Insurance is NOT the Prescription for American Poor Health

This article was originally published in May 2009 –

The Almost Daily Binx, San Jose-CA, V.A.Caminiti – [Second in a series]

Public Safety / Public Health

…capitalism mutated in the very same way as we encouraged the banking industry to strip safeguards

Can you imagine if you had to be insured to receive basic police services?  How about clean water?  Sewer?  What if you dialed 911 and the operator asked you for your location and your 911 insurance code?  How did the American public become so disinterested and callous in only a few short very greedy years.  Once again, our flaws have seemed to overwhelm our instincts.  Even self-preservation and our natural desire to propogate the species seems to have been compromised to our own detriment.  Isn’t it unnatural for us to not be concerned with the health of all our neighbors – their well being.  How did we become cheerleaders against ourselves – humanity ?

Be very careful and very thorough when approaching this discussion.  The rules, the basis and the players have all changed.  When this discussion took place back in the 1960’s – the very same insurance companies that were prohibited from engaging in risky investments with their financial reserves were essentially providing a public service.  But alas, this is where American capitalism mutated in the very same way as we encouraged the banking industry to strip safeguards and effective regulation, such as Glass-Steagall.

Capitalism is a particularly useful economic tool.  It inspires great things and great philanthropy.  Unfortunately, there is a selflessness to philanthropy and charitable deeds that seems to have eluded many Americans.  While it is a great transition to move from selfishness to selflessness – the journey of the transition is a school unto itself.  Humility knowledge and the gift of discernment may in fact be the destination; however this is all as personal as prayer.  Our public practices are the product of this personal investment; and our business practices can be joyful in the fact that as capitalists and business owners we are part of a community of those that make our business run efficiently and profitably.   Whether a business owner, operator or employee … we all have the responsibility to contribute to the public welfare as well as for those around our own campfire.

This article doesn’t have sufficient literary real-estate to foot-note all the particulars so without apology we’ll aim for bold points.

Cui BonoWho benefits?

Shareholders, stakeholders and investors benefit.  And any departure from this financial turbine is described by the neo-con extreme rightists as a move toward Socialism.

This Latin phrase familiar to many means – ‘who benefits?’  Precisely.  Who benefits if our Health approach is saddled with not one, not two but three layers of profit for absolutely no value to the insured?  Who?  Well it is shamefully simple – the industries that have self-proclaimed they are essential to the delivery of health care – but actually – they deliver the illusion of health care and enormous amounts of red-tape and acrimony.  Millionaire doctors are common-place.  We’re not talking about upper middle class, respectable gentry – we’re talking millionaires in alarming disproportion to the ability of their customers to deliver that kind of wealth for services.

The answer to this puzzle is even more alarming.  Just imagine that a group of entrepreneurs managed to create a collective of physicians and hospitals and convince them that they could guarantee payment for performed services.  We’ll call them the health insurance group analysts.  Now imagine that small private and institution run hospitals are bought up by another entrepreneurial enterprise offering consolidation of services in order to increase profit and contain costs.  Sounds great, right? And then let’s round it off with yet another group that helps design and counsel physicians and hospitals in how to play the game.  The only thing we haven’t actually talked about yet is delivering health care to sick people – so far the discussion is only about money.  And there’s more to come.  Public offerings, new consolidators of health administration and create the fertile birth canal for an entirely new industry; that is, Medical Administrative Services companies whose primary deliverable is processing the voluminous medical insurance paperwork for corporate physicians.

Who benefits?  Shareholders, stakeholders and investors benefit.  And any departure from this financial turbine is described by the neo-con extreme rightists as a move toward Socialism. After all, the promotion of the public well-being has been removed from the very essence of corporate capitalism in stark contrast to its very reason for existing – so why not replace the beneficiaries of health system with shareholders instead of citizens.  The neo-cons and the convoluted agenda they promote have altered the course of modern society, backward to the 1920’s.  It appears the only public services left that haven’t been dismantled are Police, Fire, Water and Sewer – but not for the lack of trying.  In many enclaved real-estate developments around the country, insurance company underwritten private fire companies have been put into service.  They respond to fires of their insured – only.  Sound like the roaring 20’s?  Does it ring of ‘protection’ schemes during the height of the Volstead Act and other ancestors of the equally disturbing Patriot Act?

Debating / The Baiting

…and other buzz words that are the intellectual equivalent of knock-out drops are still the descriptive terms for the argument.  That is to say – the arguments they are having in the public forum have been crafted by the insurance industry.

