Brief thoughts…

The health insurance debate among Democrats is like my friends and I arguing about what kind of Ferrari to buy: I want a blue one. One of the guys insists on a sedan. Another says we should be pragmatic and stick with a middle-of-the-road model, and go with standard red paint to save money.

Like the health plans offered by Congress, these are all ridiculous and unaffordable options. Unlike Congress, my friends and I can’t make everyone else pay for our stupid ideas. Guess this is what happens when legislation is steered by Progressives whose definition of progress is limitless entitlements at the cost of “the rich!”

Season 3 of Chuck – January 10th!

I don’t know if I read it somewhere or dreamed it up, but I thought Chuck was scheduled to pick back up in March. Not so – season 3 will premiere with a 2-hour episode on Sunday, January 10th, followed by a normal Monday night hour-long episode the next night. The Chicago Tribune post linked above includes a decent preview clip, along with some encouraging quotes from what sounds like a focused and excited executive producer.

Perfect timing after the conclusion of Dollhouse! The occasionally annoying but far more often enjoyable second season of Chuck will be out on DVD January 5th. I’m excited for the new season, as the end of season two opened the door for a new and improved lead character, with plenty of fresh story possibilities as a result!

Doing Something about Iran

This story being reported by the New York Times seems like a start…

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan began legal action on Thursday to seize properties in Queens and across the country where several mosques are located in a broad move against a nonprofit organization that was accused of illegally providing money and other services to Iran.

I’ll take any sign that we’re being serious about our enemies as a good one at this point. There is, of course, concern about Islamophobia.

“Because information is lacking, this might well cause yet another wave of fear in the Muslim community,” said Adem Carroll, chairman of the Muslim Consultative Network, an advocacy group. “It would be sad if word in our community starts spreading that the government will shut us all down. Already some think this is a war against the religion; that is a very unhelpful perception.

That would be sad, but what’s sadder is that any time something like this happens there always seems to be a Muslim advocacy group ready with warnings and excuses. Know what lends to the perception that there’s a religious war going on? Muslims in the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Texas, Chicago, and New York plotting and carrying out the murder of infidels.

Meanwhile, back at the State Department:

She [Secretary Clinton] spoke of “consequences” — tougher international sanctions — if Iran spurned the offer. German counterpart Guido Westerwelle said the six powers’ patience was “not infinite.”

Diplomats say Western powers will reconsider sanctions if there is no breakthrough with Iran by the end of the year.

The UN is so cute! You ignore sanctions, they threaten you with new sanctions unless you’ll talk to them. You string them along for awhile, they say, “hey, you guys had better not stop stringing us along, or we’re going to enforce those old sanctions you’ve been ignoring this whole time!” Then you bat your eyelashes and the UN says, “aw, shucks, what’s another six months among mortal enemies whose spineless diplomats talk like friends?”

Sadly, I’m not real sure infinity minus one is a threatening deadline. Ah, well… two steps forward, three steps closer to being nuked. Israel, far more likely to be on the receiving end, has less infinite patience.

Considering Thinking about Developing a Policy

Wouldn’t you know it, we elected the guy despite conservative complaints about his apparent lack of interest in all things military, and his “policy” after nearly 10 months in office is still to whine about everything President Bush did wrong. From the Los Angeles Times:

President Obama and his war council today plan to review four basic strategy options for Afghanistan that could increase the number of U.S. troops there by as many as 40,000 or fewer than 10,000.

The White House insisted Tuesday that Obama has not decided how many additional troops to send or how he will deploy them, though the White House has narrowed the options to those outlined by his national security team, the Pentagon and Army Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the top U.S. and allied commander in Afghanistan.

So now, in mid-November, President Obama is going to convene a meeting to have a discussion about making a decision based on General McCrystal’s recommendation from early October. Good news though, they’ve narrowed down the list of options to… the list of options being considered a month ago. Lest we forget

When Obama took office, he ordered an Afghanistan review of his own. Led by former CIA official Bruce Riedel, the Obama review team looked at Afghanistan and made its recommendations. On March 27, the president announced his new Afghanistan strategy–one that included many of the recommendations of the Bush administration’s review. And that is another indignity. Not only did the Obama administration understand full well that the Bush administration had conducted a comprehensive assessment of Afghanistan, and not only had Jim Jones asked that the Bush review be withheld from the public–but Obama’s “new” strategy bore an uncanny resemblance to that prescribed by the Lute review.

