April 25th, 2012

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Are You Good Enough for Healthcare?

Voter: Do you think that health care is a right or a privilege?

Jesse Kelly: My belief system is this. The health care for anybody but especially for our nation. The highest quality and lowest cost can only be delivered without the government. What I believe is that all things we drive, we do, health care, anything, is a privilege to some extent. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, those are inalienable rights endowed by your creator. If you’re claiming a right, if you’re going to say anything’s a right, if you’re going to say you have a right to a cell phone, then who has the responsibility to pay for it? That’s what I believe.

Voter: So you’d put health care as a privilege then?

Kelly: Absolutely, absolutely. I believe that all things we have are. But they’re privileges you earn.

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Godzilla, default

No more Fucking:

Austria, that is.

A city in Austria named Fucking wants its name changed from Fucking to something else. I might suggest perhaps either Chastity or Puritania.


I must admit that this is the kind of story that makes me wonder how precisely does a village get a name like fucking in the first place? It seems kind of, well.....wrong.

The impending race riots in Sanford Florida over the Trayvon Martin shooting

Film maker Alexandra Pelosi (she is Nancy Pelosi's daughter) produced this short for Bill Maher's HBO program Real Time with Bill Maher. Ms. Pelosi takes a closer look at the new media's claims that there was an impending race riot in Sanford Florida, with organized rallies by both the New Black Panther Party and Neo-Nazis, with incitements for violence. This post is only concerned with this as the topic; not in retrying the case again.

[Video behind the spoiler tag]

While I knew the New Black Panthers were a pretty small group despite the fixation of right wing media, but I didn't know they were this small; and I sort of laughed at the Neo-Nazi and felt embarrassed for him (the Nazi salute in front of his trailer park home). And while certainly bad news and potentially bad news draws more ratings etc, the protests that did occur in Sanford were peaceful; and there certainly weren't 'race riots.' Some have seen the Trayvon Martin shooting as a painful reminder how as a country we still have a lot of healing to do in regards to race, but seeing these extremists so isolate in Ms. Pelosi's film gives me a glimmer of hope: maybe we are a bit further along the road than we give ourselves credit for.


Run For the Border


The rate of Mexican immigration to the US has stalled or maybe even gone into reverse, an analysis shows, ending a four-decade-long trend.

Economic factors, increased border control, and lower Mexican birth rates were all cited as factors.

More than 12 million migrants entered the US from Mexico since 1970, more than half legally, the report says.

"Looking back over the entire span of US history, no country has ever seen as many of its people immigrate to this country as Mexico has in the past four decades," the report's authors note.

However, figures clearly show major changes to the long-term trend over the years 2005-2010.

A decade earlier, from 1995-2000, some 2.9 million Mexicans arrived in the US, with just 670,000 people leaving the country for Mexico - a net influx to the US of more than 2.2 million people.

Between 2005-2010, though, just 1.37 million arrived from Mexico - and 1.39 million left to cross the southern border.

Well, this certainly is a surprising tread. If it continues it could be a big factor in future immigration debates. But I don't think that we'll see that any time soon. But immigration is still a big issue among Hispanic voters and there's no doubt they're a big block in the next election. What amuses me is that Hispanics are pretty firmly behind Obama even though he's taken a fairly firm stance on immigration then again, Romney's "self-deportation" line would be laughable if it wasn't so eyeroll inducing.

Whatever the case, this is clearly a trend to watch.