Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Rustic Gothic

Peeled maple branches Gothic Revival chair

PETA VS A Raw Steak

A Raw Steak - 236,023 fans

PETA - 523,030 fans

Ohio LOVES Health Care Reform

Well, at least in the abstract. Not so much as seen through the eyes of Pelosi and Obama.

via polling

Why Aren't Members Of The Administration, Congress And Bureaucracy Subject To Health Care 'Reform'?

Grassley gets a good start, but should take it to its logical end. If HCR is so dandy for us why not for all of them?

Grassley says health care reform should apply to President Obama, top administration officials

WASHINGTON – Senator Chuck Grassley today said he will offer an amendment during Senate debate on the health care reconciliation bill this week to apply the reform legislation to the President, Vice President, cabinet members and top White House staff.

“It’s pretty unbelieveable that the President and his closest advisors remain untouched by the reforms they pushed for the rest of the country. In other words, President Obama’s health care reform won’t apply to President Obama,” Grassley said. “Last December, the effort to apply any new law to administration political leaders was rejected by the Senate Majority Leader. But there’s no justification for the double standard, and I’ll continue to work to establish fairness.”

The Senate legislation passed last night by the House of Representatives includes an amendment Grassley sponsored and got adopted by the Finance Committee last fall to have members of Congress and their staffs get their health insurance through the same health insurance exchanges where health plans for the general public would be available. During the closed-door negotiations on the bill late last year, the Senate Majority Leader carved out Senate committee and leadership staff from this requirement.

Subsequently, Grassley and Senator Tom Coburn attempted to offer another amendment to restore the requirement during Senate debate on the health care bill, but the Senate Majority Leader would not let their amendment to fix this loophole even come up for a vote. In addition to Senate committee and leadership staff, the amendment Grassley and Coburn filed during the Senate debate would have made the President, the Vice President, top White House staff and cabinet members all get their health insurance through the newly created exchanges. It would not have applied to federal employees in the civil service.

I'd love to see Nancy stand in line for her Botox.

Stupak And Dems Celebrate Health By Getting Drunk

Stupak, Clearly Shaken by his Vote, Closes Bar with Fellow Dems
Bart Stupak and several Democratic buddies closed the bar last night in Washington DC.

Roll Call reported:

What better way to celebrate passing history-making legislation than kicking back at a dive bar famous for its cheap beer and taxidermy-heavy d├ęcor? A large group of House Democrats defied cigar-and-champagne stereotypes by partying down until the wee hours after the health care vote at the decidedly downscale Tune Inn on Pennsylvania Avenue.

HOH spies say the gaggle of jubilant Democrats included Rep. John Larson (Conn.), who got a roar of welcome when he entered the bar; Rep. Joe Crowley (N.Y.), who was briefly spotted standing behind the bar, handing out drinks; and Reps. John Boccieri (Ohio), Melissa Bean (Ill.), Tom Perriello (Va.) and Jerry Costello (Ill.).

Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.), who had been the center of attention all weekend after resisting the abortion-related language in the bill but ultimately voting for the package, was among Tune Inn’s revelers. An HOH spy says Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) planted a giant kiss on Stupak’s cheek.

The celebration continued until the bar issued its last call for drinks, our tipsters say.

I hope Canada Denies Ann Coulter's 'Free Speech', They Deserve Silence

Here in America, the left has attempted to control political debate by sending screeches and harpies to shout down those with whom they disagree. In Canada they control "free speech" through thinly veiled laws concerning what can and cannot be said. Both are attempts at the same thing, controlling political debate.

The idea is that if one side can control what can be said, they can then control the debate. In Canada, one can argue this is doubly onerous because they speak two official languages, but here in America we speak many languages. While there are those here that are attempting to increase our Spanish, there are still those that say we speak all languages except George Bernard Shaw's English.

Whatever. Free speech is free speech and shouldn't be limited by a bunch of pantywaists that don't have backbone to get in there and fight for their ideas. Of course, ideas are not made by nice-nice coded words mixed with tea and crumpets. Ideas are hard business and good, really good ideas, can get pretty rough.

I'm not convinced that had one of my ancestors intoned a, "My good fellow, can't we all just get along?" at Bunker Hill that things would have turned out differently, but then I am merely an oaf, made so by the border, that can't even see the hidden 'phish-phish' behind condescending words sent to us by one of our betters.

"I would, however, like to inform you, or perhaps remind you..."

"I therefore encourage you to educate yourself, if need be..."

Oh, Good Lord, this drivel just goes on and on, heaping more and more saccharin smug self righteous condescension onto Ms. Coulter. Really, all 4 are in there. Provosts are like that. Phiff, phiff.

Mr. Houle seems fairly invincible behind his empty suit of academic clothes swaddled in cowardly law. For you Canadians, that means he is a total wuss. Coulter could out debate this little man with merely a look. He'd run to mummy, or the appropriate government bureaucrat, in an Ottawa minute.

I hope she is laughing her irreverent *** off. I know I am.