Saturday, February 05, 2011
The break down
California with 8
Florida with 4
Ohio with 3
Michigan with 2
Read 'em and weep...
2011 - "He needs to listen to what is being voiced by the Egyptian people, and make a judgment about a pathway forward that is orderly, but that is meaningful and serious."
Friday, February 04, 2011
Information about every Trident missile the US supplies to Britain will be given to Russia as part of an arms control deal signed by President Barack Obama next week.
Defence analysts claim the agreement risks undermining Britain’s policy of refusing to confirm the exact size of its nuclear arsenal.
The fact that the Americans used British nuclear secrets as a bargaining chip also sheds new light on the so-called “special relationship”, which is shown often to be a one-sided affair by US diplomatic communications obtained by the WikiLeaks website.
Details of the behind-the-scenes talks are contained in more than 1,400 US embassy cables published to date by the Telegraph, including almost 800 sent from the London Embassy, which are published online today.
Health insurance is a basic economic issue for all Americans, not just the 30 million people without coverage.
Republican efforts to turn repeal of the Affordable Care Act into political theater exemplify the party's detachment from ordinary lives in troubled times.
Easy assumptions about access to affordable care disappeared along with jobs in the recession. Medical problems have no respect for employment or party status. The most frugal family budgets are vulnerable.
Republicans, with their repeal vote in the House of Representatives and Wednesday's charade in the Senate, truly reveal how much they do not get it. They rant about Obamacare as they willfully distort the fiscal impacts, and fail to offer a single idea of their own. Random speeches do not count. Where is their star-spangled legislation to provide relief for anxious families?
Since when did it happen that because a family is experiencing anxiety, we're all supposed to kick in and salve the wound?
Let me educate Mr. Dickie to Valentine's Axiom (my name/my axiom). The further removed the payor gets from actually cutting the check, the higher the inflation rate for services rendered.
If you need any examples just look at higher education. More money for student loans, Pell Grants etc. education inflation is double the CPI.
I'm old enough to remember when health insurance was called "hospitalization" because nothing was covered until you were on a gurney in the emergency room. Then some bright insurance executive came up with a great idea. Let's pool together all of our policy holders, negotiate terms for everything and that will slow down the costs of inflation. We'll call it an HMO and save all kinds of money for policy holders.
How did that work out?
Years ago, I went to the pharmacy to get a $14 antibiotic and the clerk insisted on my insurance card. After I told him I had no script coverage, he told me " you know that will be a lot cheaper if you have the coverage". I then challenged him to tell me how's it's so much cheaper for me to pay an extra $40.00 a month when I've paid $14.00 for the entire year for one script.
How did people become so stupid to this reality?
A couple of months ago, I was approached by a laser eye center employee who told me they could do the laser surgery on both eyes for $800.00. I'm old enough to remember when people were paying $5,000 to have that done and yet the technology is better and the price has dropped.
I'd bet a lot of money if the government got involved, the prices wouldn't have decreased at all.
Same with cosmetic surgery, where boob jobs were only had by the rich and famous. Now with the swipe of a credit card you can practically get one in a drive through window.
I continue to believe that the day when people start actually cutting the checks for their own healthcare, prices for services will drop dramatically. I only have my opinion and thousands of years of human history to back me up.
Does that mean cardigans will be back in style soon?
The rolling blackouts now being implemented in Texas and across the country as record cold weather grips the United States are a direct consequence of the Obama administration’s agenda to lay siege to the coal industry, launch a takeover of infrastructure under the contrived global warming scam, and help usher in the post-industrial collapse of America.More.....
The inability of power companies to meet demand is almost exclusively a consequence of the Obama administration’s publicly stated goal to bankrupt the coal industry and in turn ram through the de-industrialization of America under the guise of the phony global warming mantra.
Even as China and Mexico are allowed to build dozens of new power plants every year, the United States is barely permitted to construct a handful, as the Environmental Protection Agency takes control of refineries and power plants under the completely fraudulent pretext of preventing global warming even as the country experiences some of the coldest weather seen for decades.
Texas has been the epicenter in a battle over the Obama administration’s drive to have the EPA regulate greenhouse gas emissions. Texas is the only state that has refused to implement a permit process.
