweek "Letters" column. She said: "We're kind of interested in your letter, where did you get those facts?" So I told her, "Well, they're published in Newsweek, on February 8, 1971"—which is true, because it was a big proposal, it just happened to go down the memory hole in the United States because it was the wrong story. So she looked it up and called me back, and said, "Yeah, you're right, we found it there; okay, we'll run your letter." An hour later she called again and said, "Gee, I'm sorry, but we can't run the letter." I said, "What's the problem?" She said, "Well, the editor mentioned it to Will and he's having a tantrum; they decided they can't run it." Well, okay.

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January 09, 2009

Sen. Carona votes TOLL?

It's funny how well we remember the halcyon days of the 2007 session when the Lege passed 792, the TTC/Toll moratorium that really wasn't a moratorium. We told people then it wasn't a moratorium. What we didn't know until later was that the Stall's of Corridor Watch and Linda Curtis of Independent Texans were the folks behind the scenes who sold so many out. And they're good friend? Sen. John Carona.

Now, we're still being nice (well, maybe not so much to the Stall's and Linda Curtis, three of the dumbest, most politically inept people in the universe) so we're going to give the Senator from North Dallas the benefit of the doubt on this.

Oh, what the hell? Why not just call Sen. Carona the next Ric Williamson. He and his buddy Deirdre have decided that time is getting short and the money spigot from the privatization companies is about to dry up.

What I can't, for the life of me, understand is why the FUCK you would extend these contracts if they're so harmful? I'm a smart guy, why not just explain it, Senator? I mean, the guys over at EOW are hella smart and THEY don't get it either.

So explain it. While we're still being nice. And no, John, the Stall's can't help you. Not anymore.

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November 17, 2008

You SUCK : Sen. Richard Shelby edition

PhotobucketOn Bloomberg Sen. Richard Shelby, when asked if he would support forcing the automakers in Chapter 11 and having the Government carry the DIP, responded that if they went into bankruptcy, the bankruptcy judge would have "a lot of latitude".

Which did not, of course, ANSWER THE DAMN QUESTION. What's more, it was clear that he didn't even understand debtor in possession financing as part of a Chpt. 11 restructuring.

Can we please nuke Ala-fucking-bama? They produce too many stupid people and send the dumbest of the dumb to Washington.

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November 10, 2008

Al Edwards v2.0 vs Al Edwards v1.0

Meet the new Al Edwards. Same as the old Al Edwards.
Except this one is fatter.

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October 30, 2008

You SUCK : Governor Sanford (SC) Edition

PhotobucketSouth Carolina Governor Sanford spent Wednesday in Washington at hearings regarding another stimulus package. People on both sides agree one is needed to boost states and cities, mostly to rebuild crumbling infrastructure (which is, coincidentally, the single BEST thing you can do for commerce nationally) and to get consumer (and then business) confidence back up.

...House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee demonstrated bipartisan support for tens of billions of dollars for infrastructure projects such as highway construction, water and sewer projects and modernization of schools and public housing.

There, lawmakers and witnesses such as New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine, a Democrat, touted public works projects for both creating jobs and making the economy more efficient.

"Every billion dollars in spending on infrastructure, on highway and transportation expenditures does result in 35,000 new jobs," said Rep. John Mica, R-Fla.

I did say people agree but that's not really true. It was MOST EVERYONE on one side and Governor Sanford stupidly on the other. Sanford, it appears, has not had that stunning Come-To-Jesus moment where we all realize that we're not islands unto ourselves, no matter how much we love Ayn Rand.

"I'm here to beg of you not to approve or advance the contemplated $150 billion stimulus package," Sanford said. "This $150 billion salve may in fact further infect our economy with unnecessary government influence and unintended fiscal consequences."

By Sanford's count, the federal government has already pumped $2 trillion into the economy this year through a previous stimulus package, the financial services bailout, and rescue actions for specific firms.

After Paterson and Sanford offered heady arguments featuring quotes from noted economists and novelist Ayn Rand, the committee heard from another witness, Mayor Douglas Palmer of Trenton, N.J.

He had a much simpler message, quoting "that great poet John Lennon of the Beatles."

"Help!" the mayor said.

Would someone, please, take aside our ertswhile Realtor turned politician and explain to him that little actual money has been spent... and it's entirely probable that little actually will be spent before the markets recover?

You might also want to clue him into the fact that Rand just doesn't, you know, jive well with the real world. Where we live. You know the type of people who are obsessed with the overly simplistic Rand? People like this guy...
Who is apparently the next Governor from South Carolina.

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October 23, 2008

You SUCK : Albert Gonzales Edition

You may have heard that Albert Gonzales, who lost to Karen Huber in the Democratic Primary, decided to endorse Libertarian Wes Benedict. If you were one of the, like, 20 people who know who Albert Gonzales AND Wes Benedict are.

We at McBlogger would just like to let you all know we think sour grapes suck. And so does Albert Gonzales.

Karen DID beat you, Albert and she'll win the general. And you'll still be sitting there, sucking.

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