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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Bloggin’ Is Sure Easier When Ya Make Stuff Up

Erick Erickson is “a Deacon at Vineville Presbyterian Church and maintains his bar license.”  He’s also the “managing editor” of, a small-time Georgia ward-heeler, and a scion of the cherry small cigar empire.  But more than that, he’s a magician who can conjure outrage out of thin air, much as a chronic masturbator can summon an orgasm at will.
Valerie Jarrett is Barack Obama’s Senior Advisor to the President and Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Relations and Public Engagement. You’d think as Barack Obama’s Senior Advisor for Public Engagement, she’d show some more class to our soldiers.
But not today.
Flying home to Washington, D.C. today after speaking to the left wing online activists gathering in Pittsburgh, Ms. Jarrett’s flight had an Army Private in uniform on the plane.
Ms. Jarrett, the President’s Senior Advisor for Public Engagement never even acknowledged the Army Private, though she clearly saw him.
No links, except to Valerie Jarrett’s Wikipedia bio.   So how do we really know that “Ms. Jarrett’s flight had an Army Private in uniform on the plane” and that “she clearly saw him”?  Because the Georgia Peach told us so.  And you can trust him too, because Erick (Small Cigar) Erickson once saw Jim Nabors standing in line at the Cinnabon in the Hartsfield-Jackson Airport and went out of his way to thank the man for his service in the United States Marine Corps.
Speaking of small cigars, here’s proof that everything in the 70s looked like a porn film.
In other news…When we last looked in on the Astute Bloggers, they were having trouble grasping the concept that summer in the Northern Hemisphere means winter in the Southern Hemisphere, and lovers of low comedy will be happy to hear that they’ve now brought the same neutron star-like density to their thoughtful analysis of health care.
Liberals love to make the following argument: “Europeans spend half what we do per year - per capita. And they live longer.  We spend twice as much - and have 46 million uninsured.”
Hm, no link again.  So is that a quote, or is it just an “air” quote?
They say this to promote SOCIALSM and the takeover of 1/7th of our economy.
Exactly.  From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.  And apparently, one of those working class parasites needed an extra “I,” so SOCIALSM had to make the sacrifice.
It’s WRONG; it’s based on errors, fallacies and lies.
And lions, tigers and bears, which leave Reliapundit feeling bewitched, bothered, and bewildered.
ERROR 1 - conflating health insurance with health care.Every person in the USA is entitled to healthcare in a hospital regardless of his ability to pay - IT’S FEDERAL LAW. All hospitals which accept federal tax dollars for support - and almost every single one does - must treat EVERYONE. LIBERALS ARE WRONG OR LYING WHEN THEY SAY OR IMPLY AMERICANS AREN’T GETTING HEALTHCARE.
Lack of insurance doesn’t mean lack of care.
It just means no care unless you’re hemorrhaging from a gunshot wound — it’s such a great loophole it’s a wonder more people don’t go without health insurance!  After all, whenever you do show up with, say, blood in your stool from that ulcer you’ve been ignoring because you can’t afford to see a doctor unless you’re dying, they’ll promptly treat you after five or six hours of waiting because you’re possibly dying.  And then they’ll bill you — or your survivors — thousands of dollars for it, ensuring that everyone — not just middle class people who think they have adequate insurance — can go bankrupt and lose their homes due to medical bills.  That, my friend, is a little thing we like to call “equality.”
ERROR 2 - conflating per capita/per year spending and average life-spans with efficiency of public health.
People die.
Every single one.
Sooner - or later.
If the French health care system is so great, how come they’re not immortal?  How come people in England still die?  Huh?
