Saturday, November 21, 2009

The $100 Million Health Care Vote?

ABC News' Jonathan Karl reports, November 19, 2009 3:03 PM

What does it take to get a wavering senator to vote for health care reform?

Here’s a case study.

On page 432 of the Reid bill, there is a section increasing federal Medicaid subsidies for “certain states recovering from a major disaster.”

The section spends two pages defining which “states” would qualify, saying, among other things, that it would be states that “during the preceding 7 fiscal years” have been declared a “major disaster area.”

I am told the section applies to exactly one state: Louisiana,...(link)

Comment: Disgusting! Not a lot more needs to be said.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Frank has really been into the wine this time.

In this week's wine review column in The Tennesseean, Frank Sutherland and his wine tasting panel were reviewing Pinot Noir and Gamay Beaujolais wines to pair with the Thanksgiving meal. Among the aromas and taste they detected from the various wines were rhubarb, cola, Grenadine, campfire scents, and beef jerky, teriyaki and bacon, leather and (are your ready for this?) in his top pick wine, the 2008 Montoya Pinot Noir, he detected the aroma of "barnyard smells." Barnyard smells?? What? Yes, barnyard smells. I was thinking the "campfire scents" was a little out there but "barnyard smells?" Note that this was his top pick wine. I would not think barnyard smells would be something you would want in your wine, but what do I know.

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Monday, November 16, 2009

Fake Boobs for Jesus

Carrie Prejune

In a shocking new development in a scandal that has continued to plague 22-year-old beauty queen Carrie Pejune whose defense of traditional marriage led to a national controversy and conflict with pageant organizers, seven new sex tapes have allegedly surfaced, although the claim is not substantiated (link).

We do know for certain that one sex tape was made. She says she made it for her boy friend when she was only a teenager and says it was “the biggest mistake of my life.”

Since controversy erupted over her pro traditional marriage stance she has become the darling of the religious right appearing on religious television and radio programs such as Focus on the Family and has making personal appearances at Christian events such as The Gospel Music Awards show.

She was recently interviewed for Christianity Today, where she was asked to respond to those Christians who have spoken out against women participating in beauty pageants. She said, “I think you can be a Christian and compete in a pageant. I think you can be a Christian and be a model. It depends on how you act as that role, and if you remember who you are and you remember what you stand for and stay true to who you are, you can be in any job. Just don't compromise what you believe in.

OK. Does the Bible say anything about modesty? She addressed this issue more directly in her recent book, Still Standing. She writes, “God gave us our bodies, and it's perfectly right that we use them in ways where we can give glory to God by making our bodies, our temples of the Holy Spirit, strong and fast.”

OK. I guess I buy that. I get it. In the beauty pageants she was using her body “for the glory of God.” It looks like God gave her a good body to use. As it turns out, God did not do a perfect job and it has been revealed that she has fake boobs courtesy of the pageant. In the Christianity Today article she was asked if she ever wondered whether breast implants might be incompatible with her Christian faith? “No”, she replied, “I don't think there's anything wrong with getting breast implants as a Christian. I think it's a personal decision. I don't see anywhere in the Bible where it says you shouldn't get breast implants.”
Carrie Prejune, big fake titsAmen sister. I am sure God doesn’t mind you going from a B cup to a C cup. What do you think God thinks about women who go from a C cup to a EEE cup?
In all of this controversy, I sympathize with Miss Prejune. She did not ask for this controversy. I agree with her defense of traditional marriage. She was asked a question at the pageant and she answered honestly and ran up against the political correctness Nazis. I am on her side. In fact, I would love to hold and comfort her and say, “you poor baby.”

Also, I am not a prude. I do lust. I like looking at beautiful scantily clad women. I like going to nice parties where women show cleavage. I don’t apologize for it. I am culturally a Christian of course, but not a devout prudish Christian. I am more comfortable with “Christian lite” than I am fundamentalist Christianity. I prefer Christians who don't take there religion too seriously.
I just find this whole controversy and the way Carrie Prejune has been turned into a role model and hero of the faith amusing. She should quietly fade away and the Christian right should stop trying to make her a hero.
I can’t wait for the Christianity Today nude pin-up centerfold.

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Sunday, November 15, 2009

AFF Presents Former TennCare Director to Discuss Healthcare Reform

America's Future Foundation

Join America’s Future Foundation as Brian Lapps, a former TennCare director, shares his perspective on national healthcare reform.