“Austin said it would not establish such a scheme for greenhouse gas emissions because the US Environmental Protection Agency had no authority to regulate them as of January 2,” reported the Financial Times.
“Twelve other states are mounting a legal challenge to the federal government’s authority but they, unlike Texas, are implementing the new measures while the dispute makes its way through the courts.”
Local environmental officials in Texas were again involved in a fight with the EPA after the, “Texas Commission on Environmental Quality last week approved an air permit for the $3.2 billion Las Brisas Energy Center despite a formal EPA request that the commission delay issuing the permit until EPA’s concerns about the plant’s emissions impacts are fully addressed.”
Shell Alaska has dropped plans to drill in the Arctic waters of the Beaufort Sea this year and will concentrate on obtaining permits for the 2012 season, company Vice President Pete Slaiby said Thursday.
The recent remand of air permits issued by the Environmental Protection Agency was the final driver behind the decision, Slaiby said at a news conference.
Alaska receives upward of 90 percent of its general fund revenue from the petroleum industry, and top state officials reacted strongly to the decision. U.S. Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, blamed the Obama administration and the EPA.
"Their foot dragging means the loss of another exploration season in Alaska, the loss of nearly 800 direct jobs and many more indirect jobs," Begich said. "That doesn't count the millions of dollars in contracting that won't happen either at a time when our economy needs the investment."
And today, we'll apply it to the "Pro Job" Obama adminstration. See Obama is very pro job as long as the jobs pay good wages, don't involve fossil fuels, the plants don't emit CO2, etc....
In other words, the Chicklets.
Of course, if there was a market for these jobs yet to be determined, we wouldn't need the Obamunists. The market place would have already created them.
If a company’s financial reporting were so bad that its auditor had pointed out significant weaknesses in its accounting for seven years running, the Securities and Exchange Commission would most likely be all over it.Once again, if this were a private company, someone would be catching a little hell. When it's the government............ they call it business as usual.
But what if the company were the S.E.C. itself?
Since the commission began producing audited statements in 2004, the Government Accountability Office has faulted its reporting almost every year. Last November, the G.A.O. said that the commission’s books were in such disarray that it had failed at some of the agency’s most fundamental tasks: accurately tracking income from fines, filing fees and the return of ill-gotten profits.
“A reasonable possibility exists that a material misstatement of S.E.C.’s financial statements would not be prevented, or detected and corrected on a timely basis,” the auditor concluded.
Thursday, February 03, 2011
About 20% of federal tax credits claimed for alternative and plug-in electric vehicles during the first seven months of 2010 were erroneous, costing U.S. taxpayers more than $33 million, the Treasury Department's inspector general for tax administration said Thursday.More.....
The tax credits are designed to encourage consumers to buy energy-efficient vehicles, such as General Motors' Chevy Volt and the Nissan Leaf, which typically cost more than conventional gas-powered vehicles.
The Obama administration recently announced plans to have 1 million advanced-technology vehicles on the road by 2015.Taxpayers who purchase eligible vehicles can receive a tax credit worth up to $7,500. The inspector general's report found, though, that most of the erroneous credits were claimed for vehicles that weren't eligible for the tax break.
Ineligible vehicles owned by taxpayers who claimed the credit included the Hyundai Sonata, the Buick Enclave, and a bicycle, the report found.
The report also found that 29 prisoners also received a total of $49,926 in vehicle credits even though they were in prison at the time they claimed them.
President Barack Obama, turning briefly to his eclipsed domestic agenda Thursday, called on the nation's businesses to make fresh investments in clean energy technology that lay a foundation for long-term American prosperity.
He proposed a new tax credit and other measures to encourage businesses to retrofit their plants and reduce costs — steps that he said would save $40 billion a year in utility bills.
First off, your average business owner/executive does this crazy shit. Economists call it a cost/benefit analysis. If the benefit outweighs the cost, the investment will be made. Apparently, that's a foreign concept for our president. I guess a liberal will only make an investment if he's getting a tax credit or an "attaboy" for it.
For a rational business owner, if an investment pays for itself, you won't have to wait for a tax credit to get it done.
For instance, yours truly, spent $4,500 a couple of years ago for foam insulation on a 108 year old house converted to an office. I didn't do it because I was trying to wean the world from fossil fuels, I did it because it saved me about $100 a month in utility costs.
