Archive | December 2008

They Just Won’t Go Away!

Sen. Bill Clinton? Don’t completely rule it out.

The former president is among several boldface names being touted as possible “caretakers” for New York’s Senate seat — people who would serve until the 2010 elections but wouldn’t be interested in running to keep the job.

As the process of picking Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s replacement gets messier, the option may become increasingly attractive to Gov. David Paterson, who has sole authority to name a successor.

Ahh, well… looks like there’ll be plenty to blog about in 2009.

Happy New Year, everyone.


The Joys of Government-Run Healthcare: Hurry Up and Wait… to Die

Just another example of the big problems with putting government bureaucrats in charge of health care: the rules are more important than the patient.

A FATHER of two died after a six-hour wait at A&E despite having a letter from his GP saying he must be treated immediately.

Stewart Fleming, 37, arrived at his local hospital with his wife Sarah clutching an urgent note from his doctor.

But instead of being sent to the head of the queue, Mr Fleming had to sit and wait in agony as a virus ravaged his body, causing his organs to fail.

It was three hours before he was even assessed to establish whether he was a ‘priority case’.

Even then it took another three hours to be admitted – six hours after he had arrived at the hospital.


Mrs Fleming continued: ‘I was told we had to go through the normal process, even with the letter from the doctor.

‘We got to A&E before 5.30pm. He was finally called through to be examined at 11pm. He could have had all those hours on a monitor and they might have been able to stop the virus.’

Before you lefties start whining about insurance company rules, let me remind you… in America you can (at least for the time being) get insurance from another company. In the UK, you cannot; you’re stuck with bureaucratic nonsense like the above.

If America follows the UK down the path of socialized medicine, you’ll see stories like that from US hospitals, as well.

I am the first one to say that there are serious problems in the US healthcare industry. But more government isn’t the solution, it would instead cause more problems, as ably illustrated by the story above.

Egypt And Israel Agree On Hamas?

That’s apparently what’s going on in the current Gaza fighting:

Perhaps the most interesting thing about the Israeli offensive in Gaza is that, for the moment at least, Israel and Egypt seem to be allied. Haaretz reports that Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni traveled to Cairo to inform Hosni Mubarak that Israel would be striking Hamas. The Egyptian government is explicitly blaming Hamas for continuing to fire rockets into Israel in the face of repeated warnings from the Israelis that there would be a response. And now Egypt is sealing its border with the Gaza strip and opening fire on Palestinians seeking refuge.

Why do Israeli-Egyptian relations suddenly seem warmer than they’ve been at any time since Anwar Sadat was shot? One word: Iran. Mubarak now sees Iranian dominence of the Middle East as the primary threat to Egyptian interests. “Iran wants to devour the Arab world,” Mubarak has quite astutely observed. Hamas, of course, is backed by Iran. That Mubarak is now willing to ally his government with the Jewish state is huge news, and if he can bring other Arab leaders along with him could represent a sea-change in the dynamics of Middle East geopolitics.


Why Aren’t The Greens Happy?

Victor Davis Hanson (whom I think is a good candidate for a replacement for the wit and wisdom of the late William F. Buckley) has a good point:

I’m very puzzled by the nexus between the current downturn and concern about global warming. Given that we were told we had to immediately cut back on carbon emissions (even before sustainable alternative energies are in place), largely by curbing our lavish energy-dependent lifestyles, why then all the concern about stimuli and global depression?

Good question. Isn’t this sort of thing what the enviro-radicals wanted to see? So where’s all the congratulatory headlines?

Merry Christmas!

Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:
“ Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”

Luke 2:8-14, NKJV

Tracking A Real VIP

No, not His Oneness, Barack Obama… it’s time to track Santa!

As they have for over 50 years, NORAD will be tracking Santa on his whirlwind worldwide trip tomorrow (as I write this, we have about 12 hours left on the countdown to tracking). Go ahead and check out the site now, there’s interesting stuff there about how NORAD got started doing this and other fun Christmas stuff.

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