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It’s feast or famine here, I’ve been working 12 hour days and not getting much sleep so that’s my excuse.

Two WTF? stories.

First up, the Japanese are pissed off M’Shell is blowing them off.

Obama will be the first US president to come to Japan on a state visit in 18 years, but never mind: Michelle’s absence has thrown Tokyo into a tizzy.

Seriously?

After Obama told them to fuck off when we were ‘negotiating” with the Norks and sent Smurfette… Carolyne Kennedy as the ambassador this is the line they draw?

Not having to deal with M’Shell would seem like a good thing to me, but then, I’ve never really understood the Japanese all that well.

 

A worse WTF? for those who don’t read or click Drudge links…

This one has layers. Like an onion or a ogre.

The province’s (British Columbia) Health Ministry said in an email to the B.C. Catholic that “biomedical waste” shipped to the U.S. to be incinerated includes “human tissue, such as surgically removed cancerous tissue, amputated limbs, and fetal tissue.”

“The ministry understands that some is transferred to Oregon. There it is incinerated in a waste-to-energy plant,” the email stated.

 

But wait, there’s still more!!!!

The ministry said that contractors handling the province’s “biomedical waste” follow “health and safety protocols, as well as federal, provincial, and local regulations.”

 

So burning pieces of people and dead babies for electricity is following the rules? Seriously?

The funniest part is that some gov’t bureaucratic tool thought that was a good thing to say.

Out: Soylent Green food.

In: Soylent ‘Green’ fuel.

Alternatively, as Charlton Heston would have said in 1973, you can have my electricity when you burn it from my cold-dead-hands.

 

I mentioned in my earlier post that our insurance was going up due to the ACA. It’s not!

Instead of our rates going up, our insurance is being completely discontinued. Under the new regulations, a group policy cannot consist of two members if they are husband and wife – even if the two members hold two different policies within the same group. We were advised by Anthem that we should go through the exchanges and purchase individual health insurance.

There’s a problem with this, though – my husband works for a school district that requires employees to either buy health insurance through the district or show documentation annually that he is insured through another group policy. We started purchasing a group policy through our LLC several years ago when the cheapest policy, through Kaiser and after the district contribution, was more than $1000 a month.

At that time, insurance for our family through a small business group policy was just under $600 a month. It wasn’t a great policy, but we put aside the $400 a month difference. Most years we saw a profit from this. We had one catastrophic year where we paid more in out-of-pocket expenses by about $500 than what we’d saved for the year. Forming an LLC, moonlighting to supplement a school district income, and purchasing a small business group policy has become a not uncommon practice among the employees who don’t have a spouse with a job that provides health insurance. It’s certainly been cheaper and has allowed employees the freedom to choose their health insurance and choose how much to budget for insurance.

Over the years, our small business group policy has risen in cost to $950 a month. The not quite comparable district policy is nearly $1500 a month after the district’s contribution. Because my husband is a technical worker and not a teacher, he is not represented by a union and so this is about $100 more than what teachers will pay per month.

Thanks to Obamacare, we are being forced to pay over $500 more a month for health insurance so we can keep the doctors we like. We’re losing our deductible contribution for the year since our deductible resets in January but our health insurance resets in July. I can’t for the life of me figure out what we’re gaining from this. And I don’t know how forcing mom-and-pop businesses out of group plans that most closely match their demographic and in to policies that are expensive enough to close a barely-break-even business is helping small business, or the economy.

Riddle me this, morons…

How is it that repealing Obamacare could add to the deficit?

The original CBO score was a joke, and they had to lie, scrimp, and steal from other programs (like the student loan program) to make the bill as a whole score in their favor.

Since then, they’ve gone back on any number of cost saving and/or tax-raising measures, not the least of which are Tsar Obama’s royal proclamations of waivers and delays.

It was a lie to start, and they compounded the lie.

Fact Check: TRUE!

Huh?

