Archive for February 20th, 2009

It Takes A Village

…To fact-check George Will:

Basically, I was told that the Post has a multi-layer editing process and checks facts to the fullest extent possible. In this instance, George Will’s column was checked by people he personally employs, as well as two editors at the Washington Post Writers Group, which syndicates Will; our op-ed page editor; and two copy editors.

Awesome.  No wonder Will is so infallible!

(h/t Balloon Juice, via Phoenix Woman)

February 20th, 2009 at 11:21pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Media,Republicans,Wankers

I’ll Take “Things No-One Could Have Anticipated” For $800, Alex.

Oh yeah, this is a real surprise:

Many of the parties, from big insurance companies to lobbyists for consumers, doctors, hospitals and pharmaceutical companies, are embracing the idea that comprehensive health care legislation should include a requirement that every American carry insurance.

Well, okay, I am a little skeptical that consumer lobbyists are embracing the mandate idea.  I just don’t see how the answer to “I can’t afford to buy health insurance” is “Okay, then we’ll force you to.”  It’s a great deal for the health insurance industry, though.  I’m sure that’s just a coincidence.

5 comments February 20th, 2009 at 10:26pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Healthcare,Politics,Wankers

Friday Quote & Kitten Blogging

This week’s quote is from The Barefoot Contessa, which I don’t even remember watching:

She looked at me no longer than the beat of her heart, yet I knew I would never forget her as long as I lived.

And, of course, there’ll be other people’s insane Scottish Fold kittens….

Um, is that carpet or packing peanuts?

February 20th, 2009 at 09:35pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Friday Quote & Cat Blogging

B&W Sky Photoblogging

Just a couple of B&W sky pictures, including a little test of my camera and lens’ telephoto capabilities:

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February 20th, 2009 at 11:25am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Photoblogging,Pittsburgh

Bankers Determined To Make Everyone Hate Them

What the hell is wrong with these people???

For hundreds of thousands of workers losing their jobs during the recession, there’s a new twist to their financial pain: Even when they’re collecting unemployment benefits, they’re paying the bank just to get the money — or even to call customer service to complain about it.

Thirty states have struck such deals with banks that include Citigroup Inc., Bank of America Corp., JP Morgan Chase and US Bancorp, an Associated Press review of the agreements found. All the programs carry fees, and in several states the unemployed have no choice but to use the debit cards. Some banks even charge overdraft fees of up to $20 — even though they could decline charges for more than what’s on the card.

As if it doesn’t suck enough to be unemployed.  These banks are essentially gouging a captive market of people who can’t spare the money.  Disgusting.

I’m sure the conservative view is that these lazy layabouts are getting money for free, so they’re in no position to complain about having to give it up.  Of course, conservatives can’t stand the idea of anyone getting money for free… unless they already have lots of it.

February 20th, 2009 at 07:25am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Economy,Wankers


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