March 30th, 2010

#2004: That makes sense. Wait--no, it doesn't.

Obama signs federal takeover of student loans.
President Barack Obama prepared Tuesday to sign the piece of his sweeping health care overhaul that makes the government the primary lender to students and strips banks of that power.
Yeah, because nothing says "health care overhaul" like socializing the student loan business.

First, I don't understand why this needs a separate signature. After all, this was passed as part of ObamaCare. Shouldn't his signature on the socialized medicine law be enough?

Second, I don't understand how socializing student loans is "part" of ObamaCare.

Third, if Obama has to sign this separately from ObamaCare in order for it to become law, how can it have passed with the same vote as ObamaCare? Doesn't this mean they're two different pieces of legislation? As I understand the Constitution, each piece of legislation has to pass an up-or-down vote in both houses of Congress before the President can sign it into law.

To be sure, the irregularities with the socialization of student loans are miniscule in comparison with the issues ObamaCare has--in constitutionality alone--so this is probably going to get lost in the shuffle.

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Business in America is already taking the hit from ObamaCare. And one commentor pointed out something:

"'The legislation, which calls for a $2,000 per employee fine for failure to insure full-time workers (30 hours or more a week)' I see a 29 hour work week in their future."

Welcome to the brave new world of ObamaCare!

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California and other border states need to enforce the immigration laws. Right now, they don't.

I've just about made up my mind that the United States needs to put up a serious barrier on the US-Mexico border. I'm talking about razor wire, electrified fences, trenches, moats, and mine fields. Put up signs every 50 yards which say, in English and Spanish, "IF YOU PASS THIS FENCE YOU WILL DIE." Have guards posted in towers with night vision goggles and rifles with orders to shoot at anything human-shaped which attempts to cross. If someone tries to cross and gets blown up, shot, or electrocuted, he's left there.

Hell yes I'm serious. I don't give a rat's ass if Mexico would like it or not. After all, what's Mexico going to do about it, anyway?

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New ep of V tonight at 9 PM central time. I still don't know what I think of that show. I wonder how many episodes they'll show this time before running out of new ones? When they started the series they showed a grand total of four.

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I have a hankering--finally--to watch some anime, and I think the coughing has subsided to the point I can risk it. Since the WoW servers are down until 1 PM, I might as well watch something entertaining.

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Well, the first quarter of the year is just about over. My health insurance rises to $460 per quarter, which is about $15 more than it was last time.

I expect the July bill to be significantly higher. I wouldn't be surprised if it topped $600--in which case I'll have to re-evaluate my health insurance situation. And this isn't even that great of a health plan. Forget "Cadillac" coverage; this is barely Chevrolet coverage. My deductible is $2,000 for crying out loud.

And if the July bill is not, the October one will be.

Thanks, Democrats.

#2005: Hilarious cosplay photos

The best one first! I laughed out loud at this. The guy in the second photo was dressed as Sakura Kinomoto (Cardcaptor Sakura) at AnimeIowa 2003. It was scary.

The Silver Surfer one is a gift that keeps on giving. O Lord.

It reminds me of a Halloween party I went to in 1986 or 1987. One of my friends decided to go as Merlin from Excalibur, so he bought a fake beard, a cape, and heavy aluminum foil to make a skullcap; he mounted a styrofoam sphere on a mop handle for the staff. Then he stuck the beard to his face with electrical tape--

hhuh huh HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA ACK COUGH COUGH COUGH COUGH COUGH COUGH COUGH COUGH COUGH COUGH

*wheeze*

...stuck the beard to his face with ele...el...BAAA HA HA HA HA HA HA COUGH COUGH COUGH COUGH

o gawd i am slain

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Obama's statements have expiration dates.

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....oh shit i can't stop laughing, make it stop COUGH COUGH COUGH COUGH COUGH COUGH COUGH COUGH

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Boortz links an article demonstrating that Obama is ignorant and dismissive of any and all negative effects of his policies.
"My CEO sat with the President over lunch with two other CEOs, and each of them tried to explain to the President what this bill would do to our companies and the economy in general. First the President didn't understand what they were talking about. Then he basically told my boss he was lying. Frankly my boss was embarrassed for him; he clearly had not been briefed and didn't know what was in the bill."
This kind of arrogance doesn't bode well for us. We've got this turkey in the Oval Office at least until January 20, 2013. Until then, it's Amateur Hour in the White House. *sigh*



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...that made me stop laughing, finally. O God that was horrible. I couldn't stop laughing; and so I alternated between laughing and coughing. I had tears and snot and mucus coming out of all the various holes in my face and my pulmonary system was stuck in an infinite loop. Jesus. I shouldn't have looked at the Silver Surfer again.

Actually the thing that did it was remembering that dude with the fake beard stuck to his face with elel... elec--oh no

HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA COUGH COUGH COUGH COUGH COUGH COUGH COUGH COUGH

....--trical tape. And when he'd talk, the beard would make this idiotic flapping motion that looked like someone had stuck a semaphore flag to his face.

Electrical tape. Jesus.

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Anyway, I was able to watch anime and laugh at it without coughing my lungs out. I don't know: I thought I was getting better, but this morning I started with the hacking cough again. So I've bought the fourth bottle of guaifenesin cough syrup.

The total taken so far:

1.5 bottles of dextromethorphan syrup
3.5 bottles of guaifenesin syrup

As I said in a prior post, I have never before had a cold where I needed to use all of one bottle of cough syrup. And for this one I've used five.

On the other hand, I seem to recall the dosage of cough syrup being a bit less voluminous, like one teaspoon or so. The dose for the guaifenesin is four teaspoons; take that crap every six hours and you're going through a 4 oz. bottle in pretty short order. (I've been averaging two or three doses per day.)

I'm eagerly anticipating being over this damn cold, but it's lingering on like a bad song. Argh etc.