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Posted by: McQ on Saturday, March 04, 2006

In case you missed it, AP "clarifies" (or in the case of our reader Pogue Mahone, "claryfies") it's report on the video in which it claimed President Bush was warned about levee breaches prior to Katrina's landfall:
In a March 1 story, The Associated Press reported that federal disaster officials warned President Bush and his homeland security chief before Hurricane Katrina struck that the storm could breach levees in New Orleans, citing confidential video footage of an Aug. 28 briefing among U.S. officials.

The Army Corps of Engineers considers a breach a hole developing in a levee rather than an overrun. The story should have made clear that Bush was warned about floodwaters overrunning the levees, rather than the levees breaking.
Another in a long line of gaffes, screw ups and incorrect stories brought to you by the collective entity known as the Main Stream Media (MSM) and their "4 levels of editors".

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A huge sigh of relief was heard yesterday by those addicted to their "Crackberries":
Research In Motion Ltd., the maker of the BlackBerry e-mail device, announced yesterday it has settled its long-running patent dispute with a small Arlington firm, averting a shutdown of the BlackBerry system.

RIM has paid NTP Inc. $612.5 million in a "full and final settlement of all claims," the companies said.
The settlement is on the low end of expectations, and the judge, seeing RIM's hesitation pushed a settlement:
"He basically questioned the sanity of RIM, and said it wasn't acting very rationally," said Rod Thompson, patent lawyer at Farella, Braun and Martel in San Francisco. "His prodding of the parties worked."

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Reason Magazine reports that a legislator in California hopes to duplicate the failing Canadian health care system on the left coast:
A plan to outlaw private health insurance in California has been proposed by state Sen. Sheila Kuehl (D-Los Angeles). Senator Kuehl's bill, SB840, proposes to create the California Health Insurance Agency, a state government run single payer system for financing the health care of all Californians. Her bill, if enacted, would abolish all private health insurance in the Golden State. Her legislation essentially aims to replicate the system of socialized medicine in Canada which, until a recent court ruling in Quebec, made all private health care illegal. Her health care proposal is more authoritarian than the health care systems in the United Kingdom or Germany in which citizens can buy private insurance if they so choose.
A state version of the what was properly known as "Hillary Care" when it was proposed nationally about a decade ago. Of course Canada is moving away from this system since a) it's failing and b) it's Supreme Court found it to be unconsititutional. Not that this particular legislator see's that as a problem. It is another example of those who think the only reason similar systems have failed is because they weren't in charge of the program, and not because the systems violated basic and fundamental economic principles.

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A follow-up to a post I made a week or so ago about the Commission on Discrimination and Hate Crimes in the state of Illinois and the fact that one of it's members was none other than the "Minister of Protocal" from Lewis Farrakhan's Nation of Islam. The governor's reaction was to state that he had no intention of removing Claudette Marie Johnson (aka Claudette Marie Muhammad) from the commission. Since then, 3 Jewish members of the commission have resigned rather than serve with a member of the Nation of Islam and the story over a "feel-good" commission has exploded into a local election-year dilemma for Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Just as interesting is the fact that the governor appears to have been clueless as to who he appointed to his commission (said completely tongue-in-cheek):
Blagojevich appointed Muhammad to the commission in August, but she drew no public attention until inviting other commissioners to attend a Farrakhan speech last month. Some commissioners began criticizing her presence on the panel, and the criticism increased after Farrakhan's speech Sunday at Chicago's United Center included references to "Hollywood Jews" promoting homosexuality and "other filth."

The Democratic governor, in a recent interview with The Associated Press, said he didn't realize he had appointed a Nation of Islam official until learning about it from news reports.

He nodded vigorously when asked whether his staff should have discussed the appointment, and its implications, with him but would say little else about the incident.

But he did say Muhammad should stay on the commission so long as she supports its goals of fighting discrimination.
So which goals does Muhammad support? Rather hard to argue that someone who holds a chosen position in the Nation of Islam doesn't support the views of it's leader. And, given that, it's hard to understand how a governor could be so clueless, at this point, as to pretend they'd support the goals of the commission over those of the NoI. It'll be interesting to see how this evolves over the coming weeks, but suffice it to say, trying to have it both ways isnt' working well for Blagojevich. Lord help him but he may actually be forced to make a decision somewhere in the near future.

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Randy "Duke" Cunningham was sentenced to 8 years at the conclusion of his conspiracy and tax evasion trial:
Cunningham, who resigned from Congress in disgrace last year, was spared the 10-year maximum by U.S. District Judge Larry Burns but was immediately taken into custody. He also was ordered to pay $1.8 million in restitution for back taxes.
Yes Cunningham is an American hero for his service during war. But that doesn't excuse his conduct as an elected representative of his consituents. And while he expresses remorse now, he damn sure had no qualms about what he was doing when he bought the Rolls Royce or property with his ill-gotten gains, did he?

