Oh joy the death doc is on and it’s all universal health care

6:35 a.m. She now comments on how 90% of the health budget goes for the last year of life, she doesn’t come out and say kill em, she says “ration” translated, let em die.

6:45 a.m. We are apparently idiots for not having the lousy Canadian or British health care system.

6:50 a.m. These people are really anxious to spend my money. If Scarborough wants to run for the senate in Florida, his primary opponent just had his ad made for him.

6:52 a.m. Apparently since we can’t make fun of Obama we now go back to Clinton.

had to take a kid to school no vacation due to the storms in December.

7:41 a.m. What congress has inherited? How many years has Cummings been in congress?

7:55 a.m. Winslet apparently has a normal life. That speaks well for her.

8:08 a.m. Joe on Roland Burris: “When they talk like that, they’re gone”.

8:10 a.m. Joe & Pat: It’s going to be a tough year for Dem’s in 2010. That didn’t take long.

8:13 a.m. Assume that everything you put up is seen by everyone. That is good advice.

8:15 a.m. All about the get a life brigade

8:36 a.m. Better advice has never been given PAY DOWN THE MORTGAGE!

8:38 a.m. You don’t have any money you can’t invest in the stock market.

8:41 a.m. Suzie Orman always annoyed me but on credit cards etc she is dead on today. Keep her on finance and off of social issues and she is pretty good.

Liz Fairley comments on Australians who choose to live in areas vulnerable to fire:

…to inhabit the bush, especially as climate change takes hold, is to make yourself fuel.

Certainly, we should feel compassion. And certainly, there should be regulations. Quite probably there should be more assiduous back-burning. But to blame green policies – to cull already endangered shark species, to reduce tree cover – is to blame nature for human folly.

Liam Sheahan might disagree she goes on:

Some have to live in bush, or swim at dusk. But bush suburbs and forested hamlets are voluntary, designed for the illusion of paradise on earth. It works, too, like any bubble, until it doesn’t.

Tim Blair contrasts her suggestion to avoid one voluntary life threatening risk to the numbers on a different one:

So they should live elsewhere; make different “lifestyle choices”. Farrelly is dismissive of tactics (“Cut the trees! Burn the undergrowth!”) that would reduce the risk of living in the country, preferring that people simply live elsewhere, contrary to their preferences.

Yet more than 6700 people died of AIDS in Australia from the beginning of the epidemic until mid-2007 – a far greater number than were killed in bushfires during the same period. Imagine if Farrelly had written in 1989 that those at risk of AIDS should stop being gay (“To inhabit the bath houses, especially as AIDS takes hold, is to make yourself HIV positive”). Instead, sensibly, medical and social solutions were sought (“Kill the virus! Use the condoms!”) in order to preserve human freedom and human lives.

Funny how numbers can put some things in perspective.

You’ve just gotta love Christopher Hitchens.

Christopher Hitchens is currently in Beirut sponsored by the same group that owns that crap NOW Lebanon. He got in a few nights ago and surprisingly went out drinking. On his way out of the bar he saw an SSNP poster and wrote on it “F*** the SSNP”. There just happened to be some SSNP thugs near by–most likely asking people for their ID, and most likely to no avail–and saw him write on the poster and kicked his ass. He is still walking with a limp.

Abu Muqawama says he’s confirmed the story. The SSNP is, of course, a Hezbollah ally that advocates a Syrian anschluss of Lebanon (and Israel, natch). Consider Hitch a minor martyr to the cause of the Cedar Revolution here.

Muqawama thinks he’s a fool:

Look, it’s widely known that since the May 2008 events the SSNP guys have behaved like thugs in Hamra (where the ass-kicking took place). But seriously, would you roll into East L.A. and start writing over gang signs? I mean, is that smart? C’mon, Brother Hitchens, we’re rootin’ for you, but have a little walkin’ around sense.

Ace says details are wrong so we will have to see.

Atheist smatheist; this guy has guts and honor. He’s certainly no Robert Fisk. It will take more than a beating to stop him from saying what he thinks.

Update: Ace has the scoop:

Hitch and two others were out on some or such errand. One guy was just telling Hitchens that the Syrian Nazi party had little support in the country but was paid by Syria to kill people, and that he’d been told they’re the one party you don’t fuck with.

So five minutes later they come across the poster for the Syrian Nazi Party on an abandoned bagel shop — abandoned, if I had this right, after Hezballah had attacked it last year due to the overly Jewish connotations of bagelry.

So Hitchens immediately takes out a pen and writes “No, no, Fuck You” on the poster. I don’t know if he’d digested the story and decided to fuck with them anyway, or else he was just reacting to the modified swastika on the poster.

Not quite Gandhi not getting off the train but still gutsy.

Well, when this Syrian Nazi goon saw Hitch do this, he confronted him and kinda-sorta attacked him. I say kinda sorta attacked, because what his main intent was was to delay Hitchens from leaving — until the ten Nazi goons he had just texted on his cell phone could arrive.

There was some kicking and pulling and hitting. Hitch and the others attempted to get into a cab — the Syrian Nazi goon got right in the cab with them, still hitting Hitchens. They could not force him out. Eventually they all exited, and attempted to get a fresh cab, but other cabbies were now hip to the fact the Syrian Nazis had been riled and wanted no business from them, so two cabs passed refusing their fare.

Now at this point the ten Nazi goons showed up (about five minutes into this– they came quickly) and Hitch and the other two were probably going to get the crap beaten out of them, at best. However, they finally managed to get a cabbie who was either brave or didn’t know the trouble he was getting into and got in, this time without the goon, and left the other ten behind.

My favorite line of the entire piece is this:

(I’m not saying he didn’t get drunk– just not then.)

Ace had held off posting this, he was going to wait till they were outta there but the word is out so what are you gonna do?