The year before that, I invested $2000 in new windows for much the same reason.
I didn't need any Obama tax credits to do what was already in my economic interest, I simply did the math.
But then again, math, along with economics is yet another subject these Ivy Leaguers must have missed while getting those impressive degrees.
An epic winter storm Wednesday buried more than a third of the United States in drifting snow, sleet and ice that brought air and road travel to a halt.
Snowstorms also paralyzed air transport, blocked operations in factories and caused schools to shut in the Mexican city of Ciudad Juarez, across the border from El Paso, Texas.
Ciudad Juarez mayor Hector Murgia said the temperatures of around minus 13 degrees centigrade (8.6 Fahrenheit) were the lowest recorded in almost 50 years.
Wednesday, February 02, 2011
About three years ago, the state of Ohio passed a law severely limiting paycheck lending operations.
CKE Restaurants Inc., the owner of the Carl's Jr. and Hardee's chains, is considering moving its headquarters from California to Texas. It could be an easy sell for the Lone Star State.
CEO Andrew Puzder and President Michael Murphy met with Gov. Rick Perry on Tuesday for the first time to talk about the company's possible expansion. The move could mean 500 new jobs for Texas, which the company already had identified as a top growth market for its fast-food restaurants.
Austin, among other large Texas cities, would be a possible site for a new headquarters.
"We're going to do a lot of restaurant development in Texas over the next 10 years," Puzder said. "We're considering maybe moving some of the headquarters — or all of the headquarters — here if we have a good business reason to do so, because the tax structure is certainly right, and the business-friendly environment is right."
At the time, I had a commenter suggest that those weren't "quality" jobs. I'm guessing that he would consider someone pushing meat on the American public as non "quality".
I wonder if he would like to have those non quality jobs today?
Tuesday, February 01, 2011
I don't believe I could ever support him for president because he lacks executive experience and we can see where that's got us today. In addition, his marital fidelity issues I believe cast a pall on his character.
Regardless, his blatant arrogant support of ethanol subsidies tells me that he either 1) lacks the intestinal fortitude to tell the truth to power or 2) isn't that smart after all.............
The former Speaker blew through Des Moines last Tuesday for the Renewable Fuels Association summit, and his keynote speech to the ethanol lobby was as pious a tribute to the fuel made from corn and tax dollars as we've ever heard. Mr. Gingrich explained that "the big-city attacks" on ethanol subsidies are really attempts to deny prosperity to rural America, adding that "Obviously big urban newspapers want to kill it because it's working, and you wonder, 'What are their values?'"
Mr. Gingrich traced the roots of these supposed antipathies to the 1880s, an observation that he repeatedly tendered "as an historian." The Ph.D. and star pupil of futurist Alvin Toffler then singled out the Journal's long-held anti-ethanol views as "just plain flat intellectually wrong."
Mr. Gingrich is right that ethanol poses an intellectual problem, but it has nothing to do with a culture war between Des Moines and New York City. The real fight is between the House Republicans now trying to rationalize the federal fisc and the kind of corporate welfare that President Obama advanced in his State of the Union. We'll dwell on this problem not merely because Mr. Gingrich the historian brought it up, but because it and he illustrate so many of the snares facing the modern GOP.
This ranks right up there with Mitt Romney blatantly lying to Michigan voters in the last presidential campaign.
Meet another mother of the year, Jennifer Cole, spawned by our ridiculous welfare system.
Why is Jennifer in the news?
Bond has been set at $14,500 for Jennifer Cole, the woman accused of overdosing in a restaurant bathroom in front of her three young kids.
Police say Cole and her three boys were at Noce's Pizzeria Friday when Cole went into the bathroom to inject heroin. A worker later heard the kids screaming, opened the bathroom door, and found Cole passed out on the floor.
Cole was taken to the hospital, then to the Hamilton County Justice Center. She's charged with three counts of child endangering.
Over the weekend, I watched the show "Shameless" starring William H Macy. If you ever wanted to see what the welfare state has created in this country, watch one episode of the show. It would be funny if there wasn't three kids in a pizza shop watching their mother OD on heroin in real life.
None the less, do you think Jennifer here voted for The One or The Maverick in our last election?