The Argument for Basic Public Health – what the disrupters call Socialized Medicine – has never been stronger or more sensible.  Tragically though, half the support for the argument disappears because Progressives and Liberals have not been represented – graft free – through the Democratic Party.  The public may be “trusting” their Democratic President with unprecedented solidarity – but they are not as trusting of the Democratic Congress.  Much of this is the result of desperate Rightist pundits working the rope lines whenever and wherever possible.  Hillary Clinton was famously lampooned by ultra-rightists talking heads for her clumsy declaration of a ‘Vast Right Wing Conspiracy’ – but as history has revealed, there are plenty of Right Wing C0-dependents deserving of scrutiny and deposition, at the very least.

However, a significant amount of skepticism haunts Democrats and will continue to haunt them because of the public perception that they were nothing more than ‘eloquent shoulder-shruggers’  that argued vociferously during elections but actually accomplished little else during the 12 years, including 6 years of total American National Government madness.  The bulk of the screaming and dissent ultimately emanated from the Internet wired public. Very few voices in the Democratic Party were brave enough to live their convictions and distinguish themselves with articulate disagreement or simply brave fundamental disagreement.  Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis and Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, respectively, come to mind as demonstrative of some of the distinguished few.  And while there are more – most played it safely by putting on their war-paint for Kodak moments, while the public groundswell shook them up.  If nothing else, the Democratic Party went through some significant changes it hadn’t planned when many of the dinosaurs were retired during the last Democratic portion of the last Presidential contest.  So keep in mind – supporters of the President are admiring him for being a Republican and a Democratic dinosaur slayer, although Congress does not share that distinction.

Surely the endless stream of Congressional tidbits about entitlements, insurance reform and other buzz words that are the intellectual equivalent of knock-out drops are still the descriptive terms for the argument.  That is to say – the arguments they are having in the public forum have been crafted by the insurance industry.  They haven’t been crafted around American Health, yet we bought the bait and are fishing with it.   The simple fact is – the reason our health care is so expensive in this country is fundamental.  Unlike public safety, Police, Fire, Water, Sewer and other basic citizen’s services – health is for profit and the ultimate goal of the insurance companies is to minimize benefits and maximize profits. That might even work in a well running capitalistic economy, but that train is most demonstrably off-the-rails as well.

We have been, in effect, brain-washed into believing that our health system is requires insurance reform, when simply – no insurance would be the better solution.  A public health system serves everyone and if those of significant wealth chose to have private health services – the system would in no way prevent it.  Similarly, insurance fraud – one of the singularly most expensive non-return expenses of our health system, would essentially vanish.  The opportunity for young people to participate in community service by volunteering as part of National health programs could help end the reign of terror held over us by the collective avarice driven by the requirements of  ‘return-on-investment’ of  insurers and health services companies.

What’s the Prescription?

… recapture our self-respect and once again become brave good neighbors and partner with our brave young citizens who have put their healthy young blood on the line without question, while we have sat idle and permitted the looting of our treasury and over 55 years of international good-will and leadership.

It seems as though we need to finish the diagnosis in order to prescribe a fix.  But this becomes particularly difficult because Congress has made some startling assumptions.  That is to say, that by empowering only the parties that abused the system and engineered a health insurance paradigm that ostensibly circumnavigates accessible efficient health care – we’re in actuality only treating symptoms and not the underlying disease.  At the very least, this is an overwhelming deficit in our overall public safety and Homeland Security approach, which should be of paramount concern when talking about the overall health of Americans.

The health care reform discussion continually addresses improving the obfuscation as though there were legitimate solutions to be found, therein.  There haven’t been and will not be solutions by supporting an approach that at its roots is health-for-profit.  That would be as inane as suggesting that an alcoholic should be treated by changing brands of Gin.

We need to call-0ut the writers of the new public lexicon that have indoctrinated an alarming number of Americans in believing that a responsible functioning public health system is tantamount to Communism.  We need to demand that public figures be held accountable for their rhetoric and challenge those that have used their seat or office in Congress as a personal lobbying firm shilling for corporate interest instead of representing the public good as they promised by taking their Oath of Office.  So we must begin with ourselves.  Our understanding of health – preventative medicine – education – exercise – nutrition needs and enormous overhaul. But, equally important – we need to consider how insurance became the controlling factor in delivering health services.  After close historical and modern perusal, it is clear that these additional burdens to the pockets of Americans were designed out of greed, not an interest in protection as is suggested by aid or relief, but perhaps more in line with “protection” as in type of policies the Sopranos’ might offer their clients.

