Until now, the consensus was that weed smoking causes schizophrenia.
It does not seem that weed smoking causes schizophrenia in people not genetically predisposed to suffer it.
Until now, the consensus was that weed smoking causes schizophrenia.
It does not seem that weed smoking causes schizophrenia in people not genetically predisposed to suffer it.
If this was Cochran, I would not have been surprised at all.
But I would have thought that Koch would have been better off, simply because of its distance from Bell Curve City.
Of course there are no problems with the VA hospitals in Florida. That’s because most of the people that work there look like her.
What’s that you say? Old white vets are dying because they’re on the contrived waiting lists for too long? Why should she or any of her ilk care about that? They’re old white people, after all. They need to die. The Oprah said so.
Your Blogmeister’s Desk
Timing couldn’t be better for this.
Got a piece of snail mail from the VA today addressed to your snarky blogmeister. The letter thanked me for my service, then proceeded to inform me that medical care provided for the VA complies with the Affor-DUH-Bull Care Act, aka ObamaDontCare. It also included a color booklet along the same lines, with the personal narratives of various people, they were all suggestively either black or Hispanic, about the great care the VA provides, and along with that a paper application for VA medical benefits and a BRM to send it in.
There’s just one little problem.
I’m not a vet.
So why does the VA think I am?
Which leads me to my next question: If this non-vet got this mailing, then it’s likely that other non-vets got it, too. Is the VA on the sly trying to get non-vets to sign up for VA health coverage, maybe to goose up the number of people on it to create a political buffer against eliminating it, considering the current VA scandal?
Left to their own devices, these people would spend money without any regard for the consequences, in a fiscal sense. So why do they not actually spend it on doctors? And here comes the controversial answer: That’s not the purpose of government. The purpose of government from the left’s standpoint is not results. If it were, LBJ’s Great Society wouldn’t be a dismal failure.
Remember, we’re not supposed to look at the results of liberal programs, are we? There aren’t any that are successful. Every social program to come down the pike that the Dems, liberals have authored, has busted up minority families, destroyed the border system in this country. I mean, it’s a disaster. The social fabric, the cultural rot taking place in this country is again the result of policy put in place by Democrats. But with what? Good intentions, yes, we are only supposed to judge the good intentions. Social Security, Medicare, War on Poverty, you name it, all of ‘em are disasters, and because of that, we’re only supposed to look at the intentions.
So again, let’s come to the VA just to pick — and this would be true of any agency. When it comes to the VA, results are really not the purpose of government. What does a liberal want to run government for? Power, exactly right. Growing government. The caller, the doctor, the good doctor had it right. They spend the money on what? Themselves. They hire more of them. They hire more administrative employees.
That’s not controversial enough, so I guess I have to be the one to fill in the rest of the blanks.
The purpose of the VA is to be an employment agency for otherwise unemployable black women. And if vets just happen to get a little bit of good health care every now and then? Well, it’s icing on the cake.
Obama is said to be mad about the VA scandals.
Well, Mr. Obama, get your ass off the golf course and do something about it.
While you’re at it, you can afford one or two fewer fund raisers, parties or vacations to make some extra time on your oh-so-busy schedule.
Now I see that Cochran is now figuring into the VA scandal in the eyes of the national media. The former department head of psychiatry at Cochran was a bullied and intimidated whistleblower.
No matter though, they’re all the same. They all happen for the same reason.
Take the hint: Stand on the corner of Grand and Enright around shift change, and look at what waddles in and out of the joint.
And once again notice that the Congressman whose district includes Cochran can’t be bothered for shit.
I, too, have my doubts about this theory, that bugs in the honey pots of African women picked up from dirty rivers makes them more susceptible to HIV.
The main problem with that theory is that insofar as transmitting HIV to women, it’s not that orifice where they usually get it.
But once you clear those hurdles, it’s an elucidating and in fact necessary read.
Some black preachers from St. Louis and Kansas City were supposed to rally for ObamaDontCare on the steps of the capitol this afternoon, namely during the noon hour.
Either I was looking for them in the wrong place or they were in the wrong place. I didn’t see any rally. Where I looked, I was all alone.
And even if they did rally, what good did they think they were going to do that Kit Bond couldn’t? ICYMI, the ObamaDontCare forces hired Kit Bond of all people to try to lobby Republicans in the state House and Senate to sign the suicide pact. Though the only time I ever saw him around here was not long after that happened, and he looks like warmed over death. People who want something out of some government hire big name people as lobbyists because they think their name and reputation has weight and currency with down-the-ladder politicians. The problem with that mentality in Kit Bond’s case is that since he left the Senate in 2010, especially since Roy Blunt was an almost carbon copy perfect drop-in replacement from both a temperament and voting record standpoint, the only people who have truly missed him are the D.C. liquor stores, being mindful of the fact they lost Ted Kennedy’s business in 2009. Another problem is that state legislators have term limits, eight years for a House member max, eight years for a Senator max. This means just in the time he’s been retired from the Senate, there has been a lot of turnover in the state House and Senate. After each passing election cycle, there are or will be fewer and fewer members of the state House and Senate who were even members of one of those bodies while Kit Bond was actually a U.S. Senator.
