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Gesundheit

Now, I know what some of you are thinking. (Yeah, that’s right. I can still hear your thoughts. The injections don’t help at all). You’re thinking, “geez, Stoaty — you live in an Olde Worlde socialist paradise now. What do you care from Obamacare?”

Well, I own sixty acres of American scrub cedar and rattlesnakes out near the old Gore place. We call it Rancho Plan B. I pay American taxes and vote in American elections. I brush my teeth humming Yankee Doodle Dandy and insist on saying aloominum and skedule and coming home once a year to stock up on Jimmy Dean country sausage and Bounty paper towels.

But seriously — clown nose off — it matters here. You have no IDEA how much things in the US matter outside the US, in the general force and direction of world politics. The old saying when America sneezes, the rest of the world catches a cold should probably be updated to when America sneezes, the rest of the world gets AIDS, Ebola and a side order of flesh-eating bacteria.

The interconnections in the UK catch me off guard. I was having a cup of coffee and a scone in a cafe in town yesterday and the lady at the next table over heard my accent and wanted to tell me all about her upcoming vacation in California. That happens a lot. So much for the taciturn Brits.

The BBC’s obsession with all things American is deep and malignant. You would not believe how much of a typical broadcast day is about the US, one way or another. I used to joke that Radio 4 could work a George Bush joke into the gardening program, but I think the Obama infatuation is even loonier.

During a radio interview of the English singer/songwriter Alison Goldfrapp a couple of days ago, the interviewer remarked that her most recent album was very upbeat. “Why is that?” he said out of an abso-fucking-lutely blue sky, “because of Obama?”

So you’d better believe the BBC has reported every twist and turn of the Obamacare saga in minutest detail. Absolutely zero insight, but minute detail. And you know what they’re rooting for.

The tug-of-war between freedom and the state is played across international boundaries. Pull hard, Yanks!

Comments


Comment from EZnSF
Time: March 26, 2010, 12:09 am

Funny that. Was just having a “I sometimes listen to the BBC World News on the radio at night to put me to sleep…their lady broadcasters have such a melodious cadence” conversation with a co-worker.

Then I piped up that it seems the only news on the BBC Word Service concerns the toe-jam Prince Muckapopokroff of Andamolrubia suffered at a wedding reception, or the price of polished limpet shells in Outer Tapachxulabacan. But still, its sounds wonderful in proper English accent.

And if you need a caretaker for 60 acres in the heartland, I’m looking to abandon the USS California. I can even catch snakes! I’ll send a resume.


Comment from Mrs. Compton
Time: March 26, 2010, 12:10 am

How do they feel? I read newspapers from the UK and it’s like the only place that we’re seeing any semblance of truth. But it sounds like the Alison Goldfrapp interview (saw her at Royal Albert Hall, fabulous!!!) is kinda similar to what we have here. It’s like every freaking tv show has a mention of the dumb one, it’s worked in everywhere. Just pisses me off. Jeopardy had an answer just two weeks ago. I would have thought by now the bloom would have faded. But nooooo, it’s fucking everywhere.

Last night one of my fav shows went to the no longer watched list. It’s called Mercy, it’s a hospital show and so far it’s been great. The main charc is an army nurse that’s come home and is trying to adjust. Well, last night they went down the ‘he doesn’t have health insurance, he’s an illegal alien, let’s lie so he gets care!’ It’s crazy making and I’m getting tired of losing tv shows, cause when they do that shit I no longer watch. I want to be entertained, not led by the nose. I fear that the channels have been told they have to produce this stuff and that it’s a whole nuther conspiracy theory.


Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: March 26, 2010, 12:20 am

Much the same here, Mrs Compton. The BBC (in particular, though by no means exclusively) has used drama as a sugar coating for leftism pills for years. I’ve almost entirely given up watching TV. Instead of relaxing me, it sets my teeth of edge and drives up my blood pressure.

Sadly, BBC radio 4 is even worse.

Personally, I don’t think it’s a conspiracy. I’ve known (and worked with) people from the BBC. Leftism is the passkey that lets you into the building.


Comment from porknbean
Time: March 26, 2010, 12:25 am

We’re pulling and they – the boy king, congress, and the media, in a joined effort are lying their asses off and doing the whole target, freeze, lie their ass off about those in opposition. Soviet style. Lock step in unison. They bitch that the right called them racist names and death threats, with no proof.

The only Jewish congressman – a republican – gets a bullet blown through his window and you hear not one peep.


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: March 26, 2010, 12:35 am

You’d be most welcome, EZ. My last tenant (who didn’t pay rent, just looked after the place) left some years ago, leaving the place to fall to bits. Termites, don’tcha know?

Oh, and there’s no water. So there’s that.


Comment from Allen
Time: March 26, 2010, 12:46 am

Now there’s a thought. What do you do for a living? “I’m Miz Weasel’s sharecropper.” Do you offer medical?

I’m looking forward to the new system, in my own twisted fashion. Just think of all the new agencies that will be created.

The Healthcare Enforcement Agency.
The Medical Marshall’s Service.
The Medical Revenue Service.
The Federal Bureau of Medical Investigation.
The Bureau of Surgery, Dentistry, and Opticians.

Sweet!


Comment from Mrs. Compton
Time: March 26, 2010, 12:51 am

Oh my dear god, you have to read this!!!

http://seminal.firedoglake.com/diary/37413

They even said odumo should have run as a republican!!!


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: March 26, 2010, 1:01 am

Geez, Mrs C, what’re you doing slumming around the blogosphere?