Here’s a prescription for another common unfortunate ailment – complacency:

  1. We recapture our initiative to think in private and practice in public.
  2. We stop promoting bad practices and stop habitually adopting talking points of broadcast ideologues that profit by misinforming the public and further profit by shilling for financial interests.
  3. We exercise our capitalistic right to withhold business from broadcast personalities that pretend to be journalists and actually engage not in commentary but in propaganda, even if inconvenient.
  4. We (many of us) must admit that we were willing accomplices and contributed to this mess by our actions or inactions.
  5. We take responsibility not only for the welfare of our families or those we hope to impress – we take responsibility to think on a larger scale than our personal comfort and thus improve our Nation.
  6. We take the time to know things that are important and stop making excuses because it takes time or interferes with our leisure.
  7. We recapture our self-respect and once again become brave good neighbors and partner with our brave young citizens who have put their healthy young blood on the line without question, while we have sat idle and permitted the looting of our treasury and over 55 years of international good-will and leadership.
  8. We do not live in fear and we practice rules of law – instead of languishing in rules of exception.

John McCain : Maverick or Desperado ??

What a pain in the ASCII

Wait Mom!!  I'm reading The Almost Daily Binx !!

Wait Mom!! I'm reading The Almost Daily Binx !!

he hasn’t taken a 20 minute break in the last 10 years to understand the exponential reach of an Internet browser

While we take a few moments (very few indeed) to ponder the question of which cowboy nick-name is more suitable for Sen. John “Loop-hole” McCain, let’s also consider that in the year 2008, the Senator confesses that he actually does not have much experience in functioning on the Internet.  This, singularly, is one of the most astounding admissions conceivable.  It is the equivalent of a public official in the 1940’s not being familiar with ‘how to use a telephone.’

Interestingly enough, John McCain could really use the Internet, if nothing else, to put at his fingertips, information that has seemed to escape his reach.  Even if just used as a safe-guard against a bad memory or keeping up with current events, the tools available would likely prevent pandering gaffes such as when the

If I go out there they are going to ask me more questions.  Can't we go for ice cream?

If I go out there they are going to ask me more questions. Can't we go for ice cream?

confused Senator told a Pittsburgh CBS News Affiliate reporter that he told his North Vietnamese captors the names of the Pittsburgh Steelers defensive line, when interrogated about the names of those in his unit. Of course, the surroundings may have been responsible for McCain’s error, or perhaps some confusion over Pittsburgh and Green Bay, Wisconsin, or perhaps John McCain’s desperation.  Nonetheless, there is ample evidence that McCain had, until that day in Pittsburgh, told the story differently – in fact – the offensive line of Green Bay. We’re not suggesting that Senator McCain is a liar, after all, his POW status alone apparently permits him to manipulate the truth, by-pass press scrutiny and claim super-veteran status over we mere veterans – but we are suggesting that he’s often … confused.

While the corporate media lines their articles and commentary with pillows for the elderly Senator – there is still no evidence forthcoming that John McCain has experience in team-building or capacity for leadership in any manner.  Simply stated, to the extent that he hasn’t taken a 20 minute break in the last 10 years to understand the exponential reach of an Internet browser, is mind-boggling.

Straight-talk ?

Binx101 ??  I hate him ... hate him !  Hrrrrrmph !   Ah !

Binx101 ?? I hate him ... hate him ! Hrrrrrmph ! Ah !

we plead for pedestrians to consider the McCain ‘ride’ the “Straight-Jacket Express.”

To quote ourselves, John McCain has more about faces than a Naval Drill Team.  His campaign ship-of-state is apparently structured in the same manner as a Jenga game and is routinely lying in ruins, though quickly reassembled to catch the breezes from the next news cycle. Sending out his aggressive surrogates to criticize Obama at all costs and to explain why Obama is wrong.  This practice has back-fired a number of times, but nonetheless, Team McCain’s commitment to developing the most despicable and shameful Presidential campaign in the history of the United States is apparently a goal they may have in the bag.

The only time that he seems somewhat competent is when he is mouthing the central points of scripts

The 2009 Straight Talk Express

The 2009 Straight Talk Express

provided by his handlers and confidants.  However, he appears to be most confident when he occasionally goes renegade and terrorizes the public with his alleged keen vision and commentary. Apparently his admirers appear to become nervous these days, as he flashes, what can only be described as a ‘creepy smile’ while he displays the same lack of statesmanship as his chief supporter, George W. Bush.

Senator McCain has now turned the political campaign gaffe into an art-form, considering that he has made them almost daily for the last 2 months.  While the corporate media is either ignoring, downplaying or in the case of CBS news interview with Katie Couric simply editing them out of the story – true excitement seems to fill the air when the sometimes feeble Senator gets things right.  This in itself may be a part of the GOP strategy of sensory overload.  But nothing is more thrilling, as an observer of human behavior, to experience John McCain master the George Bush technique of answering a different question than what was asked, be completely wrong in his assessment, or punctuate his answers with strange facial expressions or ill-timed creepy smiles.

