Feb/05
2011
Fuck the rest of the song, actually fuck the whole thing because "the dash" is a lie. There is no dash. There's only slow, inexorable crawl. And that's when things are moving at all. Snow seems to bring out the stupid in most people, regardless of their familiarity with it. Die hards who were born in this belt, and will probably live their entire lives within a 20 mile radius, can blather at length about the blizzard of this or that decade. Still, you see them stuck in the snow, wheels spinning or skidded off the side like anyone else. Didn't you learn ~anything in all those years about how to drive safely in the white, fluffy stuff? Apparently not. One of the primary things a veteran Northerner learns is when to go slow. But typically that's only applied when things are unquestionably treacherous, for example the unavoidable 4pm blizzard at the end of a workday. Going slow under normal conditions, however, is an invitation for disaster because then people are tailgating, getting frustrated, reduced to unsafe actions to get around the impediment. And that's precisely what I've been faced with all this week. Even with diminished visibility due to tepee tall mounds of snow on the corner, the surfaces themselves are mostly clear of slush with good traction even on steep hills. And the motherfucker in front of me is STILL going 10 mph, hitting the brakes with every oncoming car on the opposite side of the road. There's other variants on the Ima Moron theme. Today I experienced one I hadn't seen before: backing out blindly into traffic with the hopes that someone will stop before they hit you. Almost didn't work, the car ahead of me (and I, myself) had to swerve madly, not to crash into each other or the oncoming cars as this person decided to just go ahead with their decision. The best part was when I passed their driveway it was large enough for 4 cars side by side, plenty enough to K-turn around in. But no. Fuckface couldn't be bothered to do that. He was just going to back right out, everyone else be damned. I like to think that adversity can bring out the best in humans, especially socially, with one big exception: driving. For some reason even when stuck in huge, unmoving herds on the highway, it's every man for himself and who cares if the other guy winds up doing a 360 into a snowbank (thereby clogging up traffic for the next 3 hours for everyone else.) I don't get it, but I would settle for one thing - if you aren't comfortable driving in bad weather, please, for the rest of us, just don't.
Feb/04
2011
This Sunday will be a game without distractions. What kind of distractions you say? The "Double-D" kind, because neither Greenbay nor the Steelers have cheerleaders. I didn't really care in the past, if women stood on the sidelines and jiggled, jounced or high-kicked their shaved bits around. Then I saw some stupid Made For TV Drama that was totally fictitious (or so I believe) about some abusive boyfriend who forces his woman to join the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders just so he can prostitute her for a lot of cash. I knew it was just drama but it kinda soured me on the whole thing. It doesn't make a lot of sense to me. When you're at the stadium you're more concerned with trying to figure out what's going on, how cold/hot you are, how long the line in the parkinglot is going to be and if that guy behind you is gonna drop his beer on you. Cheerleaders, if you can even see them from your seat, are a lot of blond and brunette heads from a distance, with maybe a foot or two. If you're watching TV then you get maybe a handful of overly-bright smiles, a few bobbles, and then more cleavage you can imagine... in the commercials. So again, not so much about the cheerleaders because they're not selling anything, unlike the companies that paid for their spots. A few other teams don't have cheerleaders and it doesn't cost them fans, sales or much in the way of merch. I see the point in college games, but not very much for the pros. So eh, no cheerleaders this Sunday? I'll bet the vast majority of fans and viewers won't notice much less care because in the end it's really all about the football.
