Thursday, October 31, 2013

"The Big Lie"

***The "keep your plan" lie was necessary to getting the ACA passed. That's why liberals just don't seem too upset about it - they all knew, and lied anyway. I really don't know how these people look at themselves in the mirror.

Deception: In the face of millions of cancellation notices, Democrats want to downplay the president's "keep your health plan" pledge as standard political hyperbole. It was, in fact, a calculated lie that got ObamaCare enacted.
To understand why, let's freshen up on a little health care reform history.

 Follow the link and read the whole thing.



The explosive growth in government regulations impose huge costs on productive activities. The arbitrary way in which they are enforced causes more insidious damage. It corrodes the rule of law and creates serious distrust on the merits of winners and losers in the market place. In addition, this “arbitrary” enforcement does not take place randomly. It is not the product of chance. It is the result of political machines that have perfected the art of extortion.

Good article.

***This is great!



***I can relate...



***Our church is doing this - it was fun to put the box together. :-)

It’s hard to believe the holiday season is right around the corner. In an effort to combat the overly materialistic hue Christmas has taken on, some commentators will bemoan the tradition of gift-giving.
I won’t be one of them.
Don’t get me wrong – I agree that, far too often, we’ve allowed Christmas to become what it’s not. It’s obviously not about running over fallen shoppers to get the “it” toy for a son or daughter. 
However, at its core, you and I know that Christmas is about giving. It’s about God giving the world the gift of His Son. It’s about God giving the gift of salvation to those who would accept it.
Operation Christmas Child understands that, in the right context, Christmas presents can provide Christians the perfect opportunity to share the Gospel. You’ve probably heard of this yearly effort, one of the best-known outreaches of Franklin Graham’s international relief ministry, Samaritan’s Purse.
Every year, Operation Christmas Child oversees a huge effort to collect donated shoeboxes filled with gifts that are then distributed to children around the world. Since 1993, more than 100 million boys and girls in more than 130 countries have received a shoebox.

Follow the link and look at the pictures. :-)

***Obama approval rating plummets to all-time low. Well, I'm glad people are starting to see him for what he is, but the damage he has done will take years to undo. It's a little late to be waking up, folks.

***SkyRunner flying ATV goes on sale. Oh, let's go get one...


Has the “flying car” finally gotten off the ground?
Sales for an innovative vehicle called the SkyRunner began today with its public debut at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.
More of a beefed-up paraplane than a roadable aircraft like the Terrafugia Transition, the SkyRunner is a single-seat all-terrain-vehicle with a rear-mounted propeller that attaches to a fabric reflex paraglider wing to enable flight.



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***"Climb every mountain, ford every stream, follow every rainbow, 'til you find your dream." -- Rogers & Hammerstein from the song "Climb Every Mountain"

***Have a great day!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Nutrition Myths

***Saw this on Facebook - great article! Here's the first one:

1. Eggs Are Bad For Your Health

Eggs are so incredibly nutritious that they’re often called “nature’s multivitamin.”
The nutrients in them are enough to turn a single cell into an entire baby chicken.
However, eggs have been demonized in the past because they contain a large amount of cholesterol, which was believed to increase the risk of heart disease.
But the truth is that despite being high in cholesterol, eggs don’t really raise the bad cholesterol in the blood. In fact, eggs primarily raise the “good” cholesterol (1, 2, 3, 4).
Despite all the warnings about eggs in the past few decades, studies show that they are NOT associated with heart disease (5, 6, 7).
If anything, eggs are pretty much a perfect food for humans. They’re loaded with protein, healthy fats, vitamins, minerals and unique antioxidants that protect the eyes (8, 9).
They are also an excellent source of Choline, a nutrient that is very important for the health of the brain and about 90% of people aren’t getting enough of (10, 11).
Despite being a “high fat” food, eating eggs for breakfast is proven to cause significant weight loss compared to a breakfast of bagels (12, 13).

Bottom Line: Eggs are among the most nutritious foods on the planet and do not raise your risk of heart disease. Eggs for breakfast can help you lose weight.


Follow the link and read the whole thing. Low carb, high protein is the only thing that has ever worked for me.

