Saturday, October 25, 2008

READER COMMENTS

AMERICA'S CONSTITUTION FREE ZONE

This dates back to the Nixon era with his attempts to make the Secret Service a branch of US Customs and thus circumvent issues about warrants. From the 1970's on, US Customs agents have regularly worked with DEA for the same reason. The boundaries of the map shown fail to include several cities located within the heartland that are classified as international ports of call and thereby also fall within the bailiwick of US Customs. Many of the major cities within the Ohio, Mississippi, Missouri, Arkansas river systems fall into this category.

We are feeling "The Zone" on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State. - Alex, Port Hadlock

Actually, it's even worse than that -- did you know that Lewiston, Idaho is, for example, an international port? And that every airport with flights from terrorists states (like Canada, UK, etc.) in the country is considered a point of entry, so no doubt the 100-mile rule will apply around them soon enough too.

HOCKEY MOM PALIN BUYS $3000 LOUIS VUITTON HANDBAG FOR HER SIX YEAR OLD

This is what happens when Mr./Mrs. Joe Sixpack are given unlimited access to the public purse strings, people.

BRAD PITT'S NEW ORLEANS HOMES MOVE AHEAD:

$100K and up doesn't sound like these houses are gonna be of much help to those who were--and continue--to be hardest hit by Katrina's miserable aftermath, i.e. the poor. I think some readers need to rub the Brangelina stardust from their eyes and stop to consider just how much good this project is actually going to do--and for whom.

MCCAIN WAS BORN WITH A SILVER THERMOMETER IN HIS MOUTH

My father was a veteran of the USS Arizona in the period just prior to the war and saw service in the Mediterranean, North Atlantic, and Pacific during the war. My uncle served in John Sidney McCain's fleet during the Philippine campaign. Another uncle served in the Army during the Great Depression and later under Patten's command in WWII. Of one thing they were all of accord, health care in the military of that era, if extant at all, was a complete abomination. The concept of dental care, for example, at the time was; "if it hurts, pull it out."

This is not a defense of Senator McCain---it is a defense of the truth. What good, and to what end does distortion and misinformation serve to advance the cause of a reasonable system of single payer universal health care? Exaggeration and lies are not necessary, and in fact prove counter-productive, when one is advocating truth.

Often the healthcare given to lower rank military personel and the healthcare given to top brass and their families are not quite equal. Top brass and their families generally get better care. Why are presidents sent to military hospitals? Because great care is available to the "right" people.

Regardless, one can spend a fortune on health care in this country and still get the same quality of care, as the poor quality military medical care offered to enlisted personnel. Nobody should pay for care like that. The fact that McCain has never had to fork over hundreds of dollars a month on incomplete healthcare coverage gives him an unrealistic view of the whole issue.


1 Comments:

At October 28, 2008 5:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kudos to the Brad Pitt commenter. The same thought crossed my mind when I read this piece. The well-off in NOLA have enough resources to help them already, without Mr. Pitt. If he's truly concerned with aiding these people why not bend his efforts and considerable wealth towards aiding the neediest rather than the upper middle-class?

 

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