I Remember…There *Is* a Difference

Jeff VanderMeer • November 1st, 2010 @ 7:56 pm • Videos

19 Responses to “I Remember…There *Is* a Difference”

  1. TW says:

    Democrats all for choice…until it comes to health care…or guns…or freedom of speech…or what you do with your own money.

  2. Jeff VanderMeer says:

    That’s right! You damn well better be healthy, TW, or we’ll put you in prison!

    As for guns, we need a lot fewer of them, for sure–glad you agree!

    And as for your money, better hand it over now!

    (I’ll return to being benign on November 3rd.)

  3. Len Cooley says:

    Interesting they you’ve forgotten that Democrats controlled the congress during most of that. Are you SURE you remember?

  4. Jeff VanderMeer says:

    Thanks, Len! Glad you agree. Thanks for stopping by. Remember to vote on Wednesday.

  5. TW says:

    Fewer guns? What do you want to do? Put me out of business? Heck then my employees will be on unemployment for 99 weeks…or more. A high point though, I wont have to worry if it will be cheaper for me to simply ditch their health coverage, pay the fines, and let them go on the government plan then! Everybody wins!

    TW
    (07FFL/02SOT- aka “gun manufacturer”)

    PS- Have a nice voting day! I know I probably will ;)

  6. Jeff VanderMeer says:

    Thanks for commenting yet again, TW! I admire tenacity in a gun manufacturer! Or anybody, really. My cat had tenacity the other day, but it smelled bad.

    I would imagine many of those guns would make nice avant garde vases for flower bouquets and others would look nice melted into cool sculptures. You might even make more money that way. But, regardless, I’m glad you agree with me! I hope to see you out there on voting day on Thursday. Remember–keep hope alive, and make sure to fire off a few rounds from your AK-74 when we win (greater range than that AK47 of yours, or perhaps you’ll prefer to celebrate with a Ruger No 1 Tropical.)

    Cheers! Have a nice day.

  7. John Coulthart says:

    Al Farrow makes the most incredible gun sculptures:

    http://www.alfarrow.com/reliquaries/

    Scroll down for the Cathedral.

  8. TW says:

    LOL, Im crying here…

    Since Im up tending a couple of pork shoulders I put in the smoker for “Vote and BBQ” day, do you like your ‘Que pulled or chopped? Sauce on the side?

    TW
    BTW- do you like your ‘Que pulled or chopped? Sauce on the side? Hot? Mild?

    PS- Mr Coulthart -I like the sculptures, some of them are very pretty. I hope he uses up tons of old guns…so I can make more new ones! Mwuhahahhaaahhaaa!!!

  9. JNeels says:

    I enjoyed coming to this site for the first time in a fit of nervous energy. Five minutes into sleep my mind said,

    “Hey wouldn’t it be great to change your sheets they’re getting kind of grungy. Oh and while you’re at it take a shower, it will help your oncoming cold, maybe shave as well it’s causing your face to break out.”

    An hour later, cold, agitated, and face dotted with sliced open pimples from over excited shaving, I remembered some advice. That was to check out your site. Most likely I’ll feel like complete shit tomorrow for lack of sleep. On a lighter note I’ll remember who to vote for and have a new author to check out.

  10. E. M. Edwards says:

    @TW

    On the Topic of Health Care

    “From their beginnings, HMOs were designed–by Democrats and Republicans–to eliminate individual health insurance. The result is a vast network of health care collectives (HMOs, PPOs, Point-of-Service plans) created by government that are destined to do harm to individuals.

    The individual was first discouraged from buying insurance in 1942 when employee health premiums were made tax deductible to employers–not to individuals. Congress created Medicare in 1965, making individual insurance for those over 65 obsolete. Subsidized, unrestricted health care for seniors lead to an unprecedented frenzy of spending by patients and doctors.

    Costs went up, introducing an economic obstacle to individual health insurance. As costs rose, those on the New Left, including then freshman Sen. Ted Kennedy, argued that government ought to pay for everyone’s health care and promoted the idea of a health maintenance organization, a term coined by a left-wing college professor.

    President Nixon appeased the left and proposed the HMO Act, which Congress passed in 1973. The law created new, supposedly cheaper health coverage with millions of dollars to HMOs, which, until then, constituted a small portion of the market. Kaiser Permanente was the only major HMO in the country by 1969 and most of its members were compelled to join through unions.

    Combined with Medicare, the HMO Act eventually eliminated the market for affordable individual health insurance.

    The new managed care plans mushroomed with federal subsidies. Employers perceived managed care as less expensive than individual insurance and stopped offering a choice of plans, making insurance more expensive for the individual. The government had effectively instituted HMOs, at the insistence of the left and the capitulation of conservatives and pragmatic businessmen.