We can only consider his departures from already hackneyed and uninspiring platitudes quite thrilling – in a morbidly curious sort of way – and we plead for beleaguered pedestrians to consider the McCain ‘ride’ the “Straight-Jacket Express” and a very dangerous option.  Dangerous in the sense that John McCain is desperate – his campaign is depserate – and – his party is desperate.  He is truly … a Desperado.

Obama Campaign : Harold Ickes KO’s Clinton

Don Fowler, a highly respected Democratic Party elder and vociferous Hillary supporter, concluded his day Saturday by stating he would abide to accept the decision of the committee even though the manner in which the Michigan and Florida delegates would be seated at the convention was not one that, he felt favored his candidate.  Earlier in the proceedings he defended the Clinton proposal which did not include compromise.  He concluded, however,  in a gracious and dignified manner, indicating the importance of party unity in electing a Democrat to the White House, and explaining why he voted in favor of the compromise.

In stark contrast, immediately following Fowler Harold Ickes calmly pelted the entire Delegate Committee with an insulting tone and the poor manners that has become synonymous with all things Clinton in the last few months.  An incredible display of hubris and ill-mannered discourse his rude display was not offered in the tone of contention that one might expect in circumstances of the current delegate debacle, but rather intoned with bitterness that one generally equates with losing equity investors in the great crash of 1929.

His ill tempered rebuke was not only evident in his words but also in the condescending hand gestures that trade-marked his tirade as he expressed contempt for the Democratic National Committee and their decision.  He concluded by intimating that party unity would not be had by the Committee’s decision despite the pledge of all participants to abide by the decision reached today.

He further, made personal references to a conversations with Don Fowler the evening before, suggesting the lack of wine during the days discussions may have encouraged the compromise.  It was cheap, insulting and a disgraceful final act for Ickes, further highlighted by his use of crude expressions in his final barrage. It is likely the last time that Ickes name will be relevant in Democratic politics.

He concluded by reminding the Committee that Mrs. Clinton had directed him to inform the Committee that she reserved the right to take her fight to the DNC Credentials Committee.

It is clear from the corporate news coverage, Internet news coverage and the blogosphere, that Harold Ickes performance today did more to push delegates to declare on behalf of Barack Obama than if he had been dignified in his demeanor and saved the pedantic lecture for the Clinton operators that continually interrupted the proceedings.

While it was understandable that there would be high spirited discussions and impassioned arguments to be heard from supporters of both Clinton and Obama, it was Harold Ickes that introduced a tone and timbre to the event that had the most aggressive Hillary supporters adopting a conciliatory posture at the events close, acknowledging that Obama will be the centerpiece of the Democratic Party engaging Republicans in November.

Barack vs. The Oligarchy : Deal or No Deal?

22 April 08, The Almost Daily Binx, San Jose, CA, by Binx101

PA Primary Underway in America’s Family-rooms

“Abandon any thoughts that this is democracy in action.”

While it is assumed that only the popular vote statewide will reign accurate today, American homes will be lit up with the glow of TV’s carrying the coverage from a variety of sources.  Sports analogies ad nauseum will be hoisted as commentary and in-depth analysis will challenge consciousness.  Yet, the simple approach will be denied since “More = Wins  / Less = Loses” is not the vehicle that will inspire folks to buy a plethora of products that drive Corporate news profits.

While not a hard and fast rule – some info-tainers will use hockey allegory and others will make comparisons via baseball.  It’s all in the demographics provided by the analysts that no-one sees inside the infotainment HQ.  But, make no mistake – this is not about the USA, this is about the US currency that is the ultimate object drawing your viewership.  Abandon any thoughts that this is Democracy in action.  That will wait until after the election and will be relegated to the heady pages of the not so profitable periodicals, Web-life and Congressional reports.  A few radio outlets can be added to the list, but with very few exceptions – they are mostly entertainment and focus on listener consensus, lest they cannot survive.  Yes, there are exceptions but they are very limited.

The Power is Not in the Electorate

“coalition-of-the-shilling.”

What ???  Unfortunately this is, for the most part, true.  The power is in the hands of the Oligarchs that essentially tell the electorate how to vote.  How to cast their ballot based on political operatives that influence the community, churches and the above-mentioned smorgasbord of media outlets.

Take ABC the during last weeks faux-debate of the Democratic opponents.  By now, any interested American with an Internet connection or a TV knows there is considerable criticism of the manner in which the debate was handled.  Our own words on the subject can be found <here.>

After the article was written it was learned that the question that George Stephanopoulos posed to Barack Obama about Mr. Ayers was actually part of the list of talking points that were provided to Right Wing Activist Promoted – Sean Hannity – a Fox News info-tainer.  Hannity is known for his promotion of Right Wing extremism and his close relationship with Rush Limbaugh, Anne Coulter and a variety of the coalition-of-the-shilling.  Careful examination will reveal to anyone with the time that this is a widely deployed practice.  The talking points are unmistakable and reformed “Republican Conservative Hit-man” David Brock, routinely tracks the major disinformation of the American public at Media Matters.

