Death Panels Revisited – WSJ.com

In the wake of a “stealth regulation” end-run where the medicare guru (Dr. Berwick, who was recess-appointed in July 2010, thus bypassing Senate confirmation) approved end-of-life consultation payments in spite of it having been pulled from the Obamacare legislation I commented on that and now another thoughtful piece appears that bears consideration: Continue reading “Death Panels Revisited – WSJ.com”

Bertram Loop 28.5 miles — so much data, so little time

Click here to view the online dataset for Bertram Loop 28.5 miles at Garmin Connect

It’s just one of at least 3 places I save data from runs and rides.  The Garmin Forerunner 305 “sport watch” comes with it’s own software, then there is Sporttracks and its various add-ons that escalates the amount of data analysis and logging, and now this site. I had forgotten about Garmin Connect until Don Bynum posted a “like” on Facebook to another person’s track. Continue reading “Bertram Loop 28.5 miles — so much data, so little time”

Those who don’t know their history, are ….

A president steeped in history would have never pushed ObamaCare on so thin a reed of public approval. In the great movement of American history, Americans haven’t worshipped at the altar of charismatic leadership. They have been the most skeptical of peoples. They may have trusted several of their presidents through wars and economic downturns, but they have insisted on the wisdom of the public and on the ability of this republic of laws and institutions—and precedent—to see its way out of great dangers.

via Fouad Ajami: Obama’s Presidency Joins the Fray – WSJ.com.

Great article which succinctly explains so much about this president. It’s good analysis, not a political hatchet job.  It also explains a lot about this country and foretells something of what the next couple of years may look like. Continue reading “Those who don’t know their history, are ….”

Keeping own property = benefit per Pelosi. The arrogance!

(edited to add a resource below detailing the changes)

Firstly, about this “tax cut” bill.  It’s not a tax cut.  The fiscally responsible folks in Congress stopped a tax hike.  The irresponsible ones, those who have no idea of what makes the U.S. economy tick and care little about individual rights, were trying to hike your taxes.  But secondly, the pandering rhetoric about the estate tax is more pathetic than pandering.  The gall of the (almost) former Speaker talking about the concession NOT to gouge successful people with a draconian estate tax as if that was a “benefit” is the height of economic class-warfare! Continue reading “Keeping own property = benefit per Pelosi. The arrogance!”

How is that “no” word working out for you?

Darth Vader toy (Happy Meal)

Apparently for a California (where else) mother, not too well. She’s being used by a do-gooder organization in a stupid suit against McDonald’s that is all over the news.  I say just tell the brat “no” and be done with it.  Perhaps Darth Vader could be of assistance!  I guess it’s harder than it used to be: Continue reading “How is that “no” word working out for you?”

What is the importance of the ObamaCare court ruling?

So the issue is joined, and no doubt with historic consequences for American liberty. For most of the last century, the U.S. Supreme Court interpreted the Constitution’s Commerce Clause as so elastic as to allow any regulation desired by a Congressional majority. Only with the William Rehnquist Court did the Justices begin to rediscover that the Commerce Clause has some limits, as in the Lopez (1995) and Morrison (2000) cases. Continue reading “What is the importance of the ObamaCare court ruling?”

Internet disruption (Ddos) as civil disobedience re: Wikileaks

http://www.deannazandt.com/2010/12/12/legitimate-civil-disobedience-wikileaks-and-the-layers-of-backlash/ (the site continues to get many comments, some quite thoughtful).

Wikileaks aka Cablegate presents many questions including political, constitutional, legal and moral- – just to name a few. This thoughtful article examines several portions of those debates.

I predict that the generated discussions surrounding the fact of the leaks will surpass and long outlive the discussions of the leaks themselves.