Showing posts with label Screw it - nobody reads this anymore so I may as well write about politics. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Screw it - nobody reads this anymore so I may as well write about politics. Show all posts

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

I went to Washington, D.C. this week

And I saw some interesting things.

  • Newly-minted Senator Scott Brown's Truck.  Seriously.  And it's kind of a low-rider.  
  • Senator Orrin Hatch getting on an elevator, and he's taller than I expected.
  • The National Statuary Hall Collection on the first floor of the Capitol, which included an awesomely squared-off statue of Father Damien from Hawaii and a statue from Oregon of Edward Dickinson Baker, the only sitting U.S. Senator to die in battle during the Civil War, at the Battle of Ball's Bluff (not to go on too much of a run-on here, but the Battle of Ball's Bluff is not a joke - and it's famous for another reason, in that future Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. [aka "WEEEEEENDELLLLLL!!!!", for anyone lucky enough to have heard Professor R. Perry Sentell, Jr.'s amazing monologue on the Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table and how he created perhaps America's Greatest Jurist] was wounded at the same battle).
  • The seldom-seen underground train-shuttle from the Capitol to the basement of the Russell Senate Building. 
  • An ATM right outside the door of the Senate's private barber shop/shoeshine.  It's strange looking.
  • Myself, nearly dropping trou at the security checkpoint entering the Russell Building.  My belt was a threat, apparently.
  • Countless compelling stories from people affected by Arthritis and Arthritis-related diseases.  I've never felt so optimistic about the future and the proximity to a cure, but I've also never felt more frustrated by the failure of our nation to respond adequately to a massively expensive problem affecting millions of Americans.  I met a six year old already forced to use a wheelchair to get around and for whom painful monthly treatments of shots haven't provided any solace.  I met a teenager from Alaska who, though suffering through a flare, couldn't get to see a rhuematologist for nine long, painful months because (a) there are no pediatric rheumatology specialists, (b) the only rheumatologists currently practicing in Alaska no longer accept new patients, and (c) the pediatric rheumatologist from Washington state who is supposed to fly up to Alaska to meet certain needs won't or can't come during the winter.  I met a twelve year old girl who has had one hip replacement and is looking forward to her second this coming summer.  I met a family with three incredibly brilliant kids, each of whom has been diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, a Gulf War veteran father diagnosed with post-traumatic osteoarthritis, where both parents work and have employer-provided insurance, but who, nevertheless, have lost their house because of their oppressive healthcare costs and who have been forced repeatedly to choose which of the three kids would have to go without anti-inflammatory medications this month.  We're the greatest country on earth.  Nobody can go to our nation's capital without feeling a great sense of pride.  But we fail as a nation when it comes to healthcare.  We can do so much better.  We shouldn't fail people who are doing the right thing.  We shouldn't live in a country where a dozen or so states don't have a single medical specialist that serves children with a debilitating disease.  We can do better.  


Saturday, January 16, 2010

Pundits ignore Mooninite influence at their own peril

The Massachusetts special election for Ted Kennedy's senate seat has garnered national attention because of the underperforming in the polls by Martha Coakley.  Pundits cite democratic malaise, progressive frustration, an uninspiring candidate, and fired up conservatives.  Andrew Sullivan and Radley Balko raise another point though:

"Coakley’s most recent high-profile case was the “Aqua Teen Hunger Force” hoax, in which she defended Boston authorities’ massive overreaction to harmless light-emitting-diode devices left around the city as a promotional gimmick."

One should realize that the Mooninites do whatever they want to whomever they want, at all times.


Sunday, September 07, 2008

This is confusing

This Week on ABC is having their political roundtable, and from what I can tell, David Freaking Brooks is representing the most liberal view on such roundtable this week.

Two ideological conservatives, two nonideological journalists and a referee. This definitely presents all views.

Also, everyone just laughed out loud about McCain/Palin's ridiculous claim about foreign policy by osmosis near Russia. Why don't they call the candidates and their surrogates out on that to their faces? Are they scared to say this unless they're among their own kind?

UPDATE: Take it back. Brooks just basically said everyone in latte-sipping New England thinks Palin's trailer trash. Nobody paints with a broader brush (but the wrong color) like David Brooks. He should go choke on a Red Lobster cheese biscuit.