Wednesday, September 9, 2009

The halls of justice.

WASHINGTON – Americans would be fined up to $3,800 for failing to buy health insurance under a plan that circulated in Congress on Tuesday as divisions among Democrats undercut President Barack Obama's effort to regain traction on his health care overhaul.
As Obama talked strategy with Democratic leaders at the White House, the one idea that most appeals to his party's liberal base lost ground in Congress. Prospects for a government-run plan to compete with private insurers sank as a leading moderate Democrat said he could no longer support the idea.
Just so we agree, let's assume that people without health care are (a) unemployed (b) poor or (c) people with shit jobs who can't afford or aren't offered heath insurance. Agreed? Good.
So now, our government says, "Let's fine people for being poor or out of work." Nice. Sometimes I'd like to tell people I'm from Europe.
Earlier, a judge in Delaware sided with big-time sports in an effort to block gambling:
The U.S. Court of Appeals decision on sports betting will limit Delaware sports betting to a three-game bet on National Football League games. That was in keeping with a previous effort by the state to offer sports lottery games, according to a decision released by the Court of Appeals in Philadelphia.Delaware sought to widen betting to all sports and allow one-game bets in an effort to become "Las Vegas East.." The court decision was based on a federal law that limited sports betting to areas where it had previously existed, essentially giving Nevada a monopoly on such bets.
Let's get this straight, so we'll all know. The court is saying that it's OK to bet on three games but not OK to bet on one. That makes good nonsense. My guess is that it's because you have a better chance of winning one game than three. Good - now let's move on.
EUGENE, Ore. - Oregon suspended running back LeGarrette Blount on Friday for the remainder of season for punching Boise State defensive end Byron Hout.
As Boise State began celebrating on their famous blue turf, Hout yelled in Blount's face and tapped him on the shoulder pad. Before Broncos head coach Chris Petersen could pull Hout away, Blount landed a right to Hout's jaw, knocking him to his knees.
Fair enough, right? Maybe ...
Hout will not be suspended for taunting Blount. Boise State spokesman Max Corbet told The Associated Press in an e-mail that Petersen planned to spend time with Hout this week to help him learn from what happened.
The guy who threw the punch gets suspended for the season, but the guy who provoked it walks away clean. Meanwhile, Blount is suspended but ... gets to practice with the team. He can't play the games but he gets to practice. Donte Stallworth ran over a guy while drunk and was suspended by the NFL for an entire season. Michael Vick was convicted for killing dogs as part of a dog fighting operation that he funded and was suspended for 2 games.
I'm tired now.

2 comments:

Handsome B. Wonderful said...

Sometimes...I want to MOVE to Europe but ironically I heard it's hard to get into European countries. If they were such "failures" as the conservatives say then wouldn't they be taking anyone and everyone to fill their workforce, etc? They're not. They're very stringent in who they let in.

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