Bradley Smith and David Keating have filed a complaint with the Senate Ethics Committee.
Congress Abetted the IRS Targeting of Conservatives: We’ve filed a Senate ethics complaint against nine Senators who prodded the agency to silence opponents. “There is ample evidence that these efforts affected IRS policy, but the senators’ behavior is improper even if it did not. Senate rules require that the Ethics Committee take action. And we as citizens must make sure that the IRS is not abused by Democrats or Republicans for partisan electoral gain.”
The Senators named in the ethics complaint are Charles Schumer, Dick Durbin, Carl Levin, Michael Bennet, Sheldon Whitehouse, Al Franken, Jeanne Shaheen, Jeff Merkley and Tom Udall.
They should all be thrown out of the Senate.
***VA scandal exposes greedy socialism. Good piece by Glenn Reynolds.
Not all that long ago, some people were boosting the VA's government-run nature as a plus. Writing in the Washington Post during the debate over Obamacare, Ezra Klein suggested that we should expand VA coverage to non-veterans, because the government just does health care better than the private sector: "Medicare is single-payer, but VA is actually socialized medicine, where the government owns the hospitals and employs the doctors. ... If you ordered America's different health systems (from) worst-functioning to best, it would look like this: individual insurance market, employer-based insurance market, Medicare, Veterans Health Administration."
***Silencing your inner critic. This is interesting.
Depression and self-criticism, of course, are great companions. Beck writes:
Unrelenting self-criticism often goes hand in hand with depression and anxiety, and it may even predict depression. In a study of 107 patients in the latest issue of Comprehensive Psychiatry, David M. Dunkley at Jewish General Hospital in Montreal and colleagues found that those who were most self-critical were the most likely to be depressed and have difficulties in relationships four years later, even if they weren’t depressed to begin with.
I suffered a C5 incomplete SCI from a football hit October 2009. My neck was broken, my spinal cord bruised, compressed and bleeding. I was paralyzed from the shoulders down. I was rushed into emergency surgery to stabilize the spinal cord.
After a few weeks I was classified by a team of neurosurgeons, neurologists and physiatrists as C5/6 sensory incomplete (I could kind of feel when someone touched my legs), motor complete (can't move below injury level at all). The team says I will live rest of my life in a wheelchair (maybe ventilator too). I was dependent on catheters and suppositories to pee and poop, and I was breathing through a ventilator after they performed my tracheotomy. Basically I couldn't move, talk, pee, poop or breathe for the first stage of my recovery, and doctors weren't optimistic about any of those things getting better, ever.
3 weeks post injury I had somewhat of a breakdown, I tell my mom and football coach during a visit that I can't recover. SCI. It's too hard. The doctors say not to set such unrealistic goals. Their advice is to try and regain use of my arms. My coach tells me that to have any chance at healing I have to decide now. Give up or keep going. I decided I don't ever want to live wondering "what if". I will use all my willpower to get anything back that I can. It took me a week of willpower to get off the ventilator, first breathing on my own for a minute or 2 at a time, gradually up to hours, and then days. The trach was taken out once I could last 3 days with no ventilator.
Today, 4 years after breaking my neck and becoming a wheelchair-bound C5/6 quadriplegic; I am walking full-time.
*** Kitty Ping Pong!
In the first year since the Wolverine State adopted a right to work law in 2013, SEIU Healthcare Michigan lost a staggering 80 percent of its members.
The case illustrates a dirty secret of the modern labor movement: A lot of its rank and file members don't want to be in a union in the first place and will leave if given the chance.
What right to work did in Michigan, the Supreme Court might soon do nationally: In the case of Harris v. Quinn, the justices must decide if Illinois state government can force its own public sector employees to participate in a union. If the ruling is “no,” that could effectively extend right to work laws to all public sector employees.
The possibility has labor law experts closely watching the case. About half of all union members nationally - more than 7 million people - work in the public sector. Many, possibly a majority, are in workplaces that were unionized before they were hired, so they never had a chance to decide for themselves. Many may leave, hurting Big Labor's already-sliding membership numbers.
This is really a no-brainer. If people do not want to be in a union, they should not be forced to be. Liberals are all about "choice" until it hits home.
*** Yes, please
***Rejoice with your family in the beautiful land of life! ~Albert Einstein
***Have a great day!