This from a reader in Summerville:
Here's some fun word play:
Did you know that the words "race car" spelled backwards still spells "race car"? Quelle palindrome!
And, did you also know, "eat" is the only word that, if you take the first letter and move it to the last, spells its past tense, "ate"?
And, if you rearrange the letters in "so-called Tea Party Republicans," and add just a few more letters, it spells: "Shut the fuck up, you free-loading, progress-blocking, benefit-grabbing, resource-sucking, violent, hypocritical douche bags, and deal with the fact that you nearly wrecked the country under Bush and get over it, our President is black."
Isn't that interesting?
A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gives a bleak picture of our nation's healthcare system without health insurance for all. The cost, both personal and social, will only go up until all are insured.
See the whole study at http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm59e1109a1.htm?s_cid=mm59e1109a1_e
Vital Signs: Health Insurance Coverage and Health Care Utilization —- United States, 2006—2009 and January—March 2010
November 9, 2010 / 59(Early Release);1-7
Background: The increasing number of persons in the United States with no health insurance has implications both for individual health and societal costs. Because of cost concerns, millions of uninsured persons forgo some needed health care, which can lead to poorer health and potentially to greater medical expenditures in the long term.
Methods: CDC analyzed data from the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) for 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009 and early release NHIS data from the first quarter of 2010 to determine the number of persons without health insurance or with gaps in coverage and to assess whether lack of insurance coverage was associated with increased levels of forgone health care. Data were analyzed further by demographic characteristics, family income level, and selected chronic conditions.
Results: In the first quarter of 2010, an estimated 59.1 million persons had no health insurance for at least part of the year before their interview, an increase from 58.7 million in 2009 and 56.4 million in 2008. Of the 58.7 million in 2009, 48.6 million (82.8%) were aged 18—64 years. Among persons aged 18—64 years with family incomes two to three times the federal poverty level (approximately $43,000—$65,000 for a family of four in 2009), 9.7 million (32.1%) were uninsured for at least part of the preceding year. Persons aged 18—64 years with no health insurance during the preceding year were seven times as likely (27.6% versus 4.0%) as those continuously insured to forgo needed health care because of cost. Among persons aged 18—64 years with diabetes mellitus, those who had no health insurance during the preceding year were six times as likely (47.5% versus 7.7%) to forgo needed medical care as those who were continuously insured.
Conclusions: An increasing number of persons in the United States, including those at middle income levels, have had periods with no health insurance coverage in recent years, which is associated with increased levels of forgone health care. Persons aged 18—64 years with chronic conditions and without consistent health insurance coverage are much more likely to forgo needed medical care than persons with the same conditions and continuous coverage.
Here is Tim Wise's response to the recent elections. Yea, he's angry, but he also speaks truth. The smug white people who have always considered this country their private preserve are an endangered species, he says. The demographic trends cannot be denied. In 40 years white folks will become a minority in this country. So enjoy it while you can, Bubba, your days of driving the bus are numbered.
An Open Letter to the White Right, On the Occasion of Your Recent, Successful Temper Tantrum
Posted on November 3, 2010
*NOTE: PLEASE RE-READ THE TITLE OF THIS ESSAY BEFORE GOING FURTHER. NOTICE, IT IS AIMED AT THE WHITE RIGHT. NOT ALL WHITE PEOPLE. ANYONE WHO THINKS THIS ESSAY IS “ANTI-WHITE PEOPLE,” AS OPPOSED TO THAT SEGMENT OF THE WHITE COMMUNITY THAT IS RIGHT WING, CANNOT READ PLAIN ENGLISH. PLEASE TRY AGAIN.*
For all y’all rich folks, enjoy that champagne, or whatever fancy ass Scotch you drink.
And for y’all a bit lower on the economic scale, enjoy your Pabst Blue Ribbon, or whatever shitty ass beer you favor.
Whatever the case, and whatever your economic station, know this…
You need to drink up.
Because your time is limited.
Real damned limited.
So party while you can, but mind the increasingly loud clock ticking away in the corners of your consciousness.
