August 26, 2009
August 14, 2009
Ridiculed for her critique on Obamacare and for using the phrase “death panels” in describing section 1233 of House Bill 3200, it appears that her criticism was well-founded. Yesterday section 1233, which authorized end-of-life counseling for elderly patients, was stripped from the bill by the Senate Finance Committee.
Dr. Ezekial Emanuel (brother of White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel) loudly criticized Palin for her words and denied section 1233 existed. Palin said on her Facebook page:
The rationing system proposed by one of President Obama’s key health care advisors is particularly disturbing. I’m speaking of the “Complete Lives System” advocated by Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, the brother of the president’s chief of staff. President Obama has not yet stated any opposition to the “Complete Lives System,” a system which, if enacted, would refuse to allocate medical resources to the elderly, the infirm, and the disabled who have less economic potential.  Why the silence from the president on this aspect of his nationalization of health care? Does he agree with the “Complete Lives System”? If not, then why is Dr. Emanuel his policy advisor? What is he advising the president on? I just learned that Dr. Emanuel is now distancing himself from his own work and claiming that his “thinking has evolved” on the question of rationing care to benefit the strong and deny the weak.  How convenient that he disavowed his own work only after the nature of his scholarship was revealed to the public at large.
Kudos to Palin, and the general public for being so informed on what is actually in the health care bills and for not allowing themselves to be silenced by the bullies. Democracy in action is a beautiful thing.
It doesn’t strike me as a particularly “good idea” to allow a government panel of bureaucrats–whose main stated purpose in this instance is to cut costs–to counsel Grandma on her end-of-life decisions. It strikes me as a conflict of interest; and, as Obama himself stated, wouldn’t she just be better off taking the pain medicine? Pain meds are considerably cheaper than life-saving surgery, to be sure.
I call it a bad idea.
The mainstream, state-run media is continuing their quest to portray the Americans showing up at townhalls with their questions and concerns about the healthcare bills as fringe, swastika-wearing, racist mobs. In light of this, I–for once in my life–agree with something Hillary Clinton has said:
The hysteria by the leftist media is hilarious, especially considering the fact that they made a movie that advocated the assassination of Bush, among many actually documented instances of leftists carrying Bush=Hitler signs decorated with swastikas. The hypocrisy is palpable. Oh, how they forget…
The media is also busily blaming Rush Limbaugh for, well, everything, but amazingly fail to recall that it was Ms. Nancy Pelosi who first compared the townhall protestors to Nazis. This was last week.
A must-read article: Nazis for Me, but Not for Thee
[In responding to Pelosi’s statement, Rush] repeatedly and explicitly qualified that no one was saying Obama was Hitler, that Pelosi was Goebbels, or that the Democrats were engaged in the genocidal barbarity of the Third Reich. The comparison he drew was a substantive one: between the Democrats’ proposal for socialized medicine and the German installation of socialized medicine beginning with Bismarck and reaching its shocking apotheosis with Hitler’s National Socialism. (A transcript of what he actually contended is here, and his website has other relevant transcripts, since the argument was reiterated other times during the week.) The point was to show that if Pelosi wanted to engage in Nazi comparisons, the health-care policies of Nazi Germany had far more in common with the health-care policies of the Democrats than with those of the conservative opposition, which wants health care kept private and reforms to be market-based.
August 8, 2009
It’s quite short, only two minutes. I say this because I generally cannot stomach listening to even short clips of Obama’s hypnotic, lilting speech patterns and continual, disingenuous rhetoric. But this really has to be seen to be believed.
Commentary from Allahpundit:
This clip really is exactly as advertised, showcasing both the myth of Obama that the media’s happily carried forth and the reality of what kind of politician he is when his agenda’s threatened. Amazing that with his approval rating slipping and anger getting hotter every day, he’d still feel confident enough to contradict himself this blatantly in the same speech.
Message to the opposition: Shut up and get out of the way. Thugocracy.
August 6, 2009
THAT got your attention.
I’m talking about the new doll that allows little girls to breastfeed them. It’s causing quite the stir, of course, and as a La Leche League leader and mom who breastfed her babies–well past what is considered “normal” in the USA–my take on this won’t be all that surprising.
I will concede that back before I had babies and chose to breastfeed them, I would have found such a doll lewd, disgusting, and disordered. Owing to my typical American upbringing, and saturated from birth by a culture that sees breasts as nothing more than sexual objects to be used to flaunt and taunt, my reaction would have been pretty much similar to the reactions of today to this little doll.
That is, of course, back before I had actually had children–back when I knew everything about parenting.
