Sure, they’ll use the “An intern who has since been reprimanded, blah, blah, blah…” excuse but I’ve spent my entire adult life around entertainment industry libs. They’re used to saying stupid stuff like this and never being challenged. Someone higher up knew and approved.
— Family Feud (@FamilyFeud) October 5, 2013
(h/t Blazing Cat Fur)
Students took off their clothes in class in a protest against a new strict dress code at a Hungary university.
They were angered by the new strict rules introduced by the University of Kaposvar’s president.
Even a professor at the arts school took part to protest the code which bans dresses showing too much cleavage and miniskirts.
There’s video at the link. Here are some pics (click to enlarge).
Arizona’s Republican leaders, known for picking fights with the federal government, are seething again now that the Grand Canyon is closed because of the budget crisis in Washington.
Gov. Jan Brewer wants the state’s signature national park reopened and has offered to pay for it with state money, but her proposal was rejected Thursday by a park official who said that as long as the federal government remains shut down, such a plan isn’t an option.
“I appreciate the support and I thanked them for the offer, but it’s not an offer we can accept,” said park superintendent Dave Uberuaga.
The shutdown that began Tuesday has led to furloughs for about 2,200 people who work at the Grand Canyon National Park and its hotels. “And that’s not counting the economic impact in the gateway communities, all of the related businesses, the bus tours, hiking companies, the jeep tours, all of those associated functions are suffering economically as well,” Uberuaga said.
Many of those businesses also have offered to chip in to pay to reopen the park.
There is a precedent for keeping the park open, so the “it’s not an offer we can accept” bit is a lie.
Just remember, it’s more important to Team Lightbringer to make sure this underwhelming success sputters forward rather than have the rest of the government funded.
If he did, he wouldn’t say things like this:
Obama: If a worker shut down a manufacturing plant until they got what they wanted, they'd be fired. Watch live: http://t.co/4DWGiJMVCO
— NBCWashington (@nbcwashington) October 3, 2013
As Free Beacon‘s Lachlan Markay tweeted, the only way to read this is that it is OK to fire workers for striking.
I’m sure the fawning NBC social media hack who tweeted the line didn’t even understand that it made him look stupid.
I am not a Yankees fan (can’t stand ‘em, actually) but I am a baseball fan so it’s worth noting that the greatest relief pitcher of all time said goodbye to his home fans tonight. Mariano Rivera is also a rarity in modern sports: a true superstar who isn’t a complete tool.
Wendy “Abortion Barbie” Davis thinks that her turn at being a Leftmedia darling because she’s willing to fight for the right to abort a baby long past the time even liberal European countries allow will get her enough votes to be the next governor of Texas. Yeah…no.
But look what Politico has to say about it.
U.S. House of Representatives Republicans on Thursday refused to give in to President Barack Obama’s demand for straightforward bills to run the government beyond September 30 and to increase borrowing authority to avoid a historic default.
In a direct challenge to Obama, they said they will seek not only a one-year delay in the full implementation of the national healthcare law known as “Obamacare” in return for raising the debt ceiling, but also seek a Republican wish-list of tax measures, energy bills, regulatory proposals and spending cuts that Democrats have already refused to endorse.
President Barack Obama has said he will not negotiate over the debt ceiling at all.
Treasury Secretary Jack Lew has informed Congress that the government will exhaust its borrowing authority by October 17, after which it could default on its loans.
When the nation with the largest GDP on Earth continuously is faced with the need to borrow more, the problem isn’t the people who keep saying that’s a bad position to be in. The problem is the people who spent until it was time to dig a deeper hole.
Paging anyone in the GOP who would like to get some face time on TV and explain it that way. Also, you’re welcome.
Put On Your Shocked Faces: Report Says Mismanaged Detroit Public Workers’ Pension Plan Contributed To Downfall
Stunned, in a way that’s totally not stunning.
Detroit’s emergency manager wants to freeze the city’s pension system for public workers in light of mounting evidence that it was operated in an unsound manner for many years, contributing to the city’s downfall.
