Government Meddling in Health Care Markets

It never turns out well when the .gov decides to control a market for goods or services. What happens when you call 911 and no help comes?

Medicare pays ambulances and other medical providers according to a set payment list, said Dom Pascucci, health insurance specialist at the Wexford offices of broker Emerson Reid. [SNIP]

To set its rates, Medicare is surveying a number of ambulance services to determine average costs. Hospitals are required to file cost reports for providing various services. Medicare payments are typically based on a percentage of costs, with hospitals generally receiving 12%.

And you cannot (by law) ask a Medicare recipient to make up the difference between what Medicare pays and what the ambulance ride actually costs. Result: there will be no ambulance (and maybe no EMS) for rural Americans. But then the Democrats want to herd us all into cities anyway. Easier to control that way.

The result is, you are better off taking yourself to the ER. The opening anecdote of the article detailed a 51 minute wait for an ambulance, before the person found their own way to the hospital.

Now some will point fingers all over the place. But if the .gov was never in the business of setting rates (sounds like socialism or communism to me) then maybe we wouldn’t be in this place. We would have other problems, no doubt. (Life is about problems.)

In The SJW Battle Between a Black Athlete and Rape-survivor, Who Wins?

Kerfuffle is a word that could have been engineered just for this dustup. WaPo Union Condemns Management for Suspending Reporter Over Kobe Tweet.

If you’re living under a rock, maybe you don’t know that Kobe Bryant, and a bunch of other people including his 13-year-old daughter, died in a helicopter crash. So the intertubes have lit up with “outpourings of grief.” Or something.

But many were quick to point out that Bryant’s legacy was tainted by a credible rape allegation from 2003, in which a then-19-year-old resort staffer claimed the NBA star sexually assaulted her in a hotel room.

On Sunday, Washington Post reporter Felicia Sonmez posted to Twitter a link to The Daily Beast’s 2016 article recapping those allegations and the evidence behind them.

Since she dared to upset the narrative, she was suspended. That doesn’t really look too good coming from a newspaper. Now coming from a propaganda outlet, it is exactly what you would expect. Hey WaPo, does “Ministry of Truth” wring any bells? Didn’t think so. The story was written by a dead, white-man after all.

Pravda would have been proud of that action.

More on this story from The Other McCain.

The Left Really Needs Some New Material

Lily Allen has a sweet voice, when she is singing. The rest of the time, not so much. Lily Allen’s Twitter account has been deleted following general election “racism” comments.

So a party headed by a white male, beat another party headed by a white male (in the recent UK election) and the reason is “racism and misogyny.” Really?

she said: “Some say it was Brexit, some day it was Jeremy [Corbyn], personally, and I know no one wants to hear it, I think that racism and misogyny runs so so deep in this country and that Boris won because of his attitude towards those things and not in spite of them.”

So the Left and the media screaming about Brexit for the past few years isn’t an issue. The “Stop Brexit” campaign waged by the Labour Party for MONTHS had nothing to do with the election outcome. Because if you disagree with the policies of the Left you are a stupid, racist bastard.

So basically if I don’t agree with you, you will start calling me mean names. OK, I know this went out sometime in the late 20th Century, but I will fall back on what I learned as a child.

Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me.

Call me all the names you want. I don’t agree. I think you’re idiots. And so I give you no power over me. When you want to discuss policies – like Brexit, or Open Borders – rationally, we can talk.

Book Burning – 21st Century Style

A librarian is celebrating the removal of books from a library. Because some books we should not be read. Woke Fahrenheit 451.

Sorry to go full Godwin on this, but this is how you actively create ignorance. Ms Barnett seems more concerned with giving kids woke thoughts than teaching about love of literature and learning.

But it is fair to go “full Godwin” when the Left today is doing the same things the National Socialist Party did in the 1930s, and often for the same reasons. They know what thoughts you should think. They know what you should and should not read. (Ich bin ein auslander.) EBL mentions Bradbury, and I’ve said before that we live in an age that looks more like his Fahrenheit 451, than it does like Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-four.

New York Times and Its “Airplanes took aim” Insanity

Facepalm X 2Media bias? What media bias? New York Times deletes Sept. 11 ‘planes took aim’ tweet.

The tweet in question…

18 years have passed since airplanes took aim and brought down the World Trade Center. Today, families will once again gather and grieve at the site where more than 2000 people died.

Because actually admitting who did what on 9/11 would be against all the rules of Political Correctness. Or something.

The tweet was deleted. The story was edited. Because reasons.

Times spokesperson Danielle Rhoades-Ha told iMediaEthics by e-mail, “We have no comment beyond the follow up tweet and acknowledgement,” and pointed to its tweets.

And yes, I realize this is yesterday’s news, but I just love having a record of the NY Slimes and their continuing efforts to rewrite any bit of history that they don’t like.