    Nixon’s HMO Act was passed 25 years ago”

    1. The History of HMOs, published in the Arizona Republic in 1999

    On the Topic of Gun Ownership

    17,352 cases of Intentional self-harm (suicide) by discharge of firearms (2007)
    12,632 cases Assault (homicide) by discharge of firearms (2007)
    323 cases of death (homicide) in school shootings (1992-2007)
    0 cases of Repelling invading troops (Cubans, Russians, the British) by discharge of firearms (1815-2007

    2. CDF statastics for the year 2007

    On the Topic of Paying Taxes

    “Pay taxes. How else do roads get built?”
    “Pay your taxes. Wars are expensive.”

    Signs spotted at the Rally To Restore Sanity in Washington DC

  11. E. M. Edwards says:

    Formula For Small Government:

    Recall all troops, navies, and armed forces.
    Disband Navy, Army, Marines, Air-force, CIA, and other Intelligence Agencies.
    Sell off ships, planes, submarines, nuclear weapons, and associated tanks and military bases.
    Close all U.S. Embassies and fire diplomatic staff.
    Sell off all federally owned buildings in Washington D.C..
    Remove offices of President, V.P., and all cabinet positions.
    Cease payment of agricultural and corporate subsides.
    Close all public schools, libraries and universities.
    Dissolve all heath and safety agencies and public oversight bodies.
    Remove all regulatory bodies, including health, banking, commerce, and law.
    Sell off all federally owned land including national parks.
    Close all fire, emergency, road maintenance, and police stations.
    Sell federal prisons and correctional facilities, release prisoners and disband staff.
    Remove federal codes of law.
    Disband the F.B.I..
    Disband federal courts, fire all federal justices and prosecutors.
    End the collection of all federal taxes, fines and fees.
    Prepare for lawless anarchy by boarding windows and hoarding water and guns.

    Good Times.

  12. Megan says:

    I remember, too. I remember who believes that the government should have no place in the personal lives of citizens, unless their personal choices include abortion or marriage to someone of the same sex. I remember who passed a racial profiling law. I remember who tried to edit textbooks so the parts of history they didn’t agree with wouldn’t be taught to our children. I remember who declared “Mission accomplished” almost a decade ago. I remember who did all this in the name of “America.”

  13. Mike says:

    Nice, Jeff. I’m glad I can agree on politics with one of my favorite authors (especially since Gene Wolfe seems to be an ultra-conservative).

    Sorry you didn’t get the World Fantasy Award for Finch. I didn’t make it a hundred pages into City & City. I guess I’ll have to try it again.

  14. jeff vandermeer says:

    TW–glad you liked the gun sculptures. Am I right in guessing you don’t vote Repub all the way down the ballot?

    Other guy–whoa, that’s a lot of info.

    Mike–thanks.

  15. Larry says:

    I’m thinking about voting for Basil Marceaux.com as a write-in for TN governor, because it’s one of those rare cases where the Republican sounds more moderate than the Democrat and I don’t know if I could stomach voting for one Republican and the rest being Green or Democrats :P

  16. jukkahoo says:

    “As for the Republicans—how can one regard seriously a frightened, greedy, nostalgic huddle of tradesmen and lucky idlers who shut their eyes to history and science, steel their emotions against decent human sympathy, cling to sordid and provincial ideals exalting sheer acquisitiveness and condoning artificial hardship for the non-materially-shrewd, dwell smugly and sentimentally in a distorted dream-cosmos of outmoded phrases and principles and attitudes based on the bygone agricultural-handicraft world, and revel in (consciously or unconsciously) mendacious assumptions (such as the notion that real liberty is synonymous with the single detail of unrestricted economic license or that a rational planning of resource-distribution would contravene some vague and mystical ‘American heritage’…) utterly contrary to fact and without the slightest foundation in human experience? Intellectually, the Republican idea deserves the tolerance and respect one gives to the dead.” — (H. P. Lovecraft, 1926)

  17. Ben Jones says:

    The only problem with this ad as an ad is that it lays out a “don’t” and leaves it there. You could agree with the people talking here and just decide to stay home on election day. Maybe in some cases that would lead to a better result, but geez! Show some ambition!

    Mike, re: Wolfe I guess it’s one of those things you have to steel yourself for. Ray Bradbury drifted to the right pretty soon after we got out of Vietnam.

  18. jeff vandermeer says:

    Unbelievable. Rubio is our senator. When even Republican lobbyists we’ve met think he’s crazytown, you know it’s bad. Sigh.

  19. Yama says:

    We didn’t put any Republicans in office, even if they are sane by Republican standards.

    Still, the Republicans don’t have very high standards to begin with.

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