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Here's the thing. I'm watching one of these shows on the Cooking Channel featuring food trucks. There's a Scottish expat making fish and chips; in a thick brogue he somewhat wearily explains his irritation with Americans who habitually order a side of tartar sauce: "tartar sauce is basically gherkins." That's this blog. I claim no particular insight, no revelation. If you enjoy the flavor, great, but this blog is basically gherkins.

Monday, September 7, 2009

51%


Only 51% of Kentuckians believe the President of the United States was born in the United States.

This is why every other industrialized country in the world has health care.  And we have 18,000 Americans dying every year because of a lack of health insurance.

You want a death panel?  A death panel is an insurance company denying you coverage because of a pre-existing condition.  That didn't stop Rudy from waving the invisible bloody shirt on Meet the Press Sunday; saying that without tort reform the only way to pay for new health care is by pulling the plug on grandma.

Tort reform's a scam.  I know you've been told otherwise, by the insurance lobby for the past twenty years, but here's a quick clue - there have been numerous states like mine, which have had aggressive tort reform, capping damage awards, limiting potential claims, narrowing the courthourse doorway opening to potential plaintffs.  But somehow insurance premiums don't fall accordingly.  Somehow, it turns out that insurance companies are really just interesting in making every dollar they can.  Tort reform's just another way to accomplish that

We're too dumb to survive.  We are going to wave flags and and guns and bibles until we collapse.  Lots of reasons for this.  The corporatized media, as discussed in today's Greenwald is a good place to start.

I thought Oakland giving up a 1 for Richard Seymour was the dumbest thing I'd see all weekend.  Then I thought that Juan Manuel Marquez drinking his own urine in preparation for his upcoming loss to Floyd Mayweather was the most backward thing I'd see all weekend.  And then I saw that poll.

Half of the people in Kentucky think that Obama was born in the United States.  Half. There you go.