***From Judge Jeanine Pirro:
Sebelius says it's not the time for blame. It's time to "fix." Really? How about both? Or is that too much to ask?
***The Arithmetic Absurdity of Obamacare
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***Halloween Humbug. No kidding. Some woman is giving out "obese letters" to fat kids. Really?
Imagine going trick-or-treating for candy this Halloween and getting a critical letter in your candy bag.
That’s what may be happening to some kids in North Dakota this year. One woman called into the Y94 radio station in Fargo this week to say she doesn’t plan to just give Halloween candy to all of the children who come to her door.
She said she also plans to give a sealed letter to any overweight children who visit her, which the children are then supposed to give to their parents. In the letter, the woman plans to tell the parents that they are acting irresponsibly by sending their children out to seek candy when they are already overweight.
The letter, which Y94 says was emailed to them by the woman, reads in part:
“You [sic] child is, in my opinion, moderately obese and should not be consuming sugar and treats to the extent of some children this Halloween season.
My hope is that you will step up as a parent and ration candy this Halloween and not allow your child to continue these unhealthy eating habits.”
 
Maaaaan, that would tick me off. What a condescending heifer.
***10 reasons to give up diet soda. I used to live on that stuff, and I was fat. Ever see a skinny person drinking Diet Coke?  I still drink it once in a while, but not even close to as much as I used to.
***Incredible Landmark?
This is the ArcerlorMittal Orbit in London. I hate to say it, but I think it's ugly.

***Our deeply confused electorate. No kidding.
These days, many are saying that Americans are profoundly divided, in a way that we haven’t seen in a long time. That might be true. But it seems to me that our electorate is as much confused as divided. Some of the current data at Rasmussen Reports illustrate the point. It is useful, I think, to look at multiple data points from the same source, so that differing results are not attributable, presumably, to polling techniques or skewed samples.
Rasmussen asks the question: Do you agree more politically with President Obama, or with the average member of the Tea Party? A good question, ripped from the daily headlines. The response? Dead even, 42% agree more with Obama, 42% with the Tea Party. But other findings are hard to reconcile: only 30% of voters have a favorable view of the Tea Party, while 50% are unfavorable. How can only 30% of voters view the Tea Party favorably, if 42% say they agree more with the grass roots movement than with the president?
Then there is this:
Even prior to the shutdown, voters who approve of the president’s job performance were slightly more likely to consider the Tea Party a bigger terrorist threat to the United States than radical Muslims.
Even though no Tea Party member has ever carried out any terrorist act. For whatever reasons–more about this later–intensity is very much on the side of the Left.
Here are more data that I find puzzling. Rasmussen finds that 62% think cutting spending rather than increasing it is the best thing the federal government can do to help the economy. I agree. Not only that, a whopping 64% have an unfavorable opinion of the federal government. So that means people want to throw the Democrats out and elect a Republican Congress, right? Because the Democrats pretty much control the federal government, and no one can imagine them ever cutting spending.
Wrong: Democrats lead Republicans in the generic preference poll, 43%-37%. Is that because voters think the Democrats have been leading the country in the right direction, so they want more of the same? Just kidding. Americans are pessimistic: by 41% to 33%, they think the economy will be weaker a year from now, not stronger.
If you can make sense out of all of this, please explain in the comments. To me, it looks like an electorate in a severe state of confusion.

Makes absolutely no sense.

***It's coming...


***But now...






***Failure is not the only punishment for laziness; there is also the success of others. ~~ Jules Renard

***Have a great day!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

False Promise

***Of course he knew. The whole purpose of Obamacare is to put private insurance companies out of business and force people into a single payer system.

To say that President Obama is on the record telling Americans they can keep their current health insurance is an understatement. He repeated the assurance so many times during the health-care debate that it was almost a verbal tic.
He was stirring: “Americans must have the freedom to keep whatever doctor and health-care plan they have.”
He was adamant: “If you like your health plan, you will be able to keep your health-care plan. Period.”
He was clear: “Let me be clear: If you like your doctor or health-care provider, you can keep them. If you like your health-care plan, you can keep that, too.”
He had to keep repeating his promise, since there was so much bad information out there. “No matter what you’ve heard,” he said in a weekly radio address in August 2009, “if you like your doctor or health-care plan, you can keep it.”

