Posted By Ed B

The president made an announcement today saying that religious organizations will not have to provide contraceptives in their insurance plan, but the insurance companies will still have to provide it.
When I employ someone, and pay for their insurance, my funds will pay that insurance company for coverage. If that coverage includes ANYTHING (including birth control, kervorkian treatment, sex-changes or aspirin), I am paying for it. There is no escaping that.
Either the president is too stupid to understand that, or he thinks we are too stupid to understand that.
Which do you prefer?

When will the discussion no longer be whether that Catholics have to provide this level of insurance provision, but that:
Everyone asked why Obama would do something this stupid.
All Obama had to do was enrage, then mollify the Catholics and then the real argument goes away.
That’s the Machiavellian trick he’s pulling.

Then there's Rita's brilliant take on it.
Warning: Bacon is involved. May increase your risk of wanting a bacon sandwich.


Edit: A bit of audio on the subject.

Posted By Ed B

I cannot see it.

I would rather see the country go to hell slowly under Romney than quickly under Obama.
If that's the choice.
I've read comments on other sites that stress the opposite.

At least going slow towards the cliff, you can hope for some other external event (Deus et Machina?) to intervene.
Sudden illness, national awakening, something.

Some people seem to long for the battle, the apocalypse.

It does however, occur to me that:
If Romney would be as bad, or nearly as bad, for the country as Obama, then we only have four more years of Obama, whereas we'd persumably have eight years of Romney, and extension of Obama lite by 4 years.
This is the only argument I can see for withholding your vote from Romney.
But it's not the argument I hear for it.

For the record, Romney is not my man.
But I know how to hold my nose and vote.

Posted By Ed B

When I blog, I like to craft a pithy, concise tableau of words

I want to provide a springboard for a discussion of some of the issues of the day.
Or point out an interesting mental connection I haven't heard somewhere else (or that I stole).
If you wanted to hear more of my personal life, you'd look me up on Facebook.
Not that I post much there either, as I just don't have that much drama going on in my life these days.

There are two major dramatic themes in my life these days, my employment and my wife's health.

On employment, I've always, and I mean always, relied on my God given talent that I would find employment when necessary, and until the meltdown, that was true.
And during the meltdown, I felt safe until I saw the decent management move on, leaving me exposed to the machinations of a couple of managers who were having an affair.
One of them was my boss, the other was the QC mgr.
They were both married (and not to each other).
I went into the plant after hours one night and caught them alone together.
I couldn't care less (except for a general concern for their moral well-being and that of their spouses), but my boss was an ineffective joke, and a large part of that was his poor attention to his job and his excessive attention to her.
Many found it comical (especially when his wife came in looking for "that whore").
I complained to the plant manager frequently that I wasn't getting support from the maintenance department because our boss wouldn't schedule them to support me, which would result in my being alone in the plant at night, programming robots and machines, drilling and mounting fixtures, all for a product launch the next day.
Why would I do that?
Because if I didn't, it wouldn't get done.
If it didn't get done, we'd lose the work.
And I'd lose an employer.
So I'd complain to the plant manager and it would get better, for a couple days.
And I had people at corporate tell me I was indispensable.

Then it came time for a short layoff of a couple weeks because I got caught up on my work load and everyone else had been seeing rotating layoffs.
I was looking forward to the two weeks off after months of 70 hour weeks.

While I was laid off, however, the plant manager and the human resources manager both left the company, and the QC manager was made interim plant manager.
And I was notified that I would see my layoff extended.
After four months and my being hired on elsewhere, I was given a severance package.
I said all this to say that since then, I've yet to feel comfortable about my employment.
Until now.
Yesterday, the plant manager and the engineering manager where I currently work both expressed their appreciation of what I've done and am doing for the company.

As for my wife, we've been praying that she would get in to the U of M Neurology Clinic for testing prior to her appointment next year.
Besides wanting quicker relief, this would also help us financially with insurance costs.
We got a call last week, she was seen a couple days ago and just before Thanksgiving she will move in to a room there for up to a week, while wired to some diagnostic equipment that will pinpoint the precise location of the source of her seizures when she has one for them.
They will then have a better idea of how to proceed with treatment.

As for political commentary.
I am overwhelmed by the stupidity of the American Voter and fear greatly for this country.
Everyone agrees they have the right to vote.

Few agree they have the responsibility to research the issues, other than listening to  the proclamations of the president as he offers them the free lunch.

And if you're not listening to Bill Whittle on Afterburner, you're missing one of the sharpest essayists this country has ever produced.

Posted By Ed B

I was thinking about the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) protesters this morning.
I had heard Bill Whittle on the Midnight Trucker Radio Network (fifth hour, Monday) and after listening to his description of them as pampered and "entitled" I began to think of them as the Eloi, from H.G.Wells "The Time Machine".
Funny, since Wells was a notorious Progressive.

The Eloi were fed and pampered and hadn't a clue as to who were providing for them (or more insidious, why).

That about sums up this crowd with their I-Pods, I-Pads, and no clue as to how they came to have them.

Then I was reminded of an observation I made years ago about upcoming generations.
As parents become affluent and give there kids a wealth of material goods, those kids get addicted to those goods.
When those kids left the house and couldn't provide those goods for themselves, in order to maintain their addiction, they turned to petty crime.

Breaking and entering, stealing 8-tracks and CBs from vehicles, dealing weed.
It's worse today.
Now they're protesting that they want you and I to support them, since their parents won't or can't.

Pay off their loans, give them an income stream.


Or they might get violent.

Posted By Ed B

I listened to a call-in on a radio show,
and the caller said something to the effect of:
"I don't want to know (insert candidate's name here)
view on abortion or homosexuality ."
"They should keep their religion out of this race."

Let's get this straight.
Religion is where and when (or if) you kneel, bow,
burn incense, go to church, blow up airliners, etc.
Abortion and homosexuality are MORAL issues.
Even atheists have MORALS.

Your religion may dictate your morals,
but (frequently) when someone says:
"Keep your religion to yourself ",
almost invariably that person is saying:
"Since I don't have a religion, I will press my moral agenda,
but you may not."

Thanks for listening...



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