Monthly Archives: March 2010

Liberty Wept

When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation.

– Dr. Adrian Rogers

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Why Debating Liberals is Like Picking a Lock with a Wet Noodle

I admit it.  I watch Bill O.  I think that he tries, tries I say, to be the fairest of all of the opinion guys on the cable shows.  Beck and Hannity are right-wing with Hannity clearly in the bag for Republicans and the politicians in the party.  Olbermann and Madow are so far to the Left that you can see ’em on the horizon if ya look Right.

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QALY: The Left Will Explode

And so will the rest of us, of course.  Obamacare removes any limit that an insurance company can place on an individual per year or per life of the policy.  Which is niffty, because if we had the Single Payer, the government itself would impose that very limit.

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Bug or Feature

One of the most powerful hammers Obama used during the health care debate was the cost of care in America.  And he hammered hard; so hard that people were so stunned that failed to think it through.  Spending more may actually be a sign that we are BETTER off than any other nation in the world.

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Screw Global Warming – Global Cooling is Coming

As if we needed another example that weather patterns are climate change is subject to, shocker, nature, we have this report:

Iceland’s Laki volcano erupted in 1783, freeing gases that turned into smog. The smog floated across the Jet Stream, changing weather patterns.

The winter of 1784 was also one of the longest and coldest on record in North America. New England reported a record stretch of below-zero temperatures and New Jersey reported record snow accumulation. The Mississippi River also reportedly froze in New Orleans.

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Wow, the good news keeps rolling in over here at tarheelred.  First it was news that Fannie and Freddie are going the way of the dinosaur and now we learn that ACORN will never turn into that giant oak tree.

The national group ACORN is folding, an official there, Kevin Whelan, said in an emailed statement:

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Fannie and Freddie Done

Thank gawd!  To finally see the two agencies almost single-handedly responsible for the financial crisis of the last 2 years on the ropes almost makes up for last night’s horror show.  Almost.

“It’s clear that Fannie and Freddie, as they currently exist, should be put out of existence, which means the important question is what combination of entities public and private will replace them,” said Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), chairman of the House Financial Services Committee.

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Markets In Everything: Inventing the Old

In a stunning display that there are markets for everything, a group of entrepeneurs have “invented” Polaroid film:

NEW YORK – A group of engineers and enthusiasts who leased an old Polaroid film factory in the Netherlands announced Monday that they had successfully reinvented instant film and will start selling packs this week.

The news gives new life to some old Polaroid cameras. The company, called The Impossible Project, will sell film for SX-70 cameras made in the ’70s as well as more recent cameras that take 600-series film.

Each film pack will cost $21 and produce eight black-and-white images. The company plans to introduce color film this summer, and expects to make 1 million packs in the first year. The film will be sold online initially, but the company expects to make it available in some stores as well.


On a side note:

Had this been the government running the film industry we never would have advanced beyond the Polaroid film.  Instead, we would be looking at ways to cut costs and reduce service.  Rather than re-inventing the old film, we would still be making it, selling it for $31 a pack, yielding 4 pictures per with a successful “take-rate” of about 80%.

How sweet it is.

Bart Stupak: Not Pro-Life

Mr. Stupak fought a long and valiant battle.  Or so he would like you to believe.  For the duration of the debate over this bill he has maintained that he could not support any language that did not restrict federal dollars for abortion.  In the end, he supported language that did not restrict federal dollars on abortion.

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Health Care Bill: Don't Repeal-Make Better

I’m pretty scrawny.  Built for lovin’-not fightin’ has been my motto since I was like 7.  So I am leery at the Republicans thoughts of repealing this bill.

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