accidently… (on purpose)

Erika Engle, The Buzz

THE call letters KUNT have landed at a yet-unbuilt low-power digital television station in Wailuku, Maui. Alarmingly similar to a word the dictionary says is obscene, the call letters were among a 15-page list of new call letters issued by the Federal Communications Commission and released this week.

The same station owner also received KWTF for a station in Arizona.

From Skokie, Ill., comes a sincere apology “to anyone that was offended,” said Kevin Bae, vice president of KM Communications Inc., who requested and received KUNT and KWTF. It is “extremely embarrassing for me and my company and we will file to change those call letters immediately.”


Great moments in socialized medicine

“I could be dead by then.”

Proponents of Hillary-Care, or fans of the propagandist movie “Sicko” would do well to study the actual day to day operation of socialized medicine before trying to impose it upon the United States.

This is the story of Olive Beal: a retired London piano teacher and former activist in the Suffragette Movement, who was told that she must wait eighteen months before she can receive a new hearing aid. At age 108, with failing eyesight and confined to a wheelchair, Mrs. Beal’s 5 year old analog hearing aid no longer functions effectively for her.

Her family said they had been shocked to be told there was an 18-month waiting list by the Eastern and Coastal Kent Primary Care Trust. A digital hearing aid costs about £1,000 on the open market.

Maria Scott, 52, her granddaughter, said: “After having a hearing test on Wednesday they said, ‘yes, she does need a digital hearing aid, but there is an 18-month waiting list’.

“I would have thought they would take her age into account as she probably has not got 18 months to wait.

“Olive has worked hard from the age of 16 to her late 60s and paid taxes. She has been healthy all her life and lived with her daughter until 15 years ago – she has never sponged off the state. I thought a 108-year-old deserved to be treated better than this.”


I still think the best line I heard about the idyllic Cuban healthcare system praised in Moore’s movie was along the lines of………..

“The best health care in Cuba is found at Gitmo. “

Flying pig moment

pigflying.jpgThis may be THE Flying Pig Moment of 2007.

The New York Times has published an editorial by MICHAEL E. O’HANLON and KENNETH M. POLLACK that reflects much of the cautious optimism that we’ve seen since the stabilization of Anbar and the ejection of AQI from Baqubah.

Yes, you read that correctly.

Here is an excerpt:

Here is the most important thing Americans need to understand: We are finally getting somewhere in Iraq, at least in military terms. As two analysts who have harshly criticized the Bush administration’s miserable handling of Iraq, we were surprised by the gains we saw and the potential to produce not necessarily “victory” but a sustainable stability that both we and the Iraqis could live with.

After the furnace-like heat, the first thing you notice when you land in Baghdad is the morale of our troops. In previous trips to Iraq we often found American troops angry and frustrated — many sensed they had the wrong strategy, were using the wrong tactics and were risking their lives in pursuit of an approach that could not work.

Today, morale is high. The soldiers and marines told us they feel that they now have a superb commander in Gen. David Petraeus; they are confident in his strategy, they see real results, and they feel now they have the numbers needed to make a real difference.

As they say……..Read it all


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