Mark Sanford: Crying in Argentina? UPDATES!

While Iran is in tumult, the whole world pauses: for a pathetic, sad, Sanford presser in which he admits he has been cheating on his wife.

Now, go away, sir. Bravo to your wife for not standing there with you, allowing the cameras to chronicle her misery. You were never going to be president, anyway, because -as I have said repeatedly – men who seem like competent middle-management types are DONE being president in this country:

A staid, respectable white fellow with no twinge of flavor is going to die out there. He’s everyone’s competent project manager, but no one’s CEO.

And you spent the last 5 days CRYING in Argentina? Don’t you know that song, yet? No crying in Argentina, for anyone!

It’s not that I have no compassion for human failing. I do. I fail all the time and my sins, dropped into the big bucket of human sinfulness, resound and reverberate no less than Sanford’s.

I’m just so SICK of these people with power – our so-called “leadership” – sneaking around, making excuses and carrying on while the country is in serious trouble. And it’s doubly annoying when it is someone from the right; pols on the left haven’t, at least, been mouthing platitudes about values and the sanctity of marriage, give them that.

At least Sanford did not do the “cover it up” routine (ala Bill Clinton, which only made things worse for him and his family) at least Sanford is coming clean, and yes, he seems to be expressing genuine contrition about what he’s done…but enough of this, already.

I am at a loss to understand how it is that politicians, particularly politicians on the right (who know they will find no sympathy or protection from the press) seem oblivious to the fact that if they’re doing something that can destroy their careers, there are going to be opposition people out there, just lying in wait for the chance to expose them, or to pounce and devour if the politician exposes himself! You’d think they’d be smarter about how they conduct themselves, or they’d think long and hard, not just twice but a dozen times, before they indulged themselves in behavior that can only blow up in their faces.

I am not without compassion, but Gov. Sanford just handed the whole nation a crap sandwich that the press will chew on for weeks and weeks, while they ignore other – much more pressing and meaningful – stories. And in that way, we are all injured.

Gov. Sanford, glad you did the right thing and came clean, now get off the stage, so the press can get back to not covering the shambles of our economy or this story and not asking Barney Frank if he is learning disabled, not asking uncomfortable questions about healthcare, and the climate, or this issue or ohh…what’s the point. There is a sex scandal to report about, and sex trumps everything, especially when the story uncovers someone with an R after his name. As we all know, sex is “private” except when it is not, and the world is full of perpetual adolescents (on every side) who will immediately follow this (or the execrable “Jon & Kate Divorce” story) to the exclusion of anything else.

Sigh…alright, I’ll link around. I guess I’m a whore, too.


Roger L. Simon:
When eyes of the nation should be focused, Sanford knocks our glasses off! Yes…I was heartbroken when I heard this news, not for Sanford (although for his wife, yes) but for the Iranian people who need our support today and who – with this story – will see coverage from the short-attention span media wane, as the press follows a titillating story and the political blood it leaves in the water.

Howard Kurtz tweets more compassion than I felt:

This was a man in pain, unraveling on live TV. Sanford kept flagellating himself. Pundits who talked about 2012 missed pt: the human drama.

Pursuing Holiness: Can men and women be friends?

Ed Morrissey: “No sniveling” also [this] makes Sanford the most famous Republican on foreign affairs at the moment

Jim Geraghty: His career is over

Confederate Yankee: Foreign affairs; yer doing it wrong

Ramesh: It’s Republican Infidelity Month!

Malkin: A surreal disaster of a press conference

He had a hell of a lot more passion and pathos for his mistress than his own wife. He referred wistfully to the “great friendship” and “that sparking thing” he had with the mistress for eight years — during which his wife was raising his four children.

RGA: Kathryn Lopez has their statement

Don’t cry for me: South Carolina

Quoting Mark Twain, you’re doing it wrong!

