December 2, 2009

Lickety-Split Links (120209, Morning)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 8:25 am

Dan Scott“Who’s Next Under the Bus?” The theory is that Barack Obama will at some point have to distance himself from the data massaging, raw data-destroying, peer-review manipulating, public info-hiding con artists posing as scientists who have been pushing globaloney for so many years, and who threaten the world’s financial ruin if they ever get their way.

I think Obama is quite a distance from such distancing just yet. But if/when he does it, will he successfully be able to say, as he did with Jeremiah Wright after 20 years (“That’s not the Jeremiah Wright I once knew”), that “that’s not the global warming I once knew”?

The test will be whether the enviros who will bitterly cling to the comprehensively discredited AGW assertions despite the demonstrated fraud that is Climategate will stay quiet when politely abandoned. Obama’s likely bet that they’ll just shut up and fall in line with Dear Leader seems a safe one.

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Speaking of bets, don’t bet against Dan Riehl’s speculation that a media bailout may be in the works in what’s reported here by AP about an upcoming Federal Trade Commission workshop.

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No surprise“Health bills fail to block illegals from coverage.” Money quote: “A rough estimate by the Center for Immigration Studies suggests that the practical effect of the mandates would be that about 1 million illegal immigrants could obtain health insurance coverage through their employers.”

I also think that the courts will order that any not employer-covered illegals who show up at hospital emergency rooms be treated, even for non-emergencies, as is in essence the case today. The effect will be cost-shifting to employers combined with a bit of additional utilization.

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Last night, MSNBC’s Chris Mathews called West Point, where Obama ended his 100-plus day dither on Afghanistan, “the enemy camp.” I’m not kidding.

This would partially explain why Mathews can’t draw even 1 million viewers into either of his time slots, barely breaking 200,000 in the 25-54 demographic, on a typical night.

Given that this is probably the first presidential address about wartime strategy in my lifetime originating from somewhere other than the White House or Congress, maybe the cadets weren’t sufficiently appreciative by Mathews’s standards because they didn’t like being used as a photo op for credibility enhancement purposes.

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Finally, there’s this from the “Pseudo-Science Marches On” Dept.:

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ObamaCare Prohibits Prostate Screening Until Age 70…

Filed under: Activism,Health Care,Taxes & Government — Rose @ 6:45 am

Made ya look…but more telling is the fact that you wouldn’t have been surprised.

As it stands, it’s just women, seniors and children that Obama & his Commie cohorts in Congress are putting in immediate, mortal danger.

By the way, where are the feminazi’s with regards to mammogram rationing and supposedly less frequently needed cervical cancer screening?

Hypocritical brood of vipers…

This from Cato is for real — “ObamaCare’s Cost Could Top $6 Trillion.”

Positivity: Bishop-elect of Cheyenne an outdoorsman from a faith-filled family

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:19 am

From Indianapolis:

Dec 2, 2009 / 03:01 am

Fr. Paul D. Etienne, the bishop-elect of Cheyenne, is an Indiana outdoorsman whose vocation was nourished by a faithful mother and relatives in the priesthood and religious life.

Fr. Etienne, 50, will become one of the youngest Catholic bishops in the U.S. when he is installed as Bishop of Cheyenne on Dec. 9. The Indianapolis Star reports that he celebrated his final Masses as pastor in his two parishes in Perry County, Indiana where he has been assigned since July.

The bishop-elect earned a business degree at a Minnesota college and struggled to resolve his doubts about his vocation during his studies at the Gregorian in Rome.

His resolution became firm in 1990, two years before his ordination.

The priest explained that while in Rome he sensed God speaking “within the depths of my heart.”
“It was as if I was able finally to bring my will into line with God’s will for me,” he said, “and the priesthood was something that I wanted for myself. And life changed for me.” ….

Go here for the rest of the story.