He knew darn well the insurance companies would be dropping people in order to avoid Obamacare's exorbitant fees. What's unbelievable to me are the masses who believed him, and still do.

***Senate Democrats call for automatic debt limit hikes. Heaven forbid they try to be fiscally responsible.

Democrats controlling the Senate proposed Tuesday to avoid future showdowns over the so-called debt ceiling by giving the president authority to authorize additional federal borrowing unless Congress can muster veto-proof margins to block him.
The move by Sens. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, is aimed at heading off future Washington confrontations over increasing the government's borrowing cap. Debt limit battles this fall and in 2011 spooked financial markets and took the government precariously close to a default on its obligations.
"It's time for us to put in place a straightforward process to avoid a catastrophic default on our nation's debt," Boxer said, adding that the legislation "sends a strong message of certainty to the markets, to our families and to the world."

What it sends is the message that Washington can spend whatever it wants with no repercussions. Not surprising that it's the Democrats pushing this.

***So, what happened to transparency? In this administration? Right. Stonewalling and deceit are what they're best at.

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***Texas man survives double lightning strike. Wow.

Don't you dare tell Casey Wagner that lightning doesn't strike twice in the same spot.
The North Texas man is counting his blessings after he was struck by two lightning bolts seconds apart over the weekend.

***8 expenses you can stop paying today. This is interesting, geared toward small businesses.

***In case you were wondering: Top 10 Facts About Popcorn.

Did you know this?

8. How it works — Each kernel has water inside it. When the kernel is heated, the water turns to steam. Because of the kernel’s hard coating, the steam has difficulty escaping. The steam eventually escapes, causing the kernel to explode, or “pop.”

Follow the link for the rest.

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***Be the Best of Whatever You Are
-- By Douglas Malloch

If you can't be a pine on the top of the hill,
Be a scrub in the valley - but be
The best little scrub by the side of the hill;
Be a bush if you can't be a tree.
If you can't be a bush, be a bit of the grass,
Some highway happier make;
If you can't be a muskie, then just be a bass -
But the liveliest bass in the lake!
We can't all be captains, we got to be crew,
There's something for all of us here,
There's big work to do, and there's lesser to do,
And the task we must do is the near.
If you can't be a highway, then just be a trail,
If you can't be the sun, be a star;
It isn't by size that you win or you fail -
Be the best of whatever you are.
shooting star 
 
***I ask not for a lighter burden, but for broader shoulders.  ~Jewish Proverb
 
***Have a great day!
 

Monday, October 28, 2013

Benghazi Report

***CBS did a scathing report on the Benghazi scandal last night - but I have to ask, where were you before the 2012 election? Hardly a peep from the reliably Democrat leaning outlets. While I'm glad they finally acted like journalists, I'll never forgive them for propping up this mealy-mouthed weasel we have as president, and his Democrat allies in Washington. They have done and are doing irreparable damage to the country, and the news media is a big reason they get away with it.

***Soros-backed amnesty campaign. Nothing worse than a liberal with a lot of money. Check out the list of supporters, a Who's Who of wealthy liberals. Why are they so in favor of something that is going to damage our economy? I don't get it. Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg is usually in the middle of crap like this. I'm seriously considering dropping Facebook because of it.

***Gluten-free foods that make you gain weight.

***LOL! This is a good one...




***Well put: Obamacare debacle reveals rot at core of Barack Obama's administration. It certainly does.

The refusal to see any criticism as legitimate helps explain why Obama is a failed president. He rammed ObamaCare through Congress without GOP votes, so it is bizarre to claim now that Republicans permanently forfeited all right to complain. His us-against-them mentality restricts input to those who agree with him.

Read the whole thing.

***Judge rules discrimination suit against Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee can go forward. You know what I find most repulsive about this? This completely, totally DUMB woman is a 10 term congresswoman. 10 TERMS. Wrap your head around that. Does she run unopposed, or what??

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***From Inspirational Words of Wisdom:

You cannot go through life without going through hardship, pain, failures, or challenges, but, you also cannot turn your life to point in the right direction unless you have a constant supply of positive influences as you can easily find through a daily inspirational or motivational quote. Start now and keep building.