Date: Monday, November 16, 2009
Time: Cocktail hour at 6:30 pm , Brian Lapps speaks at 7:30 pm with Q&A immediately following
Place: Hampton Inn Green Hills, Belle Meade Room ( 2324 Crestmoor Road , 37215)
Hors d'oeuvres, non-alcoholic beverages and alcoholic beverages will be provided.

About Brian Lapps:

As the former director and assistant commissioner of the TennCare Bureau in Nashville , Brian Lapps developed and initiated a comprehensive reform plan for the $4.3 billion program. At the time, TennCare was the most comprehensive and difficult Medicaid Managed Care program in the United States . Mr. Lapps interacted with state and federal officials, nine managed care organizations (HMO’s), providers and multiple constituencies to reign in the program. He has nearly 4 decades of experience in the healthcare industry, including executive positions at several Nashville-area hospitals and healthcare organizations. He is currently a managing director with Harpeth Consulting, a business management consulting firm focused on commercial for-profit and not-for-profit healthcare providers and payers and federal, state and local government healthcare agencies.

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Price Rainer
Executive Director — Nashville America’s Future Foundation

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Dither on, Mr. President

In fund raising appeals and in editorials, President Obama is being criticized for delays in making a decision on the way forward in Afghanistan. I don’t criticize him on this front.

My more cynical self tells me that the President’s delay in reaching a decision on Afghanistan is tied to his push to pass health care reform. It is easier for the President to deal with one issue at a time. Political capital will be used up in any decision on Afghanistan. In the Senate, the President only has a one-vote margin in favor of his version of health care reform. If he proposes an increase in troops in Afghanistan then some of the more liberal Senators who are already disappointed that the health care bill does not include a robust public option or even more radical reforms or who are upset about the anti-abortion language in the bill may also be outraged at an escalation in the war in Afghanistan. They may be less susceptible to arm twisting if they feel they have been on betrayed health care reform, abortion rights, and war policy. Any decision on Afghanistan may weaken the President’s influence to pass health care. My less cynical self takes the President at his word. He wants to consider all the options, get the advice of a lot of people and make a correct decision.

What decision the President should make, I don’t know. Afghanistan seems like a no-win situation. I do not see how it can turn out well. I see no good way forward or good way out. Any decision has peril.

To remake Afghan society and turn the nation into a functioning well governed democracy seems virtually impossible. That is too lofty of a goal. To even attempt it would take at least a ten-year commitment, many more than the proposed 40,000 troops that are being requested now and untold treasure. To withdraw without leaving a stable government behind that is capable of defending itself would return Afghanistan into a safe haven for Al Qaeda and a launching ground for terror, and our defeat would inspire and encourage our enemies.

There are various options between these two above choices obviously but no good options. What we have been doing and are currently doing is obviously not working. The country is becoming less secure; not more secure. Any decision the President makes will probably be the least bad choice, not a good choice. It seems like a hopeless cause. We are fighting in a country that has only an 11% literacy rate, where opium production is the primary source of revenue, where tribal loyalty trumps nationalism and the terrain is inhospitable.

The Karsi government is corrupt, it hardly functions and the Afghan Army may terrorize the local population more than the Taliban. I read one story recently that said the US had to patrol with the Afghan Army, or at the first opportunity instead of pursuing Taliban, the Army would set up makeshift road blocks to shake down travelers.

While General McChrystal, commander of U.S. and allied forces in Afghanistan, has told President Obama that he needs 40,000 more troops if the country is to be stabilized, Ambassador Karl Eikenberry, a retired Army general and former commander of U.S. and allied forces in Afghanistan, is objecting to any increase in troop level saying that additional troops would be unwise because of the corruption and ineffectiveness of the Afghan government. (read more)

I have little confidence in and respect for President Obama. I wish someone else was calling the shots. Nevertheless, we only have one President and Commander-in-Chief at a time and Mr. Obama is that person. He has a tough decision to make. I think he is correct to push for an exit strategy and a clarification of our goals before agreeing to a 40,000 increase in troop strength. I hope that in desperation he does not simply split the difference between various options and send 20,000 more troops and kick the can of hard choices down the road.

The holding pattern we are in now may be no worse than whatever decision is eventually made. So, Mr. President, take all the time you need to make the best decision; dither on.

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