The emergency manager, Kevyn Orr, issued on Thursday the preliminary results of a three-month investigation that identified questionable actions, including diversions of pooled money into individual accounts, excessive real estate investments that lost millions of dollars and “disconcerting administrative protocols” for the handling of health care and unemployment benefits. The investigation, conducted jointly by Detroit’s independent auditor general and inspector general, was the first stage of a review that is continuing and expanding, investigators said.
Unfunded pensions and health care obligations are by far the biggest claims in Detroit’s record-setting municipal bankruptcy. The city has about 33,000 workers and retirees who have been promised what human resources records call an “exceptional benefit package” to promote loyalty and reduce turnover.
For those of you curious to see how this plays out at the state level, take a look here.
But, they care or something.
After more than six decades of exercising her constitutional right to vote, an 84-year-old Lufkin woman worries she will be denied at the polls come Election Day. The recently enforced state law requiring a photo ID has been at the center of controversy across the country, but for people like Dorothy Card, it’s personal.
Like the hummingbirds feeding out the back window of her Lufkin-area home, Card shows up on Election Day like clockwork.
“It makes me feel free to do so,” she said. “It just makes me known that I’m an American and I have a right to vote.”
After all, she’s been doing it for more than 60 years.
“Roosevelt, I did vote for him. Truman, I guess I voted for him,” Card said.
In the past, her signature was enough. But the new voter ID law changes that.
Card stopped driving after a 1999 accident, so without a current photo ID, she knew she would need an election identification.
Her daughter Cheryl Hoffman, a legal assistant, helped her gather the documents, and a lot of them.
“I thought it was adequate,” Hoffman said.
But after many hours and attempts, Card was still being denied.
“They have said if we get another document, that they will issue it. But I’ve been told this three times, so I’m a little leery,” Hoffman said.
Let me begin by saying that this kind of thing obviously shouldn’t be happening and the reason it is has nothing to do with voter suppression by the BIG MEAN REPUBLICANS, which is what the lefty sites like Think Progress are saying.
I’m fairly certain there are some Republicans this is happening to in other places, but you won’t hear about them from the Leftmedia.
What this all about is bureaucratic burden and inefficiency, nothing more. The notion that states are trying to disenfranchise huge traditionally Democrat voting blocs is a scary bedtime story that lefties like to tell. Think Progress even takes a stab at making it seem like a big problem by saying that they have “spoken with other Texas voters” who have had difficulty. They didn’t even quantify it but they did give ONE other example. Which makes two, for those of you who recently attended an American public school.
The second most populous state in the union.
The bitter irony here is that this is the kind of snafu any rational observer of government would expect and this is at the state level.
Imagine the fun at the federal level when you get your snafu during a medical crisis.
It was a day filled mostly with Leftmedia types and mainstream GOP Moderati going on ad nauseam about how Ted Cruz really didn’t accomplish anything. And they complained that a United States Senator did something withing the rules of parliamentary procedure in the United States Senate.
And then the White House Twitter account showed that it knows The Idiot King’s core constituency consists of the terminally infantile.
Somewhere along the line, "hostage taker" became an acceptable synonym for "person who won't give me what I want when I want it."
— jimgeraghty (@jimgeraghty) September 25, 2013
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) September 25, 2013
Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner:
.@Whitehouse y'know what is never sad and always protected? A panda fetus!
— rebecca smoochie-g (@duchessrebecca) September 25, 2013
I wrote about this here earlier today.
The gist of the coverage from the mainstream to the fringe left was all the same: Cruz is doing it for Cruz and it is pointless (they were hitting the thesauri hard to find different ways to say the latter).
Here is what the self (and employer) proclaimed “Conservative blogger” at WaPo had to say about Milbank’s hit job:
Spot on. http://t.co/mixnr5bsLb
— Jennifer Rubin (@JRubinBlogger) September 25, 2013
One could dismiss this as a case of Rubin simply being a company woman but that shouldn’t be a consideration when writing about politics.
Praising Milbank is one thing, but Rubin is one of maybe two people in America who call themselves conservative who can still stand John McCain.
McCain right to slam Cruz for Nazi analogy.. Cruz’s excuse (not talking about senators specifically) awful http://t.co/IIrSNU7oaF
— Jennifer Rubin (@JRubinBlogger) September 25, 2013
As I said on Twitter earlier, when the MSM says “conservative” in a story, it’s pejorative. When it refers to an employee as such, it’s a lie.
