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


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”


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

The Kiss Of Near-Death

The Underpants Bomber, it seems, was directed to scorch his genitals by two al Qaeda leaders who used to reside at Guantanamo prison. ABC reports: American officials agreed to send the two terrorists from Guantanamo to Saudi Arabia where they entered into an “art therapy rehabilitation program” and were set free, according to U.S. and Saudi officials. So – it must be President Obama’s fault. Typical liberal – give ’em art, that’ll solve everything… …what? The Bush administration released these guys in 2007? To the Saudis? Oh, the Saudis, with whom W likes to suck face? Saudis, who made up fifteen … Continue reading The Kiss Of Near-Death

But My Car’s Protected!

How, I ask, is universal health care different from no-fault automobile insurance? Used to be the courts were clogged with crash cases until “Society” (the Minnesota legislature) said we must mandate that every driver – under penalty of law – purchase car insurance. Coverage extended to both the body of the car and… OH, NO!!! the bodies of the driver and passengers. So they can go to the hospital without worry about being covered. And get better. And not lose their homes. Or afford raised insurance rates. Or get dropped from their health insurance. I did not see anybody (read: … Continue reading But My Car’s Protected!

Off With Her Head!!!

Someone is wandering way, way off the reservation. Commence résumé brushing: I am one of the people who believe that health care is a right and not a privilege. I believe that the only way Americans can compete on the world market is to offer what other Westernized countries offer; free and accessible health care. This from a Fox News Contributor; if her checks don’t dry up, does that signal that sanity is about to become tolerated by the Fair & Balanced™ set? Or will there be a purity purge? Smart money’s on purge. Continue reading Off With Her Head!!!

Life Before Google

Here’s something about nothing: I started my own production company in the steam-powered video machine days, c.1983.  Called it Omni Video Productions, so-named, brothers & sisters, because I would do any video project Central Minnesota could hand me. No, never that kind of video. Meh. But right away I heard from a then-newfangled video rental store in Minneapolis that perhaps I was stepping a bit on their name – Omni Video – and would I kindly stop using it, and if not, how about some court action? Always up for a little action in those days, I responded to their … Continue reading Life Before Google

Huge Republican Fail

It looks a little funky, and we will serve it up no matter what the anti-health people say. And I’m not talking green bean casserole. While I am pleased that we’ve cleared another mountain ridge in this climb toward universal healthcare – yes, we must now prove conclusively that private insurance companies cannot deliver health care efficaciously – my first reaction is not an extreme one of irrational joy or jaded tea bag cynicism. It’s:  about time, putzes, that you pass legislation that finally catches  us up with the rest of the modern world. Continue reading Huge Republican Fail

You Say You Want An Evolution

Even though a strong conservative case can be made in favor of universal healthcare – conserves health, less time off sick, unburdens employers from the cost of healthcare, Jesus would approve, etc.  – I won’t bother enumerating all of them for the disloyal opposition, hopelessly lost as they are in the throes of an elixir called NOBAMA. But I will address my fellow traveller – the frustrated Progressive who is throwing Democrats under the bus because he didn’t get his Magical Unicorn. (Talkin’ ’bout you, Thom Hartmann!) Let me remind Mr & Mrs Progressive, True Believers to be sure, that … Continue reading You Say You Want An Evolution

It’s All In A Name

Alrighty, then! A pleasant break, all the better to wade into the fever swamp of the teabagger set, and their sundry cohorts and fellow travellers. Right Wing Watch pulls up the first inklings of people on the Right in the midst of  a diaspora, running like the dickens from their own one-time self descriptions: [S]everal politically conservative evangelicals said in interviews that they do not want to be identified with the “Religious Right,” “Christian Right,” “Moral Majority,” or other phrases still thrown around in journalism and academia. “There is an ongoing battle for the vocabulary of our debate,” said Gary … Continue reading It’s All In A Name

Hooked On Numerics

Guess it’s not just me: …the network reported that a vast majority of Americans — 94 percent — believe that climate scientists have falsified research into global warming (see picture below). The only problem is, according to Fox’s poll graphic, the total number of participants in the poll adds up to 120 percent. reports Raw Story. Fox reveals not only its bought-and-paid-for stances on climate catastrophe – duh, doesn’t exist – it also reveals its apparent lack of confidence in math basics. Because math is hard, I suppose. Continue reading Hooked On Numerics

Cry Me A River

From Politico: …Republicans are steamed at Franken because partisans on the left are using a measure he sponsored to paint them as rapist sympathizers — and because Franken isn’t doing much to stop them. Ticked, they are, at the schmucks my homeboy Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) made out of 30 Republicans who voted, basically, in favor of rape. The Young Turk delivers a smackdown to the Republican Old Guard and they cry “foul.” Foul, as in feeling violated, feeling abused, hurt and taken advantage of. Which is what I thought they were in favor of. Quit your whining; just be glad Sen. … Continue reading Cry Me A River

What About Priests Who Got Teh Gay?

“Transsexuals and homosexuals will never enter the kingdom of heaven and it is not me who says this, but Saint Paul,” the cardinal said, in comments reported by the Ansa news agency. Thus sayeth Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan, quoting the ultimate authority of Minneapolis’ twin city, apparently – and in the process condemning a whole bunch of priests. What did Christ say about homosexuality? Zip, zero, nada, nunca. You’d think He might’ve mentioned it if it were so important. He had a few words, however, about judgmental hypocrites awash in cash and the love of money. Look it up yourself, if you … Continue reading What About Priests Who Got Teh Gay?