Okay, admittedly some of their Scottish Highlanders don’t die, but you can still kill them by cutting their heads off, and I bet the NHS doesn’t insure against “loss of Quickening.”
This doesn’t always have to do with healthcare.
Sometimes it has to do with jumping out of an airplane with an improperly packed parachute, or going hunting with Dick Cheney.
Actually, it’s 2 to 10%.  “The top five earning insurance companiesaveraged profits of $1.56 billion in 2008 and reported spending an average of “more than 18 percent of their revenues on marketing, administration, and profits.” That year, CEO compensation for these companies ranged from $3 million to $24 million.”
Length of years has a lot to do with OBESITY AND DIET. And VIOLENCE.
We don’t need health insurance.  We’re fat and violent, we’re doomed anyway!
A group of people which has MORE fat people with bad diets who shoot at each other will have shorter life-spans than a group of people who are slimmer, eat better and shoot each other less.
Exactly.  Insuring morons like us is like playing Russian roulette with five loaded chambers.
(ALSO: The USA counts extreme preemies who die within months as DEATHS where in many European nations they do not; they call them failed pregnancies. This makes our nation’s infant mortality rate higher and average life-span shorter.)
Of course, if you count “under five” survival rates, we’re still 33rd in the developed world, behind Iceland, Cuba, and Cyprus.
And a group of people which cares more about its health and is MORE NEUROTIC about its health and appearance will spend more on its healthcare OVERALL - BY PURCHASING MORE SERVICES - than a group of people who do not, OR WHO CANNOT BECAUSE THEIR HEALTHCARE IS SOCIALIZED!
It only seems like we pay more for health care because we buy so many more boob jobs than Slovenia.
I thought about getting a new radiator so the car would stop overheating, but finally decided I’d really rather spend the money on subsidizing a new Blue Shield call center in Lahore.
  • Error 3 - We spend more per capita per year than Europeans because of the unbridled greed of unbridled insurance companies and unbridled pharmaceuticals.
Liberals are essentially arguing that we spend more because a lot goes into the pockets of insurers and not to doctors and nurses or actual care.
This is a lie.
As I wrote above, insurance companies do not make very large profits. That’s just a plain simple truth.
As one can see from your extensive links and documentation.
And pharma companies spend BILLIONS developing a SINGLE drug and many do not pass muster. To pay for the research which leads to life-saving and life-extending medicine, they need a high return on the drugs which do pass muster.
After Pfizer developed Viagra, Eli Lily had to spend billions to create Cialis, or they would have been left holding the short end of the stick.
Killing Big Pharma would NOT kill greedy capitalists; it would be committing GENOCIDE against people who need new drugs to be developed.
Remember:  More people with health insurance means fewer people able to afford drugs.
  • Our healthcare system is great.
  • Our doctors and nurses are the best.
  • Our pharmaceutical industry is fantastic.
  • REPEAT: Our healthcare system is great.
Hey!  That one guy in the back isn’t repeating the slogans!  Beat the crap out of him!  Then he can see how great our healthcare system is firsthand.
We mustn’t let the Democrats and the vultures and parasites they represent destroy it.
When your child asks, “what did you do in the war against health reform, Daddy?” you can look her in the eye and say, “Honey, I protected insurance company profits, and the erectile dysfunction drugs of tomorrow.”  And then you can explain to her that her underpants are full of blood because — even though she’s only six years old — the milk she drinks is laced with hormones thanks to Big Pharma, so it’s probably just the onset of menses, and there’s really no reason to go down to the E.R. and wait twelve hours to get misdiagnosed by an exhausted intern.  Instead, let’s just…
REPEAT:  Our healthcare system is great.
Ahhh…I feel better already.

