Monday, June 14, 2010

Monday's musings

Tigers 4, Pirates 3: the Tigers had a good weekend; they swept the Pirates, and yesterday's win was a comeback effort, as Miguel Cabrera hit a 3-run homer in the 8th to overcome a Pirate lead. Cabrera is having an astonishing year; he already has 56 RBIs, and we're not close to the halfway mark of the season yet. Meanwhile Detroit was fortunate to play the Pirates; they've lost a bunch of games in a row, and are averaging only 2.5 runs during that stretch.
Rangers 7, Brewers 2: good weekend for the Rangers; they took two of three. Yesterday's key players: first, Rangers starter Colby Lewis, who has come back from Japan and given Texas a number of quality starts. Yesterday he allowed just 2 runs and struck out 10. And the other star was Josh Hamilton, who now has 15 home runs for Texas.

Wow--so President Obama will now make an Oval Office speech on the Gulf oil spill?
Sounds to me like a rather desperate act from someone who knows he's in trouble on an issue.

Meanwhile, remember ObamaCare? Kathleen Sebelius, the head of the Health and Human Services Agency, now has the power to write new regulations, and she's doing it--and writing regs that show the bill's critics were right:
" She's starting off by applying new regs to health plans offered by large employers -- even though these costly rules were supposedly only going to apply to plans sold in the state insurance "exchanges" that don't get created until 2014. This twist is spelled out in an 83-page draft of a new regulation that leaked late last week.
Bottom line: Sebelius means to dictate what your insurance plan must look like almost from day one, no matter how you get your coverage. Indeed, the draft regs envision more than half of all policies having to change within three years -- an unmistakable break with President's Obama's oft-repeated promise, "If people like their insurance, they will be able to keep it."