Thursday, November 29, 2007

Bacon Can Save Your Life

No, really...

A researcher at the University of Texas at Houston says bacon can actually help save your life during a heart attack.

Dr. Nathan Bryan claims nitrates found in bacon form a gas, which can re-open blocked arteries.

Early research indicates the nitrates in bacon cause cancer, but Dr. Bryan says this research is false.

"You should not avoid eating bacon because of the nitrite content. If anything, the nitrite content is what protects our heart during a heart attack," he says.
More info here.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Great Moments in Reading Comprehension

Coattails Limbaugh:

Solicitor Romulo Diaz said, "While we respect the right of the Boy Scouts to prohibit participation in its activities by homosexuals, we will not subsidize that discrimination by passing on the costs to the people of Philadelphia."

The solicitor apparently doesn't care that the Supreme Court has ruled that the Scouts have a right to exclude homosexuals...

Monday, November 12, 2007

Friday, November 9, 2007

Rescissions

Your free market health insurance...

One of the state's largest health insurers set goals and paid bonuses based in part on how many individual policyholders were dropped and how much money was saved.

Woodland Hills-based Health Net Inc. avoided paying $35.5 million in medical expenses by rescinding about 1,600 policies between 2000 and 2006. During that period, it paid its senior analyst in charge of cancellations more than $20,000 in bonuses based in part on her meeting or exceeding annual targets for revoking policies, documents disclosed Thursday showed.

The revelation that the health plan had cancellation goals and bonuses comes amid a storm of controversy over the industry-wide but long-hidden practice of rescinding coverage after expensive medical treatments have been authorized.

These cancellations have been the recent focus of intense scrutiny by lawmakers, state regulators and consumer advocates. Although these "rescissions" are only a small portion of the companies' overall business, they typically leave sick patients with crushing medical bills and no way to obtain needed treatment.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Chumps

Pat Leahy edition...

Congratulations are in order: Leahy and the White House will soon celebrate the one year anniversary of Leahy's November 15, 2006, request for “any and all Department of Justice directives, memoranda, and/or guidance . . . regarding CIA detention and/or interrogation methods.” So a Happy Torture Policy Stonewalling Day to Pat and everyone in the Bush Administration!

Monday, November 5, 2007

Better Reporting Please

Once again ... is it too much to ask that a Peter Dreier, Professor of Politics at Occidental College, posting at the Huffington Post or that our respected and valued Tristero at Digby's place point out to their readers that Article II, Section 1 of the US Constitution says that only "the Legislature thereof" may change the manner of selecting electors... ?

Professor Dreier is particularly remiss when he includes this...

"There's nothing in the Constitution that requires states to divvy up their electoral votes a certain way. Currently, Maine (with four electoral votes) and Nebraska (with five) allocate their electoral votes based on the popular vote in Congressional districts, but neither state has had a split vote in any of the last five elections. All other states have adopted the winner-take-all system."

...without so much as mentioning the Art. II, Sec. 1 requirement that the Legislature must make the change.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Maureen Dowd

Sorry, but your shit does too stink...

Sadly, Yes...

B. Rocket at Sadly, No!

"Incidentally, if Bush started rounding up opposition politicians, you get the feeling that the Democrats would willingly jail themselves."