Read about the doll in the link above; Bebe Gloton (“gluttonous baby”) cries when she wants more milk, and makes sucking noises while she feeds. I’m pretty sure that these features aren’t unique to Bebe Gloton. We have, after all, dolls who pee, burp, talk, you name it. What seems to be upsetting some people is the way that she’s meant to be comforted and nourished–not by a bottle–but by what God actually intended from the start–the breast! They might also cringe because the doll comes with a nursing top for little girls to wear, that has little flowers where the baby puts its mouth to activate suckling. (The horror!) Remind toy companies to can every “Just Like Mommy” product before they do irreversible damage…
The reactions in the article, to me, are a scream. I’m not trying to diminish the true dumbfoundedness that these people are feeling, but I think I need to point out a very important thing: Children who have been breastfed since birth and who have witnessed their younger siblings being breastfed from birth don’t find anything freaky about repeating what is to them (and should be to us all) a completely normal and natural way to feed a baby. And I will also point out that it doesn’t take a breastfeeding doll to make little girls imitate it, either. Both of my children have play-nursed dolls, with no coaching from me. When a child has rarely seen a baby being fed from a bottle, what do these experts presume they will do when presented with a ravenous doll? It’s an automatic lifting of the shirt, and it does the trick every time, just like in real life.
Sorry to break it to some people, but the purpose of breasts on women–just like all other mammals–is to feed their young. Every time I see someone going through an internal shit-fit when they witness a woman unobtrusively nursing her infant, I want to scream at them, “Relax! That’s what they’re FOR!”
And just to put forth another quite salient point: Breasts are not sexual objects to young children! I think the horrified experts are failing to do one very important thing: They are failing to take off their “breasts-as-sexy” glasses when examining little Bebe Gloton. So hang up your hang-ups and take a chill pill, I say.
I do want to address the claim put forth in the article that Bebe Gloton “might promote early pregnancy” and “speed up maternal urges in little girls who play it.” Dr. Alvarez also wonders whether little girls might later be “traumatized.”
If we’re going to start worrying about various anatomical anomalies of specific dolls and action figures, I’ve got a treasure trove for people horrified by a nursing doll: Cabbage Patch Kids had cracks, for crying out loud–cracks and tatoos. Barbie? Well, her impossible figure has been hashed and re-hashed for forty some years. Ken doesn’t have a penis. What message is that sending to curious youngsters? (Not that I think he should have one, mind.) And need I mention the Bratz dolls? As far as promoting early maternal feelings goes, probably not so much, but I would definitely argue that the Bratz dolls (David refers to them as “Slutz” dolls) could verifiably promote what leads to early pregnancy in girls.
That said, I do acknowledge the reality of our bottle-is-normal, breasts-as-toys culture, and therefore cut most people some sort of slack. They really cannot help their knee-jerk reaction to recoil from a breast working as it was made to work. Perhaps we need more products like Bebe Gloton to help people along.
August 5, 2009
There’s been so much in the news to blog about of late, and owing to my blogcation, I really don’t know quite where to start. How about Obama’s “non-quest” for socialist healthcare. I cannot sugarcoat this; Obama is plainly lying about his end goal for healthcare. Of course, the White House issued a statement yesterday, claiming that his comments are being isolated and taken out of context, but I really can’t see how this is taken out of context:
Or, especially, this:
As Hot Air’s Allahpundit said:
Turns out the same guy who became a tax-cuttin’, traditional-marriage-supportin’ centrist just in time for last year’s election was also a fan of socialized medicine back in the day, before he needed independents to win the office he was after. Who knew?
And blue-dogs are in the hot seat as they return to their districts for various townhalls on healthcare for the August recess. They are being asked excellent and informed questions by an angry and fed-up public, which they either cannot or do not answer forthrightly. Keep it coming, I say.
Here are some questions you can ask, if you so desire.
Of course, liberals are claiming “mob rule,” of which Michelle Malkin responds: THIS is what mob rule looks like. A timely reminder for them, I say.
And I’m sure you may have seen this Obama/Joker poster floating around the internet lately:
There are the usual hysterical cries of racism (?), but as Drudge gently pointed out, Vanity Fair did the exact same thing to Bush a year ago. Oh, the hypocrisy! (I must say, though, that the artist’s rendering of Obama to the joker is of a much higher order artistically than the Bush one. IMO.)
And, perhaps most astonishingly, the White House is actually asking for snitches: Anyone who might be making “fishy statements” about Obamacare, either via email or in “casual conversation”, should be reported to firstname.lastname@example.org at once. This falls into the category of “You just can’t make this stuff up.” I actually heard of this first through an incoming link to my own dear old blog (you can see it at the top of the comments section on the right). Perhaps I’m now officially on a watch list. Seeing as I haven’t done anything wrong, I believe I’ll simply raise my middle finger in a brazen virtual salute to proponents of such thuggery.
Call me crazy, but isn’t it a little disturbing for the White House to be calling for informants? What is this? Statist East Germany?
Here is a PDF/screenshot of the White House page. As to the “facts?” Read the damn bill, morons! The questions people are asking come complete with citations from the very bill these representatives have apparently not read. Unbelievable.
Call it a little summer blogging hiatus…I actually haven’t even been checking in on here, and so as I did this morning, to my surprise I saw an incoming link, entitled, “Never Underestimate Brave Catholic Women: They will kick your butt into next Thursday.” I am quite honored and humbled to be referred to as a “Woman of Ephesus: Tending to the culture of our time.” Well…awesome. Thanks, and I’ll endeavor to continue.