The other problem is that Kit Bond’s phone calls and schmoozing, (as if anyone wants to get personable with an old drunk), don’t negate budget and legislative realities.
More HIV in far southern Illinois. Though the raw numbers aren’t exactly earth shattering.
Considering that “Southern Illinois HIV Care Connect” covers everywhere south of Mount Vernon but no areas of the Metro East, I bet almost all of their new HIV cases come from the towns of Carbondale, Cairo and Ina. The story is dateline Murphysboro because the Jackson County Health Department in the lead agency in Southern Illinois HIV Care Connect, and Murphysboro is the Jackson County seat. Even though Murphsyboro is kind of a pitiful town, it’s not in the demographic wheel house for HIV/AIDS.
Let me spell that out for you, in case it went over your head:
Carbondale has a residential black ghetto mostly in the northeast part of town.
Cairo has been out and out right Bell Curve City for all of my life and then some.
Ina has a state prison.
This image, with “shit” and “pissed” blurred out for FCC purposes, should appear in Republican media buys this fall.
It’s just too bad it would accrue to the benefit of a party whose leadership, including the incoming Senate Majority Leader, has no intention to repeal ObamaDontCare.
Anytime TPTB start trotting out “seven million” or “six million” as a sacred unquestionable statistic, start questioning.
Turns out seven million is really 858,000. That is, 858k people who previously did not have health insurance and signed up for an actual paid insurance policy from the exchanges. And even that’s not what it seems, because RAND (Corporation, not Ayn or Paul) didn’t break it down further. How many of those 858,000 were subsidized versus unsubsidized? What’s the age distribution? The gender distribution? How many of those 858,000 are unsubsidized young healthy men? That’s the key to the whole thing, young healthy men with high enough incomes to be subsidy-ineligible doing the heavy lifting for everyone else, though like I said yesterday, I don’t think there are enough of them even if they did all sign up for altruistic reasons.
Now, about those “six million…”
Nah, I think I’ll leave that alone. For now.
One more time.
The financial and economic success of ObamaDontCare is not dependent on getting low income non-white people onto Medicaid or a heavily subsidized private plan. Even if the political success is.
It depends on young healthy men of at least moderate income buying high premium unsubsidized policies.
Even then, I don’t think that there are enough young healthy men of at least moderate income to do the financial heavy lifting for the whole system.
One of the big reasons ObamaDontCare is the way it is is because of Rahm’s counsel. He was in thick with the Clintons during the HillaryCare debacle, and when he got a mulligan with Obama, he wanted the approval of the health insurance industry so they wouldn’t run Harry & Louise ads. That’s why he bought in Karen Ignagni in from the beginning, and she’s the reason why ObamaDontCare has an individual mandate, and that’s why Obama and Co. are going to the mat to defend and maintain it.
Obama to Hispanics: Cut off your cable and sail foams so you can afford ObamaDontCare.
This would almost be like Obama telling the NAACP that he’s going to appoint George Zimmerman to his cabinet.
* 168,000 new Medicaid recipients, and:
* 88,000 people enrolled with an ObamaDontCare-compliant private health insurance plan.
Of those 88k, the age and gender distribution is not stated. Which is important because unless a lot of healthy young men aren’t signing up for private plans and paying a disproportionate share of the load, ObamaDontCare will suffer a fiscal death spiral. You know they all aren’t healthy young men, but even if all 88k are, you have to match that against the 168k new Medicaid recipients.
Also, of those 88k, it’s not stated how many of those needed subsidies in order to afford the premiums, and among those that did, what percentage of those premiums are subsidized.
Good, you came back.
Here’s all you need to know:
Consider where Dr. Flood works. Professor at SLU Med, practices across the street at Glennon.
Need another hint:
Think of the demographics of Glennon patients, both outpatient and ER, especially gunshot wound ER.
Of course, SLU’s own ER handles the gunshot wounds of the adult version of that demographic.
When an ER gets a victim of a gunshot wound, it’s required to call the cops.
There are special parking spaces on Vista close to SLU’s ER entrance reserved for law enforcement, because they’re there that often.
Not just regular cops, but also prison paddy wagons bringing in the pimps.
The irony of all this? Cardinal John Glennon, for whom Glennon was named, wanted no part of racial integration.
I’m going to re-post something I wrote on AR earlier today. Something which has been bothering me about Schaeffer’s Number and the whole concept, but I haven’t been able to get off the tip of my tongue until today.
$3 trillion for health care expenses divided by 250 billion person-hours worked, both in a year, comes to $12 an hour.
$1 trillion for all K-12 public education, and that’s another $4 an hour.
The problem with Schaeffer’s Number and the economic and policy implications that people draw for it is this: Not all economic value added goes to labor. Not all Federal revenue collection comes from personal income taxes.
It’s mawkish to say and think that if you make $15 an hour, that you’re not even pulling our own weight with regards to education and health care alone. That’s because the economic forces from which you earn your $15 an hour are themselves productive and adding to the economy. And while lots of people are under Schaeffer’s Number, there are lots of people over it, pulling their own weight and the lot of other people’s weight.