You know that phrase, The Most Trusted Name in News?  Forget it for now.  It has deteriorated into oblivion since it was first flown as a flag – and we helped it with a collective fixation on ourselves.

The Power is in the Power

“…self importance is the fulcrum that political charlatans use to leverage their doctrine.”

It is political operatives (now reformed David Brock tells us) that move elections by moving people’s minds in a carefully plotted direction over a period of time.

It is brainwashing.

It is programming.

It is an American political reality.

It is as difficult to detect as a dose of arsenic in an almond flavored liqueur.

Many Americans obsessed with achieving social status, whether locally among a small rural crowd or in larger economically aggressive circles, are perfect subjects.  Why else, would any responsibly minded individual spend 50K on an SUV to negotiate the parking lot of the mall, that averages 13 miles to the gallon, in an era when energy, carbon foot-print and green initiatives abound.  It is because self importance is the fulcrum that political charlatans use to leverage their doctrine.

And the Power is the Oligarchy

“… the Nation has never been less secure, including the final months of the Revolutionary War.

A hand full of people are actually controlling the game.  Even after proving that the Ohio and Florida elections were essentially rigged in the 2000; even though miscreants such as Rep. Peter King -R, NY on a drunken tear described that “others” would see to the “counting” and declared a Republican win long before polls closed.  Follow his career and the careers of long list of political operatives with marching orders in Congress.  Parties that “we” the American people empowered with thoughtless votes because someone bought us a pulled pork sandwich, or got the zoning board to change a long-standing ruling that favored us, or got a friend’s friend’s friend’s son into Annapolis or West Point.  Great guy that Pete King !

Create a need and fill the gap.  We’re very simple. We say things that are truly indicative of the oldest social rules of society.  You scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours – the mainstay of simpleton compromise.  The mainstay of political compromise. An unusually dangerous practice when a Nation is in peril, a currency is in terrible danger of further devaluation; and the Nation has never been less secure, and that includes the final months of the Revolutionary War.

Hillary Clinton Endorsed by the Man That Paid 24 Million to Destroy Her???

“What experience?  Certainly not being the President’s wife.”

Perhaps it’s all just coincidence or perhaps she agreed to pardon George Bush for war crimes that are certain to be charged; or perhaps it’s just a matter of magnanimously letting bygones-be-bygones; but, doesn’t it ring particularly peculiar that Richard Mellon Scaithe (you want to see power? – try to find a picture of him – go ahead, use the google !! )- the known financial backer of the “War on the Clintons” including Whitewater, Foster, Hubbell and the “intern,” felt compelled to give her a listen ???  Did you read  his interview as he expressed that he sorta-kinda was impressed by her??  As though one meeting with his board around a table was all it took to undo a decade and half of vitriol and warfare ???  (For anyone unconvinced of the dark workings afoot – we’ll be offering a series of $100 NYC bridges and  $25 Rolex watches for sale soon on our website, and forwarding the profits to offset health care expenses for the uninsured)

It would be hard to conceive that Hillary Clinton believes that the residents of Pennsylvania are so collectively stupid that they wouldn’t suspect something of on unsavory alliance.  Yet, the Corporate Media is with few exceptions – silent on the matter.  All fist pumping aside – wasn’t it a tad suspicious when Hillary Clinton began articulating that John McCain’s experience was superior to Barack Obama??  Yet to date, not one corporate media outlet has demanded that the Clinton campaign provide data relying to her repeated claims of experience.  What experience?  Certainly not being the President’s wife.  If that were a benchmark, wouldn’t the Republicans have been more encouraged to run Laura Bush instead of McCain, who is clearly out of his mind and in the pocket of Oligarchy’s Founders Club?

The Oligarchy Antidote – Americas Youth and their Revolutionary Spirit

“A pusillanimous pipsqueak of atomic proportions that appeared in a Cameo on a TV show that depicts his style of leadership. Deal or No Deal…”

There is truly on one thing our Nation can count on right now and that is to have faith in the youth of our Country.  A youth that is not so lazy and marred.  A youth that respectfully marches off to war, even when they don’t understand. Alas, many more didn’t march off to war and among this youth our Nation will rely to grab control of a runaway train.  They’ll seek the counsel of wisdom and experience from a dwindling yet less graft susceptible bench of experience in order to help temper our collective anger; and, to tamp our disgust at our appointed President.   Disgust at his utter disregard for the many crises he’s caused around the globe, dutifully following the orders of his handlers, defiantly wearing a smirk of incomprehension as though it were a handle-bar mustache.  Proud to defy our eyes and ears; George W. Bush describes a beautiful landscape while we stare in grief at the wreckage in his wake.