There’s very good money in being a Republican-bashing Republican for the major MSM outlets (David Gergen wakes up belching digs about Ronald Reagan because he knows it will get him on camera faster). Most of them are very adept at throwing just enough material out that isn’t objectionable that more sincere conservatives won’t roundly denounce them.
That’s gotta stop.
Jennifer Rubin and her ilk need to be roundly mocked and dismissed by all hardworking right-of-center media (old and new) types. Let’s call them the “McCain Wing” of the GOP.
And let’s run them out.
It’s almost as if they are looking for new ways to hemorrhage readers (for full effect, click to enlarge but put some sunglasses on first):
By the way, are there any Broadway shows coming to Los Angeles?
Well, if he’s upsetting them…
When you’re being forced to endure another rabid Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) soliloquy on Obamacare’s threat to human freedom, it’s easy to forget how absurd our health-care debate seems to the rest of the civilized world. That’s why it’s bracing to check in with red-blooded, high testosterone capitalists north of the border in Canada — business leaders who love Canada’s single-payer system (a regime far to the “left” of Obamacare) and see it as perfectly consistent with free market capitalism.
This is a game that is rather easy to play: you go find six Canadians who love the health care system there and I’ll find six who had to wait three months for a procedure they could have scheduled, had done and healed from in three weeks here. Usually when it is bad up there, it’s not bad for the guy getting sinus surgery, it is usually bad for the guy who needs a new kidney.
Still, the real point is that, like all redistributive social fantasies, it really only works well when there is a less socialist option to flee to. If every country on Earth went socialist tomorrow, someone would find a way to colonize the moon and make it a tax haven before the government got to all of his/her capital.
One of the main reasons the non-socialist alternatives need to be kept chugging in medicine is innovation. The author of this article throws in a line I’m sure he wasn’t aware sort of unravels his “Ain’t it awesome?” thesis (emphasis mine and misplaced apostrophe WaPo‘s).
“The whole single payer thing just makes sense,” Martin adds. “You don’t spend time trying to shift costs.” It’s hardly perfect: a few folks go to the United States to jump the line on certain elective procedures, and Canada, like others, free rides on American’s investment in pharmaceutical innovation (funded by higher U.S. drug prices). But, he adds, “I literally have a hard time thinking of what would be better than a single-payer system.”
Yes, you can have newer, better and life-saving drugs because those heartless American bastards aren’t letting the government completely monkey with the price of pharmaceuticals, thereby financially incentivizing innovation.
There is also a dig at the top of the piece about “the rest of the civilized world” and government involvement in health care. What most who say things like this never take into account is that the military protection of most of these areas is partially underwritten by the United States.
But that’s another conversation and this is a blog post, not a book.
A couple of hours before Sen. Ted Cruz launched his doomed filibuster, his Republican colleagues staged an intervention.
They called him to the Strom Thurmond Room off the Senate floor, named after the late lawmaker who was famous for his filibusters against civil rights. They pleaded with their junior colleague to reconsider his plan to block a vote on legislation that would keep the government open. The filibuster, ostensibly in opposition to Obamacare, would do nothing to halt the hated health-care reforms, they said. It would make Republicans look foolish. It would leave House Republicans with too little time to avoid a shutdown. And it could cause Republicans to be blamed for that shutdown.
Cruz heard them out and then told them to take a hike. “I intend to speak in support of defunding Obamacare until I am no longer able to stand,” he announced as he launched his marathon filibuster.
His action hurt his fellow Republicans without doing anything to abolish Obamacare. But the filibuster did achieve something: It gave Cruz more TV exposure and further endeared him to the tea party. And for the ambitious senator from Texas, the most important thing has always been Ted Cruz.
The reality of this situation is that the GOP senators who were desperately afraid of moving forward are the small, egocentric and self-serving people, not Ted Cruz. Their only thought is maintaining the status quo and their easy jobs in the United States Senate, a profession second only to “Trust Fund Baby” in least amount of hours worked. Regular American Republicans pay attention to Ted Cruz and he genuinely feels an obligation to them. The John McCains of the world only care about job security and getting a nice blurb bone thrown at them from the MSM every now and then.