Noisy Room: Corruption & Immorality know no bias, only the press does

Bookworm: Sanford’s odd cadences

Maureen Dowd: Perpetually 14

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  • http://jscafenette.com Jeanette

    Anchoress,
    As a citizen and voter in SC I can tell you honestly that if someone had lined up a thousand pictures of men and asked which one had betrayed his wife and children Mark Sanford would not have been the one I picked.

    Having said that, I also feel since he neglected his duties as governor for five days he should resign or be impeached as it seems to be an impeachable offense: leaving without leaving contact information.

    I read the emails posted in the State newspaper and got the feeling this was a 18th century love affair, where he knew what he did was wrong and yet couldn’t help himself.

    He was going through counseling with his wife for the past few months and they were at the separation stage of the counseling. Maybe he went to Argentina to break off the affair, I don’t know.

    What I saw yesterday was a man in deep pain of contrition and my heart ached for him and for his wife and children. This was not an act.

    Mark Sanford never had presidential ambitions, so why everyone is focusing on that is beyond me.

    Everyone, including us bloggers and the newspapers and networks should leave this family in peace to sort out their future.

    His wife’s statement of love for him and the hope of rebuilding their marriage really touched me too. I was reading the words of a fallen Christian man and his Christian wife.

    Remember, David did the same thing and yet the Bible says David was a man after God’s own heart.

    [J, I know we're all sinners. I'm just sick of these sensational stories in the "leadership." I didn't even read the emails. Had said my piece, and basically moved on. But I see it's still the big thing on twitter! :-) -admin]

  • http://victor-undergo.blogspot.com/ Victor

    Hey folks! Please forgive me Anchoress but I’m going to go off topic for a God Second and say that for a human second I thought that I was visiting “Slactivist” cause I saw 50 comments here and if you permit me, I must apologize to Fred Clark and his readers cause everyone of them have been very good to me at the end. I’ve got to confess to them that I’ve stopped visiting cause I’m not worthy to be their sinful king! True sinner vic would be happy to take on the job as their spiritual heal her but I’m sorry to say that I’ve corrupted him in the early seventies and now he’s nothing but a sinful imaginary so called god who goes on pretending that he’s something special and as most of us know their are countless of these gods and Victor, wanting to be a good Catholic has no choice but to confess here for sinner vic.

    Agar Victor! Not even Abraham was perfect in my eyes so if there’s any confessing to be done I want to do “IT” myself!

    OK! Go ahead you skitso! We could all use a little laugh before we read Anchoress’ next post.

    I must warn you though Victor, I’ll be writing “IT” as one of these so called gods so for your flesh sake please ask everyone to say a prayer for your blood and your bones also.

    Come on sinner vic! We haven’t got all day and I’ve heard that “The End of The World” could end before we finish this comment but then again, “IT” could be a “Trillion Years” from now but nevertheless let’s get going cause the last thing we want is for anyone else to ‘Undergo’ another coma if you know what I mean Victor!

    Does any body know what you mean sinner vic? Forgive me Anchoress cause these skitso friends of mine don’t know if they are coming and/or going so me, myself and I will try and control them with the power that Our Heavenly Father as given U.S. and bring this comment to a Brunt “Stop”

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  • Jim Hicks

    Normally, no one outside of South Carolina would care that their governor went AWOL for a few days. He would expect to get away with it. However, we have a new CEO in DC. He and his ACORN buddies are going to keep track of every Republican in a leadership role. The prez has a large spy network out there.

    It is no surprise that two leading Republicans, one in charge of raising money for Senate candidates and one who heads the Republican Governors’ group, get caught with their pants down within a few weeks. It takes attention from the economy, Iran, the pending health care fiasco.

    This should be a “heads-up” to all Republican office holders or would-be office seekers. If you have ever cheated on your spouse, expect it to hit the news. If you are gay and have kept it quiet, expect the closet door to open. If you ever cheated on your taxes, guess who runs the IRS? And BTW, if you are male and a father, do not vanish over Father’s Day. Even if your wife kicked your cheating butt out of the house, at least put on your MS-Outlook calendar that you are spending the day with the kids! And if are really that stupid, resign.

