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Questions And Observations #5

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For new readers, “QandO” is short for “Questions and Observations”.

  • “Scientific proof” that Islam is the “correct religion” thanks to an electron- microscope. Yes, “molecules took beautiful shapes everytime they are exposed to air vibrations from reading the holy Quran or saying the word islam or the muslim call to prayer.” But is there scientific consensus?
  • Apparently Hamas and al-Qaeda are fighting it out for the Gaza strip. 13 dead and 100 injured. Only al-Qaeda would declare Hamas as being “too liberal”. So how will the San Francisco anti-Israel protesters protest this? My guess is that somehow Bush will be the blame. Also note how hard the report tip-toes around identifying the Hamas opponents as al-Qaeda
  • 60 Brooklyn New York seniors gave Democratic Representative Anthony Weiner an ear-full, with one of them calling him a crook who was trying to bankrupt the country. Weiner’s response? “You have a lot of good talking points”. Yeah, my guess is her “talking points” were in reaction to his talking points. You have to hope the Dems keep handling all of their constituent protesters in such an appallingly ham-fisted manner. Hard to turn old folks in a deep blue district into racist red-necks though, isn’t it?
  • Zomblog does a terrific retrospective of the Bush/Hitler meme during the last 8 years that exposes the faux-outrage of both the media and the left for what it is. It’s a rather interesting reminder of how casual and how widespread it was. Just as interesting is the amnesia that both the media and left are seemingly suffering right now.
  • Lefties are up in arms with Whole Foods CEO John Mackey after he came out in a WSJ editorial against Obama’s health care reform. You see, Mackey’s company self-insures and provides its own health care coverage. And it works. Mackey tops it off by saying we should be moving toward “less government control and more individual empowerment”. Liberals are enraged and boycotting, believing Mackey is biting the hand that fed him. I guess the entrepreneurial capitalist won out over the sniveling collectivist. He knows what got him where he is and it wasn’t government. Me? I’ve never shopped at Whole Foods, but I’m going to now.
  • In all of this health care stuff, let’s not forget about cap-and-trade. The Heritage Foundation has a new analysis out. If the bill is passed and signed into law as is, look for a 58% increase in gas prices, a 90% increase in electricity prices, and a $3000 per family increase in goods and services. At a national level, we’ll see a loss of 9.4 trillion in aggregate GDP between 2012 and 2035 as well as a loss of 2.5 million jobs by 2035. Other than that, it’s a peachy keen bit of legislation.
  • And for our “bad salesman tip” of the week – remember when you’re trying to sell government health care as an alternative to private health care, alway invoke UPS and FedEx as the good example and the USPS as the screwed up example. Heh … sometimes you just have to know when to shut up.
  • Congressman Bart Stupak, D-MI validates the contention that most of the Democrats put party over country. Stupak told Detroit News columnist Frank Beckmann that protests weren’t going to deter him from voting yes on health care. He said, “We’re not going to allow a small, vocal minority to dissuade us (from) our goal.” IOW, “screw you folks, I’m just going through the motions in these townhalls, Nancy Pelosi has my vote”

~McQ

16 Responses to Questions And Observations #5

  • Scientific proof” that Islam is the “correct religion” thanks to an electron- microscope. Yes, “molecules took beautiful shapes everytime they are exposed to air vibrations from reading the holy Quran or saying the word islam or the muslim call to prayer.” But is there scientific consensus?

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    Most likely those molecules were just scared of the Islamolecules chopping their heads off if they didn’t

  • “…exposed to air vibrations from reading the holy Quran or saying the word islam or the muslim call to prayer.”

    Yet another factor in (AGW) global climate change. Imagine the variables; what if every sixth muslim breaks wind as he utters the word Islam, or every third muslim who is bowing while on his knees with arms outstretched and open palms, creating a quick gust of wind as his palms come in contact with his rug and saying Islam at the same time. Or heaven forbid, our bowing muslim, simultaneously breaking wind causing a slight recoil in the muslim directly behind him, throwing his hand position off the norm and inducing excessive exhaling, leading to a whole different set of wind currents…

    • …exposed to air vibrations from reading the holy Quran or saying the word islam or the muslim call to prayer.

  • Robert Reich explains all …

    Mainly because there’s still no healthcare plan. All we have are some initial markups from several congressional committees, which differ from one another in significant ways. The White House’s is waiting to see what emerges from the House and Senate before insisting on what it wants, maybe in conference committee.

