A must-have addon for Firefox

As some of you may know, the Las Vegas Review Journal and a few other papers with Stephens media have been working with a company called Righthaven to build a new business model based on intimidation of bloggers.  Here’s the way it works.  You notice something in a newspaper and quote a portion of it on your blog — not the whole thing, but well within the limits of fair use.  The Review-Journal and Righthaven scour the intertubes looking for that paragraph you quoted, and sue you for copyright violation in Nevada.  Now you, lowly blogger, have the choice of either paying up a settlement or having to hire a lawyer and go to Nevada for trial.  Even though you know that the case is BS, you are screwed — you are either going to lose a few thousand in the settlement or a few thousand in trial.

This is what the mainstream media has lowered itself to.

Clayton Cramer is a victim of this. He and Rantburg can use any donations you can spare to help them with their legal fight.  In the meantime, Cramer has posted a Firefox add-on that will automatically stop you from going to one of these predatory news organizations. No sense in giving them money voluntarily by means of clicking to them.

H/T Instapundit

Democrats: If you’re sick, die quickly

It’s cheaper that way, after all. It’s amusing. The infamous Al Grayson, you may remember, said “The Republican health care plan: don’t get sick… The Republicans have a back up plan in case you do get sick … This is what the Republicans want you to do. If you get sick America, the Republican health care plan.”

Well, he was almost right. He only got the party wrong. For the first time in the history of the FDA, Obama and the Democrats are having the FDA remove a wonderful, efficacious drug from approval simply because they want sick patients to die quickly and cheaply.

What was that about death panels?  Welcome to the New Order.

What a disaster.

The Obama Administration doesn’t even bother to hide its health care lies now

This is pretty amazing.  I don’t know if I have ever heard of it in the history of the federal government.  The Obama Administration is touting the effects of Obamacare using a report that the very actuaries that are supposed to vet it have disavowed.  Here’s what the actuaries wrote:

“(T)he financial projections shown in this report for Medicare do not represent a reasonable expectation for actual program operations in either the short range…or the long range…I encourage readers to review the ‘illustrative alternative’ projections that are based on more sustainable assumptions for physician and other Medicare price updates.

Oh. My. God.

Here’s what the Obama Administration says about the report:

“The Affordable Care Act has dramatically improved projected Medicare finances. Medicare’s Hospital Insurance (HI) Trust Fund is now expected to remain solvent until 2029, 12 years longer than was projected last year, which is a record increase from one report to the next. In addition, the 75-year financial shortfall for HI has been reduced to 0.66 percent of taxable payroll from 3.88 percent of taxable payroll in last year’s report, and the projected costs for the Medicare Supplementary Medical Insurance (SMI) program over the next 75 years, expressed as a share of GDP, are down 23 percent relative to the projections in the 2009 report Nearly all of these improvements in projected Medicare finances are due to the Affordable Care Act President Obama signed into law in March.”

They don’t even pretend to care about the truth any more.

What a disaster.

H/T Cold Fury