Operation Gratitude Care Package Weekend!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Whatcha gonna do with all that junk...?

Jamil al-Taqqiyah is a fiery young nonpartisan journalist who regularly reports for NBC, Al-Jazeera and the BBC. Three Beers Later is proud to offer him his first blogging venue. We hope to retain his services in spite of this recent trauma...

My eyes ! My EYES! Allah preserve me, this apalling woman has stolen my penis with her horrible fashion sense!

Why, oh why, was my petition for release from Gitmo granted? What did I ever do to Donald Rumsfeld?

Rule 5 Sunday -- Barbara Bouchet!

The beauteous Barbara Bouchet was one of the goddesses of the European erotic comedy, and still works to this day. Here she has some trouble with a restaurant's dress code...

Friday Night Protest Signs

Funny thing, the lefties across the street, a steadily dwindling group, have absolutely NOTHING to say about the ObamaKill health plan. In fact, their signs haven't changed since before the election. It's as though they're not getting any supervision anymore or something...

Friday, August 21, 2009

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Fuck You Very Much, Mistah Commander in Chief. Sir. (10)

Remember those "Death Panels" the Democratic Party and Barry said were a myth?

They've already started.

From the Wall Street Journal:

If President Obama wants to better understand why America's discomfort with end-of-life discussions threatens to derail his health-care reform, he might begin with his own Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). He will quickly discover how government bureaucrats are greasing the slippery slope that can start with cost containment but quickly become a systematic denial of care.

Last year, bureaucrats at the VA's National Center for Ethics in Health Care advocated a 52-page end-of-life planning document, "Your Life, Your Choices." It was first published in 1997 and later promoted as the VA's preferred living will throughout its vast network of hospitals and nursing homes. After the Bush White House took a look at how this document was treating complex health and moral issues, the VA suspended its use. Unfortunately, under President Obama, the VA has now resuscitated "Your Life, Your Choices."

Who is the primary author of this workbook? Dr. Robert Pearlman, chief of ethics evaluation for the center, a man who in 1996 advocated for physician-assisted suicide in Vacco v. Quill before the U.S. Supreme Court and is known for his support of health-care rationing.

"Your Life, Your Choices" presents end-of-life choices in a way aimed at steering users toward predetermined conclusions, much like a political "push poll." For example, a worksheet on page 21 lists various scenarios and asks users to then decide whether their own life would be "not worth living."

The circumstances listed include ones common among the elderly and disabled: living in a nursing home, being in a wheelchair and not being able to "shake the blues." There is a section which provocatively asks, "Have you ever heard anyone say, 'If I'm a vegetable, pull the plug'?" There also are guilt-inducing scenarios such as "I can no longer contribute to my family's well being," "I am a severe financial burden on my family" and that the vet's situation "causes severe emotional burden for my family."

When the government can steer vulnerable individuals to conclude for themselves that life is not worth living, who needs a death panel?

One can only imagine a soldier surviving the war in Iraq and returning without all of his limbs only to encounter a veteran's health-care system that seems intent on his surrender.

I was not surprised to learn that the VA panel of experts that sought to update "Your Life, Your Choices" between 2007-2008 did not include any representatives of faith groups or disability rights advocates. And as you might guess, only one organization was listed in the new version as a resource on advance directives: the Hemlock Society (now euphemistically known as "Compassion and Choices").

This hurry-up-and-die message is clear and unconscionable. Worse, a July 2009 VA directive instructs its primary care physicians to raise advance care planning with all VA patients and to refer them to "Your Life, Your Choices." Not just those of advanced age and debilitated condition—all patients. America's 24 million veterans deserve better.

Many years ago I created an advance care planning document called "Five Wishes" that is today the most widely used living will in America, with 13 million copies in national circulation. Unlike the VA's document, this one does not contain the standard bias to withdraw or withhold medical care. It meets the legal requirements of at least 43 states, and it runs exactly 12 pages.

After a decade of observing end-of-life discussions, I can attest to the great fear that many patients have, particularly those with few family members and financial resources. I lived and worked in an AIDS home in the mid-1980s and saw first-hand how the dying wanted more than health care—they wanted someone to care.

