In the mail: “A new law affects your family’s military health benefit.”


Wonder what new law that could be, eh? “If you like your plan you can keep it,” they said. But no changes allowed, forevermore.


Married and not

The result of the sexual revolution and feminism: the marrieds and the nots. The gulf between the two widens:

Forget class warfare and the fight over who earns too much and who earns too little. The new battleground pits married voters against unmarried voters. According to a new Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday, married voters favor Romney 51-38 percent, while single voters back Obama 54-34 percent. This gap means a lot more than votes in November. It reflects a fundamental social change in a society that no longer shares common cultural values.

At the top of the list is a steep decline in the marriage rate.  Who cares, you may ask.  Answer: children.  In 2009 alone, a whopping 41 percent of babies were born to single moms, according to the National Vital Statistics Report.  Median income for single mother families is only one third the median for married couple families. Census Bureau data shows the average median net worth of married households is seven times the wealth of unmarried households.

41 percent. What happens when the majority of children are born out of wedlock? When kids in institutional schools are by and large the product of single households? Will homeschoolers be singled out as the product of married-only culture?

Romney made waves last week when he stated fact:

I’m hopeful that together we can set a new direction, starting where many of our problems do — with the family. A study from the Brookings Institution has shown that for those who graduate from high school, get a full-time job and wait until 21 before they marry and then have their first child, the probability of being poor is 2 percent. And if those factors are absent, the probability of being poor is 76 percent.

There’s a stark difference between 2% and 76%. Like the difference between having children when married and not.

A new urgency for Obama

Not to lead, but to fundraise. From The Hill:

A new urgency has swept into President Obama’s campaign as disappointing fundraising numbers have emerged alongside the shaky economy as a major threat to his prospects for reelection.

While the president’s aides originally maintained they wouldn’t be moving from “zero to 60” when they launched their campaign in May, now, with less than four months until Election Day, it appears they’re pushing down harder on the pedal.

Priorities, y’all.

H/t: HA headlines

Thank you!

For the well wishes and congratulations! pjBaby arrived last week, and I must say we are smitten. He’s pretty mellow, and that’s quite a contrast with pjKid, so we are relatively well rested.

After my hospital stay, with excellent care from docs and nurses alike, this from Bryan Preston at the PJ Tatler intrigued me. Via the Doctor Patient Medical Association, 83% of docs have considered quitting because of Obamacare:

  • 90% say the medical system is on the WRONG TRACK
  • 83% say they are thinking about QUITTING
  • 61% say the system challenges their ETHICS
  • 85% say the patient-physician relationship is in a TAILSPIN
  • 65% say GOVERNMENT INVOLVEMENT is most to blame for current problems
  • 72% say individual insurance mandate will NOT result in improved access care
  • 49% say they will STOP accepting Medicaid patients
  • 74% say they will STOP ACCEPTING Medicare patients, or leave Medicare completely
  • 52% say they would rather treat some Medicaid/Medicare patient for FREE
  • 57% give the AMA a FAILING GRADE representing them
  • 1 out of 3 doctors is HESITANT to voice their opinion
  • 2 out of 3 say they are JUST SQUEAKING BY OR IN THE RED financially
  • 95% say private practice is losing out to CORPORATE MEDICINE
  • 80% say DOCTORS/MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS are most likely to help solve things
  • 70% say REDUCING GOVERNMENT would be single best fix.

Sounds like docs are all willing to go Galt. Sounds like we need a doctor in the family to provide our own medical care.

PJ Baby Has Arrived!

PJ Baby Has Arrived!

PJ Family is doing well.

Well, I guess that’s a good thing then

Out of office for a bit. According to Instapundit, it’s all for a good cause!

Teachingmytwo will hold the fort.

“One for the team”

Another excellent Bill Whittle video to enjoy this 4th. It’s hard for me to celebrate our “independence” when it feels like we’re so … dependent and growing moreso by the day. Trying to explain the holiday to an astute 4 year-old only compounded my mixed feelings in the aftermath of the SCOTUS Obamacare decision.

H/t: Hot Air

Perhaps the heat is getting to me

Still no power. We are refugees. But after reading this from Allahpundit’s Quotes of the Day, I must be delirious. After all, I seem to agree with… David Brooks?!? Pass the smelling salts, please:

Hostility toward the Supreme Court has risen sharply since Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. upheld the Obama health care law. People are apparently angry that the court didn’t rid them of a law they detest. But that’s silly. If Americans want to replace this thing, they should do it themselves

Republicans say they trust the people. If that’s true, then they won’t waste another futile breath bashing the court for upholding Obamacare. They’ll explicitly tell the country how they would replace it. Democracy is a contest between alternatives, not a deus ex machina stroke from the lords in black robes.

Make the case. Repeal. Repeal. Repeal.

Hot and bothered

At least it didn’t hit 103 today. We are sans power, like two million others along the Eastern seaboard after savage storms last night. It’s hot and wow, I’m wicked pregnant.
Hope y’all are having a more pleasant weekend!

Colorado on fire, II

Pikes Peak looms over the Waldo Canyon Fire. Friends remain evacuated. Firefighters battle incredibly rough conditions: high temps, whipping winds, and low humidity. Continued prayers, please. More news here.