Saturday, November 14, 2009

Political Spectrum Quiz - Try It!

My Political Views
I am a left social libertarian
Left: 7.04, Libertarian: 5.38

Political Spectrum Quiz

Check out some other data here.

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Meeping Marklars!


Don't know what it means? Don't worry -- most people over the age of 22 don't either.

A school principal
threatens to suspend students who mimic a Muppet character.

But the nonsense word -- which apparently started with the 1980s Muppet character Beaker -- is causing a lot of teeth-gnashing for adults at one Massachusetts high school. They have gone so far as to threaten suspension for students caught meeping.

Now the police and lawyers are involved. From Jonathan Turley:

After reading the recent publications over the decision of the principal of Danvers High School banning students from saying the word “Meep,” Entertainment lawyer Theodora Michaels decided to act and wrote a letter using the four-letter word to Principal Thomas Murray, who comes across as a high school version of Dean Vernon Wormer from Animal House. She was immediately reported to the police for investigation by the school.

The comments at FARK are worth a look: "He embiggened this problem by using a very non-cromulent solution."

When marklars attempt to restrict the marklars of young marklars, all marklar can break out. If you keep a cool marklar when all about you marklars are losing their marklar you can achieve your marklar and set a good marklar for the young marklars. Marklar!

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Monday, October 26, 2009

Which Religion is for You? Handy-dandy Flow Chart.

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From Holy Taco

This should clear up any lingering questions.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Noble Peace Prize - From the Future?

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Terminatrix, the REAL reason President Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize?

Comic by Jen Sorensen at SlowpokeComics.

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Saturday, October 10, 2009

Outrage - HBO Documentary

They fight against same-sex marriage, AIDS research and adoption by gay parents. But are they fighting themselves? This eye-opening film explores the disturbing phenomenon of allegedly closeted gay politicians who vote down pro-gay legislation--and get a free pass from the media. Probing the hidden lives of some of the country's most powerful policymakers, the film examines how these politicians may have betrayed the confidence of American voters by denying the truth about themselves...and how the media has been complicit in keeping these secrets. (R) (AC,AL)

The hypocrisy on display is jaw-dropping. Please plan to watch.

Check listings, yada, yada.

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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Sailing San Diego Bay

Last Sunday I was sailing on San Diego Bay with visiting family.

A good time was had by all.

Catch you later.....

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Music So Good It Makes You Go D'oh!

Roy will be to me, always, the original man in black.

k.d. Well, what a voice. No words.

The pairing: priceless

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Friday, September 18, 2009

Dancing with the Czars - Alternate Reality Boogie

Can't wait for SNL News this week.

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Saturday, September 12, 2009

Photos of the 9/12 Teabaggers

Confederate flags. Old, fat white folks scared by fearmongers. Kids too young to know what's what. Naked, blatant racism. Creationist loons. Flat-earthers. You know, morons. Glenn's fan base in all its glory.

More photos from the DC rally here.

And visit The Political Carnival for even more.

Doesn't seem to be the crowd we were told to expect, eh?

Catch you later.....

UPDATE: Even more here, H/T to BlueGal.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Liberalism Defined - Ted Kennedy

Great editorial cartoon by David Horsey at the Seattle Post Intellegencer.

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Sunday, August 16, 2009

Dear Mr. President

My email to the President:

After 35+ years as a health care provider, I want to let you know that I am strongly in favor of single-payer.

And now I hear you are about to cede the Public Option to the children who holler the loudest.

Shame on you, sir, shame.

This is, in the end, a National Security issue.

Be strong, do the right thing, you'll have no regrets.

Let us down, your re-election and the election of real Democrats becomes much less likely.

And we, as a nation, cannot afford to return to the policies of those who have robbed the middle-class blind, lied us into war, broken the law, diminished our world standing, trampled on the Constitution and turned us, one against the other, for their own selfish gain.

You were elected, by us, to do a job, as a man of principle.

Stand up for those principles, fight the good fight and we're with you.

Lead, sir, for god sake, lead.

Respectfully, M. Z. (

I asked for a reply. If received, it will be posted.

I'm pretty pissed right now.

And I can assure you, tomorrow will bring our clinic more battles with those greedy bastards at the insurance companies, their minimum wage claim deniers and the for-profit bureaucrats that pay them to give the subscriber and provider the least they can legally get away with.

I wonder how hard it is to learn Danish?

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Saturday, August 15, 2009

World's Smallest Political Quiz

Short and sweet. Try it.

Must be accurate. Thinks I'm a liberal. Duh.

"LIBERALS usually embrace freedom of choice in personal matters, but tend to support significant government control of the economy. They generally support a government-funded "safety net"to help the disadvantaged, and advocate strict regulation of business. Liberals tend to favor environmental regulations, defend civil liberties and free expression, support government action to promote equality, and tolerate diverse lifestyles."

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National Health Insurance - Harry Truman's Most Bitter Disappointment

"In my message to the Congress of September 6, 1945, there were enumerated in a proposed Economic Bill of Rights certain rights which ought to be assured to every American citizen.

