Saturday, January 02, 2010

And this is the medical care they want?

(Via Worldnet Daily)

Amy Carter, 15, pleaded with doctors not to send her home after spending two night at the Worcestershire Royal Hospital and even asked one "Am I going to die?"

According to her parents, the doctor allegedly replied: "Of course not, don't be silly - it's a nasty illness but it's certainly not life-threatening."

Amy died on Christmas Eve.

It won't be only old folks who die because of socialized medicine. No one will be safe--except for Congress, who is sure to be exempted.

Keep up the pressure

Because it's starting to work:

In a phone call Thursday, Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., urged South Carolina Republican Attorney General Henry McMaster, the head of a group of 13 GOP state attorneys general who are threatening to file a lawsuit against the Senate health care bill, to reconsider, Politico reported.

A Democratic senator from Nebraska who played a crucial role in getting health care legislation passed in the Senate last month has asked South Carolina's top attorney to "call off the dogs" -- a reference to the state official's threat to challenge the constitutionality of the bill.

Yeah, I bet that notion of being accountable for you actions is really starting to sting for those 60 senators. Well, senators, embrace the suck. We The People are tired of you and your power-fueled antics. We're going to bring you back to earth and see that you remember just who it is you work for.

And then, with a little luck and a lot of hard work, in a few months we're going to send you to the unemployment line and see how well you manage there.

*sniff* *sniff*

Do I smell something...musty? Dusty? Sort of an 'old' smell?

With the congressional GOP poised for a comeback in the 2010 midterm elections, Democrats are dusting off an old playbook, using George W. Bush as their boogeyman and castigating Republicans as cozy with Wall Street.

Now, the last time I checked, Bush has been out of office for almost a year and the Republicrats are no more or less buddies with the Wall Street crowd than the Democans. I thought the God King Obama was going to come in and wave his magic wand and fix everything?

Maybe he needs to get that mojo working, rather than letting it vacation in Hawaii. Or better yet, maybe the Democrats and the Republicans need to cowboy up, admit that it's the utterly bankrupt policies of both parties that have utterly bankrupted the country, and see if they can't start figuring a way out of this that doesn't include a return to living conditions approximating those of 17th century Europe.

Of course since that would involve admissions of guilt and incompetence, careful and reasoned thought, the setting aside of politics for the common good, tightening the ol' belt, ruthless cutting of pork and so on, it will never happen.

Stock up on shotguns and canned foods now!

Friday, January 01, 2010

"Did everybody just get these for Christmas?"

Beware of using your Christmas gift GPS until you're smart enough to learn the thing's limitations.

In a holiday hurry, Jeramie Griffin piled his family into the car and asked his new GPS for the quickest way from his home in the Willamette Valley across the Cascade Range.

It said he could shave 40 minutes off the time of the roundabout route he usually takes to the in-laws' place.

Following the directions, he and his wife headed east on Christmas Eve and into the mountains, turning off a state highway onto local roads and finally getting stuck in the snow.

They had no cell phone service and ran short on formula for their 11-month-old daughter. After taking exploratory hikes, trying to dig out and spending the night in their car, the distraught couple filmed a goodbye video.

Like two other parties of holiday travelers who followed GPS directions smack into Oregon snowbanks, Griffin and family were eventually rescued. But their peril left law enforcement officers and travel advisers perplexed about drivers who occasionally set aside common sense when their GPS systems suggest a shortcut.

"Did everybody just get these for Christmas?" asked Klamath County Sheriff Tim Evinger, leader of one rescue effort.

In Griffin's case, in fact, the GPS device was a Christmas gift, from his parents. He used it for the first time to plan the trip to Central Oregon.

Great Ghu. According to the article, this guy has been making this trip for several years over the same route, "a route travelers have found reliable since at least the days of the Oregon Trail," and never had a problem. But handed a piece of technology that he apparently barely understands, he blindly places his faith in it, drives up a Forest Service road and gets stuck. Jeeze, didn't we just hear about something similar? Does Bozo not read the news?

Obviously he does--just about as often as he reads the instruction manuals.

