Monday, June 24, 2013

Some items of interest

Worth Reading: Lessons of Youth

Excerpt: On Oct. 1, millions of Americans are supposed to be able to go online and acquire health insurance on electronic exchanges in the states where they live. But a new GAO report is raising an issue I raised in the Wall Street Journal last month: What happens if the exchanges aren’t ready? The report itself was full of bureaucratic gobbledygook, but AP reporter Ricardo Alonzo-Zaldivar translated it nicely: [M]ost of the specs have been written, but the all wiring hasn’t been laid, and what will happen when they flip the switch nobody really knows. And remember, Oct. 1 is less than four months away.

Militants kill nine foreign tourists, 1 Pakistani. Zarar Khan and Sebastian Abbot
Excerpt: At least a dozen Islamic militants wearing police uniforms shot to death nine foreign tourists and one Pakistani before dawn Sunday as they were visiting one of the world's highest mountains in a remote area ofnorthern Pakistan that has been largely peaceful, officials said.

The President's Ghastly Gun Gaffe. By Ken Blackwell 
Excerpt: President Obama's gun gaffe was nearly lost in the pre-Christmas flood of TV and internet chatter. But Breitbart's Joel Pollak was right to highlight Mr. Obama's bizarre post-election statement. One of the reasons he ran for re-election, Mr. Obama told Barbara Walters, was so he could have "men with guns around" as his daughters entered their teen years. What a gaffe!

Satire: Obama Astounded to Discover That He's Married
Excerpt: "The first I heard of it was when I saw a CNN report on my wife ... uh ... 'Michelle,' apparently ... delivering an address to the National Coalition of Lobster Producers," said the President. "This was as much a surprise to me as discovering that there were rogue agents in the IRS, of which I also learned from watching CNN." Presidential spokesperson Jay Carney was quick to point out that there are several layers of bureaucracy in any marriage, and that nobody on the White House Staff was aware of the marriage until CNN broke the story on March 22, 2013.

British Health System’s Horrifying Present is Obamacare’s Terrifying Future
Excerpt: Tellingly, the NHS was the model for many Obamacarians–particularly the centralized control part. This despite the fact that NHS quality of care is in free fall. And now, there are apparently bureaucratic coverups–coupled with suppression of a whistleblower–under way to protect the dysfunctional system.


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