What You Don’t Hear About Robin Williams’ Death

By Lloyd the Idiot

If Robin Williams were killed by a murderer by a bullet, there would be screams for more gun control.  If he were killed by a drunk driver, the populace would demand harsher sentences for drunk driving.  Yet, he died the victim of a treatable disease, and no one speaks about the cure.

Far from being a “coward’ or “selfish” as some have suggested, he is a victim of a society that ignores, if not shuns, cries for mental treatment.  As I’ve written before, it’s time for us to get past the stigma of mental illness.   Williams’ tragic death – and our loss – simply underscores the point.

The Failure of Obamacare

By Liberal Anthropologist

It is very hard to watch the manipulative and propagandistic games of President Obama in his vain attempt to salvage his reputation. Simply put, he is playing statistical games and moving goal posts. For anyone not with a vested interest in seeing him be seen as a success, the manipulations are obvious.

The original key points of the plan are not the incomplete nonsense being tried today.

1) The main point was to achieve universal coverage. 30 million uninsured was the number then. What is the number now? Slightly less? And all because of a slight change in Medicare eligibility rules that would not have been controversial then?

2) If you liked your plan, you could keep it. Lie of the year.

3) If you like your doctor you can keep him. No.

4) Premiums would go down on average. No they haven’t.

5) Each family would save 2500 a year. A joke.

Instead he touts how many people signed up under the program as if it was net new and as if it made a debt in the uninsured. And he touts cbo numbers which are based solely on the question asked and not reality.

Obamacare is a country dividing failure. Anyone who voted for it needs to be voted out of office. People need to stop defending this with games just to avoid a midterm defeat.

Responders should be prepared to show a significant decrease in the per capita uninsured. That it’s the only stat which matters. Good luck.

Top 10 Things We Should Do About Crimea

By Liberal Anthropologist

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Tough Love for the Municipalities

By Lloyd the Idiot

Oh, the woes of fiscal mismanagement.

Fiscal Darwinism demands that they be left to fail.  It’s the only way the electorate will learn that there are consequences to electing (and tolerating) poor leaders.

Just What Is the “American” Team Anyway?

By Lloyd the Idiot

A German designed bobsled (BMW)

with a British sponsor (BP)

and an Australian announcer (Leigh Diffey).

 

 

McDonnell Legal Fund Mailer: Restoration Abomination

By Lloyd the Idiot

Certain to be the next inductee into the TC Hall of Fame of Stupid Fundraising Pieces is this one from the Restoration Fund (aka Gov. Bob McDonnell’s legal defense fund) in which the McDonnell team tries to discredit the government’s star witness, Jonnie Williams, claiming that he  is “a man with over three decades of legal and ethical problems.”

And, yes, he’s the same ethically challenged man who was/is a close personal friend of the McDonnells

And, yes, he’s the same “man with three decades of legal and ethical problems” from whom Maureen McDonnell requested, and received, thousands of dollars only a few year ago.

And, yes, he’s the same “slick salesman” whom we’re supposed to believe expected nothing in return.

Foot, meet mouth.

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Income Inequality Is Not a Problem. In fact, It’s a Good Thing

By Lloyd the Idiot

 

There’s been a lot of wind and print about the purported income inequality “problem” in the United States and what we need to do to “solve” the problem.   My rebuttal, and your talking points (which should come as a surprise to absolutely no one), are as follows:

  • No one ever promised anyone that they would have equal income.  Equal opportunity is all any one in this country is entitled to.
  • Inequality itself is a motivator.  If we’re all the same (and forced into it), there’s no incentive to strive for more.  Greed is good.
  • It’s not a case of the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer.  Even the  poorest have benefited from the blessings of liberty.   Compare the poor of today to those of 50 or 100 years ago.  The poor of today are all better off – even without government hand outs.
  • The “inequality” issue is simply Obama’s pandering to his base and demonizing the rich and successful.
  • If you’re the  guy making minimum wage your whole life, then too damn bad.  Either you don’t have the skills or you don’t have the motivation to make more of you life.

All in all, the income inequality discussion is simply absurd.

Have the Virginia Political Blogs Died?

By Lloyd the Idiot

When I moved to Richmond six months ago, and earnestly sought out some local political blogs – not so much to be antagonistic, but just to know what’s going on locally.

Found basically nothing locally.  There’s Richmond Sunlight, which is dead – plus pretty lefty.  The Times-Dispatch Politics blog hasn’t been updated in weeks.  Nothing at all for Chesterfield County.

All that brings me back here.  And to Loudoun.  No doubt the vitality of the Loudoun blogosphere was due in large part to the efforts of Loudoun Insider.   Now that he has moved on, even the Loudoun scene is pretty weak (my apologies, Liberal Anthropologists, but the posts here are fairly infrequent).  Novatownhall.com and Black Velvet Bruce Li are just not the same.   Seems like the only ones commenting these days are a handful of people who do nothing but comment on political blogs.  Even major blogs like Bearing Drift and Not Larry Sabato just don’t seem to get the traffic or comments they used to.  Have people just gotten sick of them?   Has the mainstream politico just had enough?  Moved on to Twitter, perhaps?

As a writer, I really don’t care.  Really, I don’t.  I’ve said many times before that I just write to get things off my chest.  If someone reads and finds it entertaining, then great.  If they’re offended, even better.

Twitter.  Hmm.  Now there’s an idea.