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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.

U.S. Open

By on 6.20.06 | 6:49AM

Nice going, Quin. I thought I was the only one who had noticed that the 1999 U.S. Open and the 2001 PGA ended with the exact same sequence of strokes from the winner.

Conservatives Backed Schori at Gen. Convention

By on 6.19.06 | 10:35PM

VirtueOnline reports:

VirtueOnline was told that Schori was brokered in by a cabal of West Coast bishops, liberal bishops who hated Griswold, and a number of conservative bishops who wanted to make it clear to the Anglican Communion that the Episcopal Church was hell bent and would never repent or do a U-turn away from its revisionist agenda. They wanted to make it crystal clear where the church was heading, and a vote for Schori would do it.

An already ugly situation is uglier than previously thought. When word gets out that conservative bishops helped elect Schori to promote division, that won't sit well with those who only wished well for the ECUSA.


By on 6.19.06 | 4:23PM

If the new Episcopal Church presiding bishop wants to spark a rift, this is a great way of going about it: saying homosexual acts are not sinful.

More: Fr. Richard John Neuhaus places Bishop Schori's election in the context of the last 30 years of ECUSA history, arguing that she is another step in a long march away from orthodox Christianity. Another mark against her: she is reportedly a friend and supporter of the notorious Bishop Spong, "who has long agitated against core doctrines of historic Christianity."