It’s on

March 20, 2009

Behold the power of The One as, with but a single joke about Special Olympians, he causes The ‘Cuda to morph into Momma Grizzly:

Governor Sarah Palin responded to remarks made last night by President Obama related to the Special Olympics on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”

“I was shocked to learn of the comment made by President Obama about Special Olympics,” Governor Palin said. “This was a degrading remark about our world’s most precious and unique people, coming from the most powerful position in the world.

“These athletes overcome more challenges, discrimination and adversity than most of us ever will. By the way, these athletes can outperform many of us and we should be proud of them. I hope President Obama’s comments do not reflect how he truly feels about the special needs community.”

(via Jim Geraghty)

I speculated earlier that the administration’s proposal to make soldiers carry their own insurance for treatment of their wounds might be a tipping point that moves public opinion against Obama and the Democrats. But they’ve since backed off from that, and I doubt more than a few will remember it (outside of military family voters) by 2010 and 2012.

Now, however, I wonder if this little incident could be the flapping butterfly wings that eventually create a storm. PBO not only crapped on Special Olympians and their families, but on one particular mother of a special needs child, a mother who also happens to be one of his possible opponents in 2012. And, as Geraghty points out, it’s not the first frat-boy put-down he’s aimed at Sarah Palin.

Could this be the incident that makes her angry and energizes her to run? I don’t know, but, with a moment of tasteless levity, President Barack Obama may just have summoned Nemesis.







He insulted the mentally handicapped twice??

March 20, 2009

Cuffy claims that Obama used a slang term for Down Syndrome sufferers when talking about his new dog. And he has video. I don’t know: Obama clearly says "dripping," not "tripping," but it’s also clear he knew what water head meant and that he was using it as a joke.

What a classy president we have.

(hat tip: The Jawa Report)



March 20, 2009

It’s now 60 days, 64 mistakes. My favorite? Too many to choose from, but the last is right up there:

64. Banning the press from covering his acceptance of a press association award

This is definitely a sense of irony-free White House. Doh



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Meet the rainbow jellyfish

March 20, 2009

This is way cool:


Read the full article at National Geographic.

(I wonder if it wants to be Treasury Secretary… Day dreaming )


Playing the sucker

March 20, 2009

President Obama sends a special message of peace and hope to the people and leaders of Iran, offering an open hand instead of a clenched fist:

Little Green Footballs has the transcript. The mullahs must be laughing their heads off at us right now. With PBO in the process of gutting the military and spending more time on domestic critics than foreign threats, the millenarian jihadists ruling Tehran know darn well we won’t do a thing to stop them while Chamberlain Carter Obama is on watch. Sad

LINKS: Claudia Rosett called this the reset video.


A death a day

March 20, 2009


Do we really want nationalized health care? Every time I read about another country’s centrally controlled system –France’s, Canada’s, or Massachusetts, for example, our partial free-market system looks just fine by comparison, for all its problems.

Via the Heritage Foundation, we read about the latest From Britain’s National Health Service. As the Times reports, an award-winning hospital treats its patients to Third World conditions:

A catalogue of failings

Lack of staff

Receptionists with no clinical training assessed A&E patients, and were responsible for checking them in the waiting room. From September 2005 to March 2008, A&E operated with two senior doctors, not three. For months there was one emergency consultant, making 24-hour cover impossible. The trust relied on senior doctors not specialising in emergency medicine, or middle-grade doctors. In one fortnight there was no consultant or middle-grade night cover.

Patients in pain

Patients suffered without treatment for hours. A senior doctor told of a patient with a broken elbow that pierced the skin who had no pain relief for four hours. A patient with a history of heart problems waited for 40 minutes. Patient alert buzzers could sound for 40 minutes unanswered. Families said that help with feeding was minimal and some patients drank water from vases.

The target culture

Staff said that there was “pressure, pressure, pressure” on them to meet the four-hour A&E waiting time target. Doctors recounted occasions where managers asked them to leave seriously ill patients to treat minor ailments instead so that the target could be met. One was asked to leave a heart-attack patient being given life-saving treatment. Nurses left meetings in tears after being told that jobs were at risk after a target was breached. Patients were “dumped” into wards near A&E so the target could be met. This led to delays in X-rays and increased risk.

Poor equipment

Lack of training on cardiac monitors meant that some were switched off. Some nurses alerted to an alarm on a machine were unaware of what it meant. A resuscitation trolley was not checked for seven months, with items missing and drugs out of date.

Read the whole thing. The article quotes people involved in the hospital and the investigation as blaming the bosses, which is true as far as it goes: their conduct was reprehensible. But the fact is, as Heritage points out, that the top-down system itself creates incentives for meeting management and budget goals first, usually at the expense of patient care:

This reveals, yet again, the fundamental flaws with top-down national health care systems, and, indeed, with excessive top-down control in all areas of life. First, the more responsibilities the bureaucrats at the center assume, the more targets, mandates, goals, and requirements they push down the system. But by trying to control everything, a top-down order ends up controlling nothing, except the flow of paperwork: the more it tightens it grip, the more humanity slips through its fingers. Second, a centralized system incentivizes people to be more concerned with managing the system than with managing their jobs. And when their job is making life and death decisions, that’s a recipe not just for failure, or even for expensive failure. It’s a recipe for inhumanity.

Nationalized health care is rationed health care, which means some people will get turned away. And yet, this is the very kind of system the Obama-Pelosi Democrats want to impose on us.

No, thank you. Not talking

LINKS: More from Dr. Paul Hsieh — America doesn’t need a ‘health care czar’


The Teleprompter on Leno

March 20, 2009

PBO’s teleprompter refuses to take the blame for the Special Olympics gaffe and then reveals a dark family secret.

Hee hee


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