Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Do you want what you need?

Problems afoot:
LEBANON, Pa. – Jeers and taunts drowned out Democrats calling for a health care overhaul at town halls Tuesday, and one lawmaker said a swastika was spray-painted at his office as debate turned to noisy confrontation over President Barack Obama's plan. The president himself was treated more respectfully.

"You'll be gone, by God the bureaucrats will still be here," one man told Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa., at a town hall in Lebanon, Pa.
It is utterly amazing how Americans constantly fight against their own self interests. "By Gawd I am an Amurrcan and I will fight the communists with mah guns!" For-profit bureaucrats that are employed by the insurance company already tell us what procedures we can and cannot have, bill us and our doctors exorbitant amounts, and require us to go through endless hoops to get what we need. At least, that's what happens for the healthy. If you're actually sick, or if you're ill/poor/unemployed/working class, chances are you probably are not able to have insurance.

So yeah, fine America, fight against health care. Who needs it?

What is the Bozo in Chief doing about this?
Obama answered his critics indirectly. At his town hall in Portsmouth, N.H., he urged Americans to ignore those who try to "scare and mislead the American people," telling a cordial audience, "For all the scare tactics out there, what is truly scary is if we do nothing."
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The passions of the crowd illustrated the problems for Democratic lawmakers around the country as they try to use the month long August recess to promote Obama's agenda. There's not a single plan to promote, which Specter later told reporters made his job harder, along with the complexity of the issue. The House bill is more than 1,000 pages.
Yeah, great, thanks for that. Have you brought any ideas to the table, or do you just one of those helpful guys that points out problems without offering solutions?

He's created a vacuum that has allowed the empty heads to thrive.
At a crowded community college in Pennsylvania, [Pennsylvania Senator Arlen] Specter heard from speaker after speaker who accused him of trampling on their constitutional rights, adding to the federal deficit or allowing government bureaucrats to take over health care.

"My children and grandchildren are going to pay for this," said another.

"One day God will stand before you and judge you!" shouted a man before security guards approached and he left the room.
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One woman tried to make it personal for Specter, alleging that the Democrats' plan would not provide care to a man in his 70s with cancer, like Specter had.

"You're here because of the plan we have now," she said.

Specter, 79, who has battled cancer twice since 2005, showed some heat at that.

"Well, you're just not right," he said. He called her claim a "vicious, malicious" rumor.
Actually, I think Specter, as a senator, had government health care. But let's not let logic get in the way of anger.

Is there a good way to wrap things up?
In Georgia, Democratic Rep. David Scott's staff arrived at his Smyrna, Ga., office outside Atlanta on Tuesday morning to find a large, black swastika spray-painted on a sign out front bearing his name. The vandalism occurred roughly a week after Scott was involved in a contentious argument over health care at a community meeting.

Scott, who is black, said he also has received mail in recent days that used N-word references to him and that characterized Obama as a Marxist.
Stay classy, America.

Monday, August 10, 2009

He died a gentleman

Robert E. Howard and H.P. Lovecraft shared numerous letters with each other, including one Howard wrote sometime in July of 1935. At the Museum of Fine Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Howard studied a painting called The Stoic by Joseph Henry Sharp. Howard wrote,
It portrayed a scene the artist had witnessed in Montana, many years before. An old Crow chief had word that his favorite son had died in Carlisle University; he killed the boy's horses, cut off their heads, gashed his back and fastened rawhide thongs into the raw flesh, and dragged those skulls all over the mountains all day long, to show that neither grief nor physical agony could shake his fortitude.
It seems like there must be an easier way to show how tough and resolute you are. I mean, sure, we've all thought about tying severed horse heads to some rope and attaching them to our skin with various hooks and pins, but we don't actually do that. Besides, what did the horses do to deserve that? Dragging various animal parts does less to show you are not affected by grief than you might think.

Howard goes on to write,
When the world cracks under a man's feet and the sky breaks and falls on his head, if he can clench his jaws and keep on his feet, and keep his head up, if for no other reason than the stubborn pride of fighting, then that's something, at least, and if he can't do that, he'd better blow his brains out, like a gentleman.
Sitting in a car on the morning of June 11, 1936, Howard put a .38 automatic to his head and pulled the trigger.