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  • https://apah.wikispaces.com/file/view/05-romantic_Goya_Sleep-of-Reason.jpg The Dark Avenger

    It is no surprise that two leading Republicans, one in charge of raising money for Senate candidates and one who heads the Republican Governors’ group, get caught with their pants down within a few weeks.

    You really think that any governor of any state could drop out of sight for a few days and it wouldn’t be noticed until his/her political opponents brought it to the attention of the general public?

    Pleeeeeeeeease!

  • http://edwardcropper.blogspot.com/ Edward Cropper

    The reaction we are seeing from conservatives concerning Mark Sanford is the result of idol worship on their part.The unenlightened among us always fall at the clay feet of some new political savior.
    Never get too involved with people you support because the odds are great you will be disappointed by them.
    When the crowd was praising The Lord the scriptures tell us He did not give Himself to them because He knew what was in man.
    Man’s rotten fallen nature has not changed and politicians seem to prove that more often than others.

  • http://westernchauvinist.blogspot.com Western Chauvinist

    Mr. Cropper,

    I have no idea of your politics, but I feel compelled to point out that beam in your eye. The conservative reaction to Sanford’s sin isn’t defensive or a denial of it. I’d say it is something more like chagrin, disappointment, frustration and compassion for his suffering family. Most of us are intimately familiar with our fallen nature. We place no faith in the flesh and therefore none in the redemptive power of our government and the sinners serving in it. It is definitionally conservative to want government small and weak for this reason.

    If you want to witness idol worship, you only need look to the adoration of The One by the liberal faithful. You point me to widespread admission of anything he’s ever done wrong in his entire life by progressives and I’ll repent. But, please, Obama had his image morphed with Lincoln’s before he even took office and they started naming schools after him before his first 100 days passed. For the Left, he isn’t just a political savior – he’s THE savior.

  • Anon

    As a SC resident and voter, I am very digusted. Please don’t wish Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer on us, though. he is quite the tool.

  • cathyf

    I am going to take the liberty of quoting JOM commenter Jim Ryan:

    His other option was to email the woman a goodbye and to live with his broken heart and loveless marriage. He should have taken that option.

    There’s an inner, personal conservatism required to accept what’s very bad in one’s life and to resist the urge to change it when doing so will only create collateral damage that’s much worse. Resisting the urge can have its rewards, as Ellen Olenska discovered in Age of Innocence, a bit which Scorsese left on the cutting-room floor:

    …the emptiness and the darkness are gone; when I turn back into myself now I’m like a child going at night into a room where there’s always a light.

    (I read that and thought, “gee, I wish I had said that,” and then thought, “it sounds like something The Anchoress would say,” But then I often read your stuff and think “gee, I wish I had said that.”)

    My only other note is that the only recent topic that has been this popular was the discussion of how you pronounce “the” when preceeding a word that starts with a vowel. I’m not sure that I have a point with that, but I thought that somebody needed to point it out. :-)

  • Donna Coghlan

    I’m so sick and tired of the sanctimonious attitude of so many who are commenting on this issue, especially those who call themselves “Christian.”

    The Bible says, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Hello! Who is sin free? Anyone here? I don’t think so, and I’ve always been taught there are no little sins.

    I’m especially disappointed in the likes of Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity. These are two who make no secret of their “religiosity,” and yet they actually find “humor” in this horrible, painful situation.

    Personally, I think Governor Sanford should resign and devote himself, slavishly, to his wife and children. But, I do not think he’s any better or any worse than me.

    We all live in glass house and should be really, really careful about those stones…just ask the guys who were after the adulterous wife when Jesus came on the scene. Oops!

  • Bender

    I don’t know, Cathy — seems to me lovelessness and emptiness are a choice. Sanford did have another option — he still has that option. He could choose to love and honor the woman that he vowed to love and honor for the rest of his life. If there was something “very bad” in his life, he was obligated to change it, that is, he was obligated to change HIMSELF from being self-centered to actually trying to love.