Update 2: Hotair updates too

(Update 4: Major update here.)

People seemed to have their knickers in twist over the Nancy Pelosi’s meeting with the pope. It reminds me of Christopher Hitchens over Mother Teresa’s willingness to meet less than fully savory characters. So the result from the meeting produces no surprise to me:

Pope Benedict XVI on Wednesday told U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, a Catholic who supports abortion rights, that Catholic politicians have a duty to protect life “at all stages of its development,” the Vatican said.

Pelosi is the first top Democrat to meet with Benedict since the election of Barack Obama, who won a majority of the Catholic vote despite differences with the Vatican on abortion.

The Vatican released remarks by the pope to Pelosi, saying Benedict spoke of the church’s teaching “on the dignity of human life from conception to natural death.” That is an expression often used by the pope when expressing opposition to abortion.

Benedict said all Catholics—especially legislators, jurists and political leaders—should work to create “a just system of laws capable of protecting human life at all stages of its development.”

Part of the job description of any Catholic Priest is to welcome but correct sinners. This is what the pope has done and don’t underestimate the effect even a gentle in person correction by the pope can have if there is any spark of Catholic left in the system. Continue reading “How about that, the pope acting like…The Pope”

6:02 a.m. The Bill Clinton quote wouldn’t have happened on my watch.

6:03 a.m. Where is congress on the list asks Barnicle? All agree. I say where is Frank and Dodd?

6:05 a.m. The drunken finance minister who was featured in news you can’t use has resigned. The power of Willie is established internationally.

6:12 a.m. These people are not serious about the bill. Spend a weekend and read the bill before voting.

6:32 a.m. We aren’t all Kenyans and we will see how it all works out.

6:34 a.m. What did get us out of the depression? Unemployment mixed bag, Politically successful, WWII military Kenyans’

6:41 a.m. Joe: We can’t grow if we don’t make things. What constitutes making things?

7:05 a.m. Joe: We have brought back the welfare state

7:36 a.m. Interesting take on history and the responsibilities of wealth by Mika’s father Dr. Brzezinski.

7:41 a.m. Brzezinski: We must define our goals narrowly in both Afghanistan and Pakistan.

7:49 a.m. Pat: Will Obama be able to stop an attack on Israel? Brzezinski: The Iranians can’t hit Israel, they can take revenge on us. My take, Israel isn’t going to die just to please the Obama administration.

8:10 a.m. Pick on the Germans’ day, the we can’t win caucus seems to be in session.

8:25 a.m. New York times making money off the Obama election well they have to raise revenue somehow, maybe they can make their own coins.

8:29 a.m. The New York Times is doing well, pay no attention to the layoffs or the stock value plunge.

8:39 a.m. The Axelrods have much more important things on their minds than politics. Epilepsy

8:52 a.m. You can see the doctor just wants to recommend Abortion but can’t bring herself to do so on the air.

6:12 a.m. We are re-defining bi-partisan apparently to the state of Maine

6:14 a.m Joe says its ok if it whats to do that but don’t play the game.

6:16 a.m. I’m not going to be the sap says Obama, As I’ve pointed out we are instead

6:21 a.m. Sen Burris: The Senator from Morning Joe

6:31 a.m. Thanks to Frank’s act whenever Mrs. Clinton goes on a trip as Sec of State I smile.

6:41 a.m. It’s now all about the elections of 2010

6:58 a.m. Not a bad list but where are Cleveland and Polk on the top. Dead right about Buchanan my list is here. You can tell that historians wrote this rather than pundits. My list here

7:10 a.m. You know when Willie is given the chance to be serious he’s pretty good.

7:28 a.m. Obama mania in Japan oh joy, can they have him?

7:30 a.m. Andrea Mitchel even when she is 10,000 miles away I can’t avoid her.

7:53 a.m. Saving money by buying new presses who woulda thunk it?

Mass for My Uncle this morning that will do it for Joe today.

Last month I wrote this:

Until the Governor is removed or the laws changed he has the right to appoint a replacement, absent evidence of wrongdoing it is legal and should stand.

It is a bit distasteful but there are many things in life that are distasteful. Of course if evidence is presented that there is something corrupt in this appointment then the senate can take action but for now the law is what it is.

Well now that we have some evidence it will be up to the senate to decide if there is some there there.

I think one of the reasons why our friends on the left seem to have a rose colored look at the world is their perception of the White House.

We’ve had the American president, We’ve had Dave, and we’ve had the West wing and let me tell you. You have people who actually think that our democratic friends are riding white horses to save the world.

They see Barak as all of those people in all of those roles and are willing to buy what is being sold.

I once asked if Obama was Pumpsie Green, apparently he is Pumpsie Green with Scott Boras as his agent.

Mark Steyn gets to the heart of the matter concerning the head of a TV network out to combat the negative public image of Muslims who has beheaded his wife in Buffalo:

Look at the late Aasiya Hassan, beautifully coiffed, glossy-lipped. On countless occasions since 9/11, I’ve found myself at lunch or dinner in New York, London, Washington, Paris or some other western city, sitting next to a modern Muslim woman like Mrs Hassan telling me how horrified she is at how hijabs and burqas, honor killings and genital mutilation, forced cousin marriages and the disproportionate number of Muslim wives in European battered women’s shelters, how all these have come to define Muslim womanhood in the 21st century. Yet Aasiya Hassan ended up no differently

That bottom line is whole point. Apparently the national media sees no story here however.

Update: The Reclusive Leftist asks where the blogisphere is on this story. Well the right side of it is present and reporting for duty.

Update 2: Glenn Reynolds nails it:

HEADLESS BODY in Legless Story. If a Mormon had done this, it would be all over the news. Or a Baptist.