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Da Mannn

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Home country: USA
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Member since: Sun May 18, 2014, 10:38 PM
Number of posts: 26,823

About Me

Hi. How R U? Great. I'm fine, thanks for asking. (Looks visitor over) Nice shoes. So what brings you here? Me? I'm a guy. I like gals enough to marry one. I eat meat because it is tasty. I've worn black socks with my sandals, and I'm not afraid to do it again. I'm old enough to have worn a leisure suit when it was cool. I don't drink or smoke. I've never done drugs.

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SJWs accuse a prom dress of being racist

Single Payer And The Alfie Evans Nightmare Go Hand In Hand
Health Care Denial: Bernie Sanders and many of his fellow Democrats pushing single payer endlessly claim that health care is a "basic human right." What they never mention is that gaining that one means sacrificing many other rights. Just ask the parents of Alfie Evans.

Alfie died this week in a British hospital after a series of events that, if they'd happened here, would be a serious breakdown in our nation's health care system and of parental rights.

Back in December 2016, British doctors diagnosed Alfie Evans as having a degenerative neurological condition that they couldn't identify. As Alfie's conditioned worsened, officials at the National Health Service decided that Alfie's condition had deteriorated to the point where he was in a "semi-vegetative state" and would never recover.

The doctors at the Alder Hey Children's Hospital decreed that the best course of action was to pull the plug and let Alfie die.

His parents believed otherwise. And they fought in court for months for the right to take Alfie Evans to a Vatican hospital, where he could remain on life support, and receive care and comfort until his final days. The Italian government even granted Alfie Italian citizenship, hoping it would allow an "immediate transfer to Italy."

Too bad. The British courts sided with the doctors. Alfie had to stay put, no matter what his parents wanted or what other more humane alternatives were available.
How are such horrors possible? They are possible because decades ago the British bought into the "single-payer" health care myth. It's the very same myth that leading Democrats are now insisting we import into the U.S.

The promise was that every British citizen would have the "right" to health care, at no cost to them. What they didn't know, or understand, was that by putting government in control of paying for health care and dispensing this right also gave the government bureaucrats the ability to decide what care gets provides, who can get it, and under what circumstances.

In gaining the "right" to free health care, the British gave up more fundamental rights — among them, life, liberty, and for parents to make life-or-death decisions about their own children.

Worse, decades of government mismanagement have left the British with a sclerotic health care system, one rife with shortages, waste and endless pressure to deny or delay treatments wherever possible.

Just this winter, for example, the NHS ordered hospitals to cancel all nonemergency surgeries while the country dealt with … wait for it … the seasonal flu. Patients routinely wait hours in the emergency room, if they're lucky, while others die on gurneys left in hallways.
An Illusory Right

The British, and the Canadians, and those living in other countries cited as models of socialized medicine, might have a "right" to health care. But the government has no obligation to provide it.

This is always the case when you define a right as something given to you by government — a fact the left never explains.

Yet every time one of these single-payer health care tragedies occurs, we're told how the British revere their National Health Service, and that the alternative — an American system that relies heavily on the free market — would be far worse.

We don't know who the pollsters are surveying about the quality of care in Britain, or in any other country with government-run health care. But we doubt they're asking the people who actually need care that the NHS keeps denying them.

And don't believe the claims that the British get better health care than Americans. When you look at actual outcomes of various treatments — rather than faulty comparisons of life expectancy or infant mortality — the NHS falls way down the list. The children of the poorest parents in America would have received far better care here than Charlie or Alfie did.

The next time Bernie Sanders or some other prominent Democrat starts talking about how health care is a right and how we need a single payer system to deliver it, ask them what actual rights we'll have to give up to gain that ephemeral one.

Chances are, they won't have a satisfactory answer.

Lake Peigneur sinkhole disaster

Untangling the Devil's Corkscrew

The "Anti-Hate" Group That Is a Hate Group

U.S. wont restore grizzly bear protections near Yellowstone National Park (Legal hunting)
BILLINGS, Mont. -- U.S. officials will not restore federal protections for Yellowstone-area grizzly bears, despite a court ruling that called into question the government's rationale for turning grizzly management over to states that are now planning public hunts for the animals, according to an announcement Friday in in the Federal Register.

The disclosure from the Interior Department follows a months-long review of a decision last year to lift protections in place since 1975 for about 700 bears in and around Yellowstone National Park.

That review was launched when a federal appeals court said in a case involving gray wolves in the Great Lakes that the Interior Department needed to give more consideration to how a species' loss of historical habitat affects its recovery.

Like wolves, grizzly bears in some parts of the U.S. have bounced back from widespread extermination, yet remain absent from most of their historical range.

Interior officials said in Friday's filing that they disagreed with the ruling in the wolf case. They said Yellowstone's grizzly bear population has recovered and noted that other populations of the animals living outside the three-state Yellowstone region remain protected as a threatened species.

Wyoming and Idaho have proposed limited public hunts for grizzlies this fall. Hunters would be allowed to kill as many as ten male bears and two females in Wyoming and one male and no females in Idaho.

Final decisions on the hunts are pending. Montana officials decided against a hunt this year.

Legal hunting of Yellowstone-area grizzlies last occurred in the 1970s.

Celtic folk song. Something different for you. (promise: no politics)

This is very beautiful. I challenge Left and Right to post something differently musical this fine Saturday eve.

The Milky Way will collide with Andromeda galaxy

for some of you this will be old news. For those new to this we have only 4 billion years until the inevitable.

"The Lion sleeps tonight." played by a steel drum band (NO politics)

something different. Enjoy.

New embassy quarter to be built in Jerusalem, could be called 'Trump Town
New embassy quarter to be built in Jerusalem, could be called 'Trump Town’
“There is an apparent pattern of embassies moving to Jerusalem, and we have to start getting ready now.”
Construction Minister Yoav Gallant has instructed the top officials in his ministry to begin the process of planning and approving a new quarter for embassies from countries around the world that will be built in Jerusalem, he revealed on Thursday in an interview from New York, where he will be speaking at Sunday’s Jerusalem Post Conference.

Even before the progress made this week toward moving the embassies of the Czech Republic, Romania, and Honduras, Gallant had already sent a letter to Construction Ministry director-general Hegai Roznik and chief architect Vered Solomon-Maman last Friday, asking them to form a task force that will immediately begin working on finding an appropriate site for many embassies in the capital.
many Lefties will writhe in agony with this news...
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