    Love is a choice. Lovelessness is a choice.

    Sanford chose poorly.

    Now he will know real emptiness.

  • Bill Harnist

    When it comes to sexual impurity in all its forms, e.g., pornography, infidelity, prostitution, bestiality, masturbation, etc., consequences are rarely thought of. Addiction is a strange animal–it clouds the senses and impairs rational judgement: “I am going to do this, no matter what!” The temporal consequences are bad enough; think of the spiritual consequences, and shudder. This is sin against God. I speak from experience, and I also hear this in my purity recovery/healing group that I lead. That is why addictiive behavior is called “insanity.” Those who have never been through it have difficulty understanding theis behavior.

  • https://apah.wikispaces.com/file/view/05-romantic_Goya_Sleep-of-Reason.jpg The Dark Avenger

    If you want to witness idol worship, you only need look to the adoration of The One by the liberal faithful. You point me to widespread admission of anything he’s ever done wrong in his entire life by progressives and I’ll repent.

    Read the Talkleft blog, you’ll find criticism by those on the Left, even Progressive side of things towards Obama, and I’m not talking about nutty Progressives like Ted Rall.

  • Andrew Batten

    This whole filthy, stupid mess has me disgusted. Sanford’s conduct disgusts me, but so do the attitudes of many people who think “let he who is without sin…” somehow ends the discussion. I am not without sin, but does that mean I can never judge the actions of another because of that? What if Governor Sanford was stuffing the corpses of Girl Scouts in a crawlspace under the Executive Mansion? I am a sinner, so would I or would I not be allowed to have an opinion on that?

    I am not casting stones. I am drawing logical conclusions. Jesus told the woman taken in adultery “go and sin no more.” That was a statement based on his observation of her behavior. Did Christ err in doing this?

    The real crux of the matter is this: Women have the power to end the type of behavior which Sanford exhibited. Any woman stupid enough to dally with an adulterer is rewarding this behavior, and guaranteeing that more of it will occur. I am glad that Mrs. Sanford did not stand up with her husband, as that would also facilitate more of the same.

  • http://westernchauvinist.blogspot.com Western Chauvinist

    Visited Talkleft as you suggested Dark Avenger. In the open thread I read comparisons of the conservative, secular, paralyzed, Harvard medical school psychiatrist, political commentator and Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Charles Krauthammer to a pig and monkeys with a keyboard. This AFTER Krauthammer criticized Sanford for being incommunicado.

    I didn’t give up though – hoping I would find some critique of Obama that might improve my opinion of progressives’ ability to admit fault. I learned that Obama is “cool” in the face of the Iran crisis and our own government is guilty of the same sorts of atrocities as the Iranian tyranny. Even read a comment about how “our government” is probably watching GITMO abuse as if it were a sports show. I’m yet to find any concern for the massive power grab by this administration though. And frankly, I’m not going to spend any more time at it. Life is short and I’m trying to elevate my experience of it. Which is why I read The Anchoress.

  • https://apah.wikispaces.com/file/view/05-romantic_Goya_Sleep-of-Reason.jpg The Dark Avenger

    For the record:

    That just vindicates (5.00 / 1) (#32)
    by jondee on Thu Jun 25, 2009 at 04:00:18 PM EST
    my theory that if Krauthammer spoke long enough, eventually he’d say something relatively cogent.

    Kinda like the monkeys playing with typewriters for thousands of years hypothesis.

    There’s an old (none / 0) (#52)
    by Zorba on Thu Jun 25, 2009 at 05:06:10 PM EST
    down-home saying: “Even a blind pig finds an acorn once in awhile.” I guess Krauthead would be that pig.

    This AFTER Krauthammer criticized Sanford for being incommunicado.

