Crazy Times

Today, Democrats killed the transparency Obama promised yet again. While voting on whether to post the new healthcare legislation 72 hours prior to voting on the final bill, the Senate Finance Committee struck the measure down. They promised only to post “conceptual language” online about the bill. God forbid they actually let us all have unfettered access to it. We might actually decide for ourselves–the way we did on the last one–that we don’t want it.

Moammar Qadhafi addressed the UN right on the heels of dear leader Barack Obama. Obama told the entire world how he is the change everybody has waited for (all hail Obamessiah!). Then Qadhafi went on some long rant about how he would be happy if “our son” Obama could be the President forever, Israelis killed JFK and MLK, and Libya is going to “bring the rolling thunder” to America. America will be attacked again, so the UN needs to move out.

Meanwhile, back on the farm…

Here in Arizona, on November 15 of last year, 16-year-old Kelly Tracy was headed with her brother Matthew to prepare with their high school’s marching band to perform in a parade when their car was struck by a drunken illegal alien, Manuel Contreras-Galdean. Matthew was injured. Kelly died within hours. Contreras-Galdean was placed under arrest at the scene. Shortly after the collision he caused (while driving with a BAC of .192), he was found to be in the United States illegally. He has since also been charged with forgery–he used what police call “synthetic fraud” to create a fake identity and falsified employment records to get a job.

He wasn’t even supposed to be in our country.

I do not speak for the Tracy family. I do not know what their thoughts and feelings are about the aggravating factors of Contreras-Galdean’s “immigrant” status. But I can’t imagine how they must feel today as the man who murdered their daughter had the tacit nerve to stand up in court and reject the prosecution’s plea offer of 10.5 years for each count against him (21 years total).

That sorry SOB had the gall to demand 14 to 16 years.

Oh, but he’s sooooo sorry. He didn’t mean to cause the family any pain. He wasn’t supposed to be here, he wasn’t supposed to drink and drive, and he wasn’t supposed to be at the intersection at Guadalupe and Sossaman as lit up as he was that morning. He was, though, and while he survived with minimal injuries, beautiful Kelly was torn from her life before she’d had a chance to do all the things she hoped to do.

Contreras-Galdean isn’t the first to beg for leniency in court because he didn’t mean to hurt anybody. People who have willingly killed with their bare hands have made such claims many times over. Since when does simply saying “I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to” absolve anyone of the consequences of taking a life?

One of my top ten favorite lyrics ever is from a song by Jars of Clay, called Crazy Times: “it takes more than your saline eyes to make things right.”

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10 thoughts on “Crazy Times

  1. Wait a second here. He was offered 21 years on a fixed term sentence. With time off for good behavior he is out in 10.5 years.

    So, he rejects that for a 14-16 term? If he takes that deal then he is down for 14 years fixed with a possibility of serving 16 years.

    14 locked vs. 10.5 locked?

    I don’t know how you do it in Arizona. But in CA an attorney who takes 14 over 10.5 would be disbarred.

    Huh?

  2. “We might actually decide for ourselves–the way we did on the last one–that we don’t want it.”

    That’s odd, I thought the right would love this bill, considering that it’s a handout to the poor insurance industry you’re trying so desperately to protect. Max Baucus’s bill has no public option, yet requires everyone who is currently uninsured to go out and get private insurance, which is the number one cause for the desperate need for health care reform. Baucus’s idea of reform is to force those who can’t afford insurance to buy it anyway, or be taxed up to 32% of their income. It’s a complete handout to the crooks responsible for so many bankruptcies already. And what do you need 72 hours for? Everyone knows this thing doesn’t stand chance of passing…

  3. Oh, and before I forget, that 72 hour period you’re complaining about; according to the Senator from Kansas, those 72 hours are for health insurance lobbyists to go over the language in the bill, to determine whether or not it’s good enough for their liking…

  4. “Max Baucus’s bill has no public option…”

    I don’t support his bill, either. Is there a reason why this is being brought up?

