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Monday, August 12. 2013
The new face of SNAP? Food stamps buy lobster for surfer and his buddies
Our Biggest Regrets About College Sex
Dowd: Madam President
Sports: The last outpost of meritocracy
Breaking Bad returns
Reid says Obamacare just a step toward eventual single-payer system
'Free at Last' PAC Launched by Black Conservatives
NOAA Data confirms downtrend and 2012 as one of the coldest years this century
Minnesota has joined four other states in requiring its insurance
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Good Morning BD:
I love the new picture in the header.
Watched again a movie titled "The Emperor" it deals in part with some of the events we are seeing here in the US. In particular the taking over by the "red guard", or commies as another generation called them. Let's review what has happened here in our own beloved country:
1. tear down the legal system by establishing special groups
who are exempt from a universally agreed upon system of
2. destroy concept of family and legal foundation for family
3. organize youth into virulent angry mobs chanting bumper
4. shutter the doors to the strongest religious institutions
5. control distribution of food/medicine
6. destroy most cherished document (foundation) of
freedom/rights (see last night's PBS documentary on the
Constitution as being the first lesson in how we "really can"
replace it with something better! This is the next target for
re-design in case you mixed the innuendos leading up to
last night's indoctrination lesson--
Here is the part that hurts the most and perhaps BD you should begin this conversation on MF:
We "really can" improve the Constitution any time we like by amending it, as we've already done dozens of times. What, I wonder, is the explanation for why this route suddenly is inadequate to the purpose of wise, compassionate social policy? Too cumbersome to get the ignorant "people" to go along with the brilliant notions of their betters?
Its really funny when those enlightened 'betters' (more like useful idiots) lament on how antiquated the Constitution is, and it needs to be a 'living' document (whatever that means) and how it needs replaced by something 'modern'.
Odd part, our political class makes no bones and does everything in their powers to circumvent, side-step, and outright ignore it, unless it serves their purposes. Yet, with hammer\anvil, they preach that us peons MUST follow it, and all that has sprung from it, or face the wrath.
Then, when caught, they hide behind their protections (laws, rules, regulations, ect...) to begin another assault upon that document, which, oddly worked pretty well up until The Rail-splitter did his two-step upon it, and it began to feel the foodpads of those without remorse tred over it for progress.
It could use a few tweaks to limit Federal trampling of States and personal freedoms, but, its worked pretty good until the 'living document' and 'negative rights' crowd started crowing...
I do not believe in pushing potential students into the humanities. They should go because they believe it's where they want to be. The must be made completely aware of how little job opportunities are there for them. HOWEVER, we must not excuse any student from becoming very well read (or from being able to slog through the mid level maths--Calc/Trig). Having said that, I would like to post a link to a very fine piece of writing about reading--I hope MF
will enjoy it with their second cup, or . . .
The 2000 pages of the Obama care law is about half pure pork and gifts to special interests. The rest is an open attack on the best health care system in the world today. Well over 60% of voters want Obamacare to be reversed not simply "fixed" or patched as it hemorrhages. The 2012 election was a terrible mistake in so many ways (and was probably the single worst case of massive voter fraud in American history). We will pay a terrible price for that mistake in economic, health and political segments of our nation.
So NOAA (according to Icecap, a climate-skeptic site) says that 2012 was the coolest on record. Well, far be it for Icecap to manipulate records (only climate WARMING scientists do that, right?) but here are just two of many sites saying that 2012 was one of the HOTTEST years on record:
Look, everybody knows that it's getting hotter. Why don't they actually DO something about it instead of paying scientists to manipulate data to say it's NOT getting hotter?
Oh, wait, I forgot, it's "bad for business". Can't have that.
For every one site you can dredge up that says it's getting cooler, there are multiple sites that say it's getting hotter. Why is that? We could ask the glaciers if they were still around...
I'm sorry. I'd like to take your comment into consideration on this important topic, but it has not been adequately peer-reviewed.
Well now--let's see. Here in good ol MT it was the warmest winter we have had in a long time (wester side of the state). AND, right now it really feels much cooler than typical summers!
