January 17, 2013

Thursday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (011713)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 7:20 am

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  1. A very interesting read with your morning coffee…

    A Message To The ‘Left’ From A ‘Right Wing Extremist’


    In 2004, I found myself at such a crossroads. At that time I was a dedicated Democrat, and I thought I had it all figured out. The Republican Party was to me a perfect sort of monster. They had everything! Corporate puppet masters. Warmongering zealots. Fake Christians. Orwellian social policies. The Bush years were a special kind of horror. It was cinematic. Shakespearean. If I was to tell a story of absolute villainy, I would merely describe the mass insanity and bloodlust days of doom and dread wrought by the Neo-Con ilk in the early years of the new millennium.

    But, of course, I was partly naïve…

    …I came to see a dark side to the Democratic Party that had always been there but which I had refused to acknowledge. Their leadership was no different than the Neo-Cons that I despised. On top of this, many supporters of the Democratic establishment had no values, and no principles. Their only desire was to “win” at any cost. They would get their “perfect society” at any cost, even if they had to chain us all together to do it.

    There was no doubt in my mind that if the Democrats reoccupied the White House or any other political power structure one day, they would immediately adopt the same exact policies and attitudes of the Neo-Conservatives, and become just as power-mad if not more so. In 2008 my theory was proven unequivocally correct.

    It really is amazing. I have seen the so-called “anti-war” party become the most accommodating cheerleader of laser guided death and domination in the Middle East, with predator drones operating in the sovereign skies of multiple countries raining missiles upon far more civilians than “enemy combatants”, all at the behest of Barack Obama. I have seen the “party of civil liberties” expand on every Constitution crushing policy of the Bush Administration, while levying some of the most draconian legislation ever witnessed in the history of this country. I have seen Obama endorse enemy combatant status for American citizens, and the end of due process under the law through the NDAA. I have seen him endorse the end of trial by jury. I have seen him endorse secret assassination lists, and the federally drafted murder of U.S. civilians. I have seen him endorse executive orders which open the path to the declaration of a “national emergency” at any time for any reason allowing for the dissolution of most constitutional rights and the unleashing of martial law….

    One useful idiot has ceased being useful to the Democrat Party. Though it does suggest focusing on Obama’s flip-flops cuts into his base and why 5 million fewer voted for him this time around. Focus on how Obama is doing exactly the same as Bush…

    btw – the bold is mine.

    Comment by dscott — January 17, 2013 @ 8:14 am

  2. I’m sure this will show up as a post in a bit, but the “good” economic releases at 8:30 aren’t exactly what they’re cracked up to be:

    - ZeroHedge noticed that the unseasoned December housing starts was 61.5K. A bit of digging notes that, while it was easily the best December since 2007, the last time prior to 2007 December housing starts was this bad was 1990.

    - The seasoned initial jobless claims of 335K got the mother of all seasonings. The unseasoned 556K compares very unfavorably to last year’s unseasoned 525K, which was seasoned down to 364K.

    Comment by steveegg — January 17, 2013 @ 8:50 am

  3. Feature or bug of ObamaCare, you decide.

    Southwestern Pa. hospital to stop baby deliveries


    WINDBER, Pa. (AP) — A southwestern Pennsylvania hospital will stop delivering babies after March 31 because its obstetricians are either leaving or refocusing their practices, and because hospital officials believe they can’t afford it based on projected reimbursements under looming federal health care reforms.

    Now isn’t it interesting that ObamaCare which dictates the reimbursement for Medicaid and Medicare patients is distorting the market place so quickly.

    How is it that a few Medicaid patients can disrupt the medical care of the balance of 200 births? A thought, maybe Medicaid patient births are probably mostly high risk pregnancies subject to law suits and very expensive premie care?

    Will we see a move to birthing centers that are NOT obligated like hospitals to treat everyone who presents themselves? Many hospitals shut down their ERs due to the under reimbursement issue of Medicaid decades ago giving rise to Urgent Care Centers.

    Comment by dscott — January 17, 2013 @ 10:16 am

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