Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The Bismarck sunk by the British on this day, 1941.


Link:  The Bismarck

"We want the law we fought hard for to apply to OTHER people"


Labor leaders, who were among the strongest supporters of the citywide minimum wage increase approved last week by the Los Angeles City Council, are advocating last-minute changes to the law that could create an exemption for companies with unionized workforces.

Link:  unions want exemption from law they fought for

Monday, May 4, 2015

ER visits up under Obamacare

Laura Ungar and Jayne O'Donnell, USA TODAY:

Three-quarters of emergency physicians say they've seen ER patient visits surge since Obamacare took effect — just the opposite of what many Americans expected would happen.
A poll released today by the American College of Emergency Physicians shows that 28% of 2,099 doctors surveyed nationally saw large increases in volume, while 47% saw slight increases. By contrast, fewer than half of doctors reported any increases last year in the early days of the Affordable Care Act.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

The 'Thin Blue Line' is under assault

Money is not the problem; a lack of traditional family structure is the problem

MICHAEL A. ROSENWALD and MICHAEL A. FLETHCER writing for the Washington Post: 
Along the street where Freddie Gray was arrested, abandoned houses are gashed with gaping holes. The roof on an old red-brick building is collapsed. A storm drain is clogged with concrete.
Sandtown-Winchester is crumbling, and there is little to suggest that two decades ago visionary developer James Rouse and city officials injected more than $130 million into the community in a failed effort to transform it. Instead there are block after block of boarded-up houses and too many people with little hope.
“It’s frustrating,” said Stefanie DeLuca, a Johns Hopkins University sociologist who has studied the neighborhood. “How much money would it take? It certainly seems on an instinctual level that $100 million should have made some difference.”
LINK:  Baltimore 
 I keep hearing Liberal politicians claim MORE money is needed to fix America's inner city problems. Really? Einstein's definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. In 1960, 33% of African-American children lived in single-parent families; in 2014 it was 62%. Baltimore City is second only to NYCity in per-child expenditures for public education. Money isn't the problem; a lack of traditional family structure is the problem.~~YOSSARIAN

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Leading charity and foundation evaluation group withdraws its Clinton Foundation rating

Why isn't this organization rated?
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Greed, gluttony and piggishness


RUTH MARCUS writing in the Washington Post:
As to the sloppiness, one problem, reported by The Post’s Rosalind S. Helderman and Tom Hamburger, involves a $500,000 gift from the government of Algeria that violated the agreement because the gift, from a new donor, was not submitted for review.
More odiferous: The check, for the undeniably worthy cause of earthquake relief in Haiti, came at a time when the Algerian government had dramatically ramped up its lobbying activities at State, where it was under pressure for human rights violations.
Did Clinton go soft on Algeria because it sent this check to her husband’s foundation? Did the foundation intentionally try to slip the check past the folks at State? I doubt it. Did Algeria give simply because its government was moved by the plight of the Haitian people? Pardon my cynicism.
Which brings us to greed, and the Yiddish word chazer. It means “pig ” but has a specific connotation of piggishness and gluttony. This is a chronic affliction of the Clintons, whether it comes to campaign fundraising (remember the Lincoln Bedroom?), compulsive speechifying (another six-figure check to speak at a public university?) or assiduous vacuuming-up of foundation donations from donors of questionable character or motives.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

California's health care exchange is in financial trouble

After two previous extensions, the open enrollment period for Covered California ends April 30. That deadline just might prove to be the tipping point for the state’s two-year-old health insurance exchange.
That’s because this is the year Covered California is supposed to become completely self-sustaining.
Indeed, there’s no more money coming from Washington after the state exhausts the $1.1 billion it received from the federal government to get the Obamacare exchange up and running. And state law prohibits Sacramento from spending any money to keep the exchange afloat.
That presents an existential crisis for Covered California, which is facing a nearly $80 budget deficit for its 2015-16 fiscal year. Although the exchange is setting aside $200 million to cover its near-term deficit, Covered California Executive Director Peter Lee acknowledged in December that there are questions about the “long-term sustainability of the organization.”

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Buy their cookies–they work hard for the sale

funny pictures and videos of the day

High Herselfery

Kevin Williamson writing in the National Review:

She’s a feminist who has served as very little other than an extension of her traditionally patriarchic, manipulative hound dog of a husband, elected to the Senate as a tribute to him, like some sad little Ma Ferguson of the New York suburbs. Her record in office has run from mediocrity in the Senate to catastrophe as secretary of state.

 But She has some feelings she’d like to share, some adventures in High Herselfery.

The entire op-ed here:  Herselfery

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Ravioli stuffed with tiny lost souls

Funny Tweet by Mark Pahlow accompanying this picture: "Baby stingrays look like raviolis stuffed with tiny lost souls. Just sayin'."

Careful, don't call Hillary Clinton by her first name

Apparently, Hillary Clinton does not want her staff--or anybody else--to call her by her first name...lack of respect or something. Hey, Hill, how about "Incompetent Benghazi Witch"? Does that work for you?