Feb/04
2011
Maybe it's an easy solution for a guy who's insecure. Or maybe it's just an easy out. Or perhaps it's just evidence of how true the catch phrase "there's a sucker born every minute" really is. No matter which, Pajamagrams are not worth the money. Guys listen to me, if you're gonna blow that kinda cash on someone do it on dinner, do it one some bling, do it on a year's supply of Godiva chocolates (if you like your honey a little curvy that is.) But please, don't waste it on a pair of stretch cotton leggings and a tank top that costs, at most $10 at Marshalls. The color coordinated sign/box/sachet aren't even worth $2. And no, your woman won't look at you or even look anything like those girls in the commercial. I gotta say I'd never seen their TV add before today, but omfg I thought I was a total joke when I did see it. Kinda like the 'jamagram that I saw in real life. Yeah you might get a look from your girlfriend right after she says something like "you spent HOW much on this?" So just don't do it. Chances are if you really want to impress her tell her you're making her dinner and it comes with a free foot rub and bottle of whatever she likes. After you're all done tell her you were gonna drop that C-note on a pajamagram but instead you gave it to your local animal shelter. That's when she's gonna give you a look like those girls in the commercial, don't blink though, 'cause you may have your hands full right quick just after.
Feb/04
2011
Filed under 'Sauce for the Gander.'
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Leaked Swedish police documents on the Julian Assange sex cases raise key questions for both sides about the allegations.[...] The 39-year-old Australian denies any wrongdoing in separate encounters with two Swedish women last summer, and is fighting Swedish attempts to have him extradited from Britain to face questioning in the cases. He will appear in court in London on Monday and Tuesday in that extradition case.
Yeah, too bad they leaked the documents about Ass-mange. Gosh, could it be a nice little bit of irony? Methinks so.
Feb/04
2011

Fly Mark Fly

I'm one of those that thinks that Mark Kelly should get his ass up there and circle the Earth on the shuttle Endeavor. Why? Because he's qualified. Because it's his job. Because it's what he's trained to do and he's good at it. And most of all it will show everyone that one fucking-loser-nutjob with a gun can't change the course of a nation. America flies with every shuttle launch. We cheer at every landing. We're damn proud of our history in space and our astronauts. As a national politician I'm sure that Gabrielle is fully aware of this, something which needs to be noted as truly remarkable for a woman so horribly injured. The news reports say that she agrees that he should go. I think he should too. She's one tough lady, and she'll only be better and stronger when he gets back. Go Mark go!
Feb/04
2011

It's not personal

We here at WoS are ranters and ravers. That’s not entirely true. We rant frequently, and rave rarely. This is a place where we take our frustrations out. It doesn’t really matter the source of the frustrations. Each of us has our pet peeves. We post, and then we feel a little better because we got that out of our system. Maybe we follow up when someone engages us in comments. No big deal. Now, I’m clear that my rants are foul-mouthed and vile. Mostly because I think the subjects of my rants are foul and vile. I call people names and wish horrible suffering upon them in the name of stylistic vitriol. That’s generally as far as I will take my venting. I’m not interested actually chasing people and confronting them. I don’t want to reach out and ruin someone’s life. No personal calls. No emails. Not even Facebook stalking. If they find my rant online, I’ll vent at them in the comments, but that’s it. For example, at no point do I actually want to light them on fire so they die screaming [No matter how much it’s deserved]. If someone doesn’t want to know what I think of them, they can just avoid my rants. The only exception to that are public officials and corporate entities. I’ll write letters to my elected officials, because that is part of their position. Companies PR departments fall under the same heading to me. If Company A is being dickish, I want them to understand that dickish behavior makes me less likely to be a customer. Again, it’s part of their role. What am I getting at? Virtual vigilantes have been pissing me off recently. People make the jump from online activity and go straight to real life threats and harassment. When sites have large numbers of online communities, it’s very simple for them to join forces and make someone suffer in real life. One person finds personal information, and soon the subject is getting nasty phone calls. They find addresses and leave notes on their door. They find friends and contact them to badmouth the subject. They call employers to try to destroy their reputation. Posting up personal information and endorsing that sort of harassment is unconscionable. I think it would be a different story if those people had their information used that way. It’s all fairly horrible really. Not everything on the internet is true, and not every story has one side. Sometimes arguments are just different valid points of view that need to be respected for what they are. I mean, *I* am always right, but I’m unique in that. All kidding aside, when mistakes are made online, it’s easy to edit or retract words on a screen. It’s much harder to repair the damages done to someone’s personal life.
