Saturday, July 26, 2008

BOHICA

Well, it's all but a done deal--the Fiddlin' government is going to spend our tax money to bail out fools, thieves and greedy bastards. Of course, those of us who have been responsible through all of the housing bubble are going to take it in the shorts to pay for this--unless we can get overseas investors (you know, like the Chinese) to fund this by "investing" in Treasury bonds.

Lawrence Summers says that good old Fannie and Freddie are actually the cause of all this--in other words, the government's good intentions to encourage home ownership lead to the housing bubble. I believe that this action may well reinflate that bubble, leaving the pain to be felt even worse sometime down the road.

Folks, it looks like the clowns are juggling as hard as they can. When all the balls come crashing down, it's going to be a mess.

Best Internet Quote of the Day

Then again, increasingly, our Congress acts much like a junta, only with less efficiency and accountability.

This comes to you courtesy of Petronis, a commenter at Chaos Manor.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Major media biased? Say it can't be!

(Via the Drudge Report)

Even though those in the media swear (not on a stack of Bibles, of course) that they aren't biased, their private actions show differently. Like we couldn't have figured that out from the fawning media coverage of His Obamaness' European vacation....

Here at the Freehold, we're biased, and happy to admit it. You see, I'm not reporting news. I aggregate it, point out things I think are particularly interesting and comment about it. I blog things from my life that I think you might find entertaining if you share my interests. But I never try to sell what I do as reporting.

They do.

Think for yourself. Consider your sources of news carefully, and cross-check stories. Do you homework and don't get hoodwinked by anyone.

This public service announcement brought to you by The Freehold.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Well, since there's nothing serious worth blogging about...

(I mean, really. How often you you post on the subject of "Obama's a socialist bastard!")

How about some humor:

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Trade secrets

(Via FOXNews)

Reader's Digest offered two dozen doctors a chance to tell it like it really is, and general practitioners, surgeons, shrinks, pediatricians, and other specialists took the challenge. Some wanted to be anonymous; some didn't care. But all of them revealed funny, frightening, and downright shocking things that can help you be a better, smarter patient.

What follow that paragraph isn't funny, but it's an interesting look into the minds of the people who take care of us when we're sick. Two things really stood out for me.

The first was
Plan for a time when the bulk of your medical care will come from less committed doctors willing to work for much lower wages. Plan for a very impersonal and rushed visit during which the true nature of your problems will probably never be addressed and issues just under the surface will never be uncovered. --Vance Harris, MD
There you have it folks, from the horse's mouth. Even our doctors are expecting to be outsourced or replaced by H1B visa holders who will work for half the pay.

The second was
In many ways, doctors are held to an unrealistic standard. We are never, ever allowed to make a mistake. I don't know anybody who can live that way.--James Dillard, MD
Neither do I, but everyone who has ever had a doctor make a mistake, or sometimes simply disagreed with their doctor, thinks they have hit the medical malpractice lottery. Folks, the docs are human, and some of them work hours you'd never consider, in circumstances guaranteed to cause nightmares. They will make mistakes. Yeah, their mistakes can be fatal. So can an airline pilot's, but I've never heard of them being require to carry insurance against it.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Of all the things to be noticed for

On a lark, I decided to check the Sitemeter stats just now. 365 visitors today. Urk!? That's the better part of a week's visitation for me. So who's linked me?

Google's image search--to a picture of Artie Johnson in this post. Of all the reasons to get noticed....

Your Sunday Firepower Video

World War II in Greece--the Italian invasion:



You can find out a bit more about this period and the rest of World War II at A History of Greece.