Which is why an upheaval in the upper ranks of the GOP is needed.
The MSM’s tactic to make Cruz appear “fringe” is pathetically transparent. He embodies everything that terrifies them: a political movement (Tea Party) that they have spent three and a half years attempting to marginalize and destroy but stays strong because of the involvement of normal, non-Beltway Americans. The Political Class and its professional propagandists in the press would prefer that you simply shut up and let them tell you what is good for you.
And Ted Cruz makes you louder.
The day began with some Twitter back-and-forth between the grassroots conservative activist types and the fans of the establishment GOP, who a friend and I have dubbed “The Moderati”. For the record, I am a huge fan of in-fighting, especially when leadership is as wanting as it currently is in the GOP. My grassroots friends were trying to convey the point that the Moderati are forever “blah blah” about “this not being the right time” and “fighting another day”. No one was amused.
Shorter handwringers: save face, lose spine, get blamed, lose your base. Rinse, repeat.
— SuperChick (@lembas_n_coffee) September 24, 2013
If your message is: Can't win, don't try, then Tetsuya, the kimono-clad wine boy from my day spa lisps this in your ear: GROW A PAIR!
— Chris Barnhart (@ChrisBarnhart) September 24, 2013
Much to the chagrin of the fans of Team Lightbringer and the Moderati, Ted Cruz decided to continue being himself, rather than being what the MSM keeps telling him he should be.
— Jason Johnson (@jasonsjohnson) September 25, 2013
Three senators in the chamber? The season premiere of 'Castle' must be a good one. #StandWithCruz
— Lauren Luxenburg (@LaurenC_Lux) September 25, 2013
Apparently, Connecticut is still a state and its forty year-old freshman Senator doesn’t like staying up late.
Get a new job RT @ChrisMurphyCT Walking into Capitol to take 11-1 shift presiding over the Sen for this pointless fairy tale non-filibuster
— Rachael (@Miss_Wisconsin) September 25, 2013
If there's one good thing that's come out of this filibuster, it's this: everyone now knows Chris Murphy (D-CT) is a dick.
— Emily Zanotti (@emzanotti) September 25, 2013
And now for something completely different:
Guys, if it sounds like a person is coughing up a toupée, he's Scottish. #AgentsofSHIELD
— vbspurs (@vbspurs) September 25, 2013
Retired Marine Gen. James “Hoss” Cartwright has reportedly lost his security clearance as an investigation into his involvement in national security leaks continues, Foreign Policy reports.
Cartwright, a retired four-star general who served for 40 years and last served on the Joint Chiefs, has been the subject of an ongoing investigation into an alleged leak of classified information of the “Stuxnet” virus that targeted and temporarily disabled Iran’s nuclear facilities in 2010.
The general’s legal team has called that assertion “preposterous.”
Gordon Lubold of FP reports that multiple current and former administration sources said Cartwright lost his clearance earlier this year. That delivers a big blow to the retired officer once regarded as Obama’s ‘favorite general,’ who left the military and now serves in other military-related roles at the Center of Strategic and International Studies, Raytheon, and as a defense consultant for ABC News.
For once, and only because it involves someone who served the country for such a long time, I hope this is one negative associated with Team Lightbringer that turns out to not be true.
Think Progress: ‘Cruz Filibuster Is So Meaningless We’re Gonna Keep Writing About It While It’s Happening’
When I don’t feel threatened by something I don’t pay it any attention. I definitely don’t blog about it. Twice.
I wrote about this here last week.
EPA director Gina McCarthy went with the usual “for the children” spiel to justify plowing ahead with regulations even though the agency’s own analysis admits it won’t accomplish much.
The EPA anticipates that the proposed EGU New Source GHG Standards will result in negligible CO2 emission changes, energy impacts, quantified benefits, costs, and economic impacts by 2022. Accordingly, the EPA also does not anticipate this rule will have any impacts on the price of electricity, employment or labor markets, or the US economy.
The impacts on price, labor and the economy are never quite as rosy as what a federal agency reporting on itself projects, of course.
Apparently, this isn’t being done to help the environment, it is all about trying to make an infeasible technology feasible.
If this proposed regulation will have little effect, why press for it? The answer is because it will improve the prospects of Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS) technology, according to EPA.