If you don't start adopting a positive pattern into your life, it is even more challenging to deal with life's issues as they arise, and they will. There is no lack of challenges to face - they always seem to crop up without warning just like there is never a good time for a flat tire. Be prepared - always start your day armed with positive thoughts and refresh your thoughts throughout the day just like you refresh your coffee or tea.

***Keep on going and the chances are you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I have never heard of anyone stumbling on something sitting down. ~~ Charles F. Kettering

***Have a great day!
 

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Halal Yah

***That's Hebrew for "Praise the Lord." Pastor James gave such an uplifting message this morning on praising the Lord. It can be done in many ways, and anywhere. Music, thought, actions, words, you name it. I think many times people spend too much time criticizing the way others worship because it doesn't match how they do it. As long as the content is solid and Biblical, then the style of worship doesn't really matter. I really enjoyed James' exhortations to praise the Lord wherever we are, and also that it's important to worship together, too. Sundays are my jump start to the week, I hate it when I have to miss. If we have music practice in the middle of the week, sometimes I'm just so stressed out and tired from a 12 hour day that I just don't want to go, but I'm ALWAYS glad I did. Being around those wonderful ladies never fails to lift me up.

***Didn't get much done yesterday - Mom & I ran around until about 12:00, then I had music practice at 1:00. We really found some great yard sales yesterday. It was a bit chilly, but we both picked up some really nice items. I got some more Thanksgiving/fall decorations, I'm having Mark's family here for Thanksgiving this year. I'm really looking forward to that. When I got back from practice I sat down to work a little, then saw Mom pull in the driveway. She had locked herself out of her house. I went over and found that one of her bedroom windows was not locked, so I crawled in there and got the key she had locked in there. Obviously, I locked that window, so if she does it again we're gonna have to break something. :-)

***Rep. Darrell Issa says Obama needs to fire officials of Obamacare failure. Well, actually, we need to fire Obama and the rest of the Democrats who foisted this mess on America.

***Marines scoff at Obama's proposed "Girly Hats." Don't you think there are a few more pressing things to concern yourself with, Mr. President?

A plan by President Barack Obama to create a unisex-style cap for the Marine Corps' uniform has Leathernecks up in arms over a look that many have derided as "girly."

"We don't even have enough funding to buy bullets and the DOD is pushing to spend $8 million on covers that look like women's hats," a senior Marine told The New York Post.
The hats, which are smaller and thinner, are apparently aimed at looking as good on females as on males.

Sorry, but our president is an idiot.

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Winchester Mystery House
San Jose, California
With mile-long hallways, staircases to nowhere and doors that open into walls, this mysterious maze-like Victorian mansion in San Jose boasts160-rooms. The home was originally built by Sarah Winchester, the wealthy widow of William Wirt Winchester (son of the manufacturer of the Winchester repeating rifle).  Sarah tragically lost both her daughter and husband to illness and later sought help from a spiritual advisor to overcome her depression. The medium warned Sarah that the Winchester family had been struck by a terrible curse, and would be haunted by the ghosts of the many deceased killed by the Winchester rifle.  The only way to appease the dead according to the medium, was to build a house for the lost souls... and never stop building.  For 38 years, construction on the house continued for 24 hours a day, until Sarah died. Today, visitors to the home will want to look out for the many unlucky number 13's featured in the house design as they roam the haunted halls.

Follow the link to read about more.

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A schoolteacher was arrested at the airport for trying to go through security with a slide rule and a calculator. He was charged with carrying weapons of math instruction.

ar ar ar....

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***11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. -- Jeremiah 29.11
 
***Have a great day!
 

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Catchin' Up

***Didn't get to my blog yesterday, it was "one of those days." Not a "need it now!" day, just a constant barrage. Glad this is my day to relax and spend time with Mom all morning.

***The meltdown continues: Obamacare is costing hundreds of thousands of people their coverage. This is all by design, people. But, as my friend Jim Sondergeld asserts, I don't think they expected it to crash and burn so quickly, I think they wanted to sneak up on people little by little. They want a route to single payer, but they won't get there by pissing off the country, including their supporters. They want a slow creep, like socialism in this country has been.

