this does concern me

Via the AP

WASHINGTON — The national Republican Party has mailed a fundraising appeal suggesting Democrats might use an overhaul of the health care system to deny medical treatment to Republicans.

A questionnaire accompanying the appeal says the government could check voting registration records, “prompting fears that GOP voters might be discriminated against for medical treatment in a Democrat-imposed health care rationing system.”

It asks, “Does this possibility concern you?”

How in the world can this even happen? I wish I thought this didn’t appeal to anyone but clearly it does. Maybe we should send a mailing that asks if you think that it’s a good thing that the Republican plan includes sticking a gun up everyone’s rectum or whether you agree with the idea that the Republican plan will prevent hordes of flesh eating zombies from acting the malls of America.

all those jokes about threat levels, not funny

This is really sad (and infuriating) but hardly surprising.

Tom Ridge, the first secretary of homeland security, asserts in a new book that he was pressured by top advisers to President George W. Bush to raise the national threat level just before the 2004 election in what he suspected was an effort to influence the vote.

(via the New York Times)

iPhone haiku

Two days ago

fell into water
with iphone in my pocket
sometimes things get wet

This morning

with my fingers crossed
tremulous, phone cased in rice
power on. it works.

Whew!

Harper’s Index and Underwear

Via Harper’s index:

Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata revealed that for a month in space he wore the same underwear, which was flame-resistant, controlled odors, killed bacteria, and absorbed water. Wakata said that he also ate a number of curries. “My station crew members never complained,” he said, “so I think the experiment went fine.”