Feb/03
2011
I was still in school, well ok college, when Regan was President. The fact that I never voted for him aside, I just don't get what the hoopla is over this guy. I mean he looked good in a suit (with the help of the right padding) and he could memorize lines like any decent actor but by all accounts he wasn't a JFK, FDR, Eisenhower or even Nixon (who did pretty well until he was impeached.) Really he was just a charming guy who happened to be lucky enough to sail through one of the best times in America's recent past. So why all the big deal about him being 100 years old (that is if he were alive, most of us stop counting when someone passes away.) Here's one person's guess...
“Reagan holds unique status today because the Republicans don’t have anyone else,” said Paul Begala, a former Clinton aide and a political strategist. “They can’t lionize Eisenhower because, by today’s standards, he was a liberal. They can’t lionize Nixon because he was a criminal. Who have they got left?” “He was an extraordinary president,” Mr. Begala added, “but the right needed a hero, so they turned him into a hero.”
I buy that because it's true. If you don't agree then please, name someone else the right has as a gold-standard, universally accepted by most, ridiculed by few (that right there eliminates most of the living standard-bearers of the republican party.) Back to what I said earlier though, I won't dispute the fact that Ronnie had a certain 'Je ne sais quois' that a good many (if not most) Presidents lacked. But carriage alone does not a great President make. Brains, balls, diplomacy, and a finger on the pulse of the nation are all key ingredients in the making of a great leader. Also, the ability to manage in a crisis. Personally I'd give Regan maybe 2 of those qualities, and certainly no major test of his abilities, actually no one believed he knew nothing of the scandal behind the Iran-Contra affair (everyone just thought he was 'too nice' to be blamed for it.) He doesn't get credit for the end of the Cold War either. The Russians were out of money, they had no choice, it just happened on his watch. But then again I love a good party and it's nice to hear people saying good things for a change, especially from the party that just loves to hate. So yay, The Gipper would be 100 this year. Hooray and pass the Jelly beans.
Feb/03
2011
Who is Foliage Development? Scumbags that's who.
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A landlord is suing to keep a Kansas doctor from performing abortions at the space she leases in Wichita. Abortion services haven't been offered in Wichita since Dr. George Tiller was gunned down while serving as a church usher in May 2009. Tiller was of the nation's few late-term abortion providers. A lawsuit filed this week by Foliage Development seeks a temporary restraining order to keep Dr. Mila Means from performing abortions at its office complex. Means does not plan to perform late-term abortions. Foliage Development argues that performing abortions in the building would be a disruption and nuisance to other tenants and create an unsafe environment.
Really that's the best you could come up with? A "disruption and nuisance"? Oh and an "unsafe environment". Right. How? All I see is you taking money from your tenants and then pulling some bullshit stunt to get yourself some attention. The fact that they didn't talk to the current practitioner but rushed headlong into making a scene sustains the fact that these scumbags are only in it for the PR. So yeah. Fuck you Foliage Development.
Feb/03
2011
Truthfully no one ever claimed that fashion designers were all that bright, but this one takes the cake...
The tweet from (at)KennethCole read: "Millions are in an uproar in (hashtag) Cairo. Rumor is they heard our new spring collection is now available online."[...] The offensive tweet touched off an online flash mob and inspired a fake Twitter feed that mocked Cole's original while attracting thousands of followers on the micro-blogging site in a matter of hours.
How socially inept can you be? I guess Ken answered that question. And the Internet being the Internet made sure he ate it but good.
He had earlier sent an apology by Twitter, but that wasn't good enough for whoever put up the satirically biting (at)KennethColePR. "Wardrobe got you water-BORED? GITMO of our new spring collection," read one send-up. The fake feed included, "Rolling through Germany? Gestapo by our new Berlin store!" and "Jeffrey Dahmer would have eaten up our spring collection!"