The Comedy Police and a Truly Epic Fail

Rotten Tomatoes have been trying all year to eliminate “audience” ratings. It really started when there were large numbers of audience ratings for Captain Marvel that found that movie less than thrilling. They haven’t let up. Oh, they like audience ratings, if you buy movie tickets through them, otherwise you’re a bot from Russia, or something.

The latest show to earn the wrath of Rotten Tomatoes, and the ire of all people “woke,” is Dave Chappelle’s Sticks and Stones. I haven’t seen it, but I may have to try. (I won’t subscribe to Netflix, but friends are subscribed.)

Details, or at least a description of what caused the Kerfuffle is at ‘Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones’ On Netflix Doubles Down On His Critics. (Hat tip to Crowder.)

Don’t Support the Organizations That Don’t Support Us

Using Google, F*c*Book, Twitter and all the associated insanity is supporting the people who want to destroy your rights, your privacy, and the Constitution. Fall Back To The Fortified Blogs!.

Given the ongoing “cancelling” of conservatives and libertarians on social media, I’ve been using the title of this post as something of a catchphrase, and occasionally educating random yoots on how blogs worked before Jack and Zuck enticed us into their walled gardens. The rest of us ought to be giving some serious thought to those alternatives in case Google, Facebook, and Twitter decide to take the gloves off and just boot everyone who even looks like they might vote for Trump off their platforms before the 2020 elections.

As they say, go read the whole thing. And…

Here’s a useful article from Techdirt back in June listing plenty of options to avoid Google.

A Politician Telling Lies?

I’m shocked… From Power Line – Warren’s Ferguson lie.

Tremoglie recalls: “Michael Brown was not murdered. Michael Brown was shot by officer Darren Wilson in an act of self-defense. This is why the grand jury declined to indict Wilson for murder or manslaughter, and it was also the conclusion of the Obama administration’s Department of Justice.”

So can she be sued for libel or slander or whatever?

People Don’t Trust the Story Regarding Epstein

Not that everyone believes one version of events, just that no one is buying the official line. Via Moonbattery – Epstein and Public Trust.

Maybe the best thing about the demise of Jeffrey Epstein is that the story is too lurid to escape widespread attention and too fishy not to erode public gullibility regarding the trustworthiness of Big Government and Big Media.

A video from Black Pidgeon Speaks at the link.

Twitter Doesn’t Like the Truth

Especially when the truth contradicts what the WaPo, NYSlimes, et al are writing about. Punished for tweeting the truth.

In March, I tweeted that the perpetrator of the New Zealand mosque shooting was “a socialist, environmentalist, who hates capitalists & free trade.” I also wrote that the killer believed his attack would “lead to more gun control” in New Zealand and the United States.

What I tweeted was entirely accurate, and Twitter hasn’t bothered to provide me with an explanation for why they locked my account, but they have made clear that it was this tweet that supposedly violated their terms.

I’ve come to the conclusion that continuing to use Twitter is to agree to all this insanity.

People Are Surprised That Actions Have Consequences

In this case the action is the entire #MeToo movement, and rational response to it. Mississippi Gubernatorial Candidate’s Condition For Female Reporter: Bring A Man.

Robert Foster doesn’t want to deal with a bunch of #MeToo issues, and so is protecting himself. I for one, don’t blame him. This guy’s policy predates #MeToo, but makes sense given the type of accusations that are likely to be thrown around.

In the days since, Foster has continued to “stick to his guns,” saying “perception is reality in this world.” He maintains that he’s been dogged by professional political trackers for the past seven months who are itching to get something incriminating on him. “They’re looking to try and manipulate anything they can to try to hurt my character and hurt my chances in this campaign,” he said.

And so he is taking steps to ensure he can’t be hurt for something he didn’t do.

As has been noted elsewhere, this whole “guilty with no way to prove you’re innocence” movement has set women back decades. “Perception is reality.” Feelings are more important than facts. And due process is a 19th Century idea.

Project Veritas Exposes Google’s Plan to Cook the Search

Google wants to control the elections, so they need to control what people know and what they think. Insider Blows Whistle & Exec Reveals Google Plan to Prevent “Trump situation” in 2020 on Hidden Cam

The simple choice is to STOP USING GOOGLE. There are better search engines. (I use DuckDuckGo for 90% my searches.)

The only place I found the 2 minute teaser is on Twitter. The full 25 minute video is below. (And also there is a link to the Bit Chute backup of video, because censorship is a thing.)

The Soviet Union, the East German Stasi, and every other dictatorial regime would LOVE to have been able to control info in this fashion. This is beyond even Nineteen Eighty-four.

BitChute has the video because everyone expects YouTube will deep six this video, and probably kill the Project Veritas channel.

UPDATE: As expected, YouTube can’t handle the truth.

Black Pigeon Speaks On Bit Chute

Black Pigeon Speaks was banned from YouTube for about 12 hours, because of their ever-changing, “we don’t like conservatives so they must be spewing hate-speech” rules. But of course YouTube isn’t quite all of the internet. Black Pigeon Speaks: The Bit Chute Channel.