The next time some hippie is bashing President Bush because he finished reading to children on the morning of 9/11, remind ’em that President Obama took nearly a year to develop a policy for the “necessary war” that President Bush allegedly ignored. Don’t even bring up the transparency thing, because only fascists like George W. Bush should be taken to task for the sort of things Obama’s people do on a weekly basis.

Veterans, God bless you, and thanks for all you’ve done. Men and women currently in uniform, we can only pray for leadership worthy of your service…

219 Democrats and A Republican

voted tonight to pass a 2,000 page bill none of them has read. 219 Democrats and 1 Republican would like to demolish our flawed health insurance system and replace it with one where bureaucrats decide what coverage is acceptable, what we should be charged for it, and the rates at which care providers will be compensated. No word as to how any of the above will be paid for, why companies who can save money by shunting employees into a government program will do otherwise, or what sort of masochists will choose to be doctors in such a rigged system.

But don’t worry! The Pelosi plan will guarantee the prompt, effective health care of over 300,000,000 people without adding to the deficit or limiting choice! We should not rule out the possibility that some of those two thousand pages are blueprints for medical robots that cost nothing to build, cost nothing to operate, and cost nothing to maintain.

Democrats easily voted down Republicans’ attempt to pass their own bill, which would have more narrowly expanded health insurance and cost $61 billion over a decade.

A $61 billion dollar overhaul is not nearly a big enough overhaul. The GOP is the “party of no” ambition! Republicans simply lack the dedication of Democrats who know how to run every damn thing on earth better than the industry professionals who do so for a living.

Democrats portrayed their legislation as a moral imperative that would achieve a goal sought by presidents since Theodore Roosevelt. They argued it would fix the worst aspects of the medical system by preventing insurers from denying coverage to the sick and protecting consumers from financial ruin caused by medical bills.

At long last, the United States can be free from the tyranny of risk and reward! Every man, woman, and child shall have their own Aflac duck to pay for all their needs with someone else’s money. Next up: cause and effect. Cause and effect are assholes, and it’s morally incumbent on Congress to use pretend dollars to make them go away.

“It is testimony to how we care for our fellow citizens,” said John Larson (D., Conn.). “It is at the very core of all that America stands for, and why we came here to serve.”

Bankrupting America is at the very core of all that America stands for. Or did I miss the Paul Krugman essay on how $1,500,000,000,000 is no big deal? The fight’s not over yet, but it looks like there are plenty of House Democrats willing to flush their careers for this insane leftist cause.

CNN to the Rescue

Political Editor Mark Preston peeked out of President Obama’s pocket early this morning to post a side-busting election results story on – “Analysis: Elections not a referendum on Obama.” It doesn’t matter, you see, that Republicans Chris Christie and Bob McDonnell won governorships in New Jersey and Virginia, respectively. It also doesn’t matter that Christie got the support of 60% of Independents, while McDonnell received 66% of the Independent vote – numbers that, since CNN seems to have forgotten, are what you’d call “a landslide.”

Naturally CNN knows what went wrong for Democrats Corzine and Deeds:

Neither Democratic candidate was Obama; neither was a great spokesman for “change;” and Democratic strategists and grassroots activists said each candidate failed to give independents a reason to support them.

I honestly laughed out loud at this sentence. When President Obama was elected amid circumstances that would have challenged a party far more competent than the GOP of 2008, CNN pundits could scarce contain their delight. A new era! A monumental shift towards the sort of government-first, government last, and government in the middle country that CNN wishes we had! Now the network would rather wax nostalgic on 2008 than consider that maybe Americans are smarter than that. My hope is that Krauthammer’s right, because the alternative would be mighty depressing.

Still, in the coming days a storyline will develop that this was a referendum on Obama and his policies.

But not if CNN’s crack reporting staff has anything to say about it. Back to the important angle: partisan strife in the GOP!

At the same time, another narrative will continue to evolve over the future of the Republican Party as grassroots conservative activists seek to increase their influence following the success of forcing the centrist Republican nominee in a New York congressional special election from the race.

