Friday, May 01, 2009

Free market enterprise vs. government bureaucracy

(Via the Drudge Report)

A Washington state biosurveillance firm raised the first warning about a possible outbreak of swine flu in Mexico more than two weeks before the World Health Organization offered its initial alert about a public health emergency of international concern.

So we could have had a 2 week jump on a response to this epidemic if government bureaucrats had listened to the people at Veratect, a for-profit company that says it "...provides the earliest detection of emerging threats to human, animal and plant life while empowering corporations, government organizations, NGOs and global citizens with trusted, timely and actionable information."?

So do you have to wonder why I don't support government healthcare?

Allow me to suggest a solution

In a major victory for the Wake County school system, the state Supreme Court has given school officials the authority to assign students to year-round schools without the permission of their parents.


So, does this make me a mutant?

I'm a night owl--no bones about it. Left to my own devices, I'll stay up until about 4 AM and sleep until noon. The only way I can comfortably maintain a "normal" schedule is be on the Pacific coast somewhere (which isn't going to happen, since my belief system seems to be in direct conflict with the majority of those folks).

Now I find out that it's all in my head. Figures.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Oh, to be Politically Correct

(Via the Drudge Report)

So, who do you want to piss off--pig farmers or Mexicans?

Janet "The military is full of right wing extremists!" Napolitano votes against calling our latest disease bogyman "swine flu", because it might hurt pork producers (no, not Congress--farmers). The Israelis, being Jewish, don't do pork, so they want to call it the "Mexican Flu".

Me? I just want some popcorn, a big glass of sweet tea and a comfy chair. This is going to be *very* entertaining.

The Crash

(Via the Drudge Report)

Not of the economy or of population, but of The Obama:

When the Obama administration crashes and burns, with approval ratings that fall through the floor, political scientists can trace its demise to its first hundred days. While Americans are careful not to consign a presidency they desperately need to succeed to the dustbin of history, the fact is that this president has moved — on issue after issue — in precisely the opposite direction of what the people want him to do.

Dick Morris provides links to a number of polls from a number of pollsters to show that the Obama administration is moving in directions that directly oppose what people say they want in and from their government. This story is being missed in light of the Big O's personal popularity, which is so high it disguises all potential problems.

Eventually, people are going to get over their moment of adoration, and figure out that Obama and his team are screwing the country up on such a gargantuan scale that it may well be unfixable. When they figure that out, well...I wouldn't want to be a Democrat, or maybe even a politician.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

The Obama administration arrogant?

(Via Drudge)

Say it ain't so.

Chrysler--a worker-owned collective?

FOXNNews is reporting that "The UAW reached a deal over the weekend that would give it a 55 percent stake in the company and assurances over issues like health care. " "The company" is Chrysler.

I was driving a bit ago, and Rush Limbaugh is just fuming over this. Me? Not so much.

Some of the creditors are getting out with some cash. The union gets "majority control". The majority of nothing is...nothing. When the UAW gets finished, there will be less than nothing, and the UAW will have wound up shooting themselves in the foot (or other convenient body part).

Looks kind of like a win-win to me.

Well--the truth from a politician

Arlyn Specter, (RINO-PA), announces officially what we already knew--he's a Democrat.

A lot of people are going to hyperventilate at this, but I'm not. Yes, it moves the Dems closer to a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate. However, they had that anyway, seeing as Specter, always one who wanted to be perceived as an "independent voice in the Senate", voted against conservative principles time after time (as in, he voted with the Dems).

Now that the GOP doesn't have to worry about keeping Specter in the fold, they may grow a pair (unlikely, I know) and actually get someone with some solid conservative credentials to run for that seat.

(Yes, I know Pat Toomey isn't perfect. He's a little too socially conservative for my taste, but as many before me have said, Mr. Perfect isn't running. Toomey has good pro-gun and pro-business creds, and I can go with that. If the Republicans are smart, they will too.)

Sunday, April 26, 2009

As if we need something else to watch

It seems that the CDC is in a bit of a tizzy about the swine flu.

Myself, I can't make up my mind on just how concerned to be. This could be another flash in the pan (I'm old enough to remember the last swine flu scare), or this could be the pandemic we've been waiting for--the one that brings the world's population down a few percent.

For now, it's the watchful waiting thing. Two resources I'm going to use for now are this Google Map, and following @CDCEmergency on Twitter. I'm not sure that the Twitter account is actually the CDC, but it's got a good selection of news tweeting across it, so I'm going with it.

I'm not sure how useful the legacy media is going to be on this, but I'm keeping an eye there as well.

Don't forget the old advice about avoiding those who are doing the Sir Hack-and-Sneeze-A-Lot routine and washing those hands. It's also good advice to avoid putting your hands in your mouth, nose or eyes as well--mucous membranes are wonderful breeding environments for all sorts of bugs, including flue viruses.

More on the subject as it's warranted.

(Edit 1830: Another resource (via Twitter). Healthmap allows you to map not only swine flu, but all kinds of disease outbreaks.)

Yes We Can! Have open and transparent government

Unless, of course, we're talking about a highly divisive and unpopular pet project that we want to ram through without debate in the name of solving an alleged crisis.

Yes, health care "reform" has reared its ugly head again. Make no mistake folks, the new regime in Washington will stop at nothing in their quest to get their way. They're smarter than we are, and will do anything to prove it.

Including driving this country to utter ruin.