Monday, December 23, 2013

Anarchy Does Not Equal Anarchy

Anarchy means chaos. A truism that most folks on both sides of the aisle will gladly agree on. But does it really, or is it, as this gent points out, just a way to shock us all into fear and submission?

Anarchy refers to a society without a central political authority. But it is also used to refer to disorder or chaos. This constitutes a textbook example of Orwellian news-speak in which assigning the same name to two different concepts effectively narrows the range of thought. For if lack of government is identified with the lack of order, no one will ask whether lack of government actually results in a lack of order. And this un-inquisitive mental attitude is absolutely essential to the case for the state. If people were ever to seriously question whether government actions are really productive of order, popular support for government would almost instantly collapse. The identification of anarchy with disorder is not a trivial matter. The power of our conceptions to blind us to the facts of the world around us cannot be gainsaid.

--John Hasnas, Professor of Business and Law, Georgetown University

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Still Here. Still Pissed.

I used to think limited government was the answer. Now I think NO GOVERNMENT is about the only logical next step.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Still Pissed

Affordable For Whom?

Not just California. It's everyone I know. EVERYONE. Being dropped and being forced to pay more for less.

Biggest scam ever.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Haiku Monday: Bare

It seems like years since I've played. But Rafael called, so who can help but heed his requests?

Prada platforms flung,
toe curls extrude warmth and wet.
Mud stuck pedi cure.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Liar Liar Pants on Fire

"If you like your private healthcare plan, you can keep your plan. Period. Nothing in this plan will require you or your employer to change the coverage or the doctor you have."

Really? Then how come mine, a perfectly good, affordable plan that provided me with everything I needed and nothing I didn't was just canceled? Why am I now being forced into another plan whose premiums have tripled and my deductible doubled, and I have no idea what it covers because it doesn't tell me? (Although, they were awfully proud to tell me that I now have full coverage for maternity and mental health meds.)

A couple weeks prior to Obamination Care coming down, my Facebook feed was lousy with people yippee-skippying for this travesty. That stupid cartoon, remember that one? That explained to us idiotic, uncaring souls just why Obamacare was so gooooooooood for us? People thumping me on the head for not showing any compassion, for not caaaaaaaarrring that millions of people could now have insurance.

For days now, however, nothing but crickets chirping.

Dear America: how do you all like your shark-skinned savior now?

I'll check back in a couple months to check in with all you True Believers.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

The Insanity Begins

Received via email today:

"Thank you for being a Presbyterian Individual HMO Plan member. We have some very important news that will require action on your part. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) healthcare reform law requires all health insurance plans to meet new requirements. Because of these new requirements, your current Presbyterian Individual and Family Plan will no longer be available after December 31, 2013."

New. Requirements. According to WHOM? A bunch of bureaucrats who know better than I do what my health care needs are?

Goes on to explain that I will only have two options from which to choose: A plan that includes maternity, a plan that does not. That's it. And, of course, no mention of costs. Those they'll spring on me when I'm forced to make the phone call to choose my plan. 
Oh, but the good news is, I get a health club membership AND free behavioral health meds along with whatever plan I choose. Which I suppose is a good thing, because I will need those meds when I go all Walter White on their asses . . .

In the meantime, I should expect a "packet" in the mail very soon explaining what the government now thinks is good for me, whether or not I actually want—or even NEED—that coverage or not. Bye-bye high deductible $90 a month plan that has always done exactly what I need it to do without putting me in the poor house.

Hello . . . God only knows what . . .

Monday, September 30, 2013