    Winning a Pulitzer prize doesn’t mean someone can’t be a dunderhead at times:

    The silver shared tonight by Charles Krauthammer of the “Washington Post” and Bill Bennett of CNN, appalled that the president has referred to the chief Ayatollah as the supreme leader of Iran. “Note the abject solicitousness with which the American president confers this honorific on a clerical dictator,” says Krauthammer.

    “We should be on the side of freedom, and not on the side of this supreme leader, as our president keeps referring to,” whines Bennett. Later the same day, John McCain referred to this guy as the supreme leader.

    In March, Senator Richard Lugar called him that four times in one hearing.

    And even William Kristol called him that in a column.

    It‘s a job title.

    I’m yet to find any concern for the massive power grab by this administration though.

    Yes, we’d be better off left to the tender mercies of the health care system and insurance companies, thank you for sharing with us today.

    Also, I blame the Anchoress for all the Obama worship, as she set the tone with her sycophantic attitude towards the previous inhabitant of the Oval Office in her blog.

  • http://westernchauvinist.blogspot.com Western Chauvinist

    I think you’ve made my point. You’re defending the name-calling of Krauthammer and adding one of your own (dunderhead). Then aiming your criticism of the government take-over of the most effective health care system in the world – at saving lives, not money, that is (you forgot the drug companies). And now the Anchoress is to blame for Obama worship (tell me that was sarcasm please). I’m still waiting for examples of widespread criticism of Obama by those on the left. Hearing crickets.

    If you find something, I’m prepared to be disappointed though. I suspect it will be something about how Obama isn’t left enough.

  • https://apah.wikispaces.com/file/view/05-romantic_Goya_Sleep-of-Reason.jpg The Dark Avenger

    I think you’ve made my point.

    Not really, but go ahead anyway.

    You’re defending the name-calling of Krauthammer and adding one of your own (dunderhead).

    So, somebody whose criticism of Obama is that he used the correct term in referring to a specific foreign dignitary as some sort of “abject solicitousness” isn’t a dunderhead?

    Then aiming your criticism of the government take-over of the most effective health care system in the world – at saving lives, not money, that is (you forgot the drug companies).

    Actually, we have the same health outcomes as other countries, at twice the cost they pay. I wouldn’t term that as “the most effective health care system in the world.”

    As for what I said about the Anchoress, as Louis Armstrong said about jazz, if you have to ask, you ain’t never gonna know.

    As for Talkleft, there has been much criticism there for his stand on illegal drugs, even by the site owner at times.

    Here’s an example:

    If it’s not in the president’s vocab… (3.66 / 3) (#2)
    by Dadler on Thu Jun 25, 2009 at 12:53:08 AM EST
    …then the president, when it boils down to it, is a complete phucking idiot here. then again, he’s an addict too, but his drug is legal, so he’s fine. an absolute hypocrite, but fine.

    seriously, is there ANYthing Obama is logically consistent on?

    There has also been much criticism by Pam Spaulding of Pam’s House Blend and Pandagon on Obama’s failure to keep his promise about “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, but don’t take my word for it, use teh Google and find out if I’m correct.

    I suspect it will be something about how Obama isn’t left enough.

    Well, no, the logical thing would be that people on the Left would complain about how Obama isn’t right-wing enough for their tastes, just as the Anchoress lambastes Obama on a regular basis because he hasn’t made the country a socialist paradise.

    Thanks for demonstrating what John Stuart Mill wrote over 140 years ago:

    I never meant to say that the Conservatives are generally stupid. I meant to say that stupid people are generally Conservative. I believe that is so obviously and universally admitted a principle that I hardly think any gentleman will deny it.

    Letter to the Conservative MP, Sir John Pakington (March 1866)

  • Bender

    Of course, you are aware, that those who are “conservative” today would have been called, 140 years ago, classical liberals?

