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Nutty Net Neutrality

By on 6.20.06 | 6:01PM

RedState has the goods on one of the key proponents of so-called "net neutrality" in the "nutroots" movement that supports the Daily Kos and As we've been reporting, individuals -- from corporate officials from companies like Google, and eBay to paid consultants and lobbyists for the companies and their trade organizations -- have committed millions of dollars to hit consumers with higher cable TV and Internet access charges so that the companies don't have to pay their fair share.

For some consumers, the cost of "net neutrality" could mean as much as $40 to $100 more a month in charges for broadband Internet access.

It appears that Jerome Armstrong has been actively pushing issues and political candidates -- and before that bad stocks -- as a gun for hire. That's not to say that the opponents of "net neutrality" don't have their own hired guns. It just appears that they have been more honest and forthright about it.

Truthout Inaccuracies

By on 6.20.06 | 4:55PM

We're just catching up to this story that Truthout editors posted on their site. You can read it here.

It's getting to the point now were Truthout's lies simply can't be sustained. It was one thing when the stories dealt with unconfirmable "meetings" and "phone calls" and "documents" from "sources close to the investigation."

Now they are citing court records and claiming that, in fact, their sources are telling them that Karl Rove has in fact been indicted, only that Fitzgerald is somehow holding it back or has transformed the indictment into some form of a carrot to ensure cooperation from Rove. This is all legally impossible, according to folks who understand this kind of thing.

And Now, Some Good News

By on 6.20.06 | 4:13PM

From the Business Times:

UnitedHealth sees explosion in HSA and HRA enrollments

Nationally, membership in its HSA and HRA plans jumped 75 percent from June 2005, with more than 750,000 new individuals participating in the last year.

"Consumers are becoming much more comfortable with account-based plan designs," said Mike Tarino, CEO of Definity Health, the UnitedHealth unit that manages these health plans. "More than 13,000 employers have already turned to us to incorporate a consumer-driven design into their benefits strategy, and our CDH membership among large, national employers alone recently topped 1 million."

It’s All Conservatives’ Fault

By on 6.20.06 | 3:48PM

E.J. Dionne can be pretty slick sometimes:

In the past, judicial overreach was associated with liberals. But with conservatives now enjoying a majority on the Supreme Court -- it's likely to get more conservative if President Bush gets another appointment -- the danger of overreach comes from the right.
Note the use of language. Judicial overreach wasn't necessarily practiced by liberals; rather it "was associated" with them. It begs the question of who did the "associating." But given Dionne's political leanings we can probably figure it out.

Meanwhile, judicial overreach isn't just associated with conservatives. Now that more conservatives are on the Court, that danger "comes from the right."

To sum up: Conservatives are to blame for both their own judicial overreach and the fact that liberals "are associated" with judicial overreach.

Today on the Hugh Hewitt Show

By on 6.20.06 | 2:49PM

I'm in for Hugh again today. We'll be talking to Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Detainee Affairs Charles Stimson about Guantanamo, Gen. Tom McInerny about the Murtha Madness and North Korea's possible missile launch and a whole bunch more. Hope to see ya on the radio. Salem Radio Network, 6-9 EDT.

“Barbarically” Killed

By on 6.20.06 | 9:07AM

So says Iraqi Maj. Gen. Abdul Aziz Muhammed-Jassim, head of operations at the Iraqi Ministry of Defense, about the two U.S./>/> soldiers whose bodies have been found. The Major General’s description is quoted in The Washington Post’s account, which also notes his comment that the bodies showed signs of torture. Similarly, Fox cites the torture comments. Neither CNN nor The New York Times deems it fit to mention, but the Times does show great attention to detail in quoting the numerous claims made by jihadi in Iraq on their web sites.

Too Close To Home

By on 6.20.06 | 8:31AM

I was in New York State preparing for my wedding last week when a Muslim lunatic walked into a movie theater a few minutes away from my townhouse in Maryland and shot a randomly selected Jewish man. (I just learned about this from Jesse Walker's Reason column.) How unsettling.

The shooter was mentally ill, according to his family, and refused treatment. "Because doctors said he wasn't a threat to himself or anyone else, the family couldn't force him to get help, [his sister] said." Bad call, doctors.