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Meanwhile in Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, crackpot defacto dictator of that benighted country, prepares his citizen militia (which, by the way, only answers to him) for an invasion by US forces:
Venezuela begins training a vast army of civilian reserves today to fight off the attack its Left-wing president, Hugo Chavez, says the United States is plotting against it.

The oil-rich state aims to teach up to two million volunteers, from the unemployed to office workers, shop assistants and housewives, basic military skills such as marching in step or shooting to kill.

If it reaches that size, the force will be the largest civilian reserve army in the Americas, double the size of Washington's reserves. Its creation will further inflame relations between Venezuela and the US, already characterised by insults and tit-for-tat expulsions of diplomats.
Behold the face of malignant populist socialism. George Orwell would have a field day observing Chavez's machinations, wouldn't he?

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And then there is this incredibly important bit of legislation being considered in one city in CT:
Restaurants, gas stations, stores and other businesses in one Connecticut city may soon face another regulation - coat hooks in all public bathrooms.

The City Council Ordinance Committee has endorsed a proposal from [Bridgeport] City Councilman Keith Rodgerson to create a local law requiring coat hooks. Rodgerson has said no one should have to leave belongings on a public bathroom floor because there is no coat hook.

The City Council is scheduled to hold a public hearing on the proposal Monday before deciding on whether to amend the city's health code to include the proposal.
Well there you go. No word on whether the city will fund this unfunded mandate.
 
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Another in a long line of gaffes, screw ups and incorrect stories brought to you by the collective entity known as the Main Stream Media (MSM) and their "4 levels of editors".
In the comments for Jon’s post on media bias, I countered that there is indeed an objective way to demonstrate liberal bias. It has to do with times that the media simply gets it wrong, and later has to admit that they were wrong. Here we have another such case.

My claim is that all such cases of which I am aware feature "stories" that initially hurt conservatives, Republicans, or the military. I am aware of none that initially hurt liberals or Democrats, and then turned out to be simply wrong.

Except for one typically-lame "challenge" by mk, who tried to use alleged misquoting of Al Gore, there was no contradiction of that point. No one seems to be able to come up with anything that disproves my assertion. I gave a list, including Rathergate, Bush’s "plastic turkey", Tailwind, and the presidential IQ fraud. And that list is not complete.

This point is not disproved by pointing out that the media is lazy and sloppy. If their sloppiness always seems to hurt one side, then it’s biased sloppiness.

II.
...a legislator in California hopes to duplicate the failing Canadian health care system...
Well, voters in Oregon wisely rejected such nonsense by a high margin. Now we’ll find out if Californians are stupider than Oregonians.

The only bright side of such an event would be that the rest of the nation would be forced to watch the meltdown. I almost never run into anyone, even in the healthcare industry, that is aware of the Canadian debacle. Many of them, convinced that the current system is irretrievably broken, are looking to the government-run alternative with the idea that "it can’t be worse". Oh, yes, it can. If California tries it, we’ll get a first hand look at just how much worse it can be as clinicians and healthcare providers desert the state and they start having waiting lists worse than Canada’s.

"Access to a waiting list is not the same as access to healthcare" - Canadian judge.

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...the story over a "feel-good" commission has exploded into a local election-year dilemma for Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
Good. Maybe people in Illinois will eventually grown tired of political hacks (of both parties) and actually elect some people of character.
 
Written By: Billy Hollis
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Regarding the story about the Connecticut city and the coat hooks...

Does anyone else find it odd that the story never mentions the actual name of the city?

Another town in Connecticut is considering making 24-hour stores illegal.

Is it this entertaining in the red states?
 
Written By: W
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W: You’re right and I meant to do a Google search on the councilman’s name. I’ve since done it and he’s a councilman in Bridgeport, CT.
 
Written By: McQ
URL: http://www.qando.net/
Does anyone find it odd that the media (this site included) is more attentive to a minor, inconsequential public health ordinance addendum than they have been to any of the efforts I have made in the city of Bridgeport to protect the property of my citizens from the Kelo decision and their rights from the policing powers of the Patriot Act?
 
Written By: Councilman Keith Rodgerson
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Hey Keith, we didn’t propose it ... you did. So please spare us the lecture about minor and inconsequential proposals when you’re doing the minor and inconsequential proposing.

And, btw, maybe some of us find your minor and inconsequntial proposal ... gasp ... intrusive.
 
Written By: McQ
URL: http://qando.net
Lets eliminate all "intrusive" public health ordinances and support "free market bathrooms." I’m sure that market conditions will guarantee not only publicly accessiblity and the mere existence of these bathrooms but also general cleanliness and safety.