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The ‘plan design that most closely matches our current coverage’ looks to be $400 a month more, which is a nearly 40% increase. Add on to that the 10% increase to our current price that we’ve seen every year, and our health insurance will have more than doubled since Obama took office. The differences I’m seeing between the two plans is a $10 decrease in office visit copay, and an increase in deductible of $4000 – per family, which means that since we’re considered two families for the purpose of having a group policy, we’ll be seeing an increase in deductible of $8,000.  This is the cheapest group policy I’ve found that will allow us to keep our doctors; Kaiser Permanente is marginally less expensive but given our experience with them (there’s nothing less inspiring of confidence then hearing “I don’t know” when you ask how to treat your child’s fairly common medical condition if you’re not within fast driving distance of an emergency room) we won’t be returning to Kaiser.

So, thanks Obama, for supporting small businesses. We founded this business so that our children could have a work-at-home mom who would be available when our kids needed us. At this point, I’m going to be working to pay our health insurance.

Last year.

“I have not done anything wrong.”

Today’s headline.

Lois Lerner wants immunity in exchange for IRS testimony.

 

 

Parnoid Enough

Posted: February 6, 2014 by veeshir in Government FAIL, Nanny State, Notes on the Revolution

I never got a CCW in VA I also don’t have one in AZ, but here I can carry as the Constitution says.

Because I don’t like the idea of the gov’t knowing I carry. Now I’m happy I do that, recall the guy who the MD police harassed because he had a CCW and now we see this.

So we all saw Radley’s Balko’s story with vid on cops home-invading people, disabling their home security and lying about the events (they claimed they knocked before entering, for instance, but you can see them knock and storm in with no pause) , the people they wanted weren’t there and it was credit card fraud, not some violent felon.

So now we find out why they home-invaded that way.  One of the people in the house had a CCW, he was not one of the people they wanted.

But citing the fact that one of the occupants in the house — Justin Ross — had applied and was approved for a gun permit  is probably most disturbing of all. First, hardened criminals who are a threat to kill cops tend not to be the sort of people who bother with permits, or to register their firearms with the government.

Exactly. Law-abiding gun owners abide by the law. If they had knocked, he would have let them in if they had a warrant.

So in other words, the cops are attacking the homes of people who legally carry guns. As Radley (who left Reason for the Puff Hos and now the Wash Post but who’s totally not a leftist libertarian) says,

But it’s much more likely that Justin Ross might feel the need to defend himself upon hearing unidentified parties break down two doors, followed by the sight of several armed men in his home. Indeed, that’s very nearly what happened.

They’re courting a Cory Maye scenario, cops busted in, they claimed they yelled cops, he claimed they didn’t, he killed on of the black-clad home invaders and was on death row for a decade before he was pardoned, not declared innocent.

Mother fucking mother fuckers.

That’s my scariest scenario, some tactical operators acting tactically home-invade me without announcing who they are and I shoot one.

Or worse, they shoot me. I hate when that happens.

First, the odd.

This is very odd. I thought all of America was a Constitution Zone, I didn’t realize we had Constitution-free zones.

District Judge Edward Korman, a US federal judge, has reaffirmed an Obama administration policy granting officials the authority to search Americans’ laptops, citing a controversial premise that makes citizens within 100 miles of the border eligible for a police check.

So there’s a 100 mile area along the border where the Constitution does not apply.

How the fuck does a federal judge who is supposed to decide on the Constitutionality of stuff say that the Constitution does not apply in America?

I know it’s not new, but it pisses me off every fucking time. If more Americans knew about it (Minitrue isn’t covering it until we have a GOP pres) I think there’d be some problems. But then, I’m an eternal optimist.

This is very odd, I’m praising sports writers.

Another year, another Good On Ya Baseball Hall of Fame voters.

 

The cheating sacks of shit like Sosa, McGwire, Bonds and the rest of the steroid crew did not make the cut.

I do think McGriff should make it, the crime dog was a good player, but the steroid freaks should not.

 

This is only odd for those who don’t pay attention. They’re talking about how there are good and bad jihadis in Syria.

That idea, of course, is why the middle east sucks so badly. Jordan thinks all jihadis suck so they don’t have the problems Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Syria, Yemen and the rest have.