A pusillanimous pipsqueak of atomic proportions that appeared in a Cameo on  a TV show that depicts his style of leadership. Deal or No Deal, missing all but the neanderthal shrugging, raised eyebrow and indiscernible breathy utterance that traditionally follows in succession near feeding time.

Much more of our youth has witnessed the mind boggling performance of the Oligarchy’s latest virtuoso, and we trust they can see the difference between smoke and mirrors, and a chance to bring America to a rehab with public service, volunteerism and reasoned discourse; as well as, abolishing the “voodoo economics” that Ronald Reagan sold us with the same lack of understanding and unbridled enthusiasm as he sold us Borax when he hosted a TV series.   A time when theatre goers rejected him yet the Oligarchs mustered the resources to support his rise as Goverenor so they could appoint him as President while the voters went through the motions.

Debate or Da’ Bait : ABC News Goes Springer

17 April 08, The Almost Daily Binx, San Jose, CA; by Binx101

Wasted Opportunity – The Skipper and Little Buddy

Charlie Gibson and George Stephanopoulos, looking a lot like the main characters from a comedy sketch parody of an actual political debate, presided over the worst televised Presidential debate – ever.  While ABC may be patting themselves on the back for record viewership – their tabloid styled questions revealed their lust for ‘gotcha’ as they abandoned any pretense of being a legitimate News adjunct or a legitimate challenge of the potential nominees vision and policy principles.

The sense that the TV event was a debate was shattered in mere minutes as the subtle slap-fest began.  All anticipation of the general public learning the nuance of the potential nominees’ policy bent through reasoned argument was shattered from the first words the hosts uttered.

Towering Charles Gibson, with spectacles permanently perched on the tip of his nose, reminiscent of a Norman Rockwell painting, appeared to be delivering lines in a read-through of a new stage play.  Though he paid particular attention to enunciation and dramatic inflection, there was every sense that the questions were carefully designed (including untimely follow-ups and moderator interruptions) to evoke emotion rather than provide any probative value

George Stephanopoulos, highlighted his diminutive stature further by addressing Clinton and Obama from an unusual and peculiar-looking crouch; a body language that curiously projected tremendous discomfort and uneasiness.  His voice and demeanor, lacking their usual confidence and animation, seemed that of a reluctant interlocutor rather than a an interested interrogator.  His questions, not unlike Gibson’s followed suit, requiring a defensive posture by the candidates each time necessitating them to defend against media manufactured innuendo before expressing any policy ideas.

ABC News – Heck’ of a Job – Drive News Cycles and Profits

Indeed, there was clearly one objective in mind from the ABC News Bureau – to keep the pot boiling and create a buzz.  A lesson right from the Rupert Murdoch hand-book of journalism – it’s all about the money stupid !!

We’re terribly disappointed that the Disney owned ABC thinks so much of the American dollar and so little of the American electorate. A forensics team with the assistance of dazzling technology would surely fail to extract any other benefit from last night’s ABC “News” hosted debate other than re-igniting the Reverend Wright controversy, Hillary’s sniper gaffe, Obama’s inartful ‘bitter’ comment and Hillary’s poll declines in honesty.  All of which have had coverage ad nauseum in the corporate media yet appeared to represent the Network’s vested interests.

Economic policy and follow-up questions were relegated to the last moments of the debate even though they were preceded by a question to the potential nominees that was worthy of national dope slap.  That is, if they would follow suit and invite and regard the advice of the George Bush, should either one of them win the election.   This not only was a waste of the candidates time … but a waste of the viewers time and like most other questions of the less than dynamic duo of hosts – engineered to inspire gossip and late night talk show gags.  None of which was their charge.

We feel very strongly that Gibson, Stephanopoulos and ABC News were not simply derelict in their responsiblity but proved to be content with creating less clarity and more unuseful information instead of providing a the candidates an ample opportunity to discuss their differences in policy and vision.  The inclusion of silly man-on -the-street questions was almost as transparent as the uninspiring hosts’.

(The Almost Daily Binx apologizes for not including images in this article for visual esthetics, but after considerable discussion, we unanimously agreed that we didn’t want to have look at Gibson or Stephanopoulos for a while.)