I have a feeling that your biting rhetoric and ideological ferver go by the wayside everytime you pull off the highway needing to take a...gasp...sh*t at McDonalds.

And, btw, some of us find the unsafe and unclean state of certain public bathrooms as more of an...gasp...infringement upon on our rights and the sanctity of our private property than we are worried about requiring a lazy and discourteous businessowner to have to expend the massive amount of time and capital it takes to put up a coat hook.

I get where you are coming from though...first come the coat hooks and next thing you know...gasp...police state.
 
Written By: Councilman Keith Rodgerson
URL: http://
Lets eliminate all "intrusive" public health ordinances and support "free market bathrooms." I’m sure that market conditions will guarantee not only publicly accessiblity and the mere existence of these bathrooms but also general cleanliness and safety.
This isn’t about public accessability, it’s about coat hooks. Quit trying to change the subject.

Do you have coat hooks in your bathroom at home Keith?

In the case of coat hooks, why not let the consumer decide?
I have a feeling that your biting rhetoric and ideological ferver go by the wayside everytime you pull off the highway needing to take a...gasp...sh*t at McDonalds.
I damn sure don’t go in looking for coat hooks, slugger.
And, btw, some of us find the unsafe and unclean state of certain public bathrooms as more of an...gasp...infringement upon on our rights and the sanctity of our private property than we are worried about requiring a lazy and discourteous businessowner to have to expend the massive amount of time and capital it takes to put up a coat hook.
Then don’t use the freakin’ thing, Keith. This really isn’t that hard. Me? I don’t use filthy public bathrooms, coat hooks or not.

Or, here’s thought, leave your coat at your seat if in a restaurant or in the car when you use other rest rooms. Of course that would be ... gasp ... common sense.

And, for once, how about you, not the taxpayer or the target of your mandate, use your funds to pay for your great idea? As you point out, coat hooks can’t cost that much. I’m sure Home Depot could make you a great deal. And, you can install them, so the business owner isn’t out the expense.

Nah ... use the power of the law to enforce this week’s whim.
I get where you are coming from though...first come the coat hooks and next thing you know...gasp...police state.
No, really, while relatively minor, its just a graphic example of government trying to be everyone’s mommy. You may not have noticed, but we each have a mother, Keith.

And while it may be an insignificant expense to you, you’re not paying for it are you? Now consider more expensive mandates you push because you happen to think it’s a good idea, frivolous or not.

But hey, no bucks out of your wallet, so who cares, right?
 
Written By: McQ
URL: http://qando.net
This isn’t about public accessability, it’s about coat hooks. Quit trying to change the subject.
This issue is about intrusive government. It is about your improper application of libertarian ideology with regard to my measure (Free Markets, Free People...right sluggo?)
Do you have coat hooks in your bathroom at home Keith?
Actually, they are towel hooks. I have three. I do have coat hooks in my house of course. I haven’t put coat hooks in my bathroom because I feel that my coat is secure in the house and I’m usually not wearing my coat in my house bathroom. What a wonderfully weird question!
In the case of coat hooks, why not let the consumer decide?
Hmmm...should they put their belongings on the soiled floor of the bathroom or balance them on their lap. Consumers clearly have a decision to make in this matter.
I damn sure don’t go in looking for coat hooks, slugger...Then don’t use the freakin’ thing, Keith. This really isn’t that hard. Me? I don’t use filthy public bathrooms, coat hooks or not.


Are you calling the bathrooms filthy or the public filthy? I don’t think the public would not like that very much if you called them filthy!

Slugger, you say that you don’t go in public bathrooms looking for coathooks (are you looking for something else??)...then you say you don’t go in them. I don’t get it...gasp...but I am very, very jealous of your masterful bladder control (and anal retention, to boot!)
Or, here’s thought, leave your coat at your seat if in a restaurant or in the car when you use other rest rooms. Of course that would be ... gasp ... common sense.
Finally...gasp...a valid critique there, slugger. I could consider leaving my coat in the car on a wintry day seeing that I myself use public restrooms and may not have the down low on the particular coat hook situation...but wait, didn’t I wear a coat for some reason...oh, that’s right...gasp...it’s winter.
And, for once, how about you, not the taxpayer or the target of your mandate, use your funds to pay for your great idea? As you point out, coat hooks can’t cost that much.
What a wonderful idea!
I’m sure Home Depot could make you a great deal.


Do you work for Home Depot?
And, you can install them, so the business owner isn’t out the expense.


Go back two answers.
No, really, while relatively minor, its just a graphic example of government trying to be everyone’s mommy.
You talking about my mother? I kill you.