No it's not good enough, but we all have the urge-satisfying, real-time, type-first and think-last twitter to thank for that. Hopefully the double helping of ridicule will put some restraint into Mr. Cole the next time he has the urge to self-promote.
Feb/03
2011

No Microsoft Help For You

That is what you get if you don’t want to or cannot connect to the internet. We got Microsoft Office at work and if you want help you must connect to the internet. Microsoft being arrogant and thinking everyone has internet all the time? Say it ain't so. Let’s say I am trying to do work on a train. I have a problem figuring out Microsoft’s “logical” commands and controls. I figure I’ll look at the help. No internet connection, you get bupkis. Newsflash Microcrap, there are still places where people have no interwebz. There are people who do not have interwebz in their home. Expecting people have interwebz everywhere all the time when they are using your products is obnoxious. By the way, I shouldn’t have to Goggle my problem. I had to Google “where are my worksheet tabs” to find out where my damn worksheet tabs went to. I tried every permutation I could think of in MS help (after I connected, that is) and I got stupid and more stupid suggestions and nothing that helped. Yes, the answer was at Microsoft’s website, but the Microsoft search engine was too stupid to figure out what I wanted. Yes, Goggle is still king of the search and we are still nothing but beta testers to Microcrap. Bend over and smile.
Feb/03
2011
We had MS Office 2003 a while back and OpenOffice in between. I liked the 2003 version, but we switched to OpenOffice to save money, since it was free. It had growing pains, but OpenOffice improved and was functional enough. We were using it and complaints were few, but management decides to get MS Office 2010. MS Office 2010 is ugly and clumsy IMO. I hate and it makes me wonder if Microsoft ever listens to anyone that has to use their product. Using MS Office 2010 makes me long for the 2003 version again. But I guess “change”, even bad change painted as being “better” helps line MS’s pockets. And businesses get sold the proverbial pig in a poke because it’s new, its shiny, but it decreases productivity. So we will stumble through learning the idiosyncrasies of this new software. We will struggle to find answers in “help” that offers little. We will get used to it, just to have management come up with another brain fart in a year or two.
Feb/03
2011

Fuck 2011

Aside from the weather, 2011 has sought fit to dump the following things in the first thirty-one days of the year.
  • A sickness that laid me out for several days
  • Multiple departures from work of not just co-workers but friends
  • Upper management re-organizing and moving out more co-workers/friends
  • A well-loved pet going into emergency care early one morning
  • My favorite derby players leaving the sport
  • A $4,000 transmission repair bill that Toyota is not so keen on taking responsibility for (despite the class-action lawsuit)
It's a good thing February is only twenty-eight days long.
Feb/02
2011
Someone has been spamming this site. Well, to be more honest, a ~lot of people have been spamming this site and have been for years. The good news is that the blog engine I use, B2Evolution, has excellent spam reduction and cleanup tools. One of those tools is a listing that shows you which sites have been referring to yours. It shows in a nice little graph what those URLs are and what IPs they source from. Recently I got hit with a bunch from a different hosting service called Hostgator. Now keep in mind I have never used Hostgator nor ever considered it. I'm quite satisfied with Bluehost thank you very much. But I felt bad for Hostgator because I know that if I'm seeing their name on the spam lists that it's quite likely not their fault and, more importantly, that it won't be long before they wind up on the global blacklist from b2e. So I did the nice thing and emailed them. Here starts the tale... (Me) I have a blog, hosted by someone else. I've noticed in recent days a couple dozen hits from secure.hostgator.com. Any idea why? (Here I attached a snapshot of the distribution of spam hits to worldofsuck that showed their contribution) To which they replied...
(email 1) Hello, Thank you for contacting HostGator. In order for us to further assist you, please click on the link below: tickets.hostgator.com/activate/blahblahblah yadda, yadda, whatever, whatever (I got one of these every time I replied to their response) (email 2) Hello, Which site are you referring to in this ticket? Had you hosted that site with us in the past? Its possible that your domain would still be in our billing system, and is being accessed through our billing system audits. Please provide more information about your blog, and your previous account with us (if you had one).
