Daily News Shots, 04/08/2010

President Obama signed a treaty with Russia that would limit America’s options on using nuclear weapons in self-defense, and Sarah Palin took a political shot by saying that his decision was akin to a kid telling a bully to punch him in the face and promise he wouldn’t fight back. Obama, ever the self-absorbed one, came back with, “last I checked, Palin’s not an expert on nukes.” Quickly realizing he’d left himself open as he is also no expert, he deferred to his Secretary of Defense and the Joint Chiefs of Staff. No word on whether he realized at any point that Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, a Russian historian and former intelligence director, is also no expert on nukes. There was also no comment on what the Joint Chiefs actually said.

Meanwhile, the Chinese, North Koreans, Iranians and Syrians giggled with glee at the idea of a weakened America. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad reportedly drank to American political correctness.

A United Airlines flight from Washington, D.C. to Denver landed while reporting a possible terrorist on board. An Air Marshal smelled smoke coming from the plane’s lavatory and confronted the man inside when he came out; when asked what he’d been doing, the man replied, “I was trying to light my shoes on fire.” The plane was escorted into Denver airspace by a pair of F-16 fighter jets and met on the tarmac by a small army of law enforcement officers and FBI agents, who took the supposed shoe bomber into custody and proceeded to question every person on the flight. The man turned out to be 27-year-old Mohammed Al-Madadi, third secretary to the ambassador of the Qatar embassy. He had diplomatic immunity and was en route to visit a jailed Al Qaeda operative in Denver when he tried to sneak a smoke on the flight despite federal laws banning such behavior. No word yet on whether CAIR plans to file a lawsuit on the cheeky young “diplomat.”

Doctors in Arizona are facing a difficult decision as Congressional inaction in the wake of the new federal health care law put new Medicare claims on hold and reduced Medicare payments by 22%. Many doctors are being forced to drop Medicare patients. Even long-time patients are being told that they cannot be seen while Medicare policies are reviewed because doctors, as predicted, cannot afford to keep accepting Medicare. Democrat rep Harry Mitchell decried the situation even after taking part in the shenanigans led by fellow Democrats and failed to say why he didn’t speak up sooner. Tea Party activists everywhere said, “we tried to tell you…”

Finally, in 2003, Troy Hogues was sent to prison for sexually assaulting a child. He was released in 2007, and today he was arrested in my old neighborhood in Friendswood, Texas (a suburb of Houston) for running afoul of a city ordinance that bars sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of a school. In this case, he lived down the road from Wedgewood Elementary School. He was ticketed (yes, ticketed) for violating the ordinance in February and March. When police came to his home to arrest him today for continuing to flaunt the law they found a handgun and a bulletproof vest in his possession. There is no word yet on how the 27-year-old was able to obtain the weapon and body armor, both of which he was banned by federal mandate from owning as he was a convicted felon. Gun control activists had no words to offer in the wake of the discovery as they still have not discovered a way to stop the criminals from obtaining guns they already cannot have.

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9 thoughts on “Daily News Shots, 04/08/2010

  1. “Doctors in Arizona are facing a difficult decision as Congressional inaction in the wake of the new federal health care law put new Medicare claims on hold and reduced Medicare payments by 22%. Many doctors are being forced to drop Medicare patients. ”

    This has been a problem in California with Medicaid for as long as I have lived here (20 years). If you are on Medicaid, then good luck finding a doctor who takes it. My doctor doesn’t accept Medicaid.

    Before the liberals cry foul, my health insurance is not universally accepted by every doctor and every medical practice statewide. This is how capitalism works.

  2. “Right now if Medicare pays $100 for a service, only 72 cents is left after expenses.”

    And doctors have to decide if they want to see Medicare patients? Good God, that decision is no brainer.

  3. Justice Paul Stevens has retired. Now the Obama gets to pick another SCOTUS judge. He should appoint me.

  4. “Gun control activists had no words to offer in the wake of the discovery as they still have not discovered a way to stop the criminals from obtaining guns they already cannot have.”

    I saw this on BBC World News last night.

    In southern Sudan there is a hard edge movement to confiscate guns. The conventional wisdom is guns and other weapons cause minor tribal fueding to erupt into full scale violence with automatic weapons to match. Those that don’t turn in their guns face prison time and a fine.

    A cattle herder turned in his gun the last time this was tried and guess what? His cattle were stolen by…come on take guess? Thieves? You’re getting hot. Thieves with guns? BINGO!!!

    Imagine that…those nasty criminals did not turn in their guns and laws that threatened to put them in prison did not stop them either.

    Who would have guessed?

    So, it did not work the first time. But, (LOL) I am sure it will work this time!