One of them was: "The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health." Another was the "right to adequate protection from the economic fears of . .. sickness ...."

"...We should resolve now that the health of this Nation is a national concern; that financial barriers in the way of attaining health shall be removed; that the health of all its citizens deserves the help of all the Nation. " (see Truman Library)

Truman later wrote: “Democracy thrives on debate and political differences. But I had no patience with the reactionary selfish people and politicians who fought year after year every proposal we made to improve the people’s health. I have had some bitter disappointments as President, but the one that has troubled me most, in a personal way, has been the failure to defeat the organized opposition to a national compulsory health-insurance program. . . . The vast majority of the people have no such organized voice speaking for them.” (Alliance for Democracy)

64 years and counting. This is ridiculous and I've had enough. I'm mad as hell and we shouldn't have to take this anymore.

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Compare and Contrast

We had a patient in our clinic last week fuming about the government "taking over" healthcare.

He was quite worked up about it. Had all the talking points down pat.

When he left we proceeded to E-bill his insurance: Medicare and TriCare.

Clueless much?

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Bertrand Russell Nails It

"The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt."

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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Glenn Beck's Boyhood Dreams by Calvin and Hobbs

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Yup, seems about right.

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Monday, August 3, 2009

Why the Public Option Sucks...

From Farleftside (found on Reddit)

Sounds about right to me.

Sorry to have been gone so long. I've been hiking the 'ole Appalachian Trail.

Did I miss anything?

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

We Have a Winner! Omaha was the answer.

Picture taken at the College World Series.

The world's largest geodesic dome in the background is the "Desert" attraction at the Henry Doorly Zoo.

My sister is astonishing in the lead of "Gypsy" at the Omaha Community Playhouse.

And of course, the pic in the last post is of my fave restaurant in the world, fondly referred to locally as "The Bohunk".

Good job, arsby!

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Sunday, June 14, 2009

Guess Where I Am !

Been on the road, sorry for the lax posting.

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Sunday, May 31, 2009

Triumph should have been given the Meet the Press gig!

"Carl Rove has trained you well." LOL

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Sunday, May 24, 2009

Saturday, May 23, 2009

The Problem with Health Care Reform - Jim Morin

The influence of the vested interests will kill reform unless we holler loud enough.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Access Denied: My experience at my local precinct.

State Media and Public Access to Polling Places

Note: This chart lists state laws regulating media and public access to polling places. In practice, access may vary significantly from
jurisdiction to jurisdiction.


Only poll workers and voters actively engaged in voting may be within the voting booth area, but members of the public may be in the polling place to observe provided they do not interfere with the voting process.

Observers may ask poll workers questions regarding election procedures so long as they do not distract them from their duties.

Voters may not be photographed, videotaped or filmed entering or exiting a polling place or within a polling place without their explicit permission.

Some counties and jurisdictions have different regulations but the state policy regarding media and pollsters requires them to be at least 25 feet from the polling place before speaking to voters. 35 (emphasis mine.)

So, I voted today. At lunchtime, here at the old "Branch Cascadian" compound. (Don't ask.)

Bad day at work, but at the end I thought I would visit the clubhouse where the voting was taking place to ask the nice young man I had seen earlier how the turn-out had been, what impressions he might have formed, etc. (He seemed progressive.) I said I had a little blog and just wanted to report about one small slice of the vote. It was 30 or so minutes before the polls closed.

Well, another poll worker, a fellow "Branch Cascadian" got her damn panties in a twist and she and another of the ladies behind the cafeteria tables demanded I leave. Some weird guy with a ton of 3G gear got busy on the phone.

I managed to exchange e-mail addresses with the seemingly nice young man before I was hounded out. As I left, it seemed that my answer to her inquiry, "What blog?" pissed her off further.

I went home, changed out of my work clothes, and walked back down to the clubhouse/polling place, popping in the back (unlocked) door at precisely 8:02pm. I felt like trying again.

Well, you would have thought some felony was being committed. It was "polls are closed" this and "clubhouse is closed" that (by now they had the compound manager involved in the effort to keep me from observing). My god, you'd have thought I was subverting the whole vote, for fuck sake. At no time did I interfere with the voting procedures or the duties of any poll worker.

I reminded our commandant and the objecting poll workers and anyone in listening distance that I, as a citizen, a voter and especially as a disabled Veteran, had a right to observe. The G3 phone guy ran for the hills as I was hounded out by little old ladies for the second time.

Didn't seem worth it any more.

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Monday, May 18, 2009

USA wastes more on health care bureaucracy than it would cost to provide health care to all of the uninsured

The U.S. wastes more on health care bureaucracy than it would cost to provide health care to all of the uninsured. Administrative expenses will consume at least $399.4 billion out of total health expenditures of $1,660.5 billion in 2003. Streamlining administrative overhead to Canadian levels would save approximately $286.0 billion in 2003, $6,940 for each of the 41.2 million Americans who were uninsured as of 2001. This is substantially more than would be needed to provide full insurance coverage....

