November 7, 2009

How to Go From 1,200 to 2,000 Pages ….

Filed under: Economy,Health Care,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 9:38 am

…. in one secretive statist health care bill (click here or on pic to open full-size pic in a separate window, and brace yourself):

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The area in the yellow box in the top center was the chart as it existed several months and hundreds of pages ago.

I can’t wait for the “How to Keep Your Doctor” update.

We really ought to seriously consider taking all computers and other forms of word processing away from the people who create these bills and force them to write everything out using only pen and paper.

Latest Pajamas Media Column (‘ObamaCare’s Redistribution of Health’) Is Up

NoObamaCare0809It’s here.

It will go up here at BizzyBlog on Monday morning (link won’t work until then) after the blackout expires.

The central point is in the subheadline: “Of course the president and Congress are after money, but they really want control over your life.”

One of its key assertions relates to the Trojan horse known as the public option:

The “public option” is not about “competition.” It is about elimination. That “the uninsured” receive “coverage” is only incidental.

…. This stack of playing field de-levelers (built into the “public option”) constitutes what the bill’s sponsors call “competition.” It’s really a sick (pun intended) joke.

One of the bigger disappointments in this battle has been the failure of sensible conservatives to point out just how deliberately unfair the alleged “competition” of a “public option” is. I noted the issue of the almost certain built-in advantages of a government-run entity over private insurers way back in June (second item at link). If others have raised it, I’ve missed it. At a practical level, it’s one of the best arguments that can be made against this monstrosity.

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UPDATE: Currently at the top left at Drudge

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Related link is here.

As noted, it’s all about control.

Positivity: Hungarian bishop who defied Stalinist persecution beatified

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:20 am

From Budapest, Hungary:

Nov 4, 2009 / 10:01 pm

On October 31, the Church beatified Bishop Zoltán Lajos Meszlényi, a victim of the Communist persecution of the Catholic Church in Hungary. The beatification was scheduled shortly after Pope Benedict approved a decree verifying the martyrdom of the bishop, who died in 1951.

Cardinal Péter Erdő, Archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest and Primate of Hungary, presided over the Mass and beatification of Bishop Zoltán Lajos Meszlényi on Saturday at the Basilica of Esztergom. During the Mass, the cardinal emphasized that the “mission of Christians is to announce Jesus Christ even if they are persecuted,” adding that Bishop Meszlényi “is an example of witness by a person fortified by the Holy Spirit.”

Cardinal Erdő explained that Bishop Zoltán Meszlényi’s life and death are exemplary for his time, in which many kept silent for fear of losing their jobs, homes, families, and lives. Blessed Meszlényi’s teaching is still very timely today when we feel “trapped by our individual and common selfishness, short-sightedness, thirst for power, hatred, ’ a trap that we are unable to free ourselves from using our own strength.”

According to Magyar Kurír, a Catholic news organization in Central Europe, Bishop Meszlényi was an exemplary priest who led a life of service to the Church. Having studied in Rome at the Gregorian University as part of his education at the Pontifical German-Hungarian Institute, Blessed Meszlényi became fluent in Italian, French, English, German, Latin and Greek, in addition to his native Hungarian. His studies led him to a degree in canon law as well as diplomas in philosophy and theology.

Despite the excellence of education and his incredible intellect, Blessed Meszlényi was known as a very down to earth man. He did not mind being alone and was very humble, not even considering himself to be a candidate to replace Cardinal József Mindszenty who had been arrested and sentenced to life in prison. He was also known for his strict but loving treatment of the priests in his diocese, encouraging them to always become better, more faithful servants of the Church.

However, Blessed Meszlényi would not back down when confronted by the Communists. The Church in Hungary faced many difficulties when the country gained its independence from the Hapsburg empire, as well as when the borders of many Eastern European countries were re-drawn after WWI, which caused the geographical area of one diocese to be located in two different countries.

The presence of the Communists, as well as Russia’s invasion, which put the country behind the Iron Curtain, also presented the Church with difficulties, as the Communists tried to seize Hungary’s Catholic schools and influence the election of bishops. Blessed Meszlényi quickly became an enemy of the Communists when it became known that he was not afraid of the threat of force. ….

Go here for the rest of the story.

Something Is Really Not Right Here

Filed under: Taxes & Government,US & Allied Military — Tom @ 12:00 am

Here’s the official video from the White House itself:

I think NBC Chicago has it right on this one:

Obama’s Frightening Insensitivity Following Shooting

…. After news broke out of the shooting at the Fort Hood Army post in Texas, the nation watched in horror as the toll of dead and injured climbed. The White House was notified immediately and by late afternoon, word went out that the president would speak about the incident prior to a previously scheduled appearance. At about 5 p.m., cable stations went to the president. The situation called for not only his trademark eloquence, but also grace and perspective.

But instead of a somber chief executive offering reassuring words and expressions of sympathy and compassion, viewers saw a wildly disconnected and inappropriately light president making introductory remarks. At the event, a Tribal Nations Conference hosted by the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Indian affairs, the president thanked various staffers and offered a “shout-out” to “Dr. Joe Medicine Crow — that Congressional Medal of Honor winner.” Three minutes in, the president spoke about the shooting, in measured and appropriate terms. Who is advising him?

Anyone at home aware of the major news story of the previous hours had to have been stunned.

You’ll see near the end Obama went back to wrap up his address to the Tribal Conference instead of simply stopping. It’s as if his having to provide a reaction to the Fort Hood massacre was an unwelcome interruption.

Just imagine the reaction if Bush 43 had done something like this in response to a similar incident at a chamber of commerce or business group meeting.

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UPDATE, Nov. 9: Alan Keyes explains it

There are times when even Obama’s critics seem to have difficulty putting into words their reaction to his strange behavior. I think that’s because they refuse to consider the simple premise that makes sense of it all: He feels no love for the USA. He seems in fact to feel himself to be no part of this country.