The Wall Street Journal’s expert on health care

According to Rupert Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal, Suzanne Somers is an expert on the Affordable Care Act and its impact on retirees.

Yes, that Suzanne Somers.

She says the health-care law is “a Socialist Ponzi scheme.”

You can judge by reading the column here, but I feel the following is the most important part of the opinion piece. It was tacked onto the end after publication:

CORRECTIONS AND AMPLIFICATIONS:

An earlier version of this post contained a quotation attributed to Lenin (“Socialized medicine is the keystone to the arch of the socialist state”) that has been widely disputed. And it included a quotation attributed to Churchill (“Control your citizens’ health care and you control your citizens“) that the Journal has been unable to confirm.

Also, the cover of a Maclean’s magazine issue in 2008 showed a picture of a dog on an examining table with the headline “Your Dog Can Get Better Health Care Than You.” An earlier version of this post incorrectly said the photo showed and headline referred to a horse.

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion (no matter how air headed it may be). But no one is entitled to back up their opinion with their own facts. And, unless it was a photo of a great dane, I don’t know how you confuse a horse with a dog.

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Yep. That’s a dog. Horses aren’t allowed to sit on exam tables. That … and the word “dog” in the headline … should have been a giveaway.

 

The GOP is now seeking the advice of a druggie

Remember when a certain computer expert lost his mind and did weird things in Central America? This is what Fox News reported at the time:

John McAfee, the estranged founder of the antivirus firm that bears his name, is wanted by the Belize police in connection with a murder, FoxNews.com has confirmed.

McAfee, whose very name is synonymous with security, is a prime suspect in the murder of American expatriate Gregory Faull, a well-liked builder from Florida who was shot Saturday night at his home in San Pedro Town on the island of Ambergris Caye, according to a series of exposes on tech blog Gizmodo. Vienne Robinson, assistant superintendent of the San Pedro police department in Belize, told FoxNews.com that police are actively searching for McAfee. …

McAfee’s life has turned in recent years from cybersecurity to drugs, guns, prostitution and violence, explained Jeff Wise, a freelance reporter who broke the story for Gizmodo. “He will tell you he moved to Belize for the good life, for the country, to rescue the Belizean people from poverty,” Wise told FoxNews.com. In reality, McAfee became embroiled in bath salts and the quest for the ultimate high, he said.

Wise visited McAfee in the Western Caribbean nation twice, once in 2010 and again this past April.

“It really scared the hell out of me,” Wise said. He wasn’t alone. A woman who went to visit McAfee to co-develop an herbal medicine ended up running from the country in terror, “fleeing for her life,” Wise said.

Although a one-time drug user, the computer expert had cleaned up his act. …

“Mcafee had been a hard-core drug addict in his 30s and 40s. He had a heart attack right around the time he sold his company for $100 million,” Wise told FoxNews.com. He moved to Belize and apparently pursued several lines of business, from creating a new form of herbal medicine to helping save the country from poverty.

He also became deeply involved with bath salts, Wise said, a dangerous drug notorious for its psychotic effects.

“Around the time his herbal drug plan collapsed, he started to get really heavily into this kind of synthetic, hallucinogenic hyper-aphrodisiac,” Wise told FoxNews.com. “Everyone was scared of McAfee. He was walking around the beach carrying a gun.”

I wonder what McAfee is up to today?

The House committee responsible for Obamacare oversight asked for expert guidance last week about the troubled launch of the federal Healthcare.gov site from John McAfee, the tech legend once suspected in the murder of his neighbor in Central America, CNBC has learned.

That Republican-controlled committee wanted the McAfee Associates founder to “guide our oversight and review of” the implementation of the federal marketplace selling Obamacare insurance, according to an email obtained by CNBC.com.

The committee suggested that McAfee might discuss the technologically botched rollout with members of Congress.

Now, there are major problems with the online insurance website. And it’s inexcusable that it was rolled out with so many bugs. It’s a major screw up by the Obama administration, and somebody should be fired for such shoddy work.

But, for God’s sake, why is the GOP seeking the advice of a crazy person on how to fix the problem …

Oh, right. Republicans don’t want the problem fixed. They’ll take the advice of a nutcase to make sure it never works.

And yes, I quoted Fox News (which I go out of my way not to do) at the start of this item. Because I want to see how Fox puts the lipstick on this pig and says what a smart move it is now that the Republicans have added McAfee to the mix of their recent bizarre behavior.

 

I feel faint, Mr. President!

You’ve all heard about this fainting episode at the White House yesterday:

Karmel Allison could feel the sun beating down on her. She is pregnant, and she was worried about having to use the restroom while she was standing behind President Barack Obama during his speech Monday morning on the Affordable Care Act. So she didn’t drink much water before the speech.

But suddenly, she felt dehydrated. She began seeing stars. And next thing she knew…

“I was being caught by the President of the United States,” she said in a phone interview with Business Insider Monday afternoon.

In this instance, the woman is pregnant and diabetic. She was so worried about having to go to the bathroom that she dehydrated herself and almost passed out. (Actually, she was pretty out of it for a long time if you saw the whole video.) Probably shouldn’t have been standing around to begin with in her condition, but you can’t fault her for wanting the opportunity to meet the president.

