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  • NFL quarterbacks have continued to rewrite the record books in recent years, perhaps none as spectacularly as Green Bay’s [Aaron] Rodgers and New Orleans’ [Drew] Brees. Rodgers’ career passer rating (104.9) is nearly 10 points higher than No. 2 [Steve] Young (96.8), No. 3 [Tom] Brady (96.6) and No. 4 [Peyton] Manning (95.7). Rodgers also boasts the lowest INT rate (1.7%) and best TD-INT ratio (3.7 to 1) in history.”
  • Richard Dawkins gets weird as motherfucking shit right here (wait for the payoff 5 minutes in, it’s worth it).
  • This is creepy and annoying, re: the Obamacare rollout: “‘If I’m uninsured and it’s October, I won’t be able to go anywhere without escaping a message,’ John Gilbert, who leads Enroll America’s field operations, told supporters in a Thursday night presentation. ‘I turn on my TV and there’s an ad. I go on the Internet and there’s another ad. Someone shows up at my door to talk about it. I go to church and my pastor is talking about it.'” —————- Hey! Go fuck yourself, Gilbert.
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  • “A turtle that lived 60 million years ago in what is now northwestern South America was nearly round with a shell the size of a big truck tire, scientists say.”
  • “Remember a little thing called the space-time continuum? Well what if the time part of the equation was literally running out? New evidence is suggesting that time is slowly disappearing from our universe, and will one day vanish completely.”
  • Slate: “If you’ve ever seen Dr. Drew Pinsky on TV, you’ve seen the look: lips pursed, eyes narrowed, head slightly tilted to stage right. It’s an expression that seems practiced in front of a mirror, designed to dispense to his troubled patients precisely the right dosage of compassion tinged with disapproval—but, instead, it makes him look like his mind is somewhere else, off golfing or figuring out where his next paycheck is going to come from.”

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  • At LP.Org: “A President Mitt Romney would not undo ObamaCare. He’ll make it permanent.”
  • Jim Goad: “At the local Dunkin’ Donuts and Walgreens, I’ve noticed a surge of Georgia-born blacks in Muslim apparel. The festive Afro-nationalist dashikis so popular among American blacks twenty years ago have been replaced with what seems like a dress rehearsal for the global caliphate.”
  • More Goad: What the Hell Happened to Hip Hop? “I remember reading the lyrics to Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five’s “The Message” in a copy of the New York Rocker and being impressed that the words went on for what seemed like a dozen pages, whereas you could fit the lyrics to an entire Circle Jerks album on a strip of fortune-cookie paper.”
  • More Kalder: “…have you heard that in New Jersey the authorities just mandated seatbelts for cats and dogs? Oh yes, my friends. And if you don’t buckle up your beast, you will be fined between $250-$1,000 for your callousness and disregard for public safety. That’s right – no longer will Fido be able to ride shotgun, fur flying in the breeze.”

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2 Cunning Shits

After the big news the other day — the Supreme Court gave the green light to Obamacare — I started break dancing in the streets with confetti and cool sunglasses. Clearly, the greatest law ever had come to fruition, and everyone’s problems would now be solved, thanks to the most benevolent and caring human ever, Barack Obama.

*Eye roll*

My main concern with Obamacare is this: markets work best when you have lots and lots of buyers and lots and lots of sellers. When you have lots and lots of buyers and one monolithic transactor providing regulatory “oversight,” and that monolithic transactor is the government, which is notoriously susceptible to gaming (see pension spiking in California), then you open up a huge box of crap.

I’ll echo what my libertarian writer friend Lucy Steigerwald has written about — the only thing worse than hate is abstract love. When the government administers “abstract love” i.e. contrived, convoluted “caring,” there is almost always (bad) unintended consequences.

Regulation distorts markets. Yes, I understand, you need some regulation because there are a lot of thieves in the temple masquerading as free marketers. And heck, the EPA has even mitigated acid rain with its regulatory efforts!

But this bit of Obama chicanery is, charitably speaking, “an overreach.” A cynical overreach at that.

Let’s call Obamacare what it is: Something driven by longstanding, well-heeled Democrats like Pelosi and Biden so they can continue to get “atta boys” at lavish fund-raisers held by their affluent, nominally “liberal” friends.

I don’t see a legitimate attempt here to help the American people; I see cynical gamesmanship to further empower and raise the social status of a few insufferable gnats.

Obama’s facing a billionaire retirement when he leaves office, so I suspect he doesn’t give a damn anyway. He’ll be safely insulated from the economic consequences of his feelgood legislation, as will his affluent “liberal” friends.

But I have additional concerns about my diminishing autonomy under this new law, my ability to choose my own physician, and industry transparency regarding who is in bed with whom now. Moreover, I’m concerned about the incentives and positive signals, if any, the legislation sends to doctors and potential doctors. For them, work will no longer be about healing, helping or — gasp — making good money. Their work will be about compliance and procedural issues. Everything health-related will take a backseat or 20.

Please prove me wrong, but this all looks like acne-covered ass.

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