I assured them I was not, nor had I ever an account with them. I was simply trying to find out why they were in my spam records.
Hello, Do you have the logs for what resources are being requested? This will help narrow our search. Thanks! Best regards, David I. Level II Linux Systems Administrator || Systems Monitoring
Not an unreasonable request. So I spent some time digging into my records and provided the time/date stamps, source IP's the links that had been hit, etc. They also asked me what IP was being hit. I sent them the output from a ping to worldofsuck along with the comment "I'll bet you know how to do this too..."
Hello, This is strange as secure.hostgator.com does not resolve to those IPs. #-->> ping secure.hostgator.com PING secure.hostgator.com (67.18.54.5) 56(84) bytes of data. 64 bytes from 5.36.1243.static.theplanet.com (67.18.54.5)...blahblahetc. Also it does not run b2evolution. I will check the access logs for the site and see if I can find anything. Best regards, Shashank Wagh, Level III Linux Systems Administrator
Funny, but Shashank is a Level III but David I. who was merely a Level II seemed to have a better grasp of the situation. At least he understood what was going on. So, my patience thinning, I tried to clarify the matter for them... (Me) They're pinging the server I'm hosted on: (sample output of a ping to worldofsuck) And yes, those IP's are sourcing from your site: secure.hostgator.com I'll be honest with you, someone with your service is just spamming me either a customer or someone directly at your company. I'm going to add you to my local spam filter which, unfortunately, gets reported out to everyone using the b2evo engine.
Hello, Could you specify exact URLs where the pings are being done ? Also are 115.249.45.78 and the other IPs source Ips for the pings ? Best regards, Shashank Wagh, Level III Linux Systems Administrator
Lights on, no body home. In the best interest of the web I tried what I thought would be one last time. (Me) Then someone is spoofing, using your IP to mask theirs. Just to be clear - I'm showing you logs from MY b2evolution site. My site is receiving spam traffic that is labeled as coming from your servers. The net result is that you wind up on our anti-spam lists and people trying to reach our websites from hostgator will be blocked. I really can't help you more than this, and it's also not really a problem for me. I just thought might want to be informed that someone is either spamming or spoofing from your IP.... Good luck.
Hello, I have sent a report to the ISP which owns the IPs that are actually making the spam posts on your site and they replied asking for more extensive logs. Would you be willing to update this ticket with the full apache access log entries from these connections and the timezone settings for the server you are on? That will help us work with the ISP where this is happening to get it resolved. If you have any further questions, don't hesitate to contact us. Sincerely, Nate C Server Admin
Awright Nate C! Finally someone with a clue again. I tried to get the raw logs but it was too late. That information had been dumped. I told them sorry, I couldn't help but to check with Blue Host and provided a complete record of all the hits and addresses that I'd received.
Hello, I am afraid that these eclipsed logs are in the same format we already provided. Can you provide us with the raw apache logs? If not can you ask bluehost to provide said logs, these would be a lot more effective. If you have any further questions, don't hesitate to contact us. Sincerely, Nate C Server Admin
Yeah no, I already said that I didn't have these logs and from my point of view I've already gone out of my way to help. To be quite honest I was just being a good interwebz citizen and if they want the raw logs it isn't going to be me waiting on the phone to annoy Blue Host tech support mmm'k? Frankly I had made that pretty clear in an earlier reply to Shawshank or whatever his name was. (Me) My site is receiving spam traffic that is labeled as coming from your servers. The net result is that you wind up on our anti-spam lists and people trying to reach our websites from hostgator will be blocked. I really can't help you more than this, and it's also not really a problem for me. I just thought might want to be informed that someone is either spamming or spoofing from your IP. At this point I've given up and sent them an email saying so. Of course I got the automated response "Thank you for contacting Hostgator...."