Posted by scott on Sunday, August 16th, 2009 at 10:44 pm

19 Responses to “Bloggin’ Is Sure Easier When Ya Make Stuff Up”

How come people in England still die? Huh?

Okay, admittedly some of their Scottish Highlanders don’t die…

Step away from the keyboard, Sir. You need to get your head straight before you go too far.
We spend more per capita per year than Europeans because of the unbridled greed of unbridled insurance companies and unbridled pharmaceuticals.
There’s just generally a shameful lack of bridles in this country.
As profoundly nuts as that whole defense of the insurance industry is, it’s really pretty much the standard defense of American health care, which is Exhibit 1 in my case that the US is a failed Democracy.
you wrote:
It just means no care unless you’re hemorrhaging from a gunshot wound…
I find myself saying this a lot, lately, but I’m hoping, reliapundit, that you get to fully use your current health care and find out just how inadequate it is. I hope they make you spend hours on the phone with them trying to get someone to agree to pay for something they initially agreed to pay for, and then I hope they rescind your policy and you can’t get a new one because you now have a pre-existing condition. I hope you lose your job and spend six months ignoring that pain in your side because it’s not a life threatening problem that hospital ERs have to treat, and when you finally do get a job that covers your health but not vision or dental, you find out it was actually an early warning of the chronic intestinal disease which is now too advanced to treat easily. I hope the copayments sink you and you have to quit your job and you lose your home and end up begging your friends for a room. I hope you spend the rest of your miserable life wondering what you did wrong that you’re suddenly one of those millions of people without access to our great medical system, and that when you realize you didn’t actually do anything wrong but that this is how the system is *supposed* to work, that you’ll realize nobody else deserves this either.
On another note, I saw Erick on CSPAN’s Washington Journal the other morning. I would say that’s his best format. He can make stuff up freely without having to offer evidence, and Lamb’s lambs don’t correct him.
Incidentally, reliapundit, ease off on the capslock. It’s starting to look like a neurological disorder.
I wonder if people on the Right even know about how this works. Let me explain.
Say you only have liability auto insurance, and a couple of stupid young kids in a stolen car plow into your car.
Now, first of all your ride is gone, totalled. Yeah sure you could probably file a claim with some sort of victims’ insurance program, but that’s not a reliable option.
In addition, the cops who show up 5 minutes later call an ambulance for you, as that is ‘policy’. You are whisked to the ER and checked for spinal damage.
Luckily no serious injury or you would be royally screwed! So that’s nice.
Then you get a little bill in the mail. 300 for the ambulance, and 1,000 for the exam.
Too bad you don’t have insurance, the insurance company would probably pick up the cost. Of course, they would only have to pay 100 for the ambulance (helps to be a volume buyer!) and 500 for the exam.
Too bad you are not indigent, then the government would pick up the tab right off the bat. This is the example of the ‘man found laying on the street somewhere with a medical emergency’. Of course, the government also will get a discount on those services.
So you get the highest price of the bunch because you have no insurance.
Oh, and the best part. Can’t pay? Well, so sorry. Now your credit rating is shot and you no longer have any chance of being able to buy a house or get a car loan.
This is known as the ’sucks to be you’ healthcare plan.
Involuntarily chosen by millions!!
Erick the Cherry has a wingnut empire and writes like an eighth grader; I’m not sure why I never made the connection to inherited money. Apart from the fact that if I lived twelve lifetimes I doubt I’d find one reason to give him any consideration at all.
I believe I saw Kind Hearts and Coronets for the first time in 1978, and, having given the matter considerable thought since then, I can say that if there’s any way to improve the English aristocracy’s practice of sending particularly dull-witted scion into the clergy I haven’t yet stumbled on it.
REPEAT: Our healthcare system is great.
This is cringing on a scale that would make Ellis Washington curdle with embarrassment.
I think Eric made a typo. It should be:
REPEAT: MY healthcare system is great! F U everybody else!
I wonder how many of Eric’s readers work at Walmart, or a self-serv gas station, or a clerk in a petfood store? Or maybe the lucky One’s have a job whee they can *sit down*, but still no health ins. Yet they buy into his heapin’ helpin’ o’crap.
much as a chronic masturbator can summon an orgasm at will.
Wait, what? Does twenty-five years of regular practice not count as “chronic”, or am I just doing it wrong? Perhaps I need a Sensei of Stroke…is there a dojo I could join?
is there a dojo I could join?
Yes, but the floors are all sticky. Join at your own risk.
REPEAT: Our healthcare system is great.
“I love Big B—” Oops, sorry, I mean, “Our healthcare system is great.”
And nothing lends credibility to an argument like HITTING CAPS LOCK FIRST.
“A group of people which has MORE fat people with bad diets who shoot at each other will have shorter life-spans than a group of people who are slimmer, eat better and shoot each other less.”
The USA counts extreme preemies who die within months as DEATHS where in many European nations they do not; they call them failed pregnancies.
It’s a lead pipe cinch this guy has long claimed, “life begins at conception.” (And ends the moment the drunken, ignorant, uncaring Governor of Texas refuses, as always, to consider clemency, no matter what the circumstances.)
Erickson once saw Jim Nabors standing in line at the Cinnabon in the Hartsfield-Jackson Airport and went out of his way to thank the man for his service in the United States Marine Corps.
Hey, remember that episode where Sargeant Carter finally got fed up with Pyle’s incompetence and shipped him off to Vietnam?
Now that’s comedy!
Reliapundit also brought his caps lock key and illiterate ramblings to the comment thread for Roy Edroso’s Vilage Voice Column “Runnin’ Scared”, where other commenters were amused to learn that
a) He’s been a registered democrat since 1974 (for heaven’s sake,why?),
b) he has “two degrees from major USA universities” (not sure how many universities), and
c) “oif the cinbgress doesn’t dump obamacare nd carbon taxes” then the dems will be sorry. (They’ll be very, very sorry!)
Naturally, he got his ass kicked up one side of the streeet and down the other, same as he got here.
Boy, talk about “A Bear for Punishment”…
Nowhere else in the world, other than in the murky interiors of wingnut heads, does liberalism equal socialism. This oft repeated mantra of reliapundit and other dipsticks betrays a breathtaking (and perhaps willful) ignorance of history and political philosophy. Not surprisingly, in the wingnut world stupidity and ignorance are valued commodities.
Bernoldus, we all know that liberalism equals muslim marxism!
Anyway, now I know that with more people chanting “Our financial system is great!” we could have avoided the crisis.

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