    [I still call myself a classical liberal - admin]

  • https://apah.wikispaces.com/file/view/05-romantic_Goya_Sleep-of-Reason.jpg The Dark Avenger

    That would be true in Europe, but here in America we have ‘conservatives’ who stalk a family because they make the current status quo look bad(Michelle Malkin, Our Lady of Rage) and others who use the word liberal as an epithet I don’t consider in any way a ‘classic’ or otherwise liberal of any sort, no matter what they say.

  • Respawn

    Dear Mr. Dark Avenger,

    My goodness you are a tedious, tendentious, self-important, puffed up, arrogant little snot, aren’t you?

    We have SIMILAR health care outcomes as other industrialized countries for two reasons, and two reasons only (but for these two, our outcomes would far exceed any other country):

    1. We are a bunch of sedentary fat@$$es, with terrible eating and exercise habits (yes, worse than other industrialized countries); and

    2. Other countries “game the system” in logging their infant mortality rates, etc., producing health care statistics that are, shall we say, in less than complete congruence with reality.

    But thanks for playing.

  • https://apah.wikispaces.com/file/view/05-romantic_Goya_Sleep-of-Reason.jpg The Dark Avenger

    My goodness you are a tedious, tendentious, self-important, puffed up, arrogant little snot, aren’t you?

    I dunno, are you comparing me to your immediate family or the community in which you were raised in?

    We have SIMILAR health care outcomes as other industrialized countries for two reasons, and two reasons only (but for these two, our outcomes would far exceed any other country):

    We are a bunch of sedentary fat@$$es, with terrible eating and exercise habits (yes, worse than other industrialized countries); and

    Yes, but we also have a significant minority population who are more vulnerable to lifestyle diseases(diabetes, hypertension, coronary artery disease, etc) compared to a lot of the European countries, which should be factored in as well

    2. Other countries “game the system” in logging their infant mortality rates, etc., producing health care statistics that are, shall we say, in less than complete congruence with reality.

    Is that why our ranks in various health outcome measures have fallen compared to what they were 40 years ago?

    Here’s some facts for you to chew over, I hope they don’t give you indigestion:

    Health care in the United States is provided by many separate legal entities. More is spent on health care in the United States on a per capita basis than in any other nation in the world.[1][2] A study of international health care spending levels published in the health policy journal Health Affairs in the year 2000, found that while the U.S. spends more on health care than other countries in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the use of health care services in the U.S. is below the OECD median by most measures. The authors of the study conclude that the prices paid for health care services are much higher in the U.S.[3] In 1996, 5% of the population accounted for more than half of all costs.[4][5]
    Active debate over health care reform in the United States concerns questions of a right to health care, access, fairness, efficiency, cost, and quality. The World Health Organization (WHO), in 2000, ranked the U.S. health care system as the highest in cost, first in responsiveness, 37th in overall performance, and 72nd by overall level of health (among 191 member nations included in the study).[6][7] The WHO study has been criticized in a study published in Health Affairs for its methodology and lack of correlation with user satisfaction ratings.[8] A 2008 report by the Commonwealth Fund ranked the United States last in the quality of health care among the 19 compared countries.[9] However, the U.S. is the leader in medical innovation, with three times higher per-capita spending than Europe and producing more new pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and affiliated biotechnology than any other country. [10] [11] [12] [13] The U.S. also has higher survival rates than most other countries for certain conditions, such as some less common cancers, but has a higher infant mortality rate than all other developed countries.[14]

    According to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, the United States is the “only wealthy, industrialized nation that does not ensure that all citizens have coverage” (i.e. some kind of insurance).[15][16]

    But thanks for playing.

    Heh, it was child’s play.

  • Respawn

    I’m glad it was child’s play, else you could not have played. I called you a tedious little snot in comparison to grownups – but, yes, you are also a tedious little snot in comparison to my immediate family, and my community. Face it, you are a tedious little snot. To quote G.B. Shaw’s “Julius Caesar” (when Brittanus was questioning a decision of Caesar’s, and Caesar’s courtiers were outraged thay anyone would question Caesar) “Forgive him, Theodotus, for he is a barbarian, and thinks the customs of his tribe are the laws of the universe.”

