Shorter Question Everything
• Astronaut Neil Armstrong, first man to walk on moon, dies at age 82. His death followed complications from heart-bypass surgery he underwent this month, Armstrong’s family said today in a statement released by NASA. The first public report of Armstrong’s death came via NBC News’ Cape Canaveral correspondent, Jay Barbree, a longtime friend. Armstrong has been immortalized in human history as the first human to set foot on a celestial body beyond Earth. “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind,” he radioed back to Earth from the moon on July 20, 1969.
• Promises: “It’s a promise that was made long ago. You work hard, pay in. Your Medicare benefits are guaranteed. But Mitt Romney would break that promise…replace your benefits with a voucher.Insurance companies could just keep raising rates. .Instead of a guarantee, seniors could pay sixty four hundred dollars more a year. AARP says the plan Mitt Romney supports undermines Medicare. Mitt Romney. An end to the Medicare Promise.”
• Seeing GOP talking heads spew out the pathetic talking point that any changes to Medicare under Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan would “only affect people 55 and under” was bad enough — we’re to believe that today’s voting grandmas and grandpas should be A-OK with screwing their kids and grandkids — it is also a lie, since they leave out the impact of repealing the Affordable Care Act, which they intend to do. But why should we be surprised.
A group of doctors and health care advocates protested outside a private health clinic in Vancouver Monday, demanding the clinic stop treating patients who are willing to pay for services that are normally covered by the public system.
The Cambie Surgical Centre is one of two private clinics ordered by the medical services commission to stop extra billing. Monday is the 30-day deadline for the clinic to comply. Ryan Jabs, a spokesman for the B.C. Ministry of Health, said the province would proceed with an injunction to enforce the order “shortly,” but couldn’t elaborate.
“There is an issue of equity and justice there, and it’s also against the law,” said family physician Dr. Vanessa Brcic, who was at the protest.
“So we’re drawing attention to that … asking the public to be aware that the government in not enforcing, it is endorsing a two-tier health care system in Canada.”
She says the extra billing is eroding Canada’s public health care system.
“Because what ends up happening with clinics like these is that those who can pay do pay and move to front of the line,” she said.
“What that does is provide exclusive care for them by doctors and nurses who are taken out of the public system to provide care for the wealthiest folks, and everyone else ends up waiting longer.”
…Dr. Brian Day, the medical director of the clinics, has said he has no intention to stop the practice. The clinics have already launched a legal challenge of the province’s health care laws.
Day said he welcomes the injunction application because it will speed up his case and he’s confident of victory.
[Even in this, he wants to jump the line.]
Right wing buffoonery:
• An open letter to the people who hate Obama more than they love America: Frankly, you disgust me. Your hatred nauseates me. Your bigotry offends me. Your racism revolts me. Dear haters, I am openly questioning your patriotism. I think you hate gays, Obama, black people, poor people, all of us, women, atheists and agnostics, Latinos, Muslims, Liberals, all of us, I think you hate every one who isn’t exactly like you, and I think you hate us more than you love your country.
• Besides making his Mormon faith now an issue in the campaign, Romney is ignoring both his own recent history of releasing a few years of returns as well as the precedent that his own father set when he released twelve years of tax returns. Were Mitt Romney and his own father bad Mormons when they previously released tax documents, and if it was fine with their religion before why is it not fine now? Did the Mormons change their minds in order to influence the 2012 election?
• Maryland Republican Don Dwyer,who thinks gays are a threat to children, gets drunk and crashes his boat into children. Dwyer, a Tea Party Republican, has in the past suggested that homosexuals were a threat to children and that same-sex marriage would lead to homosexuality being taught in schools. Maryland delegate Don H. Dwyer Jr was drinking with another man on his boat on the Magothy River in Pasadena around 7pm when his boat struck a smaller vessel with five children on board.
• Huckabee said he spoke directly with NRSC officials this week and was assured that they would begin to dial back their offensive against Akin. He said party officials specifically told him they would stop pressuring Akin’s consultants and campaign vendors to drop the congressman as a client.
• Or – everyone that Ryan claims to like wants nothing at all to do with him: [N]obody who ever actually was any part of any zeitgeist ever gave a flying fuck about Kid Rock… [w]hich is why this is so pathetic: PONTIAC, Mich. – Kid Rock, who will play at the GOP convention in Tampa and is the artist behind Mitt Romney’s campaign song “Born Free,” made an appearance at Paul Ryan’s fundraiser here in Michigan Friday. According to a pool report, Kid Rock – whose real name is Robert Ritchie – introduced Ryan at the fundraiser, held at the Oakland Hills Country Club.
Bits and pieces:
• Tropical Storm Isaac is likely to be a Category 2 hurricane when it hits the Florida Keys later Sunday, forecasters said, with a wide swath of the Gulf Coast now on full alert.
• Syrian Vice President Farouk Al-Sharaa has made his first public appearance in several weeks, ending rumors that he defected. Al-Sharaa was last seen at the funeral of four top Syrian government officials who were killed in a blast in Damascus on July 18. Since then, speculation has circulated that he defected to Jordan in what would have been a blow to Bashar Assad’s regime.