It appears that President Obama has had lots of experience with fainting people.

Not to mention this from New Hampshire:

This happens all the time:

I wonder what the right-wing crazies make of all this?

Nevertheless, right-wing conspiracy theorists were quick to claim that the incident was staged. YouTube videos of the speech are full of criticisms of President Obama, with almost every single comment showing some variation of, “This was staged!”

Right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’ website Infowars similarly went into a frenzy attempting to find evidence that the “Fainting Woman” incident was staged. One user claimed, “He used to fake these fainters and ask somebody to get them water. O has staged these fainters several times in the past.” Others pointed out that she was “looking toward the teleprompter” and that the people around her seem to be “in on it.” The phrase “I gotcha,” was said by several to be a manipulative line thrown to the American people to make them feel good about the Affordable Care Act.

Almost no one acknowledged that Karmel Allison was actually ill. Those who did unanimously decided that she was obviously drunk or high (because everyone knows, of course, that sick people always deserve it and somehow did it to themselves). These complaints included the accusation that Ms. Allison “may be one of Obama’s transgender o-bots.” (I’m not even going to try to figure out what that means.)

 

 

The deficit and the Grand Bargain scam

When the powers that be say the federal deficit is the most important economic issue of our time, keep this in mind:

GOP approval rating at 24 percent

The percentage of people approving the GOP’s recent actions that led to the government shutdown is interesting:

Just 24 percent of Americans have a positive opinion of the Republican party, according to a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released Thursday.

The survey reflects a record low in approval for the GOP for NBC/WSJ poll, which dates back to 1989.

The poll also found an increase in support for the Affordable Care Act with 38 percent of respondents approving of the law — up from 31 percent in the same poll last month.

The GOP took a big hit over the shutdown. Americans blame Republicans over Obama for the shutdown by a 53-31 margin. Seventy percent said that Republicans were placing politics ahead of the country’s best interest. Fifty-one percent said that Obama is putting his agenda above the country.

This reminds me of a discussion that occurred during the administration of George W. Bush (the Dumber) from Kung Fu Monkey:

John: Hey, Bush is now at 37% approval. I feel much less like Kevin McCarthy screaming in traffic. But I wonder what his base is —

Tyrone: 27%.

John: … you said that immmediately, and with some authority.

Tyrone: Obama vs. Alan Keyes. Keyes was from out of state, so you can eliminate any established political base; both candidates were black, so you can factor out racism; and Keyes was plainly, obviously, completely crazy. Batshit crazy. Head-trauma crazy. But 27% of the population of Illinois voted for him. They put party identification, personal prejudice, whatever ahead of rational judgement. Hell, even like 5% of Democrats voted for him. That’s crazy behaviour. I think you have to assume a 27% Crazification Factor in any population.

John: Objectively crazy or crazy vis-a-vis my own inertial reference frame for rational behaviour? I mean, are you creating the Theory of Special Crazification or General Crazification?

Tyrone: Hadn’t thought about it. Let’s split the difference. Half just have worldviews which lead them to disagree with what you consider rationality even though they arrive at their positions through rational means, and the other half are the core of the Crazification — either genuinely crazy; or so woefully misinformed about how the world works, the bases for their decision making is so flawed they may as well be crazy.

John: You realize this leads to there being over 30 million crazy people in the US?

Tyrone: Does that seem wrong?

John: … a bit low, actually.

So, at one time it was common knowledge that the unadulterated crazy base of the Republican Party was 27 percent. And now, the approval rating for the GOP is at 24 percent.

That means the Republicans are now starting to lose the crazy vote.

 

The GOP’s idea of compromise

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This is the Republican concept of compromise.

But there’s also this Republican compromise (via the Rude Pundit):

Sane Person: We need food. Can I use your car to go to the store?

Crazy Person: We do need food. However, you can use my car only if you punch yourself in the balls until you vomit.

Sane Person: That’s ridiculous. One thing has nothing to do with the other. How would that accomplish anything?

Crazy Person: It’s what I want.

Sane Person: Well, I guess we’ll just starve.

Crazy Person: Yes, but remember that if we starve, it will be your fault because you didn’t punch yourself in the balls until you vomit.

 

Cruz (and no) control

Sen. Ted Cruz (O-Canada), king of the “let’s defund Obamacare and shutdown the government” movement, got his ass handed to him today.

By Republican senators (via Politico):

Ted Cruz faced a barrage of hostile questions Wednesday from angry GOP senators, who lashed the Texas tea party freshman for helping prompt a government shutdown crisis without a strategy to end it.

At a closed-door lunch meeting in the Senate’s Mansfield Room, Republican after Republican pressed Cruz to explain how he would propose to end the bitter budget impasse with Democrats, according to senators who attended the meeting. A defensive Cruz had no clear plan to force an end to the shutdown — or explain how he would defund Obamacare, as he has demanded all along, sources said.

The lesson here is when you follow a moron to the edge of cliff, chances are you’re going to fall off.