Monday, February 28, 2011
Seattle stops enforcing laws that are "too harsh" on minorities.
The official U.S. honey-hole of social justice (Seattle) also considers hiring people with college degrees to be racist, might not enforce certain drug laws because too many minorities are affected, and wants to give less jail time to illegals so the federal government has less time to put together deportation efforts.
Double You Tea Eff?!
Sunday, February 27, 2011
New Study Shows That Offshore Drilling Could Make Alaska the Eighth Largest Oil Producer in the World – Ahead of Libya and Nigeria
(CNSNews.com) – A new study says drilling on Alaska’s Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) could make Alaska the eighth largest oil resource province in the world -- ahead of Nigeria, Libya, Russia and Norway.
The report -- by the consulting firm Northern Economics and the University of Alaska-Anchorage’s Institute of Social and Economic Research -- says that developing Alaska’s OCS could produce almost 10 billion barrels of oil and 15 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, create around 55,000 new jobs and produce $145 billion in new payroll nationally, generating a total of $193 billion in government revenue through the year 2057.
A senior policy advisor with the American Petroleum Institute, the trade group for hundreds of U.S. oil and gas producers, said in a statement about the study that offshore drilling for oil and natural gas can help with the country’s energy and economic needs.
“America will need all forms of energy to get our economy back on track, and that includes oil – we can either produce it here and create more American jobs or import it and create jobs elsewhere,” Richard Ranger said. “The administration and Congress need to adopt an ‘all of the above’ energy approach that leverages our offshore resources in Alaska to create an energy plan for America that boosts, rather than inhibits, our economy.”
About 77 percent of world oil reserves are owned or controlled by national governments and the U.S. currently imports over 60 percent of its crude oil, according to API. The Northern Economics-University of Alaska study estimates that Arctic offshore development could cut U.S. imports by about 9 percent over 35 years.
Crude oil prices in New York broke through the $100-a-barrel threshold on Thursday, with rising prices linked to the unrest in the Middle East, including Libya and its vast oil reserves.
The Washington Post reported on Thursday that U.S. pump prices for regular gasoline jumped 4 cents a gallon overnight to $3.23, an 8-cent-per-gallon increase in the past week and 55 cents more than a year ago.
“Given the current political turmoil in the Middle East and increased demand from a slowly growing economy, it is more essential now than ever before that we develop Alaska’s OCS to increase domestic production,” Ranger said. “Increased OCS production in Alaska would also extend the operating life of the 800-mile Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS), a critical lifeline of domestic energy for America.”
$3.23 a gallon? I wish! Those are unicorn numbers on the Central Coast.
Doctors and nurses in Britain are being advised to tell their patients that having an abortion is safer than having the baby, The Telegraph reports.
The draft guidance from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is for all doctors, nurses and counselors advising women who are thinking about terminating their pregnancy.
Its first recommendation on "what women need to know" instructs health professionals: "Women should be advised that abortion is generally safer than continuing a pregnancy to term."
The guidance also says that women who are deciding whether to have an abortion must be told that most do not suffer any psychological harm. Until now, their advice has been that while rates of psychiatric illness and self-harm in women are higher among those who had an abortion, there was no evidence that termination itself was likely to trigger psychological problems. (oh goodie!) Read More
Saturday, February 26, 2011
The last big envelope was to inform me that my rates would go up 25%.
This time, to tell me that my policy no longer meets federal standards and although I will be able to keep my plan, no one else will ever be allowed to sign up for it. Meaning that eventually the pool of people will shrink, the average age of participants will rise, and my rates will increase because of it.
Not to worry..., I have 30 days to decide if I want to change to one of their new plans, which they warn me will probably be more expensive than my current plan. I can also switch to one of their new more expensive plans if my rates should happen to be increased anytime before December 2013 (way to look out for me Blue Cross!).
The new plan benefit pamphlets don't include any prices, I have to call to get those. I can only imagine how expensive they are considering the new "federal standards".
I made a few sacrifices in coverage to get my current plan into a price range I didn't feel sick about. For example, generic only prescription coverage, limited office visits, higher deductible.
But those plans are no longer available. Their current plans must now include coverage for "kids" up to 26 years of age, no lifetime maximum and 100% paid preventive care. Long gone are the plans that had a generic only prescription option, as well as the "catastrophic" plans that had low premiums and higher deductibles for people like me that try to stay healthy and don't run to the doctor every time they get they sniffles.