One of Obama's law school professors says Obama is "burning the Constitution"

RYAN GORMAN writing for Business Insider:

A Harvard professor who taught U.S. President Barack Obama torched his prized pupil last month on Capitol Hill.
Constitutional scholar Lawrence Tribe, who also served in the Justice Department under Obama, testified last month during a House hearing that the president's climate change policies are similar to "burning the Constitution."
The 73-year-old Tribe argued that the Environmental Protection Agency is grossly overstepping its boundaries in respect to enforcing the president's doctrine. One conservative operative called the remarks "dazzling."
Lawrence Tribescreenshot/YouTube
"EPA is attempting an unconstitutional trifecta: usurping the prerogatives of the States, Congress and the Federal Courts — all at once," Tribe insisted. "Burning the Constitution should not become part of our national energy policy."

Link:  EPA 

Professor Tribe is reliably left of political center, so when he says Obama is "burning the Constitution" even the Kool-Aid drinkers should take notice.~~YOSSARIAN

Big Government can't even get a stamp right

LONNAE O'NEAL reporting for the Washington Post:
The news that the U.S. Postal Service was honoring Maya Angelou, poet, author and civil rights advocate, with her own forever stamp was welcomed by her fans. Angelou, who died last year, was a cultural icon and mother figure to a generation of writers.
Jabari Asim, associate professor of writing, literature and publishing at Emerson College in Boston, was excited. Until he read the quote on the Angelou stamp:
“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.”
Funny thing, he had always thought the quote came from Joan Walsh Anglund, the prolific children’s book author.
LINK:  stamp

Friday, April 3, 2015

Obama administration: "Look! Squirrel!


California has a very long history of experiencing droughts

Thomas M. Kostigen writing in National Geographic
California is experiencing its worst drought since record-keeping began in the mid 19th century, and scientists say this may be just the beginning. B. Lynn Ingram, a paleoclimatologist at the University of California at Berkeley, thinks that California needs to brace itself for a megadrought—one that could last for 200 years or more.
As a paleoclimatologist, Ingram takes the long view, examining tree rings and microorganisms in ocean sediment to identify temperatures and dry periods of the past millennium. Her work suggests that droughts are nothing new to California.
"During the medieval period, there was over a century of drought in the Southwest and California. The past repeats itself," says Ingram, who is co-author of The West Without Water: What Past Floods, Droughts, and Other Climate Clues Tell Us About Tomorrow. Indeed, Ingram believes the 20th century may have been a wet anomaly.
The entire article here

A very smart Californian has some insightful thoughts about California's water shortage


“Brown and other Democratic leaders will never concede that their own opposition in the 1970s (when California had about half its present population) to the completion of state and federal water projects, along with their more recent allowance of massive water diversions for fish and river enhancement, left no margin for error in a state now home to 40 million people. Second, the mandated restrictions will bring home another truth as lawns die, pools empty, and boutique gardens shrivel in the coastal corridor from La Jolla to Berkeley: the very idea of a 20-million-person corridor along the narrow, scenic Pacific Ocean and adjoining foothills is just as unnatural as “big” agriculture’s Westside farming. The weather, climate, lifestyle, views, and culture of coastal living may all be spectacular, but the arid Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay-area megalopolises must rely on massive water transfers from the Sierra Nevada, Northern California, or out-of-state sources to support their unnatural ecosystems. . . . I have never met a Bay Area environmentalist or Silicon Valley grandee who didn’t drink or shower with water imported from a far distant water project. The Bay Area remains almost completely reliant on ancient Hetch Hetchy water supplies from the distant Sierra Nevada, given the inability of groundwater pumping to service the Bay Area’s huge industrial and consumer demand for water. But after four years of drought, even Hetch Hetchy’s huge Sierra supplies have only about a year left, at best. Again, the California paradox: those who did the most to cancel water projects and divert reservoir water to pursue their reactionary nineteenth-century dreams of a scenic, depopulated, and fish-friendly environment enjoy lifestyles predicated entirely on the fragile early twentieth-century water projects of the sort they now condemn.”

This is known as “bad luck.”

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Yeah, it's confusing

Tweet from David "Iowahawk" Burge: 

"US peace partners Egypt & Saudi Arabia ready to invade US peace partner Yemen to fight US peace partner Iran".

Liberal Maureen Dowd's open letter to H. Clinton

SINCE open letters to secretive and duplicitous regimes are in fashion, we would like to post an Open Letter to the Leaders of the Clinton Republic of Chappaqua:
It has come to our attention while observing your machinations during your attempted restoration that you may not fully understand our constitutional system. Thus, we are writing to bring to your attention two features of our democracy: The importance of preserving historical records and the ill-advised gluttony of an American feminist icon wallowing in regressive Middle Eastern states’ payola.

The whole op-ed here:  Dowd

Indiana getting blasted for a law similar to one passed by Bill Clinton

"When RFRA passed in 1993, liberal outfits like the ACLU were joined at the hip with the Christian Coalition. But now the ACLU is denouncing Indiana’s law because it wants even the most devoutly held religious values to bow to its cultural agenda on gay marriage and abortion rights."
"Liberals used to understand that RFRA, with its balancing test, was a good-faith effort to help society compromise on contentious moral disputes. That liberals are renouncing it 20 years after celebrating it says more about their new intolerance than about anyone in Indiana."~~WSJ Editorial Board.