It’s easy to get lost in the numbers: CareFirst is dropping healthcare coverage for 76,000 because of Obamacare.  In Florida, Obamacare is costing 300,000 their health insurance. State by state, Americans can expect to pay more to get less from the health insurance, again thanks to Obamacare. Millions of Americans who actually wanted to purchase health insurance through Healthcare.gov cannot, because the site was poorly built, still doesn’t work, and the Obama administration has yet to hold anyone accountable.
Behind all of these numbers, though, are real people.

***Oh look, it was an Obama crony who got the huge contract to build the Obamacare web site. Nice job, apparently you're as competent as your buddies in the White House.

First Lady Michelle Obama’s Princeton classmate is a top executive at the company that earned the contract to build the failed Obamacare website.
Toni Townes-Whitley, Princeton class of ’85, is senior vice president at CGI Federal, which earned the no-bid contract to build the $678 million Obamacare enrollment website at Healthcare.gov. CGI Federal is the U.S. arm of a Canadian company.
Townes-Whitley and her Princeton classmate Michelle Obama are both members of the Association of Black Princeton Alumni.

 Hmmm...wonder if there's an "Association of White Princeton Alumni?" No, that would be racist.

***Love this picture...










Some of those look downright dangerous.


Zambian tennis player Lighton Ndefwayl once explained his loss to fellow countryman Musumba Bwayla by insisting, “He beat me because my jockstrap was too tight.”
Here, enjoy a tirade compiled from real excuses from renters.Let me get this straight, “you’re only talking to me because the rent’s not paid? Is that all I am to you? A tenant?” Yes, I know I’m late with the rent. “We knew we wouldn’t be able to pay next month’s rent, so we decided to not pay this month’s rent either.” Why? I’ll tell you why: “I’m getting really tired of paying this rent every damn month!” “We’ll pay you when we can. We’re having a big party for my daughter’s sweet 16 with her friends and had to buy a lot of beer.” So just bear with me, OK? I’m a little low this month 
because “my dealer raised his prices again. You know how it goes.” Look, I know I owe you money, but don’t worry, it won’t be long before I pay you. “We’re getting a refund on my wife’s tattoo. The artist messed it up, and we’re getting back most of the bucks!” Oh, and one more thing: “I won’t be paying the rent for July. I can’t give you any details, but we are going into the witness protection program.”

 ***                   Tazmanian Devil impression...



***I know I've posted this before, but this is one of my favorite poems, so I'm postin' it again!

Stopping By The Woods on a Snowy Evening
By Robert Frost
 
Whose woods these are I think I know.   
His house is in the village though;   
He will not see me stopping here   
To watch his woods fill up with snow.   

My little horse must think it queer   
To stop without a farmhouse near   
Between the woods and frozen lake   
The darkest evening of the year.   

He gives his harness bells a shake   
To ask if there is some mistake.   
The only other sound’s the sweep   
Of easy wind and downy flake.   

The woods are lovely, dark and deep.   
But I have promises to keep,   
And miles to go before I sleep,   
And miles to go before I sleep.
 
 
 
***Have a great day!
 

Thursday, October 24, 2013

The Sexual Politics of Meat

***I kid you not. That is an actual book written by a living, breathing person. 

The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory explores a relationship between patriarchal values and meat eating by interweaving the insights of feminism, vegetarianism, animal defense, and literary theory. The New York Times called it “a bible of the vegan community.” It is available in a Tenth Anniversary Edition. When it first appeared in 1990, Library Journal called The Sexual Politics of Meat "an important and provocative work" and predicted it would "inspire and enrage readers across the political spectrum." True to Library Journal's prediction, the book was hailed by CHOICE as a "’bible' for feminist and progressive animal rights activists" and equally reviled by conservative commentators, including Rush Limbaugh.

Yes, eating meat is an attack on women now. HARVARD invited this woman to lecture students, as have other universities. Want to hear more of her brilliance?

Adams noted that meat-eating would not exist if female animals were not forced into pregnancy and their reproductive abilities exploited to produce milk and eggs.
“Oppression isn’t an idea. It’s an activity,” Adams said. “It is this activity.”
Adams also opposed the degradation of fish.
“We have treated fishes as a mass term ‘fish’ and we don’t view them as individuals,” she said.