(I take that back...I think there is some intrusive law out there stopping me from doing that to you. Just leave my mommy out of this.)
You may not have noticed, but we each have a mother, Keith.
Alas, thank you for clearing up that mother issue...I was formerly very confused about the nexus of human reproduction.

This "mommy" stuff is getting a little uncomfortable...but if you must inquire, I’ll tell you about my mother. My mother taught me to be considerate of others and to be a gracious host. It’s too bad we live in a world where the government needs to legislate courtesy to cheapskate business owners. So be it. Enough of this "mommy talk." Its creepy. Libertarians are creepy enough without all this mommy talk.
And while it may be an insignificant expense to you, you’re not paying for it are you? Now consider more expensive mandates you push because you happen to think it’s a good idea, frivolous or not.
This is an expensive mandate? You are a very, very silly man.
But hey, no bucks out of your wallet, so who cares, right?
Actually, it would be "buck" out of my wallet. The Home Depot has a fine selection of coat hooks under a dollar (though I would rather if you go visit your local independent hardware store...they are a dying breed and could use some support.) No offense to your beloved Home Depot.

Hmmm....business spends a dollar (which they will get to write off on their taxes) and has to expend 3 minutes with a screwdriver

-versus-

Continuous consumer expense for unseemly urine stains on jackets, purses...the whole public restroom toilet balancing act to which you have no experience, the security of private property (purses,etc.)


You should speak with women about this issue (public bathroom using ones, that is.) Luckily enough most women use em’. Don’t take this as me suggesting to you that you go inside the bathroom to talk to them. Not only is that creepy but there are a litany of very intrusive laws out there prohibiting that. Damn government!

Actually, you should speak with women in general. I think it would be good for you, Slugster.

Thanks for the input,

Keith Rodgerson
Bridgeport City Council


































Then don’t use the freakin’ thing, Keith. This really isn’t that hard. Me? I don’t use filthy public bathrooms, coat hooks or not.
Are you calling the bathrooms filthy or the public filthy. I don’t think the public eould like that very much.

Alas, thank you for clearing up that mother issue...I was formerly very confused about the nexus of human reproduction.

Back to the "Issue" Let’s not confuse the issue.
It is also about a lost temper in a lost argument regarding an issue to which you admittedly have no stake or experience. I will admit that I am jealous of your keen bladder control.

Slugger, you say that you don’t go in public bathrooms looking for coathooks. Then you say you don’t go in them. I don’t get it.

In response to your pointed questions:

—-Do you have coat hooks in your bathroom at home Keith?

Actually, they are towel hooks. I have three. I do have coat hooks in my house of course. I haven’t put coat hooks in my bathroom because I feel that my coat is secure in the house and I’m usually not wearing my coat in my house bathroom. What a wonderfully weird question!

—-In the case of coat hooks, why not let the consumer decide?




To correct you, its no buck out of my wallet. Most coathooks at the Depot are under a dollar.


 
Written By: Councilman Keith Rodgerson
URL: http://
This issue is about intrusive government. It is about your improper application of libertarian ideology with regard to my measure (Free Markets, Free People...right sluggo?)
Oh it’s certainly about intrusive government. But it’s also about stupid legislation. And, apparently, you’re keen on both.
Actually, they are towel hooks. I have three. I do have coat hooks in my house of course. I haven’t put coat hooks in my bathroom because I feel that my coat is secure in the house and I’m usually not wearing my coat in my house bathroom. What a wonderfully weird question!
A coincidence ... what a wonderfully wierd law your proposing. I mean you’re the one asking others if they have coat hooks in their bathrooms, aren’t you?
Slugger, you say that you don’t go in public bathrooms looking for coathooks (are you looking for something else??)...then you say you don’t go in them. I don’t get it...gasp...but I am very, very jealous of your masterful bladder control (and anal retention, to boot!)
Ah, I see ... you are now reduced to bathroom humor, sexual inuendo and juvenile japes in an attempt to avoid the subject. Pretty pathetic, sweetpea.

And, as readers will note, it gets even more pathetic as the comment continues.

Game over.

Is Bridgeport at all aware of what they’ve elected? Wonder if the local paper would be interested in this exchange? I’m sure they’d be mighty proud of how you defended yourself and represented the city.

Let me guess ... Democrat? No?

Heh ...

Thanks for the reply, btw ... you’ve done more through your words to prove how assinine your proposal is than my mere words could have ever conveyed.
 
Written By: McQ
URL: http://qando.net
Anytime, anywhere...sweetpea.
 
Written By: Councilman Keith Rodgerson
URL: http://
LOL!

I knew you wouldn’t be able to stay away.

Even won a nice little bet, thankyouverymuch.

What a pathetic loser you are Rodgerson.

 
Written By: McQ
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