Why The Democratic Race is Good for America

5 April 08, The Almost Daily Binx, San Jose CA; by Binx101

Campaigns Preview the Future

“… politicians have … acquiesced to the pleas of their children or youthful constituency and are enthusiastically supporting Obama …”

Conceivably, the American electorate (and the world), is receiving more detailed information about the candidate and prospective opposing candidates than any previous U.S. Presidential contest in World history.  Much of the information is factual, including anecdotal evidence subject to interpretation, and a significant portion is commentary, not unlike this blog.  Some of the commentary is genuine, some is cleverly veiled marketing collateral and some is frustrated and blatant vitriol.  The form has been the same for as long as mankind has been walking upright, but by sheer volume – political scientists 100 years from now may deem the shift in delivery and number of information paths, including the conversational venues provided by the Internet, as a significant improvement or a confounding impediment to traditional politics.

Currently, only a clinically delusional patriot would consider that Hillary Clinton or John McCain are competitive to Obama in his masterful communication style and skill; and moreover, the finely tuned political machinery that he has inspired from essentially grass roots seedlings.  His campaign’s ability to communicate using the Internet network of supporters, if nothing else, indicates that he has a more youthful, intellectual and dynamically connected base.  As we have seen in repeated examples, children of voting age and younger have begun to influence their parentage in supporting Obama.  More than a handful of Nationally visible elected politicians have expressed they acquiesced to the pleas of their children or youthful constituency and are enthusiastically supporting Obama.

How Does One Use The Google on the Internets?

“… her Internet debut was a broadband resounding ‘thud’…”

Both McCain and Clinton, seemed to have approached the Internet and associated technologies as some ‘new fangled fad’ in contrast to  Obama’s campaign’s adept use of technology as a key tool in order to raise money, increase visibility and promote unity among his supporters.  Considering that the youngest of our adults and their future children will bear a considerable burden from the feckless leadership of Republicans, the intrusive will of a skewed Judiciary and its appointment of a political puppet to the presidency;  it is more important than ever that they (the youngest of our adult electorate) take great heed in their choice for the next President of our economically challenged, globally scorned and socially damaged United States of America.

Hillary wanted to have the great conversation – except – she isn’t a particularly good listener – and may even be a worse public speaker.  Her adoption of finger pointing is reminiscent of Saturday Night Fever and her speaking cadence is uninspiring, if not aurally disturbing.  The continuous head-nodding is more reflective of equine behavior rather than an indication that she is listening and is ultimately amateurish at best.  Her campaigning quips and spoken word are just short of torture and obliterate any message she may have – her comedic timing is unnatural – and her anecdotes are unskillfully delivered.  This may be in great contrast to her intellect and intentions, but her sophomoric communication skills are challenging, beyond political differences.  Likewise her Internet debut was a broadband resounding ‘thud’ and seemed more like it was using the Internet as little television sets.  There was no conversation, but rather a premiering of popular issues of the next campaign stop as perceived by her advance team.

Is this a Foyer or a Lobby?

“… because the party leadership needed a stooge …”

John McCain – just short of referring to the ‘Internets’ doesn’t exhibit that he actually has a clue about much of anything Internet.  Not unlike Hillary Clinton’s team,  the McCain campaign is replete with a complement of lobbyists that have a direct connection to recent activity, including the DOD’s selection of a European based Boeing competitor as the next recipient of a Billions of US Dollars in order to build the next version of the flying tanker. The scant amount of young people that seem to support McCain appear to telegraph involuntary servitude as opposed to the enthusiasm that typifies political campaigns.  The more mature supporters in concert with McCain are easily confused with the Washington Mutual television ads that feature a group of senior citizens in dire need of a nap.

It is inconceivable that any young adult, with unrestricted access to their own conscience, could support John McCain based on his record, his cantankerous demeanor or his battle with a consistent message.  His communication skills, while a shade more refined than Hillary Clinton,  can induce spontaneous narcolepsy. Mostly, they are continuous checklists of items, peppered with “my friends” and generally uninspiring platitudes.  We feel strongly that McCain doesn’t actually have a bland speaking style but rather has nothing to say.  When he does shoot from the hip, it appears the gun remains holstered and he fires at his foot – so – he more safely chooses to say nothing.  The press, unfairly criticized for not challenging McCain – hasn’t even done their warm-ups yet.  We predict he will begin planning a new career as a lobbyist before the actual November election.  He’s the Republican’s choice to pose as a legitimate candidate, because the party leadership needed a stooge, and the other candidates weren’t willing to take one for the team.

Will the Real Candidate Please Stand-up?

POVERTY CZAR ?