So much for keeping your current plan.
So much for making health care more affordable.
So now instead of enriching the lives of my kids by sending them to private school, or signing them up for music lessons, I get to spend all my spare money on "affordable" health care that I rarely ever use, but don't dare not have.
The good news: maybe if we slack a little more, try a little less, and lose some of our ambition and desire to achieve, we might (fingers crossed) qualify for this magical new public option I keep hearing so much about!
As a side note: I can't wait til "the Affordable Care Act" is repealed, and then my rates and policy can just go back to what it before it was passed. (Ha!)
UPDATE: I was able to uncover the new policy pricing on the Blue Cross website. For a plan similar to my current plan, albeit with a higher deductible and now including the new federal standards, the cost would be almost 25% higher than I am currently paying. Mind you, my rates were already increased shortly after the bill passed, making for a sweet 50% increase in policy rates since Obamacare was signed into law.
So I guess when Obama said insurance costs would decrease $2,500 a year for families, he actually meant increase.
Friday, February 25, 2011
via the blaze In December, the city’s health department released statistics showing 41 percent of pregnancies in the city were aborted in 2009. The rate was close to 60 percent for blacks.
And even more shocking:
Number of abortions per year: Approximately 42 Million
Number of abortions per day: Approximately 115,000
Number of abortions per year: 1.21 Million (2005)
Number of abortions per day: Approximately 3,700
(figures per Guttmacher Institute www.guttmacher.org)
Thursday, February 24, 2011
...and some in the Western media have the nerve to actually compare what's happening in Wisconsin, where people are literally preventing democracy from taking place, to what's happening in the Middle East, where people are risking their very lives for just a small taste of it.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Chris Matthews lists Americans favorite presidents.... Call me crazy but I sense some bitterness towards the number 1 spot.
I hate to be captain obvious here but if we had such a limited memory and just voted for the most recent president, wouldn't at least one of the Bushes have made the list annnnd pretty sure Clinton was a president after Reagan. Hate on Chris, hate on....
Monday, February 21, 2011
Click on the link below to see more intellectual signs from the Teachers Union protest in Wisconsin. A little warning though, some of the signs would make a trucker blush.
Click here to see more
Here’s but a small sampling from the #caring Tweeters:
(NOTE: I prefer to view the video with music like this as accompaniment…)
QUESTION: Where's Nancy Pelosi crying about the atmosphere of violence now?
Sunday, February 20, 2011
In this video you see a manager of Planned Parenthood, tell the pimp...That's right pimp to lie about how old the girls are that he would be bringing in, gives him advice on how the girls can continue to "make money" while they recover from the abortion and even says she can make him a deal on the cost, streamline the whole process to make it faster and even acknowledges that the girls are illegal immigrants...
I can see why Republicans want to defund Planned Parenthood but can someone tell me why the Democrats don't?
Where exactly is the Parenthood in abortion?
Saturday, February 19, 2011
The White House budget’s Historical Tables volume shows that direct payments to individuals have increased from 2.4% at the end of World War II to 66.2% in 2010, including grants.
And whose wealth gets redistributed for the payments? Merline also sees a decades-long trend there:
In fact, according to the IRS, which collects such data, the share of income taxes paid by the richest 1 percent almost equals the share of income taxes paid by the bottom 95 percent. Today, roughly a third of those who file a tax return don’t pay any federal income tax at all, or get more in refundable tax credits than they pay in taxes. (In 1985, only 18 percent fell into this camp, according to the Tax Foundation.)
Some of the sharp increase in the last three years can be attributed to Baby Boomer retirement, and others to the influx of funds to emergency funding for unemployment. Clearly, though, this is an unsustainable rise — and a dramatic change in the redistributive efforts of the federal government. We don’t need more soak-the-rich policies; we need to start containing individual payment programs, and we need to do it.
Quite a stretch Gentlewoman Wasserman, quite a stretch.
Skip to 2:38 for the money shot.
Friday, February 18, 2011
Thursday, February 17, 2011
What do you wanna bet that bus they left on was a short one?
Senate Dems Flee Wis. Capitol to Skip Budget Vote
During a Thursday afternoon press conference, Gov. Walker encouraged Senate Democrats to return to Madison in order to carry out the job they’re paid to do. “Out of respect for the institution of the Legislature and the democratic process, I am calling on Senate Democrats to show up to work today, debate legislation and cast their vote,” Walker said.