Wait, didn’t EPA administrator McCarthy tell the House Energy and Commerce Committee last week that CCS is already “feasible.” She has more confidence in the technology than her agency. The RIA states that because “CCS technologies have had limited application to date,” the proposed regulation would “incentivize innovation” leading to performance improvement and cost reductions.
You have to love EPA’s circular logic. Through the regulatory process, it wants to push a technology that is supposedly “feasible” in order to incentivize its innovation in order to make it feasible.
The federal government is trying to artificially create a marketplace with tech that can’t yet sustain itself.
Because that’s worked out so well in recent years.
My friend Ben Howe did this. He’s launching Change2014.org but the site is still being built. His work can currently be found at Mister Smith Media.
That’s right, the terrorist-sponsoring Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation Trial, FBI “consultants” and promoters of Obama’s Muslim Brotherhood BFFs, just changed their name to the Washington Trust Foundation.
Andy and Amy Mangione of Louisville, Ky. and their two boys are just the kind of people who should be helped by ObamaCare. But they recently got a nasty surprise in the mail.
“When I saw the letter when I came home from work,” Andy said, describing the large red wording on the envelope from his insurance carrier, “(it said) ‘your action required,benefit changes, act now.’ Of course I opened it immediately.”
It had stunning news. Insurance for the Mangiones and their two boys,which they bought on the individual market, was going to almost triple in 2014 — from $333 a month to $965.
The insurance carrier made it clear the increase was in order to be compliant with the new health care law.
“This isn’t a Cadillac plan, this isn’t even a silver plan,” Mangione said, referring to higher levels of coverage under ObamaCare.
I vacillate almost daily between wanting to fight to delay and/or completely nuke this monstrosity to wanting it fully implemented in a hurry so that the public can find out just how full of it the “Oh, it’s going to be wonderful!” press and politicians are.
My thought on the latter route is that, while these kinds of programs are very difficult to undo once done, this one will have such an immediate and overwhelmingly negative impact that the public backlash will get it taken care of. Most of these federal behemoth programs take awhile to begin showing their ugly sides; that most definitely will not be the case with the PPACA. This one is gonna leave a mark and it is gonna do it right away.
Wearable activity trackers like the Fitbit and FuelBand have seemingly spawned a trend in which people track nearly anything and everything about their lives.
Mobile app Spreadsheets takes this a step further — it tracks your performance in bed. Spreadsheets provides both statistical and historical feedback by tracking your movements and audio levels. (You have to leave the phone on the mattress beside you in order for it to monitor your activity.)
The app rewards you with status titles for things like having sex for more than 40 minutes, having a “lazy Sunday,” where you have sex at least five times on Sunday, or having sex first thing in the morning.
The ability to keep the phone on the bed next to you should preclude any kind of decent rating of your performance.
One man’s opinion.
An off-duty member of the SAS emerged as a hero of the Nairobi siege yesterday, after he was credited with saving up to 100 lives.
The soldier was having coffee at the Westgate mall when it was attacked by Islamists on Saturday.
With a gun tucked into his waistband, he was pictured helping two women from the complex.
He is said to have returned to the building on a dozen occasions, despite intense gunfire.
A friend in Nairobi said: ‘What he did was so heroic. He was having coffee with friends when it happened.
‘He went back in 12 times and saved 100 people. Imagine going back in when you knew what was going on inside.’
Sources said the soldier was with the Special Air Service, or SAS. He cannot be named for security reasons.
I wonder what Piers Morgan has to say about a fellow Brit running around in public with a gun…
Six in 10 Americans (60%) believe the federal government has too much power, one percentage point above the previous high recorded in September 2010. At least half of Americans since 2005 have said the government has too much power. Thirty-two percent now say the government has the right amount of power. Few say it has too little power.
These most recent data come from Gallup’s Governance survey, conducted Sept. 5-8. The 7% who feel the government has too little power has been mostly steady since Gallup started tracking the measure regularly in 2002.
This new high encompasses Republicans (81%), who are now more likely than at any time since 2002 to say the government has too much power, and Democrats (38%), who now are more likely to say this than at any time since President Barack Obama took office in 2009.