    “Oh, and before I forget, that 72 hour period you’re complaining about; according to the Senator from Kansas, those 72 hours are for health insurance lobbyists to go over the language in the bill, to determine whether or not it’s good enough for their liking…”

    Hey, man, 72 hours is what Obama and other Dems promised in this “new age of transparency.” And why would we really have a problem with insurance industry leaders doing that? You’re coming up with lousy excuses to keep the true language of the bill under wraps until they manage to shove it down our throats.

    And in case you hadn’t heard, Harry Reid is threatening to use the nuclear option. Dems DO have that massive majority, you know, and they may well use it. I wonder why I might have a problem with not being able to read the whole bill.

  5. “I don’t support his bill, either. Is there a reason why this is being brought up?”

    You’re the one who wanted 72 hours for lobbyists to read the damn thing.

    “You’re coming up with lousy excuses to keep the true language of the bill under wraps until they manage to shove it down our throats.”

    Lousy excuse? What lousy excuse? If anything, you should support it because there’s no reform in it whatsoever. I don’t support this bill. All it does it provide 47 million more people for the insurance industry to rip off.

    “And in case you hadn’t heard, Harry Reid is threatening to use the nuclear option”

    Ha! So now it’s bad? After hearing people like Trent Lott threaten Democrats with this very thing for over a year back when you had control, now all of a sudden it’s a horrible thing because a Democrat is proposing it? Oh, the hypocrisy is killing me…with laughter.

  6. “You’re the one who wanted 72 hours for lobbyists to read the damn thing.”

    I’m the one who wants 72 hours so I can read the damn thing. I don’t care about the lobbyists. Besides, that was promised to us by Congress when Obama took office.

    “After hearing people like Trent Lott threaten Democrats with this very thing for over a year back when you had control, now all of a sudden it’s a horrible thing because a Democrat is proposing it? Oh, the hypocrisy is killing me…with laughter.”

    When did I or any other writer on this site ever, EVER say Lott was right to do that? Hypocrisy only exists when the accusations are true, Robert. I can’t speak for Philip or Steve, but I never agreed with Lott for threatening the nuclear option. And I wrote to him to tell him I didn’t approve.

  7. ” I can’t speak for Philip or Steve, but I never agreed with Lott for threatening the nuclear option. And I wrote to him to tell him I didn’t approve.”

    Then you have my apology for making that assumption and my respect for breaking from the pack.

  8. “Max Baucus’s bill has no public option, yet requires everyone who is currently uninsured to go out and get private insurance, which is the number one cause for the desperate need for health care reform. ”

    I disagree about the public option. The trouble with health insurance is it is less a form of insurance and more a form of an Entitlement scheme.

    If my car needs gas, I go and buy gas. I don’t bill my auto insurance policy because that is not what auto insurance is for.

    If a light bulb burns out in my apartment, then I buy a new one. I don’t bill my renters policy because that is not what my renters insurance is for.

    I carry auto and renters insurance for disasters.

    Health insurance doesn’t work that way and it should. Health insurance should only cover disasters to ones health. A twisted ankle is not a disaster. A massive heart attack is. Health insurance either by competitive choice or legal mandate tries to do too much. Too much costs money.

    Any reform plan that doesn’t create a tier system of Lifestyle Ehancement Care (LEC) and Lifestyle Survival Care won’t work (LSC). LEC costs should be completely born by the patient. LSC should be covered by insurance. By having insurance do less, it will do more.

  9. “Health insurance should only cover disasters to ones health.”

    I agree, but the problem with health is that seemingly benign symptoms can often belie the disasters we wouldn’t otherwise notice. I’ve been on calls where patients first refused care and then, seconds later, were collapsing and coding.

    A twisted ankle isn’t a disaster, but a broken bone can be. Often broken radius/ulnas, tibia/fibulas, phalanges, tarsals, humerus and especially femur require surgery to repair. It actually doesn’t take much damage to the body to require a lot of money for care. Gunshot wounds can cause embolisms when debris (usually tissues and bone fragments) enter the bloodstream and get caught on the lungs, where they stop oxygenated blood from reaching the brain and making a person a vegetable in a very short period of time.

    While I agree that insurance is supposed to be for disasters, the cost of a doctor’s visit is significantly more than a light bulb. I’d rather fill my tank than have to go to my doctor without insurance.

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