“For those looking for us, we are right here, standing with the people of Wisconsin,” Democratic Senator Chris J. Larson tweeted late Thursday afternoon, apparently from Illinois.
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Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Why not just change the name to "Smuggle Truck: Undocumented Workers" ... and make everyone happy, guys?
BOSTON (AP) — A game developed by a Boston-based tech company that allows users to drive a truck full of immigrants through the desert and try not to have them tossed out is drawing fire from some immigrant advocates. “Smuggle Truck: Operation Immigration,” a proposed iPhone and iPad app by Owlchemy Labs targeted for released in March, lets players navigate through what appears to be the U.S-Mexican border. As the truck drives over cliffs, mountains and dead animal, immigrants fall off the truck’s bed. Scores are calculated by the number of immigrants helped crossing the U.S. border.
Developer Alex Schwartz said the idea for the satirical game came out frustration friends faced while trying to immigrate to the U.S. Schwartz said the message that developers what to send out through the game — it’s so tough to legally emigrate to the U.S. that it’s almost easier to smuggle yourself over the border despite the dangers.
But Eva Millona, executive director of the Massachusetts Immigrants & Refugee Advocacy Coalition, said the game is in poor taste and trivializes the seriousness of immigrants willing to risk their lives under a broken immigration system. “Last year 170 human beings died crossing the border,” Millona said in statement. “It’s disgraceful that anyone would try to make money out of this tragedy by making light of it in a game.”
Monday, February 7, 2011
via Mediaite These days it seems President Obama can’t even get through an apolitical football game without someone bossing him around to do something or another. Despite being a unique game in many ways, this Super Bowl was no different, as the Black-Eyed Peas’ Will.I.Am took poetic license to demand of the President to “get these kids educated!” in the middle of “Where is the Love?”
The interjection came in the middle of Will.I.Am’s section of the song, where, instead of the usual line, he cried out, “Obama, let’s get these kids educated!”
And Will.I.Am is no stranger to politics, nor to President Obama, having contributed the vastly-watched “Yes We Can” music video in 2008 and made history as CNN’s first hologram. Yet one must wonder how many people watching the Super Bowl really want to be reminded of politics, of all things, and how appropriate such political statements are in a venue meant to unite Americans and allow them at least a few hours vacation from the nation’s vicious political news cycle.
Sunday, February 6, 2011
Friday, February 4, 2011
via the Blaze Is KFC threatening Barack Obama with a giant chicken sandwich? I don’t know, but I can say that around the time Chinese President Hu Jintao visited America a few weeks ago, KFC ran a commercial in Hong Kong using an Obama look-a-like (and the “change” phrase) to sell a new chicken sandwich. And it features that look-a-like getting pummeled by said sandwich:
According to KFC parent-company spokesman, the commercial is just supposed to be a commercial, and there’s no hidden message.
“It was meant to be a spoof and no disrespect was intended,” a spokesman for Yum! Brands, which operates KFC said in a statement. “It is no longer airing and will not be re-aired”
According to the New York Daily News, KFC is one of the most popular food chains in China.
But the oddest part may be the company‘s decision to use Obama to hock fast food despite Michelle Obama’s anti-junk-food position. I guess that viewpoint got “lost in translation.”
Only time will tell, for now, my money's on big Ed...
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Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Obama senior advisor asks US Military GENERAL (in uniform!) ......to get her some wine.
Generals, waiters..., what's the diff?
According to our tipster, Valerie Jarrett was seated at the head table along with several other big-name politicians and a handful of high-ranking military officials. As an officer sporting several stars walked past Jarrett, she signaled for his attention and said, “I’d like another glass of wine.”
White House economic adviser Austan Goolsbee, who was seated next to Jarret, began “cracking up nervously,” our tipster said, but no one pointed out to Jarrett that the man sporting a chestful of medals was not her waiter.
“The guy dutifully went up and got her a glass of wine, and then came back and gave it to her and took a seat at the table,” our tipster said. “Everyone is in tuxedos and gowns at this thing, but the military people are in full dress uniform. “There was no shortage of waiters either.” Read more
Follow-up Question: so, did she really not know he was a General, or is that just what people from Chicago think General's do?