Feb/02
2011
Hospitals are considering restricting the use of cameras in the delivery room. I think it's a good idea, but first here's the other side.
CASCADE, Md. — When Laurie Shifler was expecting her eighth child, she was so upset about a local hospital’s new policy restricting photographs of births that she started an online petition. Hundreds of people, near and far, signed it, many expressing outrage that a hospital would prevent parents from recording such a momentous occasion, one that could never be recaptured.[...] “It’s about our rights,” Ms. Shifler, 36, said the other day at her home here in rural Maryland as she cradled her newborn daughter, Kaelii, in her arms and the rest of her brood roughhoused around her. Her husband, Michael, 37, a police officer, was able to take pictures 30 seconds after Kaelii’s birth last month, but Ms. Shifler is still fighting the hospital to change its policy. “It’s my child,” she said. “Who can tell me I can take a picture or not take a picture of my own flesh and blood?”
Well Laurie if the photo op is more important to you than having the safeguards of trained medical staff around you feel free to give birth to number nine at home. But if you choose to minimize the risk to you and your baby then you should be required to play by the rules of the people you've chosen to care for you. Simple. I had a sister in law like Laurie. At her first birth it was a fucking carnival of friends (not many relatives) all around her as she stewed in a hot tub at a homeopathic birthing center. When the baby wound up needing emergency support they rushed him to a real hospital, one that would have been able to prevent the catastrophe in the first place. But for my Sister in Law it wasn't about the health and safety of her first baby, it was about being the center of attention. Her priorities were fun first, safety second. Now that's not an exact parallel with Laurie but it's the same type of mentality. See when you put yourself in the hands of trained medical staff you've signed over those rights to people who consider your safety and the safety of the baby as paramount. Your ability to film doesn't amount to much if either of you need emergency intervention and the last thing they need is someone getting in their way to get a "better shot". I also disagree with the whole "precious moments" bullshit. Birth is gruesome, with all the warmth and joy of an abbatoir. For most there's blood, pain, fluids, poop, tubes, monitors and screams. Not something I'd show "Junior" in front of his friends, the family or really even at all. Sorry but bonding over a birth video is bullshit. For as far back as I can recall people have made due with the first-photos provided by the hospital of the baby swaddled in their blanket. I don't really see why anything more than that is needed. Allowing others in the room to break out their camera after everyone is safely stowed away, sure, that's fine if the mother wants some unflattering, hair-plastered-down-with-sweat images sent around. Generally those don't make it onto the mantel either. But most important of all is our memories. For the majority that's all we need to remember key events, camera or no camera.
Feb/01
2011
Apparently it's all the teacher's fault that kids are failing in school. This is because the teachers and only the teachers should be held accountable for how a student performs. Believe that and I have a bridge to sell you.