Republicans, Democrats, and independents have each grown more likely to say government is too powerful this year. However, Republicans’ and Democrats’ views have generally become more polarized since Obama took office. In 2002, the two parties were about equally likely to view the federal government as too powerful, at 36% and 35%, respectively, with independents, at 45%, most likely to say this
The record number of Republicans who are dissatisfied with the status quo and creeped out by the size and reach of government might want to let their feelings be reflected in their voting habits soon. The GOP has been overrun by big government, bureaucracy-first statists for a couple of decades now. The party can win back the Senate next year and still see nothing change if Mitch McConnell is still in leadership.
The reason we go through these bouts of drama like what we’re seeing with the defund Obamacare fight is that we still have people in power who are, for the most part, part of the “yield completely but call it compromise” crowd. SO rather than having coherent debates about what is best for the people we end up arguing about what is best for the party.
And here is the video. Have a great weekend everyone!
Two things worth noting here: the Climate Church long ago ceased caring about the science or the evidence and this administration is plowing ahead with its Executive overreach agenda based on this zealotry while we’re distracted by looming war and the Obamacare monstrosity.
So there’s that to look forward to.
Biz ‘Team Member’ Of Dem Misogynist Allan Brauer Calls Detractors ‘Irrational’ For Thinking His Behavior Reflects On Her
Update: my team member even apologized for his tweet. That’s what rational and thinking people do. I consider this “case closed”.
Heads up to my friends, colleagues, and clients: So-o-o-o-o-o-o…Some people on Twitter decided they didn’t like what one of my team members said on his PRIVATE Twitter feed. These people think that now their job is to try to disparage ME and my company.
They have been trying to spread ridiculous things about us on Twitter, on our Facebook, on our website, and anywhere else they can find. What they don’t know is that for all of their snide comments, it still remains that private citizens can express their opinions on their own Twitter. If you don’t like what someone says on their own private space, take it up with him or her.
Here at Writing It Right For You, we believe in free speech and the 1st amendment. Since THE COMPANY didn’t say anything that you didn’t like, don’t come to THE COMPANY to air your grievances.
This is something that so many people don’t seem to understand: yes, the First Amendment gives us the right to say all kinds of stupid stuff. What it does not do, however, is provide immunity from consequences for saying things. You have every right in the world to tell your boss exactly where he/she can stick that suggestion just given to you but the First Amendment won’t protect you from being fired for doing so. There is some responsibility that goes along with exercising one’s First Amendment rights and, in the social media age, one’s “private” musings still reflect on
a person’s employer and have consequences.
What Ms. Hilliard Owens doesn’t grasp is that Brauer’s vile behavior ceased being “private” when it tweeted it to Amanda Carpenter.
She is also unaware that this isn’t Brauer’s first misogyny rodeo.
Or maybe she is. It is difficult to imagine a man with that little self control hiding it well.
Obviously, I won’t link to this but here are the “suggestions” from MMFA so you can play “No Media Bias Bingo” at home this weekend:
1) Stronger Gun Laws Are Popular
2) The Colorado Recalls Are Not Bellwether Elections
3) Violent Video Games Do Not Cause Mass Shootings
4) Bill Clinton Did Not Disarm The Navy Yard
5) The NRA Is Not An Electoral Powerhouse
6) The NRA Is An Extreme Organization
My friend Alexa Shrugged alerted me to this latest cry for help from one of the most consistently inane Salon slayers of logic (who I lambasted last week here at the Tatler). As she so correctly points out:
You know you’ve struck a nerve when they start screaming YOU WANT WOMEN TO GET CANCER!!! or TRANSVAGINAL ULTRASOUNDS ARE RAPE!!! or REPUBLICANS WANT TO BAN CONTRACEPTION!!! OR ROMNEY KILLED A WOMAN!!!
Yes, the greater and more deadly the hysteria is from the Leftmedia, the more you can be assured that Toto is about to pull the curtain and reveal the fraud.
The Salon post (which, again, I just provided a screencap of rather than link to) was in reaction to a video that Bryan posted about yesterday.
The video merely suggests opting out of Obamacare which, by the way, the White House says is perfectly all right.
So offended by this idea was the Salon that he decided to-as Leftmedia types are wont to do-just make things up.