Comment from Mrs. Compton
Time: March 26, 2010, 1:06 am

gotta keep an eye on em. I promise, I wash my hands afterwards. Also during the vote they were very good at posting what the count was, it was a lot more accurate than a lot of other sites. And they were totally pissed when Stupak pulled his shit. It was great watching their heads explode.


Comment from Scubafreak
Time: March 26, 2010, 1:13 am

Mrs. C, if you REALLY want a cesspool adventure, try engforum.pravda.ru

I can’t even go there without feeling the need for massive doses of Gamaglobulin…..


Comment from wendyworn
Time: March 26, 2010, 1:22 am

wow, I’m still trying to figure out how you can hum and brush your teeth at the same time!


Comment from jwpaine
Time: March 26, 2010, 1:24 am

The Boy-King—a centrist?

What fucking bizarro universe are these FDL fucks from?


Comment from Mrs. Compton
Time: March 26, 2010, 1:29 am

Thanks Scuba, when I’m feeling brave, I’ll check it out!

Isn’t it a hoot, jwpaine!!?


Comment from jwpaine
Time: March 26, 2010, 1:30 am

…and Obungle couldn’t have run as a Republican. McObamaLite already had that masquerade sewn up.

Update: Mrs. Compton: Oh yeah. They raise the bar on cognitive dissonance into the stratosphere.


Comment from jwpaine
Time: March 26, 2010, 1:52 am

Reading the comments to that ridiculous post, I do have to say that it’s a bit satisfying to see moonbats wailing & gnashing their teeth over the failure of their god-king to deliver on those rainbow-farting unicorns.

What a Ministry of Silly Walks the Left is!


Comment from Spad13
Time: March 26, 2010, 2:57 am

Boy EZ I don’t think I like you much. Now you be workin’ weasel’s land for big money when I hoped I could get some peas and soup beans outa the deal.

Man O’Day why do you hate a redneck so.


Comment from Mrs Compton
Time: March 26, 2010, 3:32 am

Hmmm, they are calling this a win for their side. Glad my kid will be out of school in two years.

http://firedoglake.com/2010/03/25/our-long-national-nightmare-is-over-wait-what-house-agrees-to-amended-reconciliation-bill/

It’s in the last paragraph.


Comment from EZnSF
Time: March 26, 2010, 4:10 am

Ms. Compton,
I agree with jwpaine.

However, though I try to stay tangentially apprised of the musings of the political Hirudo medicinalis species, I feel that your posted links are directed to us for no other purpose than to incite apocalyptic aneurysms.

The only hope I garner from walking through these neo-Escher commentaries and comments you linkely provide, is that the universe truly is warped, and its head firmly stuck up Farmer Juan’s donkeys ass. But not really.

Rather, I am reporting you to the appropriate authorities on accusations of promoting civic torture.

You may make amends by watching the chickens on 60 acres of Tennessee steppe, or thereabouts, or forever picking soup beans for Spad13.


Comment from EZnSF
Time: March 26, 2010, 4:20 am

PS
I’m Rubber
Y’all Commie


Comment from Mrs Compton
Time: March 26, 2010, 1:11 pm

On noes, next I’ll be waterboarding!!!


Comment from Bob Sledd
Time: March 26, 2010, 2:06 pm

There are times I look away from that image and don’t see the axe buried deeply in its forehead.

At least I got to pay for those dentures though.


Comment from Scubafreak
Time: March 26, 2010, 8:03 pm

I wonder if any of the Euro news services have tipped to the fact that as a result of Obamacare, we will be UNABLE TO AFFORD THE COST of providing for Europe’s defence, which means that they will have no choice but to RADICALLY increase their own defence budgets, which will, by necessity, impact THEIR healthcare systems?

I doubt it.


Comment from Spad13
Time: March 26, 2010, 8:30 pm

EZ dude if I get to watch the chickens I won’t need soup beans.

I like beans and cornbread but I love that fried chicken.

I’m pretty sure we can come to a meeting of the minds on the food, but who’s digging the new well?


Comment from porknbean
Time: March 26, 2010, 8:31 pm

From the comments in Mrs. Compton’s link -

…”I expect the medical tourist industry to boom if we ever get trade with Cuba again I expect nursing homes to save money by flying patients to Cuba and buying drugs from Cuba on the sly but charging the patients full American price.”…

*facepalm*

I expect the whole frakking island to show up on our shores looking for any medication.


Comment from Scubafreak
Time: March 26, 2010, 9:08 pm

PnB, there is ALREADY a booming retirment care exodus to mexico. People are retiring there, getting great care, and paying a fraction of what they would here….


Comment from hoodaticus
Time: March 31, 2010, 11:15 pm

Much talk stateside is of War if Obamacare is not repealed. Actual, fighting war. So one way or another, Obama has indeed changed America.

Post-passage, most Americans still oppose Obamacare by a significant margin. Obama’s favorability rating is so low that it is unlikely he will be re-elected.

In a month-by-month comparison to Jimmy Carter, Obama has had worse popularity in every single month of his entire presidency.

Several states have reasserted their sovereignty through the passage of laws, including laws reaffirming their sole authority over their National Guard forces. Even more states are suing to have the Supreme Court overturn Obamacare, since health insurance is not available in interstate commerce (so as to bring it under federal jurisdiction), and health care has always been the unquestionably exclusive domain of State power under every Supreme Court decision that has opined on the issue.

Even if the Supreme Court does not overturn the bill, and even if Obama vetoes repeal attempts, the Republicans WILL take control of the legislature in November. When they do, they will completely de-fund Obamacare and repeal it when Obama is out of office in 2012.

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