March 16, 2014

Not Yet News at AP or Politico: Russian State Broadcaster’s ‘Turn Into Radioactive Ash’ Warning to U.S.

As of 11 P.M. Eastern Time Sunday evening, searches at both the Associated Press and at the Politico on “radioactive” returned nothing relating to a comment made on TV by Russian “journalist” Dmitry Kiselyov reminding viewers that his country, as translated by the wire service AFP“is the only one in the world “realistically capable of turning the United States into radioactive ash.” Reuters also has a story here. Further evidence of AP disinterest is the fact that its two “10 Things to Know for Monday” relating to Russia as of 9:03 p.m. noted the West’s intent to impose sanctions and penalties but did not mention the Russian threat.

Kiselyov isn’t some freelancer mouthing off for “look at me” attention. As such, the failure of these two outlets to report what is clearly a serious escalation in rhetoric emanating from Russia is breathtakingly negligent, even by their non-standards. It’s as if they’re desperately trying to keep Kiselyov’s statement from becoming an item on the U.S. morning news shows.


Obamacare’s Political and Media Defenders Attack Sick Patients

I had a commenter “jaela jahan” visit here the other day who richly deserves a pile-on, because he, she, or it crossed the line.

The subject is Julie Boonstra, described here as “the Dexter, Mich., leukemia victim lost her coverage last fall and now stars in a devastating ad fingering Obamacare — and Peters — for her resulting distress.”

Let’s start there.

She was promised guaranteed — as was the rest of America — that if she liked her health plan, her doctors, her other medical providers, and her prescription drug regimen, she could keep them … “period.”

Millions of Americans have since learned that those guarantees were false, and that many of the people who made them knew they were false.

She was also promised, as was the rest of America, that a typical family would see a $2,500 reduction in their annual health care costs.

That was also false. Kathleen Sebelius took off that mask on Wednesday.

The people who made those claims, and those who reported them for years as if they were indisputable facts, should be cowering in their caves right now.

Instead, politicians like Harry Reid are attacking Obamacare’s victims as perpretrating “all lies” — oh, I’m sorry, “almost all lies.” And the press, which should be ashamed of its years of non-stop shilling, is piling on.

There will be plenty of time for me and others to deal with them. I want to call out my commenter.

The complete exchange is as follows (bolds are mine):

Commenter “jaela jahan“: This one’s fake too (the Boonstra story — Ed.). You should update. She lied. It’s saving her money. She’s already been outed by Maritza Schultz of Detroit News. She’s probably not really sick, but it is excellent casting by her ex-husband, Mark Boonstra. Look it up.

Me (first comment): The financial situation has to do with a large deductible roughly offsetting the monthly premium, forcing large monthly expenses at the same time. So if she has to pay $3 grand per month in total before it comes down to $570 or whatever, am I really supposed to be impressed that she’ll gradually save about $500 a month for the rest of the year?

She’s probably really not sick? Who is any possession of facts proving that? If the answer is no one, bleep you.

Me (second comment): Try this on for size, cynic:

Boonstra has not backed down. The leukemia victim wrote a letter this week to the Detroit News explaining the complexities of her situation.

“[My critics] choose to ignore the problems inherent with high out-of-pocket limits and prescriptions that aren’t covered for a person like me,” wrote Boonstra. “My new plan could mean wildly fluctuating and front-loaded costs in the first few months of the year. I chose my old plan — the one that Obamacare canceled — specifically so I could budget for the same monthly costs with certainty.”

Oh, and there’s this:

“She has been bedridden, had to sell her house, give up her teaching career,” says Hagerstrom of the anguish that Boonstra’s rare form of leukemia has caused her. “She liked her insurance and now has to relive the uncertainty of five years ago.”

But you say, “She’s probably not really sick.”

Bleep you.

Now there’s this from Henry Payne at National Review:

… Boonstra’s ad, backed by Americans for Prosperity, says her policy was “canceled because of Obamacare” and that she fears her “out-of-pocket costs are so high they are unaffordable.” Health-care experts like the Manhattan Institute’s Yevgeniy Feyman say Boonstra “has legitimate concerns.”