Interestingly enough, the other amateurs in his family found him by using the same model GPS and plotting the route they assumed he would take. After 24 cold and somewhat hungry hours (because Bozo was not smart enough to plan ahead like our initial case study couple and have warm clothes, food, etc. in the vehicle), Bozo, Mrs. Bozo and their 11 month old daughter were rescued.

Win for Darwin averted--this time.

The blind reliance on technology, high or otherwise, can get you very dead very quickly. Your ability to survive in a bad situation is going to rely primarily on one thing--that material between your ears. Use it early to plan. Think of the things that are likely to occur, that might occur and that could possibly occur, and think them through. Have plans and gear in place to deal with them.

Use it during to provide continual sanity checking. "Hey, the GPS wants to take me up this road that has two feet of snow on it and there are no tire tracks in the snow. This might be a Bad Idea."

Use it during to keep yourself alive. Bozo at least used it enough to figure out that staying with the vehicle was a prudent course of action.

Use it after to dissect the experience, learn from it and be prepared next time to make better decisions. Let experience turn into wisdom.

But for crying out loud, USE IT!

Happy New Year!

Once again, our planet has reached an arbitrarily determined point in it's orbit around the sun. :-)

I'd like to wish you all a happy, prosperous New Year.

Thursday, December 31, 2009

That's going to leave a mark

(Via Say Uncle)

A security guard attempts to snatch the gun of someone open-carrying in Georgia. Hilarity ensues.

Interesting that I didn't notice anything in the thread on the Georgia Packing board about "open vs concealed carry", but it showed up at Uncle's place in the comments right off the bat.

Because it's easier, you know, than stopping terrorists

The Department of Homeland Stupidity Security is peeved that someone almost immediately leaked a memo about increased air travel security theater after the Underwear Bomber was thwarted in Detroit.

In pursuit of the culprit, they're threatening bloggers.

And a question to the lawyers out there--Since when did some bureaucratic dick at Too Stupid for Arby's (I don't give a crap if said dick is the head honcho) get the right to subpoena anything? I thought that was for Congress and the courts.

Given the nature of this post, do ya'll think I need to put out a welcome mat for any possible guests?

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Here's a pair

From round and about the Intertubz, we have the following:

Kentucky sheriff's department conveniently burglarized after failing to respond to an open records request relating to the disposition of seized firearms. You don't supposed these guys helped out in New Orleans during the Katrina problems, do you?

Everyone's favorite anti-freedom mayor, Michael "Guns for me but not for thee" Bloomberg has his grand design for a firearms-free America outed via record released by the White House.

You didn't think these asshats had went away, did you?

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Good news, bad news

Bad News: Couple follows GPS directions, gets lost.
Worse News: In the snow on a Forest Service road.
Worst News: They get stuck in 6" of snow in a 4WD. (So how crappy are your driving skills?)

Good News: They are prepared with blankets, warm clothes, food and water.
Better News: They were smart enough to stay with the vehicle.
Best News: Somehow, they get cell phone service and are rescued.

The Good News wins. Lessons learned: Prepare properly for winter travel, know your limitations and for Pete's sake, apply a little sanity checking to the damn GPS instructions.

(Edit, 12/30/2009 2032: A new article says that A) It isn't the Air Force's fault (What numbnuts thinks it is?) and that our intrepid autoists got stuck in 18" of snow; so I'll cut them some slack on the driving skills thing.)

Monday, December 28, 2009

Nothing on TV to watch?

Well let me clue you in on something that you don't need the idiot box to watch--Urban Danger. It's an online movie about several families that have bailed out of the city and went back to the country. These people see what's going on, and they've decided to put themselves in as optimal a situation as possible to survive it.

I will warn you that there is quite a bit of overt religion to it. If you don't care for that sort of thing, it's going to be difficult to put it off to the side to get to the meat of the movie. But I'd suggest making the effort, because there is some important stuff in there.

More evidence

As if we needed any, here's some more evidence that points out that criminals don't obey the law, whether it's about guns or not. Be sure to note the dateline.

SAN FRANCISCO — Police say a man and two girls have been shot and injured at a landmark waterfront restaurant near San Francisco's ferry building.

People, take charge of your own safety. Get a concealed carry permit, get trained and carry. Unless you live in the People's Republic of of San Francisco, where this offer is not available to the law-abiding citizens.