This ad, part of a six-figure campaign, says young women without means would be better off skipping Pap smears than enrolling in Obamacare
Of course, that’s not what the ad says at all. But logic and truth be damned because-hey-IT’S TIME TO SCARE PEOPLE INTO BELIEVING THIS LAW IS AWESOME.
This is yet another example of the Leftmedia tripping on its own bs, as they are forever telling us that Planned Parenthood is the big “women’s health care provider” safety net whenever we say it’s an abortion mill. This is anecdotal but I have a friend who has been getting pap smears and birth control at low cost from PP for the nine years I’ve known her. I don’t know how low the cost is but I do know she could afford to go even when she was unemployed.
It almost requires a head injury to make the leap from “Opting out of Obamacare” to “OMG-NO PAP SMEARS ANYWHERE!”
Or it takes the ability to shamelessly lie about a serious subject merely to pimp a political agenda.
Food and family, works every time. Also there is a recipe for these biscuits at the end of the article.
Less than two weeks before the launch of insurance marketplaces created by the federal health overhaul, the government’s software can’t reliably determine how much people need to pay for coverage, according to insurance executives and people familiar with the program.
Honestly, I really can’t believe that there are so many elected Republican officials who still aren’t ready to go to the mat over this law. There has been no part of its implementation that hasn’t been problematic and there is no reason to believe that it will get any better once these initial troubles are figured out. Actually, there is no reason to believe they even will get figured out. And if they do, the sticker shock alone will be something to capitalize on.
When the monster that wants to destroy you is stunned and wounded, you don’t sit around and wait for it to get better.
An Ohio clinic that was touted by Obama while he was speaking on health care reform is now blaming ObamaCare after it was forced to cut $330 million from its budget.
Fox 8 reports the Cleveland Clinic, which is the largest employer in Northeast Ohio with about 39,000 workers in the region, announced the cuts to its 2014 budget at a meeting Wednesday.
A spokeswoman for the clinic tells Fox News the clinic is being forced to cut back to prepare for increased costs and decreased revenue under the health care reform law.
These changes will include offering early retirement to approximately 3,000 employees, reducing operational costs, and then layoffs as needed.
Summarizing: not only is he failing at “fixing” health care, he’s exacerbating the unemployment problem he’s promised to get under control for five years.
As diplomats prepare for the annual whirlwind of formal talks and private side meetings at next week’s gathering of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, the Obama administration and its overseas allies are debating how best to respond to the seemingly friendlier face – and negotiating posture – of Iran.
Recent weeks have seen the newly inaugurated Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, launch what passes, for the Islamic regime, as a charm offensive.
has used Twitter to post a Rosh Hashanah greeting to Jews around the world – an astonishing move after eight years of inflammatory Holocaust denial by his predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. He has released jailed political prisoners. He has exchanged courteous letters with President Obama.
Rouhani also has hinted at a new flexibility in the longstanding impasse over Tehran’s march toward a nuclear weapons capability, which has prompted Western allies to impose ever-tougher economic sanctions on the regime.
It really doesn’t take much effort to be less insane than Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Alec Baldwin drunk is less unhinged than the former Iranian president.
During the recent election in Iran, the press here loved referring to Rouhani as a “moderate Muslim cleric”. Again, we’re dealing with a very relative scale here. And, as everyone knows, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is still in charge over there. The puppet master may have swapped puppets but it’s still basically the same show.
Seriously kids, do we really want one of the Clinton spawn becoming the chief executive of Virginia ahead of 2016?
True, it has been a bumpy ride thus far but (in best Al Michaels voice) do you believe in miracles?
The September to November road in an election is a long one on which many things can change (ask John McCain) so there isn’t any reason to punt just yet.
Cuccinelli is gaining some ground, having recently cut Terry McAuliffe’s lead in half.
That’s definitely the direction and acceleration one likes seeing on the September road.
The new site The Federalist has a good examination of Cuccinelli’s window of opportunity at the moment.
There is also some help from outside the campaign to explain just what a dirtbag McAuliffe is, which helps during the home stretch. One of their ad is at the end of this post.
So…it’s far from over but there is still a pretty big hill to climb. Again, do we want one of the more unsavory characters from the Bubba years in charge of Virginia?