    Obamas tactics are an attempt “to bamboozle you, to hoodwink you”

  • I have to say, that watching The Clown™ mouth off his unadulterated horse manure in Colorado today, I came to believe, for the first time, that this alleged health care reform baloney is going to fail. Usually, when The Clown™ speaks, people swoon before him, and the media swoons as well. Yet, today, as the (staged) crowd swooned and listened to his every word, you got the feeling that The Clown™ is now on the losing side of this thing, that his JARs are moving down, down, down, and that he has put himself and his party so far out on a limb that they don’t realize that the tree is rotten and they are about to plunge into the river below. And it is a freezing river they are going to topple into.

    Some commentator said today that the worst Bush got in his first year in office was 48% approval, and that was right before 9/11. The Clown™ is now at 47% approval, and we have to realize that the economy is not improving, that the situation is Afghanistan is getting worse, and that health care reform is sapping his political strength. When the yearly deficit comes in, in October, at $1.8 trillion, when Thanksgiving to Christmas sales are way down, when the economy continues to hemorrhage jobs, more and more of the public will abandon The Clown™. Today, for the first time, I saw at town hall meetings the signs that said “2008 was a horrible mistake.” Watch for more of that.

    Prediction: By Thanksgiving, The Clown’s™ Job Approval Rating (JAR) will be at 42% or lower. Any takers?

  • But the bill [H.R. 1 EH AKA "stimulus"] goes further. One new bureaucracy, the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology, will monitor treatments to make sure your doctor is doing what the federal government deems appropriate and cost effective. The goal is to reduce costs and “guide” your doctor’s decisions (442, 446). These provisions in the stimulus bill are virtually identical to what Daschle prescribed in his 2008 book, “Critical: What We Can Do About the Health-Care Crisis.” According to Daschle, doctors have to give up autonomy and “learn to operate less like solo practitioners.”

  • <b>”Me? I’ve never shopped at Whole Foods, but I’m going to now.”</b>
    Yes indeed.  Yesterday I printed a list of stores for Oregon & Washington.  I shop about every 2 months in Portland for Chinese food.  I’ll now include a stop at Whole Foods.
    P.S.  How do I do a blockquote?

    • P.S. How do I do a blockquote?

      We used to have a toolbar with a button for that. Not sure where it went.

      What I think you do is surround the quote with a blockquote tag. If that’s correct, then the first line above should be a block quote. Let’s see if it works.

    • Yes, that worked fine. So it’s <blockquote> tag to open, and corresponding close tag to close (if my escape characters make through WordPress processing).

  • Funny, I was just watching a re-run of SNL where every joke was at the expense of McCain or Palin, and the Obama “joke” was that “we are winning so easily that we can dance.”
    Essentially this was peer pressure against those suscpetible to such things.
    Amazing.

  • “Me? I’ve never shopped at Whole Foods, but I’m going to now.”


    Isn’t that picking winners and loser?  :p

  • “Funny, I was just watching a re-run of SNL where every joke was at the expense of McCain or Palin, and the Obama “joke” was that “we are winning so easily that we can dance.”
    Essentially this was peer pressure against those suscpetible to such things.
    Amazing.”

    A lot of people are.  Especially when its constant.  But particularly young people who possibly by genetics and definitely the way we raise them take more information in by it being told to them than through experience.
    If you can keep a young people pulled over to the Democrats or Liberals until their mid-20′s you can probably permanently skew the makeup for that generation until death.

  • I’d shop at Whole Paycheck Foods, but the closest one is over 12 miles away.  You’d think the limo liberals over in Fullerton would have one by now, but no.
    (here’s hoping the strikethrough works for me, ’cause Goddess knows blockquote doesn’t)

  • On Islamic Water:
    It’s hard for me to see how asymmetric, tripartite water molecules can form intricately beautiful shapes with six-fold shapes.
    However, I have seen such shapes before.
    “Snowflakes”, I believe they’re called.
    And I think an ordinary light microscope, or even a hand lens, suffices to reveal them.

  • Gah. For “six-fold shapes”, read “six-fold symmetry.

  • What they missed during their observation of the electron scope was the Judaic angels arranging the molecules into these pleasing shapes while others stood by to fend off the Al Queda electrons who were trying to blow the whole thing up.