A partial list of jihadis in Syria.

Barish listed the participants as the following: “the Syrian Revolutionaries Front, including the Farouq Brigade, the Union of the Syrian Clans, 11 other factions, and defected fighters from other brigades; the Islamic Front, with the Ahrar al-Sham in Raqqa, Maskana, and Manbaj, Souqour al-Sham, and al-Tawhid, which has a significant presence in Aleppo; the Jihadis’ Army; and the Nour al-Din Zinki Brigade.”

…large groups of the Islamic Front, Ahrar al-Sham, Jabhat al-Nusra, and some FSA brigades are participating in Raqqa battles against ISIS.

It’s a dogs’ breakfast of jihadi assholes all fighting like scorpions in a bottle.

I will say, that ISIS is an even funnier acronym than the MILFs in the Philippines.

First, Isis is a pagan god. I thought jihadis kill people who worship pagan gods.

Second, it’s the name of Archer’s spy group.  I look forward to KAOS (Kill All Onbelievers Squad)  popping up next.

Well, that’s the odd. Let’s get to the sod.  In honor of CO, some grass below the fold. (more…)

Zero Hedge says 92 million people are not in the labor force. I assume this is where they get their data (they don’t link it, poor show)

That means almost 30% are not working as google tells me there are 313.9 million Americans.
According to wikipedia google, 20% are below 14 while 13% are above 65 so 100-20-13=67.

So, taking out 14 and 15 year olds leaves us 65% (Kentucky bourbon windage).

65% of 314 million is 204 million or so.

Take out 92 Million and that means that somewhere 55% of working-age adults are supporting the rest of working age Americans and non-working age Americans.

Yeah, I know those above working age paid into SS, but that money is long gone, it’s coming from the current crop of working Americans. I also know that those on unemployment paid in, but again, that money is long gone. The “Lock-Box” on all that stuff is kept in Nancy Pelosi’s basement where she keeps her heart and a bunch of IOUs.

Once you’re used to being broke, you can “make” more money from welfare stuff than you can from going to work so expect more and more of that 55% to go Galt.

Further, 100%-30 (unemployed)-20 (young)-13(old)=37%.

Take off our bourbon approved 2% and you have somewhere  35% of Americans supporting everybody else.

That doesn’t make it any less fucking endy.

I just don’t see how that can last very long while our moral, political, economical and social betters are spending $1 trillion more a year than they’re taking in.

I figure what will happen is that somewhere around QE 56 we’ll have Weimar/Zimbabwe level of inflation or they’ll just have to reduce all types of welfare, unemployment and social security.

Either way, the riots start. My old plan was to head for the Catskills, but that’s pretty far. I don’t know the Superstitions (near where I live in AZ), but I know there are lakes and a river there so that’s where I’m heading. Ask for Veeshir if you come.

*Now, the .gov link say something above 60% or so of working age adults are working, the discrepancy is probably some mix of my windage, them not counting people who are disabled or otherwise not able to work and .gov just flat out lying.

A little dose of reality.

Some are talking about a generational rejection of the liberal agenda. Call me unconvinced.

Latest RCP average of the generic congressional vote.

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If the manifest failure of the namesake project of the liberal god-king Obama is not enough to get Republicans better than parity with Democrats, doesn’t that mean we’re still screwed?

[Reference reading: Hot Air, Mediaite, Douthat @ NYT]

Who Cares?

Posted: October 14, 2013 by veeshir in Bipartisan FAIL, GOP FAIL, Government FAIL, Obama's Fault

We’re going a $trillion more in debt each year and they’re arguing over whether it’s a little over a trillion or a little under a trillion dollars.

So the question:

Am I the only one who, except for barrycades, is utterly uninterested in what the politicians are doing in relation to the shutdown?

 

Update, speaking of barrycades.

 

A Kentucky teen with a deadly illness came to the city to fulfill a lifelong dream: to climb the steps of the Statue of Liberty

 

You know what happened next. At least they didn’t arrest her.

 

Motherfuckers.