1 - I have been plagued by some rather odd dreams lately, the most interesting involving Anderson Cooper going on a crazed rant about how he hated Ann Coulter. In the dream, I jumped on my rather large 5 speed bike and raced to the resort where he was staying to confront him and ask why he just doesn't just drop his absurd pretence of objectivity, but before I could get there, I got stopped by the police because the basket on the front of my bike was bigger than EU regulatory standards. Damn Euro-dweeb bureaucrats, they're even regulating the unconscious.
2 - Some interesting statistics from John C Goodman came out recently on how America's health care system holds up against the rest of the world.
1.8 Million British folks are waiting for out-patient or hospital treatment at any given time. Canadian patients wait an average of 62 days for blood vessel access for kidney dialysis - it averages 35 days in most of Europe. In Norway, hip replacements take an average of 133 days, 160 days for knee replacement, and 46 days for bypass surgery. Only 5% of American have to wait more than 3 months for surgery. The number is 23% in Australia, 26% in New Zealand, 27% for us Canucks, and 36% for the British.
President Obama is running into sharp opposition in the face of his fanciful health care bill, and was recently booed by members of the AHA after making the outlandish statement that he would reduce annual spending to under 2% per year over the next ten years. Good luck with that. Hold on to your wallets, my American friends, and take care of your health. As National Review recently quipped, "The doctor will see you....eventually."
3 - From a reader - "In honor of the 44th President of the United States , Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream has introduced a new flavor: "Barocky Road" . The cost is $100.00 per scoop. When purchased it will be presented to you in a large beautiful cone, but then the ice cream is taken away and given to the person in line behind you. You are left with an empty wallet and no change, holding an empty cone with no hope of getting any ice cream." Are you stimulated?
4 - I am going to open up a whole new world of pain on the next person who compares Regina Spektor to that talentless hack Tori Amos. It's as silly as comparing a five star resort to a Motel Six because they're both places that have beds in the room.
5 - Thank you all for the kind emails about my last blog on the follies of youthful/extreme left-wing idealism. I had no idea so many people read this little organ of mine. A big hat tip to our toenail collecting webmaster Paul Leger, and my wonderful editor, the lovely miss Claire.
6 - I like to move it, move it. I like to move it, move it.
7 - Part two of our gay marriage series has not been forgotten like that last piece of peach cobbler in the fridge. I plan on also addressing the problem with so-called "hate crime laws" and how they risk negating the concept of double jeopardy of our friends to the South.
8 - It has come my attention that The Straight Hype is referred to as "TSH" by our fans. I had no idea, and I write the damn thing. Anyway, I like it!
9 - Have a great greco-roman train wreck of a weekend, and enjoy Regina Spektor's second video release from her new album, Far.