Hillary Clinton can’t leave the campaign trail or she’s finished politically forever because of all the investment that has been poured into her campaign through the NY Democratic machine as well as the Clinton turbine run by Bill.  She has to see it through – she can lose successfully – but if she quits, she’s toast. Which suggests why Bill Clinton is so determined and reckless.  We’re not suggesting that they aren’t generous people and good Democrats (whatever that means) but just think NAFTA and all the reinvention of the rationale and it paints a different picture of the vision of the Clinton brand.  Just think Health-care and how the conversation was converted into Insurance, not to mention the fact that Hillary was incapable of building a team to support her in the White House basement trying to solve the health-care problem because she rejected open discussion.  And then top that with a term right out of the Bush-Cheney playbook – POVERTY CZAR ?

“… unimportant to a man …. acknowledges that he’s the Republican Party shill ….”

John McCain, with his supercilious speech in front of the motel where the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. was murdered, seemed more like a spoof than a reality.  A non-apology apology that was not only sleep inducing but nauseating in its saccharine incredulity. How it wasn’t met with the crowd abandoning him mid-platitude to get Carmel Macchiatos at Starbucks suggests to a reasonable mind that they were paid to sit there.  McCain has managed to turn the phrase “my friends” with his unique intonation, into a pejorative.  Not a uniting force, not a maverick, not a critical thinker – but rather one of the bag men for the Keating Five.  A man so detached from the crucial financial problems in our country that he waves Phil Gramm, one of the architects of the current sub-prime mortgage debacle as an economic adviser and co-chair of his campaign.  That’s not heroic, that’s idiotic – or – unimportant to a man who in doing so, acknowledges that he’s the Republican Party shill for the next election cycle.

We think Obama’s decision reflected a sober decision of an intellectual American President.

Barack Obama, while not without challenges, seems mostly plagued by his opponents arguing with themselves about his positions.  He has not made a habit of overreacting, although we are particularly disappointed that he accepted Samantha Powers’ resignation, albeit that may have been a more shrewd tactic than we understand. He has though, risen to every obstacle in an effective manner and his team has been very particular about timing and venue.  Even though Prof. Cornell West (whom we like very much) disagreed with Obama’s decision to avoid Memphis this past week, we believe it served to put the focus on the other two candidates lip-service and pandering and put the corporate media in a quandary over how to cover the events.  Mostly, it left them with little spin, because it was difficult to conceal the fact that Clinton and McCain came off looking almost foolish.  We think Obama’s decision reflected a sober decision of an intellectual American President.

We are confident that this extended race is, in fact, the best potential vetting process, and will ultimately result in a greater number of Americans being able to discern fact from fiction and participate in the healing of our critically ill Nation and elevate the American Spirit.

Cheese S. Rice: Bush Administration Lord and Saviour

-3 April 08, The Almost Daily Binx, San Jose, CA; by Binx101

The christians (small ‘c’)

“… special kind of military industrial complex with religion bringing us a Cheese S. that speaks directly to demented world leaders …”

From where in Cheese’s name did they come?  Apparently they came right from under our nose where they were mixing it up with actual Christians that were so eager to serve,  they dove deep into their shallow pockets in order that others could thrive better than they themselves could survive.  Indeed, a union of great sacrifice, determination and the faith-filled good intentions of average hard working American Christians were shanghaied by the small ‘c’ christians as they mixed a special kind of military industrial complex with religion bringing us a Cheese S. that speaks directly to demented world leaders and instructs them to attack other sovereign Nations with other fist pumping american (small ‘a’) christians cheering them on and attributing all world disorder to Liberal (big ‘L’) Communist (big ‘C’) sympathizers.

Foolishness

  “No fooling.”

However, the christians’ focus remained on the magical collection basket and how easy the Christians made it look.  Cheese S. Rice!!!  It is almost fool-proof.  That is to say the plan requires a continuous abundance of fools, previously fooled; and, without fooling around, the fools lead other fools to assist in keeping the foolish from fouling up the foolishness.  No fooling.

How it Works

“… it is referred to as Cheese’s Will.”

Things that are clearly explainable by invoking the rule book – are called ‘Teachings’.  If it is not explained in the rule book but still requires understanding it is referred to as ‘Having Faith’.  If it does not immediately increase the bottom line of the christian Corporation it is called ‘Dogma.’  However, when opportunities arise to increase the net worth of the christian Corporation and its board of directors – it is referred to as ‘Cheese’s Will.’

How Crude !

“… an abundance of disgruntled imbeciles.”

More simply stated, the christians, (as opposed to Christians) have managed to secularize a Deity that rules over the World currency and oil.  While the term  ‘secularized Deity’ may appear to be an oxymoron, it is our observation that the entire christian process is very heavily reliant on an abundance of disgruntled imbeciles. Again, we feel compelled to remind the reader that we are referring to the christians, and not Christians, albeit there is some similiarity in tactics.