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Tuesday, June 12. 2012
The Second-Rate City? Chicago’s swift, surprising decline presents formidable challenges for new mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Media Myth Debunked: Class Sizes Have Dropped 40 Percent Since 1960
Rep. Peter King: National Security Leaks Came From the White House
..I don’t believe what I write, what I say, or how I live my life. I just do it for the sweet, sweet check from the Koch Brothers I get each month.
Gallup Poll: Jewish Support for Obama Plummets
Krugman speaks to empty room
Obama: I couldn’t go to Wisconsin to campaign against Scott Walker because I was busy with stuff
Liberals Are In Disarray
Big Changes in College Health Plans - Schools Are Raising Premiums Sharply or Dropping Offerings Altogether as Low-Benefit Options Are Disallowed
The really shocking thing is that a massacre of children hardly mattered. They died for Westphalia.
ObamaCare's Secret History - How a Pfizer CEO and Big Pharma colluded with the White House at the public's expense.
Americans saw wealth plummet 40 percent from 2007 to 2010, Federal Reserve says
Re the Arabs in Israel:
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A study was done at the esteemed Sociology Department at a well known northern university concerning the origins of male homosexuality. 1000 gay men were interviewed. The results were as follows:
1) 50% of the responders stated that they were "born that way."
2) The other 50% said that they were "sucked into it."
That's like the old funny -
"50% of men sing in the shower, the rest masturbate - do you know what song they sing?"
Apparently some health insurers plan to keep what they determine are "popular" provisions of the ACA, including that kids can remain on their parents' health insurance until they are 26.
What I have not seen anywhere are the numbers we are talking about here and in what income level groups they fall. If, as appears true, most Americans work for small businesses that often can't afford health insurance, then most 18-26 year olds are not helped by this.
On the other hand, low-cost health insurance for this age group is disappearing because of this ACA provision. Where is the analysis of the impact?
Maybe I'm wrong too, but I would like to know.
Arabs in Israel have always been the dirty secret the leftists have hidden\obscured\falsified. Some of the European reports\articles say they are doing fine, and, if given the option of living\existing in Israel or going to an Arab country, they'd rather stay. So much for intolerance of those murdering Jews...
Even less reported, there are Arabs serving in the IDF and other Governing agencies. Imagine that....
The class sizes only look that small if you count all the special Ed teachers, of which there has been a large mandated increase since the sixties. Sure, if you average it the classes come out below twenty, but I have 30-35 per class while my special Ed colleagues teach classes of three to five. And, I get many of those kids in some for my classes for part of the day so that they Are considered mainstreamed.
re EPA proposed regulation of ditches ....
we should regulate the cesspool in the white house instead.
Mr. Almond hides the fact that he's working for George Soros. the Bilderbergs, The Tri-Lateral Committee, The Masons, and a lot of groups I used to know of before they got hold of me and wiped my mind.
Krugman looks depressed. I've never seen him look happy.
"The optimism during Vietnam’s pre-2008 economic boom is over. The Communist Party knows it must take action. But it doesn’t seem to know what." Communists don't understand economics, and don't believe in free markets.
Augustine: “Peace vied with war in cruelty and surpassed it: for while war overthrew armed hosts, peace slew the defenseless.”
I need to read me some Augustine.
Re: The Origins of the Homosexual
It wasn't stated at the link, but I infer the lecture on homosexuality was intended as a smear directed by the Shia Imam at the majority Sunnis, lumping them together with non-believers. He was, in effect, calling all Sunni men (passive) homos and all Sunni women whores. But then, since I'm no expert on his religion, who am I to disagree?
I have two words to say about the leaks of classified information by/from the White House: Valerie Plame. During the Bush administration, the Dems used the disclosure to the press of the name of a CIA HQ-based analyst as a club with which to bludgeon George Bush, falsely labeling it a national security risk. There followed a bitter, politically inspired witch hunt by an unscrupulous US Attorney, who---as it turned out---knew almost from Day 1 the name of the leaker, yet he continued to harass the Bush White House until he succeeded in collecting the scalp of a white-lie telling WH staffer that the Dems had sent him to get. Hey Dems, hey Obama, what goes around comes around. Man up: find the leaker, stop the posturing, and prosecute him pronto.
And PS: And btw, stop taking credit for the stuxnet cyber war that the Israelis are waging against Iran...and which they were open enough and trusting enough to take the US into their confidence on their program. When it comes to national security matters, I find it offensive that the Obama WH would in desperation trade the national security of Israel for a few votes in this November's election.
Apropos the Muslim cleric, isn't it amazing how people with low-double-digit IQs get into positions of influence?
Backers of the limited-benefit plans said they enabled students to see doctors and fill prescriptions without significant out-of-pocket costs, and few ran into difficulty because young people rarely have big-ticket medical expenses. However, those who did "were finding themselves left out in the cold," said Jen Mishory of Young Invincibles, a group that encouraged the Obama administration to move quickly in introducing stiffer coverage requirements. "We wanted to make sure that student health insurance had these protections as soon as possible."
OK, smarty pants, now that schools are abolishing their student health insurance programs because the premiums are no longer deemed affordable, what is your Plan B? Consider the damage you have done by ignoring The Law of Unintended Consequences: Before=a few unfortunate students had high medical costs beyond their reach, but most had health insurance that suited their needs. Now=no student has access to cheap, school-sponsored health insurance. Lord, please save us from the world's Do Gooders.