Feb 8, 2011 Political
A California man, 35-year-old Jose Luis Ochoa, died after sustaining an injury at a cockfight. Ochoa was stabbed in the calf by a bird that had a knife attached to one of its limbs. Ochoa was pronounced dead, probably from loss of blood. Medical personnel say it is unclear if the delay in treatment contributed to his death.
I wonder if this guy was here legally? Regardless, he was engaged in a sport that pits animals against each other in a fight, often to the death. Ochoa was stabbed by one of the animals he and others were being cruel to.
This is poetic justice and it is obvious that no one wanted to get him help because of what they were doing. If he had been engaged in something legal then those in attendance might have helped him.
I bet Michael Vick is happy he just got jail time…
Never surrender, never submit.
Dec 7, 2010 Political
Elizabeth Edwards, wife of one time Senator and two times presidential candidate John Edwards, died today after a long battle with cancer. Edwards was 61.
I, of course, did not know her personally but she seemed to be a sensible woman who dedicated her life to various causes. She endured quite a bit and her husband’s infidelity was pain on top of pain. She deserved better than that.
I send my heartfelt sympathies to her family, particularly her children, who must now deal with the grief of their loss. It is tough any time a loved one dies but it is particularly tough at this time of year.
May God bless those who she left behind.
Mar 1, 2010 Political
The week is beginning and we will hear a lot about health care because the Democrats have about six weeks to work something out with Republicans or they will just ram it through and hope for the best. Assuming, of course, they can get enough Democrat votes to pass it.
But Nancy Pelosi says that we don’t understand it and that there is no bill to understand.
“You think people don’t understand the bill?” asked CNN’s Candy Crowley.
“No, I don’t think — there isn’t a bill,” said Pelosi. “When we have a bill, which we will in a matter of days, then that is the bill that we can sell. Our bill, the House and the Senate bill, had major differences which we are hoping now to reconcile. And then when we have a bill — you — as I say, you can bake the pie, you can sell the pie, but you have to have a pie to sell. And when we do we will take it out there.” Washington Examiner
Maybe I am mistaken but did not the House, the one she is Speaker of, pass a health care bill? Did not the Senate pass one as well? The problem is that they cannot reconcile their two versions into something that Democrats will vote for and they certainly cannot pass it in the Senate with Scott Brown now the 41st vote.
So when things are not going well Pelosi can lie and say there is no bill when what she means is they do not have a bill that they can pass without using reconciliation (and passing is not a certainty).
This is the kind of double speak we hear all the time. It is the kind of stupidity that makes one wonder how the scatter brained Pelosi ever rose to such a high position.
They had better hurry, forty-five thousand people die each year because they don’t have health insurance. At least that is what they claim. This claim is based on an old study that did not control for factors such as how long people were without, what their health status was and their lifestyle (smoking, etc). A more recent study demonstrates that you are at no higher a risk of dying without health insurance than you are with it:
The possibility that no one risks death by going without health insurance may be startling, but some research supports it. Richard Kronick of the University of California at San Diego’s Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, an adviser to the Clinton administration, recently published the results of what may be the largest and most comprehensive analysis yet done of the effect of insurance on mortality. He used a sample of more than 600,000, and controlled not only for the standard factors, but for how long the subjects went without insurance, whether their disease was particularly amenable to early intervention, and even whether they lived in a mobile home. In test after test, he found no significantly elevated risk of death among the uninsured.
This result is not, perhaps, as shocking as it seems. Health care heals, but it also kills. Someone who lacked insurance over the past few decades might have missed taking their Lipitor, but also their Vioxx or Fen-Phen. According to one estimate, 80,000 people a year are killed just by “nosocomial infections”—infections that arise as a result of medical treatment. The only truly experimental study on health insurance, a randomized study of almost 4,000 subjects done by Rand and concluded in 1982, found that increasing the generosity of people’s health insurance caused them to use more health care, but made almost no difference in their health status.
If gaining insurance has a large effect on people’s health, we should see outcomes improve dramatically between one’s early and late 60s. Yet like the Kronick and Rand studies, analyses of the effect of Medicare, which becomes available to virtually everyone in America at the age of 65, show little benefit. In a recent review of the literature, Helen Levy of the University of Michigan and David Meltzer of the University of Chicago noted that the latest studies of this question “paint a surprisingly consistent picture: Medicare increases consumption of medical care and may modestly improve self-reported health but has no effect on mortality, at least in the short run.” The Atlantic
There is no doubt that reform is needed and there is no doubt that health care costs a lot of money. Proper reform can reduce the cost of health insurance and keep it out of government control. But government wants control and this is why studies that falsely show all these people dying without insurance are used. They are the fear aspect the left wants to inject into this to get you to sign over your health care to a government employee.
Remember that many more people who have health insurance die each year than those who do not have it and lack of coverage does not increase the risk of death.
People have access to health care in this country. The only thing that we are working on is who pays for it and how.
Government wants to take it over and control your life. By using common sense reform we can reduce the cost of health care and keep government out of our lives
Personal responsibility is a hard concept for many people especially those who have been raised to rely on the government as their parents. But personal responsibility will get us a long way in life.
In this case it will stop the progressive goal of further ruling our lives (and driving us to Socialism) and it will give us better, less expensive choices.
Just say NO to government controlled health care.
Nov 29, 2009 Political
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visited his pal Hugo Chavez and told Chavez that they would be together until the end. This came while they were taking turns bashing America and Israel.
As far as I am concerned, the end cannot come soon enough for these two along with Fidel Castro. All three of them should die horrific deaths and spend eternity in Hell.
Where is a Predator Drone when you need one?
Aug 26, 2009 Political
Senator Edward Kennedy died of brain cancer last evening at the age of 77. Kennedy served in the Senate for 47 years and was the champion of liberal causes. His family name helped propel him to national spotlight and his personal failings prevented him from reaching higher political office.
I never cared for Kennedy or his politics but now is not the time to discuss political differences so if you comment I ask that you put aside partisan differences and be respectful. As Michelle Malkin put it:
There is a time and place for political analysis and criticism. Not now.
Yes, there will be a nauseating excess of MSM hagiographies and lionizations — and crass calls to pass the health care takeover to memorialize his death.
That’s no excuse to demonstrate the same lack of restraint in the other direction. Not now.
My friends at Stop the ACLU have a reminder about what mom always said; “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.”
While I respect all opinions, crass comments about his death will be deleted. I don’t expect people to praise him and certainly understand that sentiment. That is why mom’s wise words are here as a reminder.
The thoughts and prayers of the Big Dog family go out to those grieving for Sentaor Kennedy.
UPDATE: Eric at Tygrrrr Express has a very good post up discussing Kennedy. It gives Kennedy props for something he did and I agree with the sentiment.