    You have apparently grown up in an environment that led you to believe a half-witty snark and an unsupported assertion constituted argument. And I’m sure you have delusions of adequacy in that regard. Since you seem quite sure of your own gifts, I’ll give you one more chance. First, in what regard is ANYTHING you posted inconsistent with or contradictory to my assertions? (Hint: It isn’t. Everything you posted actually fits quite well into my hypothesis, as asserted.)

    Second: Thought experiment. Assume everything you posted was gospel truth (and you assume statistics promulgated by international bodies are accurate and without agenda????? You are, indeed, a naif.)

    How might (i) differences in reporting regimes, (ii) differences in lifestyle, (iii) regular use of high cost diagnostic and treatment modalities in less than crisis situations affect these statistics and outcomes, and (iv) how are cost statistics derived (given that, in many of the countries on which your statistics are based, “costs” are creatures of government bureaucracy, and have little relationship to reality). It’s somewhat complex, so I’ll give you some time, but you need to think a little deeper than bumper stickers – assuming you are capable.

    Oh, and by the way – “Yes, but we also have a significant minority population who are more vulnerable to lifestyle diseases(diabetes, hypertension, coronary artery disease, etc) compared to a lot of the European countries, which should be factored in as well” Two points – One, that was actually part of my point (and, again, thanks for playing), and Two – what a racist @$$hole you are. Minorities are the cause of our healthcare problem????? Obama would be mortified by your racist attitudes.

    You really are a simpleton.

  • John

    I suppose this topic and thread are both stale by now, but I think it’s important enough to bring this up to anyone who might still read this and be confused, as it appears Andrew Batten was by his comment above, that to say “let him (or her) who is without sin cast the first stone” means that you shouldn’t think of Gov. Sanford’s actions as wrong.

    Jesus clearly called the adulterous woman’s act sin, and I’m sure he would do the same for Gov. Sanford. What he did not do was insult the woman or insinuate she was worthless, vile, or disgusting because of her sin. Whether or not Jesus could have been in the position to make such a judgment of the woman in adultery, I am certain none of us are in the position to make that judgment of Gov. Sanford.

  • https://apah.wikispaces.com/file/view/05-romantic_Goya_Sleep-of-Reason.jpg The Dark Avenger

    I called you a tedious little snot in comparison to grownups – but, yes, you are also a tedious little snot in comparison to my immediate family, and my community. Face it, you are a tedious little snot. To quote G.B. Shaw’s “Julius Caesar” (when Brittanus was questioning a decision of Caesar’s, and Caesar’s courtiers were outraged thay anyone would question Caesar) “Forgive him, Theodotus, for he is a barbarian, and thinks the customs of his tribe are the laws of the universe.”

    Let’s see, you’re the one using putdown language and at the same time I’m the one who is a barbarian.

    As per the Hitchhikers’ guide to the Galaxy

  • https://apah.wikispaces.com/file/view/05-romantic_Goya_Sleep-of-Reason.jpg The Dark Avenger

    (cont)

    I’d be wary of Zebra crossings if I were you.

    You have apparently grown up in an environment that led you to believe a half-witty snark and an unsupported assertion constituted argument.

    Then you should have had no trouble pointing to studies and surveys demonstrating the data I presented instead of tedious snark unworthy of a 6th grader.

    Since you seem quite sure of your own gifts, I’ll give you one more chance. First, in what regard is ANYTHING you posted inconsistent with or contradictory to my assertions? (Hint: It isn’t. Everything you posted actually fits quite well into my hypothesis, as asserted.)

    I dunno, this part here from a non-profit PA and therefore, American, foundation?

    A 2008 report by the Commonwealth Fund ranked the United States last in the quality of health care among the 19 compared countries.

    Yes, that supports your hypothesis adequately.

    Not.

    Second: Thought experiment. Assume everything you posted was gospel truth (and you assume statistics promulgated by international bodies are accurate and without agenda????? You are, indeed, a naif.)