The clock that reminds you how little time you and yours have left.
Not much more now.
I know, you think you’ve taken “your country back” with this election — and of course you have always thought it was yours for the taking, cuz that’s what we white folks are bred to believe, that it’s ours, and how dare anyone else say otherwise — but you are wrong.
You have won a small battle in a larger war the meaning of which you do not remotely understand.
‘Cuz there is nothing even slightly original about you.
There have always been those who wanted to take the country back.
There were those who, in past years, wanted to take the country back to a time of enslavement and indentured servitude.
But they lost.
There were those who wanted to take us back to a time when children could be made to work in mines and factories, when workers had no legal rights to speak of, when the skies in every major city were heavy with industrial soot that would gather on sidewalks and windowsills like volcanic ash.
But they lost.
There were those who wanted to take us back to a time when women could not vote, or attend any but a few colleges, or get loans in their own names, or start their own businesses.
But they lost.
There were those who wanted to take us back to a time when blacks “had no rights that the white man was bound to respect,” — this being the official opinion of the Supreme Court before those awful days of judicial activism, now decried by the likes of you — and when people of color could legally be kept from voting solely because of race, or holding certain jobs, or living in certain neighborhoods, or run out of other towns altogether when the sun would go down, or be strung up from trees.
But they lost.
And you will lose.
So make a note of it.
Tweet it to yourself.
Put it on your Facebook wall and leave it there so you’ll remember that I told you so.
It is coming, and soon.
This isn’t hubris. It isn’t ideology. It is not wishful thinking.
It is math.
Not even advanced math. Just simple, basic, like 3rd grade math.
The kind of math that proves how your kind — mostly older white folks beholden to an absurd, inaccurate, nostalgic fantasy of what America used to be like — are dying.
You’re like the bad guy in every horror movie ever made, who gets shot five times, or stabbed ten, or blown up twice, and who will eventually pass — even if it takes four sequels to make it happen — but who in the meantime keeps coming back around, grabbing at our ankles as we walk by, we having been mistakenly convinced that you were finally dead this time.
Fair enough, and have at it. But remember how this movie ends.
Our ankles survive.
You do not.
Fresh from the blog of Charleston family court lawyer Gregory Forman, another insightful look at family law in South Carolina:
Posted Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Child Custody, Law and Culture, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, Of Interest to General Public
I happily represent a number of parents in family court whom the general population would label perverts. Perhaps this is a result of my growing up in what may have been the most sexually accepting bourgeois society in American history (the San Fernando Valley in the late 1970’s: think Boogie Nights). There’s a tremendous amount of sexual behavior that doesn’t interest me but doesn’t bother me either. You can get a decent feel for the sort of odd behaviors some of my clients engage in by reading Dan Savage’s excellent sex advice column, Savage Love. Whenever Dan writes about some previously-unknown-to-me sexual thrill—like sticking electric current up one’s urethra—there’s a pretty good chance I will be representing someone in the next few years who gets off on that.
Perhaps because of where and when I grew up, I find such kinks more bemusing than disgusting. I have a hard time picturing the woman who’s perusing some web site searching photographs of genitalia that hopeful suitors have posted—but evidently such women exist and I have some clients who post photos of their genitalia with the dream of meeting such women.
…And then there are pedophiles. These are people, generally men, who are sexually excited by children or involve children in their sexual behaviors. Short of castration, chemical or physical, medicine has not developed solid methods of keeping such folks safe to be around children. Assuming that pedophile is no more a “choice” than any other sexual preference, the plight of pedophiliacs is somewhat tragic but that doesn’t mean that family law shouldn’t be doing everything in its power to keep pedophiles away from children....
There is an incredible new site created by the League of Women Voters to answer all — and I do mean all — questions you have about voting laws and related issues in South Carolina. I am talking about Vote411.org. Have a question about absentee ballots, early voting, voting eligibility, location of polling places? It's all right here on one site, and much more. Please check it out and tell your friends about it. This is one-stop shopping for the voting citizen.