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Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Daily Trek 091504

Sooo, taking out the garbage last night and I notice the bathroom garbage has a popsicle stick and wrapper in it. Now keep in mind this isn't a bathroom one would walk past - you have to go out of your way to get to this bathroom. My question, did someone have a popsicle while using the bathroom? Just sitting there eating a popsicle and decide you have to go NOW! Or are we just too busy to do one thing at a time and have to multitask everything.

I tried but I can't tastefully transition into today's Trek so here it is.

The Trek:

Drudge is reporting on Ivan the Terrible:

Remember all the heat the US took when we bombed the aspirin factory in Sudan - we believed that Bin Laden was funding Saddam's scientists manufacture chemical weapons in this plant. Well it turns out that
Syria tested chemical weapons on civilians in Sudan's troubled western Darfur region in June and killed dozens of people.

The German daily Die Welt newspaper, in an advance release of its Wednesday edition, citing unnamed western security sources, said that injuries apparently caused by chemical arms were found on the bodies of the victims.

Wonder where the weapons come from - Saddam's were scattered or Did anyone stop to consider that in this modern era perhaps Saddam was the king of outsourcing! Avoid accountability until the sanctions were lifted or no one was looking and just ship them back in! Chemicals in Sudan, nuclear in Libya, and biological at home!

From NRO's The Corner This is the great system the Democrats would have us copy!
Amazing: Reuters is running a story admitting that Canada’s health care system is in misery – “creaking alarmingly, with long wait lists for treatment, and shortages of cash and doctors” – and citing a study by the “right-wing” Fraser Institute that the “average waiting time for treatment in 2003 rose to 17.7 weeks from 16.5 weeks in 2002.” Nice of Reuters to come around to the sorry truth about the country’s insane system.

Posted at 03:52 PM

UPDATE EconoPundit Points out:
I know I've argued about the reliability of the health insurance numbers, but now we get this from impeccable sources. The Bureau of Census now reports 15% of the population have no regular medical care and routinely flood emergency rooms with routine problems.

No -- wait I got it wrong! That wasn't the US Census Bureau -- it was Statistics Canada describing problems with Canada's single payer system, where the average waiting time for specialize procedures is about 18 weeks!

Now imagine a system where you knew the price of your routine healthcare and could shop around because the money was coming out of an account you owned! Same with meds - if 10 do the same thing why not shop for price! Catastrophic and chronic would be paid by a much cheaper insurance policy. You own it you keep it! Bring competition back into the market and help regulate costs without stifling research and development. (This is the Bush plan BTW) Just consider the dramatic drop on R&D if the government limits how much money a company can earn by regulating the price!

From Slings and Arrows:
Everything Is Bush's Fault II

The Great Divide blog:

But global warming --- an enemy whom Bush has refused to acknowledge --- may well be the culprit. Sea surface temperatures in the Atlantic are 5C over recent averages, and are directly responsible for the intensity of recent hurricanes. Scientists predict that this recent warming is likely to last for a couple of decades.

Bush's refusal to accept that global warming exists threatens our planet's existence. In the case of increased hurricane activity, his ignorance is deadly.

I am not going to say I told you so, but...

Of course I debunked this yesterday with this link.

RatherGate (yes, I got the superscript bug)
Can I just ask where the Media's hero Walter Cronkite is on all this? It is his CBS that is being trashed by Rathers actions! Wasn't he out flappin his mouth about The President earlier this year (and since Vietnam interjecting his personal views)? I think he would RATHER be eating a popsicle then have to admit what might help Bush!

This update from PittsburghLIVE.com seems like a repeat but it isn't quite:

An opposition research staffer for the Democratic National Committee is said to have received the documents from a retired military officer six weeks ago. Senior DNC and Kerry staff members are said to have reviewed them, the latter supposedly passing them on to "60 Minutes."

Should these memos prove to be the forgeries some think they are, John Kerry will have dug his political grave. So, too, the Democratic Party.

- these memo's have been so completely debunked it makes it hard to say much else. Now it is time to put the Blogsphere to work and force congressional hearings.

Powerline has an analysis of the LA Times (sorry won't link, boycotting along with the NY Times) editorial critical of CBS.

UPDATE: Schieffer: CBS needs to prove memos on Bush were authentic

TAS Prowler: It's Personal Now

Rather's guys are now going after the president of the United States in a way probably no news organization has ever done before. This is now deeply personal to them.
Hmmm, CBS was supposed to have an inportant statement at noon then at 2:30 now it is postponed until 5. I have avoided commenting on this, but I gotta say what the... is up with these guys?

I have said in the past that projecting is a problem for the far left - after all if your censoring someone then of course your scared to death that everyone else is doing it. Michelle Malkin tells us what the people at Borders are admitting to doing - wonder what they aren't admitting to! I think this is the real reason the polls appear so close - the pressure of the looney left for all to conform won't play out in the privacy of the voting booth.

Speaking of being pressured by the loonies - I Lied About Atrocities (Slings & Arrows)

Winter Soldier re-re-re-debunked:

Steven Pitkin, an Army combat veteran, told FOX News that Kerry coached him and others to say they had witnessed war crimes, even after Pitkin told Kerry that he had not.

"Before they started the camera, they told me, 'We need you to speak about the atrocities that happened over there.' The whole company line that I initially came out and said, I was coached to say that over and over again," Pitkin said.

UPDATE 1635: Did you hear John Kerry Changed his postion on Iraq - I think we have gone full circle twice now on this. Playing back to the base is a sure sign of trouble. William Kristol takes you through the nuances!

That is what the wrong war and 200 billion beeping noises were - The Talented Mr. Kerry backing into a position.

UPDATE 1816 Saudis rebuked over lack of religious freedom by the US State Department

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