If President Obama is sincere in stating that he is not trying to cut costs by pressuring the disabled to forgo critical care, one good way to show that commitment is to walk two blocks from the Oval Office and pull the plug on "Your Life, Your Choices." He should make sure in the future that VA decisions are guided by values that treat the lives of our veterans as gifts, not burdens.

People, you have no idea how lonely and isolated a prolonged stay in a government medical facility is. I spent several months visiting Deborah Leigh when she was hospitalized in the VA with a renal infection. Many of the veterans there, especially the olders ones, can go weeks or months without a visit from family or friends, or receive no visits at all. Many of them are facing the prospect of spending the rest of their lives in VA care. For too many of them the only human contact they have is the VA staff... who are now handing them this pamphlet. This is beyond obscene.

Charles Darwin Quits

Noted creator of the phrase "survival of the fittest" offers no explanation.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Obama's Nightmare!

Congressman on Health Care: I Won't Vote to Kill Your Mothers, Wives and Daughters...

Good for him....!

Brace Yourself... Greenpeace Lied!

Um... okay, like... the disappearing arctic ice cap? We were... um... off by a little bit...

By about half a million square kilometers.

Which means these clowns betrayed their nation, their constituents and their party... for nothing.

Thank them Election Day.

Thank God Barry is Threatening Them With Dialogue...

Mystery Ship Caught Carrying Major Nasty to MidEast

Money quote: "To put it plainly: The Arctic Sea was carrying some sort of anti-aircraft or nuclear contraption intended for a nice, peaceful country like Syria, and they were caught with it," she said."

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Is David Axelrod Dirty on Health Care Conflict...?

Protein Wisdom says big Bloomberg article Wednesday...

I would LOVE to see this astroturfing mofo burned. Here's hoping!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Show 'em You Can't Be Bought...

Unlike some folks...

Check out these stylin' tees at Eagle Prints:

Darwin Rocks!

Arrogant Dem Congressman promises to vote against his constituents' interests...

HT: My brother the 9/11 firefighter

Further Adventures of Bob's Bar and Grill Somewhere in the Middle East...

No, seriously, it's hot...

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Barack Obama Loves the Sound of His Own Voice...

...too bad he doesn't actually listen to what he's saying. Even worse for him, we do...

At the Colorado Town Hall, Obama invoked his dead racist grandmother to defend his healthplan.

“What you can't do — or, you can, but you shouldn't do — is start saying we want to set up death panels to pull the plug on Grandma,” said Obama, who for a second time this week personalized the healthcare debate.

“I mean, come on... I just lost my grandmother last year. I know what it's like to watch somebody you love who's aging deteriorate, and have to struggle with that,” he said.

“But the notion that somehow I've run for public office or members of Congress are in this so they can go around pulling the plug on Grandma? When you start making arguments like that, that's simply dishonest.”

Too bad he didn't think of that before he talked to this woman --

Or before he talked to the New York Times--

"THE PRESIDENT: So that’s where I think you just get into some very difficult moral issues. But that’s also a huge driver of cost, right?

I mean, the chronically ill and those toward the end of their lives are accounting for potentially 80 percent of the total health care bill out here.

LEONHARDT: So how do you — how do we deal with it?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, I think that there is going to have to be a conversation that is guided by doctors, scientists, ethicists. And then there is going to have to be a very difficult democratic conversation that takes place. It is very difficult to imagine the country making those decisions just through the normal political channels. And that’s part of why you have to have some independent group that can give you guidance. It’s not determinative, but I think has to be able to give you some guidance. And that’s part of what I suspect you’ll see emerging out of the various health care conversations that are taking place on the Hill right now."

Or before he put Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel (Known to Dustin Hoffman fans as "Der Weisse Engel") as his medical adviser, a caring medical profession who has written that "... some medical services should not be guaranteed to those "who are irreversibly prevented from being or becoming participating citizens . . . An obvious example is not guaranteeing health services to patients with dementia." (Source: NCPA) Dr. Emanuel has also advocated basing medical decisions on a system which "produces a priority curve on which individuals aged between roughly 15 and 40 years get the most chance, whereas the youngest and oldest people get chances that are attenuated." (Source: Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel)"

Now, in Dr. Zeke's defense, he now says that his thinking on this subject has "evolved." Apparently now we should not only "attenuate" their treatment but sell off their fillings and surgical appliances to help lower the deficit.

How can you have an honest dialogue with a 'leader' who feels no compunction about lying to you?

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