Promoter of Canadian National Health Care Heading to US for Surgery

Via HotAir, this is too good to pass up:

Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Danny Williams is set to undergo heart surgery this week in the United States.

CBC News confirmed Monday that Williams, 60, left the province earlier in the day and will have surgery later in the week.

Williams promotes and defends the Canadian health system — unless he’s the one who needs surgery:

To be fair though, sometimes when wealthy American politicians need quality health care, they go to Canada. Wait, no they don’t. Nevermind.

“Government health care” peddlers are almost always hypocritical blowhards who know they have the means to avoid the same system that’s supposed to be good enough for the rest of us.

This story gave me a John McCain flashback: “If the US socializes medicine, where will Canadians go for health care?”

Napolitano on Super Bowl Security: The System is Working

From the “things that don’t really make me feel any better” department this morning, we find this:

US Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano gave an unprecedented seal of approval to Super Bowl safety measures on Monday after a stadium tour and a detailed look at preparations for Sunday’s game.

“I didn’t have any (advice) to give,” Napolitano said. “They looked well prepared for the game. It all looked fine to me.”

Napolitano also said she’s looking forward to the event because she’s a big baseball fan — and we can now be reasonably certain that the big game is protected from any threats from Michael Yon and Joan Rivers.

But seriously, Janet was in Miami checking on security, so that explains why she missed the meeting in Washington where she was going to be asked to explain security lapses. Fans going to the game should feel safer already.

Scott Brown Action Figure (Pickup Truck Sold Separately)


Inevitable, I suppose:

Seizing on Brown’s hero status within the GOP following his upset victory in Massachusetts, a custom dolls company has created a new action figure modeled after the truck-driving Republican lawmaker.

The Boston Herald’s Inside Track column reported that will release the Brown action figure on Tuesday.

“He’s a man of action who stepped into the ring, 30 points down, and in just one month does the impossible,” Emil Vicale, head of the Connecticut-based company, told the Herald.

The Beltway buff will come in three different versions.

The “Scott Brown Everyman Action Figure” dresses Brown in jeans, a T-shirt and sneakers. The “2012 Executive” Brown dresses him in a professional, presidential head-to-toe suit.

And, for “adults only,” the “Cosmo Man Anatomically Correct” Brown dresses the incoming senator in … well, nothing except for a tastefully placed fig leaf. That one is a send-up to Brown’s infamous 1982 Cosmopolitan photo shoot.

The most striking similarity between the action figure and the real guy is that neither one can get seated in the Senate.

But eventually, in your Massachusetts Senate collection, the Scott Brown action figure will officially replace the Ted Kennedy action figure:


The most realistic political action figure ever was the Bill Clinton — but only because of the “Warning: Choking Hazard” label:


Another Bush in the White House?

Hey, who’s up for another Bush in the White House?

When Jeb Bush left office four years ago, his public appearances were as scarce as bi-partisan man hugs.

He didn’t want to upstage his successor in the governor’s mansion nor his brother in the White House. Instead, he quietly cashed in by joining corporate boards and an elite speakers bureau, penned policy essays and gave infrequent interviews to conservative media.

But in recent months, as the Republican Party of Florida has grappled with a leadership vacuum, Bush’s political profile has grown as fast as the national deficit.

He headlined a fundraiser for Bill McCollum’s gubernatorial campaign, starred in a YouTube video touting Jeff Atwater’s campaign for state chief financial officer and helped install state Sen. John Thrasher as the state party’s heir apparent — all the while looming on the sidelines of the fierce Republican Senate primary between Gov. Charlie Crist and Marco Rubio.

The capper came Thursday when, at the top of the 7 o’clock hour, right after Vice President Joe Biden, Bush made a rare network television appearance on NBC’s Today Show. The intensely private Bush’s interview with the overly familiar Matt Lauer rattled Florida political circles.

Was this the beginning of a Jeb juggernaut that would culminate in a 2012 presidential bid?

“My wife called me immediately and said he looked presidential,” said Thrasher, who as the former House speaker helped Bush lay down his agenda. “I said, `Who knows? We’ll see.’ I’m ready to go to Iowa any time he’s ready.”

Jeb Bush is probably the most conservative of the Bush bunch, but still, I’m cringing at the mere thought of it — although a really good two-fer ticket that would be sure to get liberal heads to explode would be Sarah/Jeb.

Maybe that’s why Jeb was in Washington visiting with Obama over the weekend — to better acquaint himself with the White House.

Okay, I’ll shut up now because I’m starting to creep myself out.

Obama Bows Again, This Time to Tampa Royalty

It staggers the imagination, but I ran across this at Red State. We’ve seen Obama bow to the Saudi King and to the Japanese Emperor, but the Mayor of… Tampa?


Just so there’s no confusion, here’s the AP’s caption to the photo:

U.S. President Barack Obama bows to Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio at MacDill Air Force Base on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010 in Tampa, Fla.

Excuse me, but… HAHAHAHA HAHAHAHAHA! Sorry… had to get that out of my system.

The Tampa Mayor looks Asian, other than that I can’t think of a reason Obama would have bowed to her. Maybe she’s the last remaining supporter of Obamacare and another stimulus package, so Obama was overcome with appreciation and couldn’t help himself.

In any case, somebody stop him before he throws his back out!

Update: A video is here. Gawd.