But because YouTube is where all the ads are used to be, there is Patreon.

For the details see the current video.

The Left – Judge People Based on Race

Because some races are better than others according to the Left. WALSH: The Left Attacked A White College Student For Saying He Loves White People. That’s Wildly Hypocritical. Here’s Why..

von Abele is heckled by a group of other students, who shout at him, flip the middle finger, and weirdly poke his face and his chest. Despite being accused of “assaulting” minorities, the footage never shows him lay hands on anyone. Instead, the angry hecklers put their hands on him multiple times. He never threatens anyone. He is not harassing or attacking anyone.

“Your speech is literally assault; our literal assault is free-speech” – The Left.

I think that all of the Left who hate white people and everything white people have done should eliminate from their lives everything invented by white people. Like the electric light. The integrated circuit. Alternating current. The internal combustion engine (including the diesel). Radio (which would include cellphone transmissions).

Headlines From Europe

I read the European press, because they have better coverage of what’s going on in America – some of it anyway – than 90% of the US press. (I guess they can be a BIT more objective, though they are still mostly a bunch of Leftist shills.) Though the 1st story is from the Washington Post…

The Left’s talking points around Germany have been – for 2 years now – that they are placed to become the “new world power.” Since all the “right-thinking” folks in the media hate America. (No, not just Trump, America.) Merkel missing the first day of G-20 is a metaphor for why you shouldn’t believe all the myths about Germany. But when you lose the WaPo…

The Bundeswehr itself isn’t in great shape, either. To the amusement of the world, Germany’s military made headlines a few years ago for replacing machine guns with broomsticks during a NATO exercise because of a lack of equipment. The headlines weren’t exaggerated. Earlier this year, an internal watchdog described the German military as virtually “not deployable for collective defense.” Only a few of the country’s tanks, helicopters and planes are combat-ready, and pilots have at times had to resort to private automobile clubs’ choppers to practice. Germany approved a boosted defense budget this year, but any trend reversal will take a lot longer.

No mention of Trump and his call for Europe to do a better job with their defense.

Italy stops a terrorist. (Granted this is 2 days old, so maybe you heard about it…) Italian police arrest Lebanese man suspected of planning poison attack.

“He was planning an attack with ricin and anthrax,” chief anti-terrorism prosecutor Federico Cafiero De Raho told reporters, naming the man as Alhaj Ahmad Amin.

Amin, 38, who is a legal immigrant and married with three children, was arrested in Macomer earlier in the day by hooded police who forced him from his car as he left home.

The French are STILL unhappy about paying more for fuel. And now so are folks in Belgium. Brussels protesters attack PM’s office as Paris braces for more ‘yellow vest’ unrest.

Over in Paris, builders were busy boarding up flagship banks and stores along the Champs-Elysées as “the world’s most beautiful avenue” braced for its third straight Saturday of violence.

In what President Emmanuel Macron called “war scenes”, a peaceful protest descended into riots and tear gas, leaving many of the avenue’s windows smashed by cobblestones and other objects.

Two stories from Britain. The first, how NHS (THE Sacred Cow of UK politics) is failing the elderly. Pensioners left in pain amid NHS cuts to hip and knee operations.

The Royal College of Surgeons said patients were being unfairly denied operations by arbitrary policies, including those which restrict them to those in most pain.

And in the 2nd story, folks in the UK still have bad teeth. Soaring numbers of children forced to have teeth taken out in hospital.

The number of children having teeth removed in hospital has risen almost a fifth in six years, new figures show.

Dentists said it was a “scandal” that so many teeth were being left to rot, amid a diet of too much sugar and too little toothbrushing.

Can we blame this on the NHS? No, it isn’t the .gov who is responsible for making sure kids brush their teeth.

Kasparov on Socialism

We called them the Communists, after the ruling party, but the country was The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. (Союз Советских Социалистических Республик or Soyuz Sovetskikh Sotsialisticheskikh Respublik) Battle of Quotes.

Commenting (third hand) on a Twitter “conversation” about Socialism, SiGraybeard had a few comments, but his link to Kasparov deserves to be repeated.

There are still plenty of people who escaped from the old Soviet Union and Warsaw Block living in this country. It is sad that they are not sought out by the media more. They lived through Socialism.

But then the media won’t even report on what is going on today in Venezuela.

Twitter Suspends Account of Black Conservative

Can’t have black conservatives supporting Trump. Everyone must thing alike. Twitter Suspends Influential Black Female Trump Supporter’s Account After She Announces She Is Attending TPUSA Event in Washington DC.

Earlier this week Melissa announced on Twitter that she was attending the Black Conservative Summit in Washington DC this week sponsored by Turning Point USA.

Within an hour of posting her announcement on Twitter Melissa was suspended by Twitter.

But they’re not racist, no. Just ask them and they will tell you they love diversity. Just not diversity of ideas.