When candles flicker, where the air is deathly still...
This is the time when ghosts are present...
And beware of hitch-hiking ghosts!
"Elect us, hold us accountable, and make a judgment and then go from there. But I do tell you that if the Democrats win and have substantial majorities, Congress of the United States will be more bipartisan," said Pelosi.Thanks for clearing that up.
Hawaii ending universal child health care
HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii is dropping the only state universal child health care program in the country just seven months after it launched.
Gov. Linda Lingle's administration cited budget shortfalls and other available health care options for eliminating funding for the program. A state official said families were dropping private coverage so their children would be eligible for the subsidized plan.
"People who were already able to afford health care began to stop paying for it so they could get it for free," said Dr. Kenny Fink, the administrator for Med-QUEST at the Department of Human Services. "I don't believe that was the intent of the program."
Let me just repeat this one key quote: "People who were already able to afford health care began to stop paying for it so they could get it for free."
And you were surprised this happened?
Spirit of the Age [Mark Steyn]
From Britain's Daily Mail:
A gardener has been ordered by council chiefs to remove three foot high barbed wire ringing his allotment - in case thieves scratch themselves climbing over it.
Shouldn't that principle apply to prisons, too?
“In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem. From time to time we've been tempted to believe that society has become too complex to be managed by self-rule, that government by an elite group is superior to government for, by, and of the people. Well, if no one among us is capable of governing himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else? All of us together, in and out of government, must bear the burden. The solutions we seek must be equitable, with no one group singled out to pay a higher price.”
- Ronald Reagan
While assessing Ike's impact on the lake, Whitman noted that "The velocity and height of a tributary emptying into Lake Michigan at Portage, Indiana went off the chart. We measured a tremendous amount of sediment accumulation near Ogden Dunes."A minor footnote in the record of Ike's passing, to be sure; but a plain reminder of the lasting and unusual power of a hurricane.