March 19, 2014

Almost Six Months Into Obamacare, AP Finally Discovers Cancer Patients’ Sharply Limited Access to Care

Sometimes the saying “better late than never” applies. This isn’t one of them.

In a report originally time-stamped on March 18 (HT Sweetness and Light) and revised this afternoon at its national web site, the Associated Press’s Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and seven other AP reporters found out that Obamacare is putting the screws to many cancer patients. Of course, they didn’t phrase it that way, but that’s the primary takeaway from their report. The story’s headline was so weak that many readers who saw it on their computers, tablets and smartphones likely blew right past it without clicking through. Excerpts follow the jump (bolds are mine):


Not News: Jerry Brown’s ‘Joke’ at the Expense of ‘Old People’ in Promoting His High-Speed Rail Money Pit

California Governor Jerry Brown apparently thinks he’s some kind of comedian. I would suggest that he not quit his current day job, but many readers would probably prefer he do that.

At a union-organized joint legislative conference on Monday, as reported in the Sacramento Bee, Brown told the following knee-slapper in connection with the high-speed rail project which is on track (excuse the pun) to become the mother of all public works boondoggles: “There’s a lot of old people who shouldn’t be driving … They should be sitting in a nice train car working on their iPad, having a martini.” More from the Bee’s blog post (I would not know if it made it to the paper’s print edition) follows the jump:


Politico’s Byers Wants to Dictate Conditions For Criticizing Obama’s Foreign Policy

On Wednesday, the Politico’s Dylan Byers, imitating the president his web site so loves and adores, unilaterally decided (“new rule”) that those of us who are making the self-evident observation that President Barack Obama’s foreign policy performance has been weak can’t do so unless we articulate what he should be doing.

How quaint. I don’t recall seeing, hearing or reading of anyone at Politico or in the rest of the establishment press trying to place such firm conditions on those who opposed the Iraq War or how it was being conducted, the Bush 43 tax cuts, or any other performance, initiative, or idea during the previous presidential administration. Byers’ tweet and several choice responses to it follow the jump (HT Twitchy):


Out of Control Education System Column of the Day

From Michelle Malkin’s latest column:

Revolt Against the Testing Tyrants

… College-bound students in Orange County, Fla., for example, now take a total of 234 standardized diagnostic, benchmark and achievement tests from kindergarten through 12th grade. Reading instructor Brian Trutschel calculated that a typical 10th-grade English class will be disrupted 65 out of 180 school days this year alone for mandatory tests required by the state and district.

Parents, teachers and administrators are fed up with Fed Ed. There’s a growing grassroots movement — left, right and center — to opt out of this latest battery of assessments. Last week, the Worcester, Mass., school board voted to allow parents to opt out of PARCC field tests and keep their kids in regular classroom instruction. The Norfolk, Mass., school board did the same in January. Colorado State Board of Education Chairman Paul Lundeen has called on the state legislature to repeal the PARCC testing requirement.

The testing tyrants, of course, are doing everything they can to stop parents from protecting their children: deceive, bully, intimidate and obfuscate.

Bottom line: No child in America is legally required to be a part of the latest Common Core lab-rat testing experiments. You are your kids’ primary educational provider and decider. You have the power to flunk the latest Fed Ed testing boondoggles. Use it.

It’s time to invoke the left’s “Dissent is patriotic” credo in defense of our kids’ and grandkids’ well-being and the nation’s future.

Wednesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (031914)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 7:25 am

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

This continues a two-week catch-up effort, where I am mostly getting to items which may be a bit dated but which many readers might have missed. Other topics are also fair game.


Feb. 28, at US News“California Court Says Viewing Phone While Driving OK.” Alternate headline: “Nanny State Loses a Skirmish, Still Winning the War.”


March 1 — Global Warming Update: “Subzero Temperature Days Reaching Record Levels in Midwest.” In the Midwest, this has certainly been the coldest winter since the two horrid years of 1977 and 1978.

Related: “Great Lakes Approaching 100% Ice Cover – For The First Time On Record.” On March 5, as it 90%, USA Today called it “the highest level in 35 years.”


March 2, at the Associated Press“Rap disrespect of black icons raises concerns.” The problem is what came after the black icons. Yeah, I’m talking to you, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and the race-baiting industry. The family-destroying welfare dependency complex they helped to build, and their defense of indefensible public schools, have taken urban “culture” to this point.


Feb. 23 — Neil Munro at the Daily Caller:

When he’s talking to reporters, the chairman of the president’s Council of Economic Advisors champions the president’s top legislative goal — boosting the number of legal immigrants.

But when he’s talking to his fellow economists about Americans’ low wages, Jason Furman turns 180 degrees — by pushing the contradictory goal of having a “tighter labor market” where employers can’t find enough workers.

We’re not going to have “tighter labor markets” while the borders aren’t controlled.


March 1 — Leftist politicians have been claiming that and the state exchanges have been functioning acceptably with almost no media pushback. Here’s an exception, from AP (which conveniently appeared on a Saturday): “Long waits frustrate callers to health exchanges.”


March 3 — A Workers’ Paradise update from Reuters: “Cuban dissidents say political arrests top 1,000 in February.” According to them, that marks three straight months.


March 3 — “All Civilizations Are NOT Equal” update, in a double dose — “Iran: Top Court Orders Man’s Eyes to be Gouged Out and Ears Chopped for Pouring Acid on Girl”


March 2, at the Daily Caller“DC’s green-approved buildings using more energy.” But everyone feels better about themselves, so that’s okay.

Positivity: Wrestler loses match but moves crowd with kind act

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From St. Paul, Minnesota (video at link; HT Daryn Kagan; hanky alert):

The Class 3A state high school wrestling championship at the Xcel Energy Center this week ended with a standing ovation and few dry eyes. The match for the final 120 pound contenders already began with much emotion.

St. Michael Albertville High School sophomore Mitchell McKee wanted to win the state for his father, who is battling terminal cancer and was given months to live.

“I prayed ‘God help me win this match’ so I can go win a state title for my dad,” said McKee.

McKee pinned opponent Malik Stewart, a Blaine High School sophomore, around 1:22 into the face-off. Losing the state title, Stewart could have walked away, but he chose to do something that would stun many in the arena.

“He won,” said Stewart. “He was pretty proud, and his dad was pretty proud. So I went over there and I shook his hand, embraced him a little bit, and told him to stay strong and everybody loves him.”

Stewart didn’t stop there. He shook the hands of McKee’s coaches and then ran over to McKee’s dad, Steve, again offering a handshake and an embrace.

“He took that upon himself, knew Mitchell’s father was over there gave him a hug and congratulated him,” said Josh Prokosch, the Blaine Bengal’s head wrestling coach.

Stewart said the emotions of greater loss settled in.

“I got a little teary because I lost the match, and I knew the hard times he was going through. The crowd went wild and I heard a couple people say after I did it – that was pretty classy – but I just did it straight from the heart,” said Stewart.

When it was McKee’s turn to hug his dad, onlookers cried, stood and clapped. Stewart said he deeply understood the emotion behind the embrace.

“I went through the same thing when I was younger but my dad didn’t pass by cancer. It was by a heart attack, so I know what he is going through,” said Stewart, who said his dad died when he was seven years old. …

Go here for the rest of the story.