Sometimes ya just gotta shake your head and move on. This woman is wackonutzoid.

***Obamacare disproportionately hurts poor, rural Americans. So what? Do you really think the Democrats CARE? This is about an agenda, not helping people.

***More brilliance from an American university:

University of Colorado Boulder tells students to avoid costumes including cowboys, indians, white trash or anything potentially deemed offensive


What a nation of pansies we're becoming.

***Worst idea ever?



***The art of LED lights.



***Know the true value of time; snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness; no laziness; no procrastination; never put off till tomorrow what you can do today. ~~ Lord Chesterfield

***Have a great day!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The Absentee Presidency

***Harrumph. I wish.

It is the president’s signature achievement, arguably his only one. It’s going to roll out at a time when the GOP is bruised and looking for a counterattack. It is going to be a big mess; brutal press coverage will follow. It will provide confirmation for the GOP that Republicans were right all along about the president’s treasured program. And you, the secretary responsible for the program, don’t tell the White House?! In any other administration this would be inconceivable, but in the current one Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius might be telling the truth when she says the president — you guessed it — learned about the Obamacare debacle from the media.

He has been coddled and shielded his whole life. He has no experience at anything other than getting himself elected to positions he is not qualified for. People who voted for this man should be ashamed and/or embarrassed.

He didn't know about the problems with the web site, he didn't know about the problems in Benghazi....blah blah blah. Wow, what a leader.

***Medical Records Wreck. Doctors are bailing out in alarming numbers.

Dr. Hayward K. Zwerling, an internal-medicine physician in Massachusetts who is also president of ComChart Medical Software, blasted the Obamacare EMR mandate in a recent open letter: “As the developer of an EMR, I sincerely believe that a well-designed EMR is a useful tool for many practices. However, the federal and state government’s misguided obsession to stipulate which features must be in the EMRs, and how the physician should use the EMRs in the exam room, places the politicians in the middle of the exam room between the patient and the physician, and seriously disrupts the physician-patient relationship.”

***Turning food stamps into cash on Craigslist. Oh, great. Anyone caught doing this should be thrown off the welfare rolls and never allowed to return. But...we all know that won't happen.

***Rep. Alan Grayson of Florida is certifiable, as are the people who vote for him.

Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson, who is known for lobbing over-the-top rhetorical bombs at his political foes, once again is being accused of taking things too far -- after his campaign sent an email that compared the Tea Party to the Ku Klux Klan while depicting a burning cross.
The email showed a large image of the flaming cross, with the letters "ea Party" etched in to the right of it. The caption read: "Now You Know What the 'T' Stands For."
The email included "pointed analysis" from Grayson in which he said, "The Tea Party is no more popular than the Klan," blasting the conservative organization for its role in the showdown that resulted in the two-week partial government shutdown.
Republicans on Tuesday accused the Florida congressman of stepping -- way -- over the line.
"There's no excuse for the hateful words and imagery used by Congressman Grayson," said Matt Gorman, a spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee. "This hate-filled rhetoric has Americans fed up with Washington."

Obviously, only Republicans are expected to be civil.

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***Piers Morgan says press "quite soft" on Obama. You don't say.

CNN's Piers Morgan, who as a top tabloid newspaper editor in Britain for years had his reporters ask tough questions and write hard-hitting exposes, thinks the U.S. press has been too easy on the Obama administration.

"I would say actually they've been probably quite soft and could have gone harder. The financial crisis was inherited by the president, but he's been there long enough to try to work it out himself. Unemployment's still comfortably over 7 percent — really completely unacceptable," said Morgan, 48.

 Morgan is a flaming liberal, so for him to say something like this is notable.




***Winter's comin'...



***All great things are simple, and many can be expressed in single words: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.  ~~ Winston Churchill
 
***Have a great day!
 
All great things are simple, and many can be expressed in single words: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.
Read more at http://www.wow4u.com/winston-churchill/index.html#7TkUf1XxTeqGg1YQ.9

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Sad State of Health Care

***Here is one doctor's take on how Electronic Medical Records are doing more harm than good. I see that first hand every day. The silliest aspect is having the most expensive member of the medical team, the doctor, doing clerical work instead of seeing patients.

