August 04, 2005


California's Insurance Commissioner released a report (available here) on the state of insurance for Californians. The report is an incredibly biased and opinionated report. It even admits on page 4 that "This is not a neutral presentation of the facts." . . . .I'm not making this up. In the same paragraph it goes on to say that the report is Garamendi's "views and opinions." Wow.

Garamendi doesn't hesitate to beat the drum of class warfare. On page 6 he states that "We are already well on our way to having an inequitable health care system where the wealthy live and prosper while others are priced out." [read: the poor will not live and prosper] Garamendi also resurrects (without providing any clarity) the ominous claim that 45 million Americans lack health insurance coverage on page 6. (I discuss this 45 million number here)

I'm going to dig into the report and see what other misrepresentations it contains.

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August 02, 2005


You can't homeschool your kids in Germany. This from the country that thinks itself more civilized than the U.S. Of course, the teachers unions in this state have always fought homeschooling.

According to the petty tyrants, "The parents’ right to personally educate their children would prevent the children from growing up to be responsible individuals within society.” Talk about a non sequitur.

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August 01, 2005


Well, I am an anarchist according to this quiz, with my Green side pulling in a distant second. I think the results are a bit screwy because several questions are too vague to answer with certainty:

(#16) Should people control the government? [As opposed to robots? Hamsters? What, do people not control the government when it is an oligarchy?]

(#22) Do you believe violence is an appropriate way to gain power? [How big is the boot of oppression? Is it the Hillary Clinton type of namby-pamby regulatory abuse ("Eat your fucking vegatables, now!")? Or the Daily Kos type ("They work for Halliburton [or Big Tobacco, Big Pharma, Big Food, Big anything]. Screw them and their rights.")?]

(#23) Do you believe in the use of propaganda? [huh? You mean, like, marketing? Agressive marketing? Or do you mean lying?]

I think that it is much more instructive to ask people these questions:

- Do you think the United States Constitution grants the Federal Government the power to dictate how many gallons of water a toilet should hold?

- Do you believe the United States Constitution says what it means or means what you say?

Anypoop, nobody is asking me to create a quiz so this may be for nothing.

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