Philip Dru: At some point, Mr. Stinnett, somebody’s got to ask, what makes us better than the Germans? If we provoke every war that we’ve fought since the Mexican-American War?
Robert Stinnett: Well, that’s what my book is about, and I want your listeners and my readers to be aware of all this so that they can form their own opinions and do away with all this 60 years of censorship we’ve had on Pearl Harbor.
Usually on or around December 7th, hit or miss going back to 2003, Scott Horton interviews Robert Stinnett on his radio program. The 2003 interview podcast, which was a full hour, is thankfully still available on the Internet Archive (e.g. here). At that time Scott was using the on-air pseudonym Philip Dru, Administrator. Transcript below the fold. Read below the fold...
ObamaCare Clusterfuck: 10% of ObamaCare Federal enrollments could contain coverage-preventing errors
An estimated 10 percent of all enrollments now being made on the federal Obamacare marketplace contain data errors that could delay people from actually getting health coverage, officials disclosed Friday.
And that error rate for enrollments submitted via HealthCare.gov and then sent to insurers before December was an estimated 25 percent, officials revealed.
The rate fell in the past week, officials said, because of repair efforts to HealthCare.gov's, particular the discovery and fix of one particular software problem that was causing an estimated 80 percent of data errors, officials said.*
But both past and present error rates are much higher than 1 percent, the rate which insurers considered to be unacceptable when doing business outside the Obamacare exchanges. And they are raising serious questions about whether significant numbers of people will actually be without insurance Jan. 1 despite believing they have enrolled.
So, you roll up to the hospital in your ambulance thinking you're covered, and what then? Don't worry, we'll straighten out the paperwork later? Why don't I think this will work? Read below the fold...
The BLS Report Covering November 2013: Effects of the Government Shutdown Fade, Part Time Work Increases
In the household survey on employment, seasonally unadjusted, the October government shutdown took out expected October highs and created losses in numerous categories. In November, these were largely reversed. The biggest ongoing hit is to the labor force which is still 490,000 smaller than it was in September. And while employment increased, unadjusted, 631,000, most of this was in part time jobs (554,000). Read below the fold...
Why can’t we celebrate our victories? Everytime some blogger gets ahead, he or she is attacked for shortcomings real and imagined.
You don’t have to have an uncritical view of Greenwald to be thrilled with his success. Let's look at what happened. He started with a blogspot blog and built an audience to such an extent that he was picked up by Salon and then The Guardian. His willingness to focus on civil liberties no matter what had garnered him many enemies, including Twitter obots making unfunny jokes about sending a drone to Brazil. It takes real nerve to persevere in the face of that, even if you do have a nice paying gig. Read below the fold...
In the continuing saga of cleaning my kitchen so that it doesn't look like the kind of horror show you read about in the newspapers where people say "He pretty much kept to himself," or "He seemed nice enough, but never allowed anyone into the house," I've now not only exposed the wood floor, but swept it!
But victory is not yet mine; now the floor must be cleaned. Trust me on this, we're not talking Jimmy's black heelmarks here: It's ground-in dirt, mud from the winter, soil from the garden, but above all general filth and ash from hauling in the wood, and then burning it. Read below the fold...
I have to confess that I was not politically conscious, really, between 1971 or so and 1998 (and since I started following politics again after the Republicans impeached Clinton over a blowjob as part of the long-running, media-fuelled coup that culiminated with Bush v. Gore, it took me a long while to break free of the idea that the Democrats were the good guys).
So any encomiums from me would be from a position of ignorance. What is overwhelmingly clear is that we have no politicians of his stature anywhere in the Western world today. Nowhere close. Here's his "I am prepared to die" speech, given to the Court ("My Lord) in 1964 when he was in the dock for sabotage, for which he was sentenced to life in prison. Read below the fold...
And de Blasio knows he’ll get some political benefits from picking Bratton. After running a far left [BWA-HA-HA-HA!!!] campaign built on bashing New York’s controversial “stop and frisk” policy, de Blasio will reassure centrist, law-and-order New Yorkers by appointing the man who invented stop and frisk in the first place. (See Bratton’s loose use of turnstile-jumping busts as a way to search subway passengers for weapons without overtly violating the 4th amendment).
(Followed by a whole bunch of speculation that Bratton might run for mayor himself.)
I am starting to think that the discourse of our political class is insane, not metaphorically, but clinically. (This started with Obama's presser on November 14.) Read below the fold...
Fred Klonsky has been all over the proposed pension theft scheme in Illinois. All these Illinois Democrats were elected by teachers, firefighters, police, et al. Why do public employees, or anyone else vote for Illinois Democrats?
Or Detroit, which just elected someone noted for the privatization experience. Why did they elect someone they knew would pillage their city?
I really do not understand it, what will take in order for people to learn that the Democratic party is irredeemably corrupt? Read below the fold...
The WSJ Op-Ed from Third Way weasels that sparked the "controversy":
If you talk to leading progressives these days, you'll be sure to hear this message: The Democratic Party should embrace the economic populism of New York Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Such economic populism, they argue, should be the guiding star for Democrats heading into 2016. Nothing would be more disastrous for Democrats.Read below the fold...
Louis Scarcella, Brooklyn homicide detective (retired), was not a guy you would want to meet, especially if you were a person of color who was innocent of a crime that needed to be cleared. (Cops dislike inventory just like Walmart dislikes unsold crap).
If you have not been following the saga, Scarcella had amassed a remarkable,( indeed incredible...) series of successes bringing quick arrests and smooth convictions in hundreds of homicides. Read below the fold...
The state's top three Democrats made it clear Tuesday they are backing John Lewis in the party's primary for U.S. House.
Lewis, who lives in Helena, is a former staffer for U.S. Sen. Max Baucus. He is running for the open House seat in 2014.
Democrat Melinda Gopher, of Missoula, has also said she will run for the House. The writer and Native American activist finished third in a Democratic primary for the seat in 2010 after raising little money for the race.
Baucus, U.S. Sen. Jon Tester and Gov. Steve Bullock said they are backing Lewis.
Baucus said Lewis is problem-solver [gag, spew] who will serve the state well. Tester said he will "put responsible decision-making ahead of partisanship," [cough] and Bullock said he chose to back Lewis because he is committed to public service.
Lewis has not held elected office before. He has said he is running to cut the debt and deficit, and to bring reasoned debate to issues important to Montana.
Gopher has said she would prefer a government-run single-payer health care system, and is making clean energy and climate change among her top priorities.
So, let's replace Max Baucus with ... Max Baucus! Read below the fold...