Having now worked with a multitude of electronic medical records systems at hospitals around the country, one thing is certain: they are doing more harm than good. I’m not sure that this will change “once we get the bugs out” because the fundamental flaw is that electronic medical records require data entry and intelligent curation of information, and that becomes an enormous time-suck for physicians. It forces us away from human interaction, thus reducing our patients’ chances of getting a correct diagnosis and sensible treatment plan.
How bad is it? The reality on the ground is that most hospitals are struggling enormously with EMR implementation. There are large gaps in the technology’s ability to handle information transfer, resulting in increased costs in the hundreds of millions of dollars per small hospital system, not to mention the tragically hilarious errors that are introduced into patient records at break neck pace.

Read the whole thing, it's a good article.

***Rubio to propose delay in Obamacare mandate. Well, it certainly makes sense. How can you fine people for not having a product when such poor management makes it impossible to get? Liberals will find a way around this and continue to blame the problems on Republicans, who seemingly just roll over and play dead, with a few notable exceptions.

Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio said Tuesday he'll propose a challenge to the new healthcare law's individual mandate with legislation that would delay it until the government's glitch-plagued web portal gets up to speed.

"I will offer legislation to delay the individual mandate to buy insurance until the GAO certifies that the Obamacare exchange website has been fixed and fully functional for at least six months," he said in a prepared statement released to media.

Editor's Note: 22 Hidden Taxes and Fees Set to Hit You With Obamacare. Read the Guide to Protect Yourself.

"Thereafter, it exempts people from paying the mandate fines if they can prove that they tried to sign up but could not because of technical or customer service issues."

The Florida Republican says people should not be punished for not buying the insurance when major technical problems have plagued the online sign-up process. Uninsured Americans have until about mid-February to sign up for coverage if they are to meet the law's requirement that they be insured by the end of March. If they don't, they will face a penalty.

 Can you just imagine the media coverage if something like this were happening in a Republican administration? 

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***IRS pays illegal immigrants $4.2 billion while stalling Tea Parties. These are the people who will be enforcing Obamacare, people. Never forget that.

While harrying and stalling Tea Party groups seeking nonprofit status, the Internal Revenue Service mailed $4.2 billion in child-credit checks to undocumented immigrants.
Critics say midlevel IRS bureaucrats continue to abuse the Additional Child Tax Credit program by dispensing $1,000 checks to families in this country illegally.
“The law needs clarification that undocumented immigrants are not eligible,” Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, told Watchdog.org in a statement.

***Five spectacular fall drives.



***From Inspirational Words of Wisdom:


Regardless of age, you are still young at heart as long as you exclaim
"Wow" instead of "What's the use!" . . .
when you say "Hot dog" instead of "Oh well" . . .
when you yell, "Yippee" instead of "So what?". . .
when you contend "Everyone's important" instead of "You can't fight City Hall" . . .
When you insist "Folks are swell" instead of "You can't trust people anymore" . . .
When you greet others with "What a great day to be alive!" instead of "The world is shot to pieces" . . .
When you proclaim "What an opportunity" instead of "What a predicament."


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***Helpful hints for organizing.

Using R-E-M-O-V-E to clear off your desktop

Do you have a desktop disaster? Clear your desktop and get your desk set up for success by looking at the items on your desk and using these simple steps:
  • RReduce distractions, like knickknacks.
  • EEveryday use items stay on top of your desk.
  • MMove items to the preferred side, like the right side if you’re right-handed.
  • OOrganize together, keep similar items grouped together.
  • VView your time, keep a clock on your desk.
  • EEmpty the center so you have a clean workspace.

***“True patriotism hates injustice in its own land more than anywhere else.” — Clarence Darrow

***Have a great day!


Regardless of age, you are still young at heart as long as you exclaim
"Wow" instead of "What's the use!" . . .
when you say "Hot dog" instead of "Oh well" . . .
when you yell, "Yippee" instead of "So what?". . .
when you contend "Everyone's important" instead of "You can't fight City Hall" . . .
When you insist "Folks are swell" instead of "You can't trust people anymore" . . .
When you greet others with "What a great day to be alive!" instead of "The world is shot to pieces" . . .
When you proclaim "What an opportunity" instead of "What a predicament."
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