Words

I have a confession to make. I’ve said words that we aren’t supposed to say and written words we aren’t supposed to write.

I’m fairly certain that at some point in the 80s I read aloud from The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and To Kill a Mockingbird and we all know what that means. It’s a vague memory, but as I recall in an essay on that second book I expounded on the fact that Aticus didn’t like the N-word. But, this was the eighties, pre-O.J., when we still thought you could write that word in quotes if you were, in fact, quoting. So, I used the word.

So, I’ve said and written the N-word. I’ve certainly said the S-word and even the F-word. I’m not sure what it is, so I can’t be certain, but I think I might have said the Q-word. I must admit that until just now I have never used the word “macaca”, but there’s a first time for everything. In my college days on at least one occasion, I got a few easy laughs doing a pretty good imitation of Tourette’s syndrome (I know, insensitive of me to make fun of those handi…er, disab….er, differently abled people) and I’m sure I covered most racial epithets, sexual and scatological references and a couple of bits of total gibberish. Hmmm…gibberish…maybe I did say “macaca,” come to think of it.

I used a derogatory term for homosexuals in reference to one friend, laughingly, on a pretty regular basis, only to find out years later that he was gay. And, I’m pretty sure at some point when listening to the zillionth Culture Club marathon I said something along the lines of “Yes, Boy ,I really do want to hurt you.” On the other hand, that was a matter of musical taste and confusion as to why he called himself boy but dressed like a girl…or was that Lola? But, I’m sure my detractors, if I were important enough to have any, would still make the worst of it.

So, apparently I’m not qualified for the Republican nomination for Senate in Rhode Island. In Virginia, I could still be Governor, at least if I was a coach’s son, but I ought not expect more than one term in the US Senate. And President is right out.

But wait, it’s not too late. I can always call New York “H-word”-town and make a good living as a Democratic shakedown artist.

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Whose fault is an inefficient government program? Wal-Mart's, of course.

Wal-Mart announced a new plan to provide 290+ generic prescription drugs at a cost of $4/month, including literally lifesaving drugs like the insulin resistance drug metformin. The New York Times berates the program for only saving money for the uninsured. You know, the 48 million or so that liberals like the New York Times editors are always proclaiming their concern for. Then they note this:

In Florida, where the program will have its debut, most people on Medicaid pay nothing and may have little incentive to shop around for cheaper prescription drugs.

This is Wal-Mart’s fault? We’re supposed to blame Wal-Mart for what conservatives and even economically literate liberals have been trying to point out for years, Medicare/Medicaid’s biggest fault, the lack of incentive for consumers to compare prices. Aside from the fact of
Medicaid/Medicare’s distortion of demand in the health care markets, that Wal-Mart can’t make the drugs cheaper for the beneficiaries of these programs who already receive them at no cost is neither surprising nor good reason to condemn the retailer. Perhaps Wal-Mart should pay Medicaid/Medicare recipients to come to Wal-Mart for their drugs? Wal-Mart has done something that John Kerry, Ted Kennedy and Hillary Clinton couldn’t – making medical care more affordable for those of us who pay cash for it instead of worsening health care inflation with more infusions of government money into the system. Certainly giving Medicaid/Medicare recipients incentive to use the cheapest provider would be a great thing, but that is up to the government, not Wal-Mart.

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Relief for Some but Maybe Not Many in Wal-Mart Plan for $4 Generic Drugs – New York Times

Irony, Hypocrisy and Cowardice

Irony. Irony is being so offended that someone thinks your religion taught violence against other religions 600 years ago that you torch churches, hurl firebombs and open fire at churches of another religion. More irony. When your mad at the Pope and you burn Protestant or Orthodox churches today.

Hypocrisy. Hypocrisy is calling your beliefs the religion of peace and turning to violence at the least verbal provocation against them, whether it’s a picture of Mohammed or a scholarly address quoting a 14th century emperor.

So Moslems are offended that the Pope said that someone else said their religion was violent. There’s an old saying about what you do when the shoe fits that seems appropriate.

Cowardice. Cowardice is the successor to St. Peter expressing “regret” over the remarks that set off the insanity instead of having the courage of his convictions and stating the obvious in the face of the violence. The successor to St. Peter. St. Peter, crucified upside down because he didn’t consider himself worthy to be crucified the same way as his Lord.

In the Pope’s favor, Peter had trouble finding the courage of his convictions initially, too. I guess the Pope gets two more denials before the cock crows. If he finds his conviction the Holy Father might be the rock not just of the Church but of civilization. Let’s hope that cock crows soon.

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It's Not His to Risk

The arrogance hubris of John McCain knows no bounds.

But two people briefed on conversations that Mr McCain had with his staff said the senator told aides he was willing to risk the presidency, because of possible loss of support from Republican lawmakers and voters.

Guess what? It’s not McCain’s to risk. Among movement conservatives, of which there are 15 to 20 of us left, George Allen beats McCain for the GOP nomination. Among “neocons”, Secretary of State “44” beats McCain pretty handily. Among general GOP voters Rudy Giuliani is polling ahead of McCain and usually outside the dread “margin of error.” The only group where McCain enjoys solid support for the GOP nomination, which he needs to even get into the general election in the first place, is among Democratic voters. Apparently no one seems to see the flaw in counting on them to vote him into the GOP nomination.

But all that’s ok. John McCain still thinks he’s entitled to the Presidency, not unlike another arrogant war hero Senator who lost the race. I think it’s time to give McCain a new nickname; let’s call him Senator Icarus.

McCain stands his ground on CIA jails – Financial Times – MSNBC.com

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