"Katrina remains very damaging for Republicans unless they can find some way to kick in the racist lizard brain. They are very good at tickling the primitive, tribal side of human nature --- in fact, that's all they are good at. Subtly and not so subtly playing the race card is one of their specialties and I think it's pretty much all they have left in their hand to play this time out."I wonder how that's gonna play versus Spike Lee's new doco about katrina.
* kathleen reardon:
"Neither term has meaning other than the ones we give it. Words, I can confidently say from training people in persuasion, are like empty vessels until meaning is poured into them. "Islamofacist," for example, is a construction juxtaposing a religion President Bush says, on the one hand is peaceful, but on the other hand conjoins with diabolical extremism defined in Webster as "belligerent nationalism, racism, and militarism.""
"My take on Kathie Harris is the reverse. With any other candidate, they would have forced the deadbeat candidate out. But in this relationship, Harris is the one with leverage. It's some kind of death match--they can't force her to withdraw, but they somehow don't have to back her. Maybe so long as she remains in politics, she won't blab about how she won them the election, or something like that. That is, she's still criminally liable for that. And that keeps her silent, to a point. But at some point she'll get to teh "nothing left to lose" stage, at which point she'll grow more amusing (if he hadn't been responsible for killing a city) than Michael Heckova Job Brownie."(also check out the other good Kath Harris comments over here)
"The resistance to using a VA (health) model for the rest of us would be massive. Not only the entire private health system, but if it were done incrementally, by expanding the VA's patient base, the veterans themselves. The VA has looked into expanding access to say, the families of vets, and there has been fierce resistance. In part this is because some VAs still have access problems with long waits for enrollemnt or appointments and in part because many vets look on their health care as something they have earned and resent the idea of sharing with people who haven't earned it. This attitude apparently is strongest among WWII vets so may dissipate over time.relatedly, the 'no bulk purchase' drug legislation was breathtaking.
That's not to say, however, that the VA model couldn't be adapted for a separate single payor system. Just need to convince those big insurance companies and big health care corps to commit hara kiri. Yeah, right."
* LeeB in an email notes that there have been a few new faces in the comments this past week (including richard who (correctly) called me a pompous ignorant git.) LeeB wants to know if any of the new faces want to join the Global Strike Force. Lemme know. (We've still got ProfMarcus
to be added to the map in the next version.)