  5. “President Obama signed a treaty with Russia that would limit America’s options on using nuclear weapons in self-defense”

    I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that you, like Sarah Palin, have no idea what the treaty actually says. Would that be a fair characterization? Because the treaty calls for a reduction in nuclear arms, not an elimination. The U.S. and Russia will be “limited” to 1,500 nuclear weapons each. Do you have some idea how much damage ONE can do? You know what M.A.D. is, right? Again I ask, how much destructive power do you really think you need to possess? The treaty also stipulates that its rules ONLY apply to signatories to the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty, which, in short, means that all bets are off in regards to countries like North Korea. I really am convinced that the only reason the cons are bitching about this is because there’s a Democrat in the White House. Had a con been the one to propose this, you’d all be touting the true peace keeping nature of the GOP.

    “Obama, ever the self-absorbed one, came back with, “last I checked, Palin’s not an expert on nukes.”

    How does that make him self absorbed? I would think you would leave this one alone, since, clearly, she’s not much of an expert on anything. I don’t understand how pointing that out sets you off. If you had to make a huge decision like this, wouldn’t you also take the advice of the national security apparatus over that of a vapid airhead who can’t even manage to structure a cogent sentence without sounding like a buffoon? It’s not a tough choice…

    “Congressional inaction in the wake of the new federal health care law put new Medicare claims on hold and reduced Medicare payments by 22%”

    Congressional inaction? That’s a nice way of framing the issue. The fact of the matter is, once again, your party is completely to blame. Remember last month when one Senator Bunning of Kentucky thought it would be wise to block a bill from coming to the floor to extend unemployment benefits? Well, also in that bill was a provision to patch a $10 billion pot hole in Medicare funding. Mr. Asshole’s obstruction triggered a 21% decrease in reimbursements to doctors until a measure can be brought back to the floor for a vote. And who knows when that will happen, because Bunning will likely pull the same stunt.

    “Democrat rep Harry Mitchell decried the situation even after taking part in the shenanigans led by fellow Democrats and failed to say why he didn’t speak up sooner.”

    What shenanigans are these? The only shenanigans I was aware of took place in the Senate.

  6. Please, post something concrete, not opinion.

    We see shenanigans every day from both the House and Senate. Democrats scream about Republicans not wanting to work in a bipartisan manner, and Republicans shout the same accusation about Democrats. Truth is, nobody wants to work with anyone. It was no different when the Republicans were in power; Democrats blocked everything they could and claimed it was because Republicans were being brats.

    Why did Medicare and Unemployment need to be in the same bill? Last I checked, healthcare and unemployment were two distinctly separate issues. Whether they tend to affect one another is irrelevant. Back in the mid-90’s, lawmakers passed a child-abuse bill and slipped a provision about tattooing onto the back of it. Both sides do this regularly. Why? Because there are times when it’s the only way to pass a controversial piece of legislation. Both sides are wrong for it no matter how you spin it, and you know it, Robert.

  7. “Please, post something concrete, not opinion.”

    Fair enough:

    http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/03/bunning-blockade-leads-to-21-percent-pay-cut-to-doctors.php

    Bunning’s argument made no sense. He stated that this needed to be paid for before he would even allow it to the floor. The Senate had passed PAYGO a couple of weeks prior (without his vote), so it would have to be paid for, by law.

    Keep in mind that even Republicans were trying to get Bunning to stop obstructing this bill. Rumor has it that Bunning intentionally held this up to embarrass fellow Kentucky Senator and minority leader Mitch McConnell over some issues that exist between the two of them. But that’s all speculation and beside the point.

    “Why did Medicare and Unemployment need to be in the same bill?”

    I’m not exactly sure. I just know that the rates that doctors were being paid were to expire, and that it was in the other bill so as to beat the deadline that would trigger the cuts.

    “Because there are times when it’s the only way to pass a controversial piece of legislation. Both sides are wrong for it no matter how you spin it, and you know it, Robert.”

    I completely agree with that sentiment, although I don’t really see maintaining Medicare pay rates for doctors as being controversial.

  8. “The U.S. and Russia will be “limited” to 1,500 nuclear weapons each. Do you have some idea how much damage ONE can do? ”

    That depends on the type of nuke.

    There are tactical nukes that are designed for the battlefield. If your enemy invades and has a 2 to 1 advantage in tanks and a 3 to 1 advantage in artillery, then tactical nukes can eliminate that edge.

    The other type are the Hirosihma style city killers.

    Anyway…we never needed a nuclear edge against the Russians. Look how bad they failed to fight in Afghanistan and Chechenya (sp.). The Red Army could broke every rule about humane treatment of the enemy and still lost. Why were we ever fearful of the Red Army then or now?

    Anyway…then next thing to really fear is China assuming that nation can hold it together. I predict it will fall apart like the USSR.

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