How we used to salute the American Flag and why we changed. 

I just learned about this today. Who knew we did this salute before the Nazis? 

The Bellamy salute is the salute described by Francis Bellamy, Christian socialist minister and author, to accompany the American Pledge of Allegiance, which he had authored….

… Later, during the 1920s and 1930s, Italian fascists and Nazis adopted a salute which had a similar form. This resulted in controversy over the use of the Bellamy salute in the United States. It was officially replaced by the hand-over-heart salute when Congress amended the Flag Code on December 22, 1942.

Fascinating

If George Costanza was on TV today… 

Here’s why every scientific study you hear about in the news may be wrong

This is how we can be told in one study something is bad for you and 10 years later be told the exact opposite. Look at everything with a critical eye.

A cadre of carrots from the garden. 

Let Libertarian Gary Johnson debate Clinton and Trump

You know we’re in desperate times when a major newspaper like the Chicago Tribune is advocating to let the Libertarian Party candidate into the Presidential debates. I’m all for it!  Let Jill Stein in on the fun as well. There is no reason to force only a Republican and a Democrat as our choice for President.

A former Republican governor of New Mexico, he’s a moderate Libertarian with an agenda that is more or less socially liberal and economically conservative. He is a free marketeer and skeptic of government power, but not an extremist. Where his views are outside the mainstream, most are not radical, just different. He would, for example, abolish the IRS, replacing corporate and personal income taxes and the capital gains tax with a consumption tax.

Another pet idea: bringing down health care costs by spurring competition (his favorite example is a theoretical business called X-Rays R Us). That would be a different answer to the Obamacare question than what voters will hear in the debates from Clinton and Trump.

You’d think this race couldn’t get any more, um, interesting. It can if voters hear directly from Johnson on the debate stage. To make that happen, pollsters should recognize reality: 2016 is a year like no other for presidential politics.

From the Chicago Tribune

 

Here’s why I want Trump to win the election

ct-trump-photo-.20160802I’m not voting for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton in November. So let’s get that out in the open.

But, I am now hoping that Donald Trump wins the election to become our next President simply because of the constant denouncements coming from President Obama. I don’t recall hearing or reading about a sitting President making such statements about a candidate from the opposition party.

What I now would love to see is the passing of the torch from two people that have said extremely vitriolic things about each other. The awkward uncomfortableness of the entire spectacle would be highly entertaining to me. It would also highlight that no matter how heated our politics get the United states has a peaceful transfer of power between people who’s personalities and policies are polar opposites.

This bit from the Chicago Tribune today sparked this blog post.

In a searing denouncement, President Barack Obama slammed Donald Trump as “unfit” and “woefully unprepared” to serve in the White House on Tuesday. He challenged Republican lawmakers to drop their support for their party’s nominee, declaring “There has to come a point at which you say enough.”

The president’s blistering critique of his potential successor came on the heels of Trump’s criticism of an American Muslim family whose son, a captain in the U.S. Army, was killed in Iraq. A growing number of GOP lawmakers have disavowed Trump’s comments, but most of those who have endorsed him are sticking by that stance.

“If you are repeatedly having to say, in very strong terms, that what he has said is unacceptable, why are you still endorsing him?” Obama asked during a White House news conference. “What does this say about your party that this is your standard-bearer?”

The president said his opposition to Trump is about more than policy differences. He said that while he disagreed with his Republican opponents in the 2008 and 2012 elections, he never thought they were unfit to do the job

 

Godfrey gets taught a lesson. 

Advisor to President Obama on Obamacare now says he gave bad advice… now he tells us.

The great thing about the United States is that, by and large, we do not have centralized control of most things. It sounds smart to control everything in a centralized manner but when dealing with so many different, states, cities, towns, neighborhoods, and people centralized control boils all our differences down to an average. No one fits that average. Local control of most things works best because the people closest to that thing can make the best decisions.

Dr. Bob Kocher was an advisor to President Obama on the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare). The ACA was designed to force consolidation in hospital systems and doctor groups. The idea was that larger systems would save money because they could reduce costs through standardization of care, large organization bargaining power and technological solutions.  Turned out this idea was wrong.

What I got wrong about ObamaCare was how the change in the delivery of health care would, and should, happen. I believed then that the consolidation of doctors into larger physician groups was inevitable and desirable under the ACA. I joined my White House health-care colleagues— Ezekiel Emanuel and Nancy-Ann DeParle—in writing a medical journal article arguing that “these reforms will unleash forces that favor integration across the continuum of care.” We added that “only hospitals or health plans can afford to make the necessary investments” needed to provide the care we will need in a post-ACA world.

Well, the consolidation we predicted has happened: Last year saw 112 hospital mergers (up 18% from 2014). Now I think we were wrong to favor it.

How many times do we have to go through this before the lesson is learned.

From the Wall Street Journal

Once again, I am not the Kevin Bae you’re looking for.

I am not the Kevin Bae you’re looking for

Seems that people with my name should be more careful.

The owner of Smiles II go-go bar in Roxbury, a manager, and three other men have been charged in connection with a major credit card theft case that is being handled by the state Attorney General’s Office.
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The other defendants charged were identified in criminal complaints as Kevin Bae, 28, of Edgewater; Eric R. Olsen, 47, of Succasunna, a Smiles II manager; Jordan A. Turner, 23, of Montclair, a self-employed sound engineer; and Peter Vasilopoulos, 71, of Elizabeth. A sixth man, identified only as Kevin Rodriguez, was named in the charges as a co-conspirator with the other five defendants but court papers were not available on him Thursday.

http://www.dailyrecord.com/story/news/crime/morris-county/2016/07/28/owner-smiles-ii-go-go-bar-roxbury-charged-major-money-laundering-case/87661322/