Monthly Archives: June 2009

Just maybe…

my notion on an inexplicably unperceived or un-imagined argument that supporter of single-payer healthcare ought to be using (or, presently, for the proposals involving a government-run insurance option) might be gaining some traction.

Several weeks ago, I submitted a question to Salon’s editors hoping they would consider putting it to their “wingnut” columnist (he or she is a former Bush official who takes questions from the ‘left’ and then gives a ‘right’ response).  The editors chose that question and ‘wingnut’,  with admitted trouble, took it up.  His difficulty with it, and the paltry, shallow quality of his response validates my view that this line of argumentation would provide an effective tool to counter the rightwing narratives on socialized medicine.

This morning, Matt Yglesias at Think Progress makes the same point with the added bonus of a Canadian conservative senator defending Canada’s healthcare system from American rightwing smears.  Read it here.

A fundamental premise of modern rightwing ideology is that consumers of services and products provide the purist and most efficient measure of the the relative quality of such goods or services.  If people aren’t satisfied with a thing, they won’t continue to buy it or support it.  Consequently, reatively lousy things will disappear from the marketplace and relatively positive things will continue to be purchased or supported.  All of which, the ideology claims, obviates the need for arbitrary, inhibitive and inefficient government regulations.

That the consumers of socialized medicine in EVERY advanced western nation which has such a system (that is, the citizens of every advanced western nation other than the US) have utterly refused to support any party which might be foolish enough to make such a change part of their policy platforms argues (using this fundamental rightwing ideolocial underpinning) that the electoral marketplace universally finds satisfaction in socialized medicine once they have tried it.



It has been far too long since I’ve been part of something like this.

Glastonbury (watch the video)

Haley Barbour – Today’s lying liar and another typical media failure

Barbour is clearly weighing a run for the Presidency. Tim Pawlenty likewise (who has a looming problem as governor of Minnesota where, given the expected Minn Supreme Court decision on Frankin/Coleman, he will either have to certify Frankin or refuse to and send that case on to the federal SC, either way making powerful enemies). On the matter of Mark Sanford and Ensign (family values conservatives who just got busted for humping women other than their christian helpmeets), Pawlenty has described the two, accurately, as “hypocritical”. Haley Barbour, on the other hand, refused to make a moral or ethical indictment against Sanford saying,

“I just don’t talk about people’s personal problems. I don’t think it’s appropriate, I don’t think it’s polite, and I don’t think it achieves any purpose,”

Right.  A man of admirable principle.  But as Kos notes (with video footage), in 98 Barbour’s principles pointed in a quite different direction.

And now we have this president who treated Monica Lewinsky in such a way that it makes prostitution look dignified and ennobling. I mean, he made her a sex toy, a sex object. And now what do these women say? That it doesn’t make any difference?
The American people hear that with a voice louder than a bolt of lightning and thunder when these same people never say one word about the way that this young woman was treated, when they’ve spent their whole careers complaining about it when it was the president of a company or a Republican Senator or a possible judge? The public sees through that like nothing you ever saw.

Journalism as stenography.  I mean, for fuck sakes.  Do some research prior to your show.

Quote of the day – “project much?” category

Karl Rove, on O’Reilly, discussing the attention paid by the media and Dems to the recent infidelity scandals of family-values Republicans Sanford and Ensign…

What we saw last night was the coarseness and ugliness in American politics, carried forward by people who claim not to be political actors, but commentators and observers. And they gave the lie to their so-called neutrality or objectiveness last night.

h/t Crooks and Liars

Michael Jackson

The video below is of a ‘flash mob’ tribute to Jackson in San Francisco two days ago.  Here in Portland, there’s been some similar activities with one street being blocked to car traffic for an evening.  On the same day as the SF video, a really pristine 1960 era Chevy Malibu Coupe (but with big modern chrome wheels) pulled up and parked, windows open and Jackson songs blaring, at the bar across from our new store.  Five 40 year old black guys exited and sat down at the sidewalk tables (music still coming from the parked Malibu) for about five hours.  There was dancing and general celebratory raucousness.  Pretty cool, actually.

A tad more car stuffs

Looking again at the photo of the Audi below. it struck me that the design boys and girls at Nissan seem to have taken some styling cues from this car…

The unPorsche

But if you aren’t all giddy about the Nano (see post below) there is the option of a Porsche sedan with four doors (it costs a bit more)

A tad ugly from the outside, at least in photos.  But photos can be deceiving.  I just saw my first  Audi R8 (in black) and jesuschrist it is an absolutely stunning automobile