While I think the Gross Domestic Product figures are questionable because they count too much intangible snake oil as productivity, (and it gets worse all the time), let’s play along. The $15.68 trillion GDP in 2012 divided by 250 billion person-hours worked makes $62.72 an hour. The real Schaeffer Number economy-wide is $62.72, which means if you make less than that, and almost everyone does, you’re not pulling your own economic weight. That much an hour works to $130,457 a year, which puts whoever earns it at the 96.3 percentile, i.e. the top 3.7% of individual income earners. So the whole economic-philosophical basis behind Shaeffer’s Number, taken to its logical conclusion, is that 96.3% of us are slackers and aren’t pulling our weight, and therefore, in the opinion of some (cough, cough, won’t say Ron Unz, cough cough), the minimum wage should be raised to $62.72 an hour.
Who really believes that?
But until I hear from the final authority on this matter, that being my biggest fan, it’s all speculation on my part, mainly inferring things from this hospital’s location.
Until then…five, six, seven, eight…
Chocolate City St. Louis
St. Louis again ranks high for two sexually transmitted diseases
The lack of comprehensive sex education in public schools. The Missouri Legislature’s rejection of expanded Medicaid health coverage. Reduced funding for family planning services. And the feeling of invincibility among young people.
These are some of the reasons experts cite for the consistently high rate of sexually transmitted infections in the St. Louis area.
Except they missed the biggest, best and most obvious reason: Impulsive low IQ blacks who can’t control their libidos. IOW, TNB.
Each year, local public health advocates dread the release of the sexually transmitted disease report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention because St. Louis city sits at or near the top of the list.
While the number of new cases of chlamydia and gonorrhea actually dropped by about 700 in the St. Louis region in 2012, the city still ranks second-highest among counties and independent cities for the two infections, according to the CDC report released Wednesday. Philadelphia County, Pa., had the country’s highest chlamydia rate and Montgomery County, Ala., had the highest for gonorrhea.
We know how Official St. Louis will react to this — They’ll do what they do when the topic is violent crime. “Waah, waah, cry, cry, it’s not fair to compare cities that can’t annex to cities that can!“
And like they want to do with crime stats for statistical cover, they’ll eventually try to merge St. Louis City’s and St. Louis County’s STD reporting.
I remember doing this story several months ago in this space, but I can’t seem to find it.
Oh well, it doesn’t matter anyway. Because we know they won’t conclude that even keeping all else equal, that the root cause of racial health disparities is IQ and frontal lobe maturity.
They’re Desperate Now
Predictably, Edsall goes on to blame opposition to ObamaCare on “a critical mass of white voters” who have not “moved past [their] resistance to programs shifting tax dollars and other resources from the middle class to poorer minorities.” If you don’t want the government to redistribute your wealth to somebody else, you must be racist.
First off, I’m not surprised Tom Edsall is writing this, or that his mind went in that direction, because for a long time, he has basically been the MSM’s emissary (first WaPo and now NYT) to our neck of the political woods.
But then there’s the more fundamental question: Is he wrong in his analysis? And if he’s right, why does he think that mode of political behavior is wrong?
White people doing for white people — Where can I sign up?
She won’t be smiling when he comes out of the closet.
While condoms usually do defend against STDs, (both Susie and Nate probably have at least one apiece already), 404Care doesn’t cover condoms.
First it was 404Care.
Then it was “if you like your plan you can keep it” exposed as a deliberate stone cold lie all along.
Then it was “$2,500 savings” blown out of the water.
Now the next shoe: Navigators telling people to lie to the system in order to get better premiums and rates from the system.
To the extent that Obama et al. can brag about the few people that get better deals from 404Care than what they had before, we now know it was because the navigators told them to lie in their application.
Related: It depends on what the definition of “enrollment,” is, just like it depended on what the definition of “deportation” was.
They say that if you give a million monkeys a million typewriters and a million years, you’ll get Shakespeare. Personally, all you need to do is give one Elizabethan-era Englishman fifty-two years and a quill pen if you want to get Shakespeare, but I digress.
The almighty Yankee government in three years and change couldn’t build a functional web presence for ObamaCare. But three 20-year olds only needed a week.
This could be an explanation:
With a few late nights, Ning Liang, George Kalogeropoulos and Michael Wasser built “thehealthsherpa.com,” a two-week-old website that solves one of the biggest problems with the government’s site.
“They got it completely backwards in terms of what people want up front,” said Liang. He added: “They want prices and benefits, so that they could make the decision.”
However, one man’s “completely backwards” is another man’s “perfectly forward.” That the existing ObamaCare website puts prices at the end is a bug and not a feature to people that use it, but a feature not a bug politically speaking for ObamaCare cultists. There’s a reason why Chevy ads tell you how much the car costs while Rolls-Royce ads don’t.
Now I’m starting to think that some of these bugs and failures in the ObamaCare website are by design, to hide how expensive it’s going to be for almost everyone.