Conservative Case For Health Care Reform

Hard to focus on our health care squabbles, what with Haiti’s health crisis looming so large, but for those unafraid of graphs and not intimidated by number-based facts, this chart tells me everything I need to know. The most salient fact for me, though, is that in our neighbor to the south, the annual per capita cost for health care is just over $800. Per year. Their life expectancy is not much less than their neighbor to the north – the good ol’ USA – but our cost per capita is nearly ten times that. The rest of the chart … Continue reading Conservative Case For Health Care Reform

“Reportage”

Premiering next Tuesday Jan 19, 9 p.m. on Western Reserve Public Media – Doris O’Donnell’s Cleveland episode #110: “Reportage” – Four veteran reporters from Cleveland’s golden age of print kick it old skool. Featured players are Don Bean, Wally Gunther, Robert Finn and Russ Musarra, all journalists that reported on Cleveland back when three newspapers met multiple daily deadlines and the ‘scoop’ was currency of the realm. Bob Finn was a critic, if anyone cares to quibble – but all fine practitioners of the scribe’s craft. more about ““Reportage”“, posted with vodpod Continue reading “Reportage”

“Complications”

There is no way to tell this tale without appearing melodramatic or cliché. But tell I must. My wife, Amy, went into surgery on January 7 for the routine removal of a branchial cleft cyst under the surface of the skin, on the right side of her throat.  In by seven, a tiny incision, out by eleven, they estimated.  I was able to tend to the kids and work at home, a phone call away from picking her up, getting a pain prescription filled and trundling her off to home and bed, according to Plan A. Knowing how doctors and … Continue reading “Complications”

They Report, You Decide… To Mock Them

MSNBC reports, via AP, that Rick Warren’s offering plate is a little light this Christmas: “the bottom dropped out” when Christmas donations dropped. “On the last weekend of 2009, our total offerings were less than half of what we normally receive — leaving us $900,000 in the red for the year,” according to a letter the church sent out. The AP/MSNBC reporters flail about for an explanation: the recession? Sure; that was a toughie. Sun will rise in the east tomorrow, too. The story mentions Warren’s comments around CA Prop 8 last year, which excluded gays from the same rights heterosexuals have. Warren … Continue reading They Report, You Decide… To Mock Them

Sho Shad

See – libruls were warned and we did nothing to stop it: just the desire for gay marriage alone, not the act itself, is destroying wonderful ‘straight’ marriage in a wide and depressing swath across the nation. The latest sad tale involves Karl Rove and his second traditional marriage. The man fought the good fight, did everything right, and still, his forbidden love for Jeff Gannon/Jim Guckert that dare not speak its name has finally won out. Declaring  their time together during many, many White House sleepovers as a big rainbow of a mistake, Karl contented himself with stroking his … Continue reading Sho Shad