No one outside of Manhattan, Chicago, or San Francisco would call Dede Scozzafava a “centrist Republican.” No one. CNN’s continued flagrant bias, combined with their winking assertion that they possess none, can only guide them downward into irrelevance (while helping the stock of a certain evil non-news network I’m happy to own).

Against early release, For capital punishment

As a Christian it’s difficult to deal with the question of capital punishment. I don’t believe “Thou shalt not kill” is a commandment that extends to governments who provide fair trials, but that’s not something I’m generally confident enough to shout from the rooftops. Then I see a story like this appalling one from Cleveland:

A convicted rapist was charged with multiple murders on Tuesday after police dug up 10 corpses at his home, which produced a stench of death in the depressed Cleveland neighborhood.

That no innocent should ever be put to death by the state is, to my mind, the most convincing argument against the death penalty. So long as we remain human, there will be tragic cases where people are convicted of crimes they did not commit.

Neighborhood residents said they avoided Sowell, who was released from prison in 2005 after serving 15 years for raping a pregnant woman.

Anthony Sowell got a second chance, and he used it to rape and murder women. I can think of no punishment too cruel or unusual, but a series of injections guaranteeing he can never rape or murder again seems to be in order here.

An alien mothership? Or President Obama?

The parallels between V and Team Obama were obvious from the earliest teasers: a thin-skinned, exciting leader of unknown background; meaningless “hope and change” rhetoric met with thunderous applause; universal health care at no cost; etc. Replace the largely skeptical press with an overwhelmingly fawning one, and Morena Baccarin‘s character could be named Barack!

The show looks silly, especially since the very first commercial I saw revealed the “twist” that the Visitors are lizard-folk. However, the opening credits said all I needed to hear:

Guest starring Alan Tudyk

If Nathan Fillion wasn’t busy being mega-awesome on cheesy but enjoyable Castle, this would be a Firefly reunion show!

First impression is that yes, V is a little hokey. The teenage character Toolbox Magee and his pal Husker-du have gotten old already. But wow, is it funny that this show is piloting as election results pour in! The opposition leader’s speech about Visitors infiltrated in all areas of society and the time to stop them running short… with ABC’s election results scrolling across the bottom. Oh, to live in a district with Government For All Occasions liberals being trounced today!

Fine Dining

Flyer’s Pizza: It’s like Donato’s, but not $30!

If you like pizza and you reside in central Ohio, look no further. I’ve lived 10 minutes from a Flyer’s since last June, but rarely get a chance to try new pizza places with a not-completely-great but so-wonderfully-cheap Little Ceasar’s nearby.

Raising Cane’s opened their newest Ohio store recently, and it’s as good as the others despite being a tiny building on a tiny lot. You need to check Cane’s out if you’re not a fan already! All the Ohio restaurants are in Columbus, which is unfortunate if you live in a small town (or one of the inferior Big Cities).

Five Guys Burgers and Fries is good, but not good enough to be NINE FREAKING DOLLARS for a single cheeseburger, regular fry, and small drink. Sorry, I noticed the receipt sitting on my desk and was reminded of the sticker shock I’ve gotten both times I’ve eaten at the South Campus Gateway location. Know what I miss? K’s Hamburger Shop in Troy – burgers just as good as Five Guys, fresh pies behind the counter, and prices that blow the hoity-toity Five Guys menu out of the water.

“Republican” Endorses Democrat in NY-23

True colors, shining through:

Scozzafava dropped out after Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman experienced a late-in-the-game surge. The move was expected to consolidate GOP voters behind Hoffman on Tuesday.

But on Sunday, Scozzafava backed Democrat Bill Owens — the announcement was made in a statement sent out by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Scozzafava was always a dumb call by Gingrich and the National Republican Congressional Committee. When Scozzafava ended her campaign, though, it looked like maybe she was stepping aside so her supporters could line up behind the conservative candidate. Nope – just admitting the obvious so she could funnel votes to the candidate of the big government party!

It says nothing good about the GOP when a “Republican” backed by the party’s elite is left of the Blue Dog Democrats… and won’t even endorse a conservative opponent who voters have rallied around.