It's the Russians again--I'm sure of it! ;-)
Either that, or that Super Secret(tm) US weather manipulation site up in Alaska, that has caused our storms to be more severe, more damaging, and weaponizing the weather, per Infowars...
(why do I feel I need to wash my eyes every time I paroose that website??)
But, under no circumstances does that big, fiery ball of burning hydrogen about 90Mil(+) miles away have ANY effects on our planet - its all CO2....
Sooo, now it comes again to that unqualified "female in charge". Seems that the gal in charge of this project doesn't have a clue what numbers do, but then all she really wanted was to be in charge. Read it and weep:
Poor Bob Filner - heard a report that those businesses displaying the sign with their displeasure the way he treats women and their refusal of service for him has him upset - says its like a scarlet letter, while he re-educates himself.
Boo-fricken-ho. If you had a (R) behind your name, it would be an all-out media frenzy, being hounded without mercy. But, because you have that magic (D), you're a protected class and the peons, well "you just gotta understand...".
Must really suck when the shoe is on the other foot, eh, Bobbie???
Take solace - at least you didn't leave 'em be in a Buick under 6' of Massachusetts back-bay brine...
Can't say some of the non-profit hospitals didn't had it coming, they seemed more interested in the bottom line than patient care.
NYC integration and big cities in general, should make for some intresting politics.
Maybe the problem is that the bottom line and patient care don't have much to do with each other, which is what tends to happen when you de-couple the payors from the beneficiaries of a service.
You wouldn't get much of a deal on a Big Mac, either, if someone else was paying for it. It's kind of a crummy hamburger, but it's cheap, fast, and available. If you made someone else pay for it, it would quickly lose all three positive characteristics, and it would still be a crummy hamburger.
When you set up as a non-profit hospital, you are supposed to provide charity care not support hospital administrators and the politically connected.
Profit or non-profit, there's still the same need for pricing mechanism. It's supposed to balance the desire of customers for good service and the hospitals' need to price the service no lower than it costs them to provide it. That mechanism doesn't work unless the same people who benefit from the service are the ones paying for it.
Remember the charity hospital provides because its backers think healing the sick is more important than pricing mechanisms or other buzzwords. They expect to operate at a loss and fund raise to stay afloat. Example the Shriner's burn hospital, Lions club funding eye exams and cataract surgery, St Judes Cancer center, the religious hospitals, et al.
Filner, Weiner, Spitzer--they are all a protected group. Rehabilitated and back on top in less than a year. Meanwhile, poor ol Paula Deen will be selling off her stove, pots, pans, Suv, land, restaurant, and whatever else they steal from her through the civil courts.
The women who came out against Filner are probably already in their "better jobs elsewhere" and refusing to file court action.
Meanwhile - how are the long line of people Spitzer destroyed on the way to his Governorship doing? From Richard Grasso and Hank Greenberg down to lowly B of A traders who Spitzer proscecuted and sued for no reason except to get his name in the paper for his campaign.
The State of NY lost all those cases - but where do the victims go to recoup their reputation and legal fees?
Charitable hospitals; well DANG we Can't Have THAT!
Reid wants us to be subservient.
Make Filner and Weiner the faces of the Democrats' War On Women.
Ninnesota--it came out that way and I think it's correct and appropriate--clearly wants no insurance companies. Unless they've drunk the Kool-Aid.
I spent 24 years working as a meat cutter/mgr in grocery stores. Butcher, to you east coast types. The food stamp story is not a new one. Our biggest day of the month for lobster, crab, shrimp and filet mignon sales was always...wait for it...FOOD STAMP DAY! Always. Which tells me just one thing. The only day these poor, poor, pitiful poor, oppressed folk could afford to buy top quality seafood and steak was food stamp day. The entire rest of the month they had to get by on whatever it is the rest of us working schlubs eat. You working types should be ashamed of yourselves.
Ya know. If the global warming types were all that smart they would be taking credit for pulling the planet back from the AGW abyss instead of backpedaling like Wily Coyote on a two seater.