...Only a single payer national health insurance system could garner these massive administrative savings, allowing universal coverage without any increase in total health spending. Because incremental reforms necessarily preserve the current fragmented and duplicative payment structure they cannot achieve significant bureaucratic savings....


In 2003 the U.S. will spend $399.4 billion ($1,389 per capita) on health bureaucracy, out of total expenditures of $1660.5 billion ($5,775 per capita). The states could save $286.0 billion dollars in 2003 if they streamlined administration to Canadian levels by adopting a single-payer national health insurance system. The potential savings are equivalent to at least $6,940 for each of the 41.6 million Americans uninsured in 2001.

These potential administrative savings are far higher than recent estimates of the cost of covering the uninsured. For instance researchers from The Urban Institute estimate that covering all of America's uninsured with an "average" private insurance policy would cost $69 billion annually (Hadley and Holahan, Health Affairs, May/June, 2003). Thus, the $286.0 billion in administrative savings could cover all of the uninsured, with $217 billion left over to upgrade coverage for Americans who are currently under-insured - e.g. to offer first dollar drug coverage to seniors.

At our clinic, we spend fully 60+% of our non-physician hours just trying to make sense of the mess that is the American Health Insurance system. I've been griping about this for years.

When I think of all the good the wasted dollars could do, I get just a wee bit PISSED OFF!

Many of the doctors I know are finally coming around on the issue of single payer.

Why can't the pols see enormous upside to a national public system?

Mr. Obama, why is Single Payer off the table?

I gotta go cool down.

Catch you later.....

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Frank Rich details some real creepiness

From Frank Rich at the New York Times:

...These cover sheets greeted Bush each day with triumphal color photos of the war headlined by biblical quotations. GQ is posting 11 of them, and they are seriously creepy.

Take the one dated April 3, 2003, two weeks into the invasion, just as Shock and Awe hit its first potholes. Two days earlier, on April 1, a panicky Pentagon had begun spreading its hyped, fictional account of the rescue of Pvt. Jessica Lynch to distract from troubling news of setbacks. On April 2, Gen. Joseph Hoar, the commander in chief of the United States Central Command from 1991-94, had declared on the Times Op-Ed page that Rumsfeld had sent too few troops to Iraq. And so the Worldwide Intelligence Update for April 3 bullied Bush with Joshua 1:9: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Including, as it happened, into a quagmire.)

What’s up with that? As Draper writes, Rumsfeld is not known for ostentatious displays of piety. He was cynically playing the religious angle to seduce and manipulate a president who frequently quoted the Bible. But the secretary’s actions were not just oily; he was also taking a risk with national security. If these official daily collages of Crusade-like messaging and war imagery had been leaked, they would have reinforced the Muslim world’s apocalyptic fear that America was waging a religious war. As one alarmed Pentagon hand told Draper, the fallout “would be as bad as Abu Ghraib.”

Rumsfeld would waterboard Jesus if he thought it would serve his purposes.

Read the whole thing if you have a strong stomach.

How did these bozos get the keys to the castle in the first place?

How did my country sink so low?

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Saturday, May 16, 2009

This One's for Bluegal

Found this while surfing Reddit. BG, can I interest you in some Sushi?

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Obamaha, my old home town

From Daily Kos:

One could make a pretty compelling argument that the biggest upset of 2008 at the presidential level, bigger than even the Obama victory in Indiana, was the fact that Barack Obama stole an electoral vote from John McCain in, of all places, Nebraska.

I'm pretty proud of my peeps. And now there's more:

Tuesday night, the Democratic Party, and the voters of Omaha, made it clear that Obama's surprise single electoral vote in Nebraska was not an isolated incident.

Democrat Jim Suttle, a city councilman, scored the narrow win over former Republican mayor Hal Daub. Suttle won 50.7% of the vote, to Daub's 48.7% of the vote.

...In the same election, voters elected a city council that will, for the first time in two decades, have a Democratic majority. Four of the city's seven council seats went to Democrats.

Back in the dark ages (my high school years, the 60's), Omaha was a Democratic stronghold, albeit of the Prendergast variety. Irish catholic mayors (vote Quimby!), Italian catholic council members, career bureaucrats, police, etc. The spirit of Jack and Bobby was strong.

We picketed the hell out of George Wallace, demanded an end to war, protested the pants off Nixon, cheered like crazy for Gene McCarthy and gave the '68 primary to Bobby.

And then all hell broke loose, Nixon scared the crap out of the suburbs and Omaha went over to the Dark Side.

Well, as has been said, and this, too, shall pass. Congratulations, Obamaha, you've made a native son very proud.

Catch you later.....

(P.S. I'll be sure to congratulate them when I'm 'back home' next month to see the College World Series, be with my father on Father's Day, visit a couple of favorite eateries, and see my sister in the title role of Gypsy at the Omaha Community Playhouse. Way to go, Judy!)