“It comes down to uncertainty,” Feyman says. “Cancer treatment is a very personal decision. Her new treatment may not take into account out-of-pocket costs. If her drugs are off the formulary, then [an ACA-mandated cost cap on out-of-pocket drug costs] doesn’t apply.

That’s not a theoretical concern:

These organizations have ignored the details of Boonstra’s plan — instead using numbers from Blue Cross (an advocate for Obamacare) numbers to attack her. Through AFP spokesman Scott Hagerstrom, Boonstra communicated her concerns with her new plan.

Uncertainty dogs her — especially having been lied to once by the president. Where her canceled plan’s premiums once covered all her costs, she now must plan for out-of-pocket expenses. Those expenses are capped but will double to $10,200 if she goes out of her network — a not-uncommon need for cancer patients, whose treatment often changes — for a doctor or tests. Of her five cancer drugs, she has already discovered that one (Loratadine) is not covered. Detroit News columnist Dan Calabrese also unearthed the fact that glaucoma and “long-term care and nursing care are not covered.”

Well, so much for “saving her money.”

Payne’s admonition applies to my commenter: “the intent is to intimidate critics from coming forward.”

The only reason, in the face of the facts, that my commenter would try to claim “she’s probably not sick” is to support that intent. For that, he, she, or it deserves another “Bleep you.”

Latest PJ Media Column (‘Dependency Uber Alles’) Went Up Yesterday

Filed under: Economy,Scams,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 7:05 am

It’s here.

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

Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (031614)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 am

This open thread will stay at or near the top today. Rules are here. Possible comment fodder may follow.

Positivity: Vatican panel approves Archbishop Fulton Sheen miracle

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Peoria, Illinois:

Mar 6, 2014 / 10:52 am

The Bishop of Peoria has rejoiced at a Vatican medical panel’s unanimous approval of a reported miracle attributed to the famous television personality and evangelist, Servant of God Archbishop Fulton Sheen.

“There are many more steps ahead and more prayers are needed. But today is a good reason to rejoice,” Bishop Daniel R. Jenky of Peoria, Ill. said March 6.

“Today is a significant step in the Cause for the Beatification and Canonization of our beloved Fulton Sheen, a priest of Peoria and a Son of the Heartland who went on to change the world.”

The approval came from a seven-member board of medical experts advising the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, the Diocese of Peoria reports.

The reputed miracle involves the unexplained recovery of James Fulton Engstrom, a boy born apparently stillborn in September 2010 to Bonnie and Travis Engstrom of the Peoria-area town of Goodfield. He showed no signs of life as medical professionals tried to revive him. The child’s mother and father prayed to Archbishop Sheen to heal their son.

Although the baby showed no pulse for an hour after his birth, his heart started beating again and he escaped serious medical problems.

The Vatican’s medical advisory panel ruled that there is no medical explanation for the healing of the baby. The ruling means that a board of theologians will now review the case. If they approve the case, its consideration could pass to the cardinals and bishops who advise Pope Francis on beatifications.

If the case reaches Pope Francis, his approval would recognize Archbishop Sheen as “blessed,” the final stage before possible canonization as a saint.

Archbishop Sheen was born May 8, 1895 in El Paso, Ill. near Peoria. His family moved to Peoria and he grew up in the parish of the Cathedral of St. Mary, where he was an altar server, the Diocese of Peoria says. He was ordained a priest at the cathedral in 1919. He served as a professor of philosophy and religion at the Catholic University of America before becoming a popular radio personality in the 1930s.

The beloved host of the “Catholic Hour” radio show and the Emmy-award winning television show “Life is Worth Living” reached an audience of millions during his broadcasting career. Servant of God Fulton Sheen authored many books and headed the Society for the Propagation of the Faith in the United States. He served as an auxiliary bishop of New York and as Bishop of Rochester.

Archbishop Sheen dedicated the profits from his books into foreign missions. Sheen’s work has helped create 9,000 clinics, 10,000 orphanages, and 1,200 schools. The institutions his donations support now educate 80,000 seminarians and 9,000 vowed religious. …

Go here for the rest of the story.