November 29, 2009

PROFIT LOGIC

A good blog post via Amritas about how there's no logic to profit-based hatred:

while politicians routinely attack BIG oil for its high profits, the same politicians are silent about the highER profit margins of Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo. For every dollar Exxon keeps after paying their bills, Google keeps $3. Exxon is attacked because they sell more units than Google, but in reality, Google is keeping more of the customer’s money. Politicians don’t concern themselves with this kind of stuff, because Google is very popular with the electorate, and oil companies are not.

Read the whole thing, and see if you can guess ahead of time how much profit medical insurance companies make.

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November 26, 2009

TODAY'S PLANS

My Thanksgiving SpouseBUZZ post: The Tradition of No Traditions

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November 24, 2009

JONAH ON THANKSGIVING

There's just so much funny and right in this that you have to read the whole thing.

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November 21, 2009

SPEND MORE

A good comment found at Althouse:

To those who point out that we in the US spend more on medical care than other developed countries, I would like to say this. We also spend more on education, charity, pet food, entertainment, and probably lots of other things I don’t know about.

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November 14, 2009

PIGS FLY

I am hormonal lately and seem to cry easily, so I am blaming that for the wetness in my eyes as I read this: Thank you former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush (via AirForceWife)

I'm home.  I missed a call from my husband today while I was on my flight.  Two weeks and counting since we had a four-minute phone call.  Oy.  I am not a fan of this particular deployment.

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November 09, 2009

"YET THE PEOPLE RETAINED THE RIGHT TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS"

A parable via CaliValleyGirl: Walter Mitty's Second Amendment

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November 08, 2009

TWO MORE LINKS FOR TODAY

More links today.  First from Villainous Company:

Now the Army's largest base has suffered a devastating attack by a deranged Islamist. And how does our Commander in Chief respond? He gives a "shout out" to Joe Medicine Crow, "that noted Congressional Medal of Honor winner".

Tell me something: in a moment of national tragedy, is it really too much to expect that the President of the United States not give "shout outs"? Is it too much ask that he understand the difference between the Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Medal of Honor? What we require from our leaders at times like this is not much. They don't have to actually care. What we want is precisely the kind of thing that comes easily to Barack Obama: honeyed words and a show of empathy from a man who thinks that quality is the most important attribute a Supreme Court judge can possess. But somehow, asking the Commander in Chief of our armed forces to to give the appearance of empathy even if the actual feeling was not there - was too much.

Americans expect something more from leaders in times of trouble. Grace. Empathy. Inspiration. A sense of gravity. When the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded killing 7 astronauts, Ronald Reagan postponed the State of the Union report to address and assuage the nation's shock and mourning.

Barack Obama, on the other hand, was giving shout outs.

And an absolute must-read from JR Salzman about true PTSD:

Sometimes I would just wake up screaming in agony as I relived the moment where my right arm was ripped from my body by an Iranian shape charge.  (I may not know what childbirth feels like, but I know what it's like to go an hour with my arm ripped off without painkillers (I'm allergic to morphine).) [snip] That's what fucking PTSD is like.  At no point in time have I ever felt the desire or need to grab a weapon and go shoot someone or something up.  At no point in time have I ever grabbed a weapon and broken a law because I felt the need to protect myself.  PTSD urges you mitigate the risk of events that happened in your life.  But if you've never had anything traumatic happen in your life, you can't fucking have PTSD. 

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SPEAKING OF STEYN

Speaking of Mark Steyn (and I always like speaking of Mark Steyn):

And his superior officers and other authorities knew about his beliefs but seemed to think it was just a bit of harmless multicultural diversity — as if believing that “the Muslims should stand up and fight against the aggressor” (i.e., his fellow American soldiers) and writing Internet paeans to the “noble” “heroism” of suicide bombers and, indeed, objectively supporting the other side in an active war is to be regarded as just some kind of alternative lifestyle that adds to the general vibrancy of the base.

And here too:

I appreciated this comment:

Incredible, especially when you consider that the only Muslims killed in the USA on 9/11 and in Britain on 7/7 were killed by Muslims.

Muslims may have as much to fear from radical Muslims as any other American, Briton or Canadian... I'm rather sick of the MSM interrupting our grieving to tell us that, to add Muslims' insults to a Muslim's murderous injury, they suspect us of wanting to attack their mosques now, even though we didn't the last ten times a Muslim killed innocent people in the name of Islam. What are they scared of? Grafitti?

That first sentence is worth bearing in mind when mendacious lobby groups such as CAIR trot out their "fears" for Muslim safety. Muslims died in the World Trade Center, the London Underground, the Bali nightclub attacks, the Istanbul bank bombings, in Iraqi shopping markets targeted by insurgents. The death toll of Muslims killed by Muslims in any one year is staggering. Jihadists are very indifferent to murdering their coreligionists and have been since the Grand Mufti staged his  uprising in Mandatory Palestine and wound up slaughtering more Muslims than Jews or Britons.

After my comparative body count in my "fear for Muslims" post last night - non-Muslims 13, Muslims 0 - a snotty liberal wrote to wonder sneeringly how I knew the dead at Fort Hood were all non-Muslims. He thinks he's refuting my point but in fact he's making it for me: The soi-disant "moderate Muslim" has far more to fear from a coreligionist boarding the subway train yelling "Allahu akbar!" than he does from the allegedly "Islamophobic" Americans forever on the brink of "backlash". That our media cannot see what the commenter above sees is, even in a relativist age, a very advanced stage of decadence.

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November 04, 2009

ALL OF A SUDDEN, HE HAD A POINT OF VIEW

Via a new Facebook friend:  I never get tired of hearing John Stossel's story.

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