Saturday, August 15, 2009

More on Yale's Pre-Emptive Dhimmitude

Roger Kimball has info at Pajamas Media.

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Friday, August 14, 2009

I didn't know that: Non-citizens could vote

In fact, during the 1890s about half the states allowed non-citizens to vote. The last state to do so ended it in 1926. Who stopped it? The Progressives, of course. I expect they'd like to prohibit all of us from voting.

More on the subject over at the Volokh Conspiracy.

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Yale: In dhimmitude we trust

Or, as some put it: timiditas et deditio

Imagine: Yale has published a "scholarly" tome about the Danish Mohammed cartoons, but didn't have the courage to include the cartoons themselves.Now THAT is speaking Truth to Power.

Offending members of the religion of peace is way too dangerous.

Follow the link above for small versions of the cartoons.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Titles to Intrigue

Whilst looking for a book called Hand Grenade Throwing as a College Sport (1918, of course) I came across a list of odd book titles.

A sample or two, oh, all right, four, to whet your perhaps jaded literary appetite:
The Romance of Leprosy; 1949
Children Are Like Wet Cement, n.d.
Anarexia Nervosa in Bulgarian Bees; n.d.
Bombproof Your Horse, by Rick Pelicano & Lauren Tjaden; 2003
Possibly the last has an Arab market as the publication date seems late for the traditional Foreign Born Anarchist of yore. The latter do seem to be making a comeback, tho, at international financial and development conferences.

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God double taps his targets, too.

Just to make sure, ya know.

The other impact crater pics are well worth a gander.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

"...communitarianism' should guide decisions on who gets care."

Ed Koch, former Democratic mayor of New York City, has some comments about the proposed health insurance bill:
Most alarming for people like me, who at 84 years of age recently needed a quadruple bypass and aortic valve replacement, are the pronouncements of President Obama's appointee (as health policy advisor), Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel,...who, according to a New York Post op ed article by Betsy McCauley, former Lt. Governor of the State of New York, stated, "Savings, he writes, will require changing how doctors think about their patients: Doctors take the Hippocratic Oath too seriously, 'as an imperative to do everything for the patient regardless of the cost or effects on others' (Journal of the American Medical Association, June 18, 2008)." He also stated, "...communitarianism' should guide decisions on who gets care. He says medical care should be reserved for the non-disabled, not given to those 'who are irreversibly prevented from being or becoming participating citizens...An obvious example is not guaranteeing health services to patients with dementia.' (Hastings Center Report, Nov.-Dec. '96). "

Opponents of Obama's health care proposals raise the specter of a panel making decisions on who should receive health care. I am not aware of any proposed panel. However, an article in today's New York Times, referring to a Senate bill, stated, "The legislation could have significant implications for individuals who have bought coverage on their own. Their policies might be exempted from the new standards, but the coverage might not be viable for long because insurers could not add benefits or enroll additional people in noncompliant policies."
So, apparently we can keep our policies, but the government will make them unprofitable to continue offering.

That is communitarianism.

Here's a 1996 article by Emanuel on his views. He envisions public forums to "deliberate" about what health care should be "socially guaranteed" e.g. what level of services we all should be allowed by the government.

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Sunday, August 09, 2009

The Health Care Bill

All 1018 pages of it is here.

A site with which I am unfamiliar, Family Security Matters, has some comments here.

I have compared only two for accuracy yet, and I question this guy's accuracy. Page 16 is characterized as saying all private plans will become illegal, and page 195 as making all financial information available to the health care administration. The latter provides a process for making selected parts of tax returns available for purposes of determining eligibility. Maybe I'll check more later. Maybe not. Anyway, you are welcome to do so yourself.

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