    What would the agenda be, make sure America turns into the healthcare hell-holes that the inaccurate statistics promulgated by internation bodies concel until it’s too late?

    You are indeed not smart enough to be called a naif, I’m sure if your position were a book it would make Dianetics seem like Newton’s Principia Mathematica by comparison.

    How might (i) differences in reporting regimes, (ii) differences in lifestyle, (iii) regular use of high cost diagnostic and treatment modalities in less than crisis situations affect these statistics and outcomes, and (iv) how are cost statistics derived (given that, in many of the countries on which your statistics are based, “costs” are creatures of government bureaucracy, and have little relationship to reality). It’s somewhat complex, so I’ll give you some time, but you need to think a little deeper than bumper stickers – assuming you are capable.

    Assertion = evidence to the contrary.

    Two – what a racist @$$hole you are. Minorities are the cause of our healthcare problem????? Obama would be mortified by your racist attitudes.

    No, it has been documented that there are such differences between minority status and health care outcome, although remember that if you took statistics as I did, that correlation doesn’t imply causation.

    Of course, the following is from the HHS website, from our government:

    High Diabetes Rates for Minorities

    Identifying disparities is a first step toward understanding what causes them and what can be done to reduce them.

    * Different studies found that African Americans are from 1.4 to 2.2 times more likely to have diabetes than white persons.
    * Hispanic Americans have a higher prevalence of diabetes than non-Hispanic people, with the highest rates for type 2 diabetes among Puerto Ricans and Hispanic people living in the Southwest and the lowest rate among Cubans.
    * The prevalence of diabetes among American Indians is 2.8 times the overall rate.
    * Major groups within the Asian and Pacific Islander communities (Japanese Americans, Chinese Americans, Filipino Americans, and Korean Americans) all had higher prevalences than those of whites.

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    High Complication Rates for Minorities

    Although minorities are more likely than whites to be diagnosed with diabetes, the rates of complications vary by disease and minority group.

    Kidney Disease

    Diabetes is the most frequently reported cause of kidney failure in the United States. In 1990, it was the underlying cause of kidney failure in 34 percent of patients starting treatment for end stage renal disease (ESRD). Diabetes-related kidney failure affects a much higher percentage of African Americans than whites.3 An AHRQ-funded study of renal disease found that:

    * The rate of diabetic ESRD is 2.6 times higher among African Americans than among whites.3
    * From 1988 to 1990, the annual incidence of new cases of diabetes-related ESRD was 137 per million African Americans, compared to 38 cases per million whites.3
    * ESRD is more likely to be related to type 2 diabetes among African Americans than it is among whites.3
    * Rates of early stage kidney disease (proteinuria) are higher among Hispanic Americans, African Americans, and American Indians than among the white population.2

    The AHRQ-funded study also found that the proportion of ESRD attributable to diabetes was similar in whites (44 percent) and blacks (41 percent).

    The reasons that African Americans have more diabetes-related ESRD are unclear. African Americans have much higher rates of hypertension than whites. The interaction between hypertension and type 2 diabetes, which occur together more frequently in African Americans than in whites, may account for the higher rate of ESRD. Another factor could be a difference in the quality of care furnished to African-American patients with type 2 diabetes.3
    Eye Disease

    Another serious complication of diabetes is retinopathy, which, if untreated, can cause blindness.

    Diabetic retinopathy is the major cause of blindness among adults ages 20 to 74.

    * Rates of blindness due to diabetes are only half as high for whites as they are for rest of the population.
    * Two studies of retinopathy in Hispanic Americans showed conflicting results, with one showing higher rates and the other showing lower rates than whites.
    * Pima Indians in Arizona and Native Americans in Oklahoma have both been shown to have higher rates of retinopathy than whites.

    You really are a simpleton.

    Don’t beat around the bush, let me know how you really feel. Let it all out, lest it stay within you and twist your sunny and cheery personality.

    Cheers!

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