Now several Republican governors have concluded that removing ineffective teachers requires undoing the century-old protections of tenure. Governors in Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Nevada and New Jersey have called for the elimination or dismantling of tenure. As state legislatures convene this winter, anti-tenure bills are being written in those states and others. Their chances of passing have risen because of crushing state budget deficits that have put teachers’ unions on the defensive.[...] Ada Beth Cutler, dean of the education college at Montclair State University in New Jersey, said, “One of the fears I hear from teachers is that in these tough budget times, what’s going to stop someone from firing someone at the top of the pay scale?” (NYT)
You know and I know that blaming the teachers is only half the story. Parents themselves should play the largest role in how well their child performs, but recently that's changed. Parents today believe that their responsibility to raise a child means nothing more than impressing the young mind with their own morals and beliefs. Educating? Hell no, that's something that should happen automagically, with little more participation than reading report cards and attending the occasional concert or open-house event. As always I blame the self-centered Boombers for this, but that's a different rant. I love how politicians will latch on to anything they can find to placate loudmouthed idiots in the public. Yes, schools aren't nearly as rigorous as they were in the 50's but then again no one was fucking learning Calculus in 11th grade then either. In addition to increased workload schools are obligated to cover more non-imperative material as well. Yes Johnny needs to learn to read, write, understand science and math but does he really need to understand the cultural concerns of every damned ethnicity in the nation? Not sure how that's going to help balance a checkbook or navigate a map but that too is being shoveled onto the kid's plates. Besides increased workload, and "diversity" training kids are being measured, monitored and evaluated more than ever. Someone has to pick up all that slack and the bag holders aren't the people having the kids, but the teachers who only interact with the kid for a fraction of the time during the week. Not fair really, at least not to me. I'm not saying that tenure is perfect, but it's a motivation that encourages qualified individuals to go into what is generally a thankless profession. Frankly the ones who are the real problem aren't the ground troops in the school, it's the overpaid administrators who make six figures in most places and seem to contribute little or nothing to the actual management and decision making of the school system. Plus it seems to get more egregious the better the system. So please, to all the Republican Governors, listen up: if you want increased performance here's two ideas before you start taking shots at the people actually doing the teaching to our kids - Look at what your overpriced administrators are doing. It should be their responsibility more than anyone else's when kids fail. Second, take a crack at increasing the responsibility on the parents. After all it's their children. Shouldn't they care the most?
Feb/01
2011
Actually I'm sure the schools are fine, it's just the administrators that are rampant, flaming, out of control idiots.
SPOTSYLVANIA, Va. (AP) — A high school freshman who hit classmates with plastic pellets blown from a tube has been suspended and charged with assault in Virginia. The school board upheld the suspension of Spotsylvania County High School student Andrew Mikel II after his father appealed. The Washington Post reports the 14-year-old will be cleared of misdemeanor assault charges if he completes a yearlong diversion program.
Wow. A slightly more modern version of spitwads in a straw and the kid gets slapped with assault. Wtf is WRONG with you people? Kids have been using spud guns and pea shooters on each other since before the states were united and now it's fucking assault? Get a grip people! Not only are you out of touch, but out of control and out of your minds as well. Someone please kick the school board in the ass, or better yet, use some "plastic pellets blown from a tube."
Feb/01
2011
A second federal judge ruled on Monday that it was unconstitutional for Congress to enact a health care law that required Americans to obtain commercial insurance, evening the score at 2 to 2 in the lower courts as conflicting opinions begin their path to the Supreme Court. But unlike a Virginia judge in December, Judge Roger Vinson of Federal District Court in Pensacola, Fla., concluded that the insurance requirement was so “inextricably bound” to other provisions of the Affordable Care Act that its unconstitutionality required the invalidation of the entire law.(NYT)
Not too many people like the Health Care law. Liberals lambaste it for the fact that it does not do enough. Conservative hate it because it makes companies that are already suffering financially shoulder another burden. But in one area everyone agrees: that ~something needed to be done because cost of health care is beyond all reason. After that one point no one can agree on anything. People need health care, and let's face the fact that a doctor's visit will never again cost $20. Your co-pay might (although many people's copay is far more than that these days) but the total amount the doctor bills is not something anyone can pay out of pocket. Not if they want real care. So what to do? Ask doctors and they blame the insurance companies. As the insurance giants and they blame lawyers. Ask lawyers and they blame the patients. And who do the patients get to blame? Why our government of course! Bitter, ugly, with too many factors there is probably no way to reach an agreement on who is to blame and who should be held responsible for fixing this mess. And that does little for people suffering from Cancer who have just maxed out their lifetime coverage. Putting aside the greedy people in all those industries who are trying to make as much money as they can while the system collapses, I'm willing to take just about any solution be it good, bad or ugly as a starting point for discussion. To me Obama did just that. He started the ball rolling. If the conservative or liberals want to take a kick at the ball, then by all means, please let them. Perhaps if many people think about the problem for a long time we'll come up with a reasonable solution. And if nothing else the issue will at least have gotten the attention it deserves.