June 2009

A Drunken Party

June 30, 2009

Who do you trust? John Belushi got it right. Most academics get it wrong. Everyone in academia knows just what a symposium is. At least they think they know. Have you read Plato’s Dialogues? One was named Symposium. Yes, the Greeks had a word for it: a drunken party. I could have heard much more […]

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Tranquility Base

June 26, 2009

The astronauts had their Tranquility Base on the Moon’s Mare Tranquillitatis. They wouldn’t share so I had to find one for myself. It is Buzzard’s Roost in Tennessee’s Fall Creek Falls State Park. And no, it wasn’t named for me. Once again it’s time to veg out and gain some more weight. How else will […]

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Putting The Pieces Together

June 24, 2009

I‘ve written extensively about healthcare reform. Those postings are full of numbers, arguments, observations and such. If your Alzheimer’s is temporarily predominant and you need some refreshing of those details, read or reread some of those articles. This post, based largely on those articles, is just to put all of the various options together in […]

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It’s Great To Be A Guy

June 22, 2009

Here is my small tribute to all of the fellow members of my gender for Father’s Day. Why it’s great to be a guy.

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Take Two Aspirin

June 20, 2009

The President has a headache. His healthcare reform is in trouble. He can’t even get a bipartisan agreement that Dr. Seuss ate green eggs and ham. Two noted health reporters, the Washington Post‘s Ezra Klein and Jonathan Cohn of The New Republic, this week had major articles marking the difficulties the President’s reform was running […]

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Yes, Virginia, There Is A Difference

June 18, 2009

The headlines say that 73% support a public option as a part of healthcare reform. That sounds good for advocates of reform. There is a problem though. Almost no one cheering this actually understands what a public option would be. There is also the question of a single-payer system. As one of the readers of […]

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Healthcare By Salvador Dali

June 17, 2009

Where does the Congress stand on healthcare reform? Who knows? Nancy Pelosi is the leader of the House of Representatives. She has a commanding edge of Democrats over Regressives. One would think that would give her more leeway than Senator Reid. She should be able to at least make a stab at formulating a rational […]

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It Ain’t No Game

June 16, 2009

A level playing field for healthcare reform is a myth. A public option is a scam. Or, maybe it’s a sham. It’s probably both. I was riding in the car, listening to an interview of HHS Secretary Kathleen Sibelius on the local public radio station. Since I was not taking notes, my recitation of that […]

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Prostituting Justice

June 15, 2009

They are arguing the inarguable. The Regressives in Washington are arguing an issue that should have been settled during the Truman Administration. Had we instituted a national healthcare system based on a single-payer, we would now be without a national debt. This would be true even if all the wasteful spending on the military and […]

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Rope-A-Dope

June 10, 2009

Obama wants healthcare reform. I believe him. He says that, if he doesn’t get it this year, he will not get it during his first term. I believe that. Such a situation will inevitably lead to accepting anything that can be portrayed as reform. Put that together with his insistence on bipartisanship and you end […]

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