.Thanksgiving may be over but we're still thankful...Thankful that my family has successfully de-emphasized gift-giving at Christmas. BDaddyLiberator— Dean R. Riehm (deanriehm) November 28, 2013The regime decided to "dump" latest ObamaCare delay on the day before Thanksgiving, the most heavily travelled day of the year. Probably not a hot idea:Half of America finding out about latest #ACA delay in airport terminals. Should've just waited until Friday, geniuses. #CNN— Dean R. Riehm (deanriehm) November 27, 2013B-Daddy with a bit of snark:Obamacare Event Hands Out Condoms as Prizes for Young Dems who hopefully won't be having offspring. http://t.co/u1iFq27OSV via sharethis— B Daddy[...]
Dean 12/3/2013 11:03:05 AM The healthcare.gov website recovery/resurrection deadline of December 1st has come and gone and as far as we can tell the spin coming out of the White House has been that enough improvements have been made that they can declare victory and move on to talk about anything anything other than that damned website.OK, then, butIf u r an Obama hack & considering the back end is nowhere near being complete, you'd b insane if u wanted a fully functioning website.#ACA— Dean R. Riehm (deanriehm) December 2, 2013As a slight aside, at least one cyber-security expert thinks the pre-existing security concerns have been made worse by the fix.It doesnt appear that any security fixes were done at all, David Kennedy, CEO of the[...]
K T Cat 12/4/2013 10:54:49 AM Last week, Catholic Charities was closed the day after Thanksgiving so I didn't get to hang with my homies downtown. Adoration was closed for the weekend as well at the local church that usually has it 24/7. I was surprised how much these two little things affected me. My family was all around and we all had a good time with positively no drama. Still, there was something missing.Listening to Pandora, I found this song that hit that spot of melancholy just right. Update: Catholic Mom has something similar about how her faith has changed her life. Good stuff, that.
Japan continues to print mountains of money, monetizing their out-of-control government's debt. The goal is to finally see some inflation as they've had recessionary deflation for years and years.SuccessTOKYOPrices in Japan posted strong gains in October while the labor market also improved, indications that the country is on its way to shaking off 15 years of deflation. The government said that the core consumer price index, which excludes fresh food prices, rose 0.9% in October from a year earlier. That was the highest since November 2008, matching the rise forecast by economists. It marked the fifth straight month of increases.Err, don't get excited just yet.Many economists say recent rises in core CPI are largely due to[...]
By Proof *And we're not talking about his bowling skills. "I think Barack knew that he had God-given talents that were extraordinary. He knows exactly how smart he is...He knows how perceptive hs is. He knows what a good reader of people he is. And he knows that he has the ability -- the extraordinary, uncanny ability -- to take a thousand different perspectives, digest them, and make sense out of them, and I think he has never been really challenged intellectually. I mean, he's the kind of guy you'd hate in law school, who would pick up the book the night before the final, read it, [buy a crib sheet from someone ] and ace the test. So what I sensed in him was not just a restless spirit but someone with extraordinary[...]
W.C. Varones 12/4/2013 4:00:17 AM Our friend Adrienne Gonzalez of Jr. Deputy Accountant has been named managing editor of Going Concern, the web's most popular (and funniest) accounting site.JDA's hits over the years include getting the name "Zimbabwe Ben" in print in Time Magazine.Let it never be said we don't have an eye for talent.
W.C. Varones 11/30/2013 7:49:07 AM Over at Econbrowser, Professor Hamilton discusses a recent paper by Blinder and Watson that looks at the difference between GDP growth rates under Democratic and Republican administrations. Growth is higher under Democratic administrations, but the researchers find that this is due to luck, not policy. Republicans tended to be in office during GDP-killing oil shocks, while Democrats benefited from things like the productivity-enhancing growth of Walmart.But the third factor after oil shocks and productivity gains cited by the authors is "more optimistic consumer expectations (as measured by the Michigan ICE)." Could this be influenced by more optimistic media coverage of the economy during Democratic[...]
B-Daddy 12/3/2013 3:21:17 PM Here is a summary of key areas in the fight to prevent state and local public employee pensions from bankrupting governments.Detroit. Judge Stephen Rhodes will rule today at 10:00 a.m. (EST) on whether the city is eligible to enter bankruptcy. From the LATimes. Most legal experts expect Rhodes to declare that Detroit is eligible for bankruptcy protection. A ruling to enter bankruptcy would give emergency city manager Kevyn Orr leverage to bargain with unions over pension reductions or to make unilateral changes. Whether such changes would be constitutional would be decided later.UPDATE: The NYTimes is reporting that Detroit is insolvent and eligible for bankruptcy:Judge Steven W. Rhodes of the United[...]
B-Daddy 11/30/2013 9:00:03 AM We have been doing some road-tripping lately and it reminded me of all the times I hit the road when I was in the Navy. In the day, The Boss was on my favorite cassettes. Here are two of my favorites to drive to: Sherry Darling. Cadillac Ranch.
Dear Readers: Per our promise last month, Silvio Canto Jr. and I will be chatting with Legal Insurrection's Mandy Nagy. She will be giving us her latest update on the Obamacare exchange website and other, related news. Join us this Thursday (click HERE at 7 pm PST/9 pm CT/10 pm EST for live show, or later podcast). Legal Insurrection Editor, Mandy Nagy From the Legal Insurrection files:Security breach at UW Medicine affects 90,000 patientsThe personal information of approximately 90,000 patients of Harborview Medical Center and University of Washington Medical Center, which are part of UW Medicine, has reportedly been compromised as the result of a malware attack that affected a facility computer that stored[...]
Dear Readers: It's another look at military history withe fellow San Diego blogger Barry Jacobsen/Deadliest Blogger. Barry will be joining Silvio Canto Jr., and I on Canto Talk this Thursday (Nov. 21, 7 pm PST/9 pm CT/10 pm EST - click here for podcast or archived show).As week look to the 50th anniversary of JFK's assassination, it seems timely to look another event that impacted the rest of the decadethe start of America's involvement in the Vietnam War.Barry has a great write-up at his Facebook Military History Page, and those interested in great information exchanges on the subject should check it out.TODAY IN HISTORY, NOVEMBER 14: THE 7TH CAVALRY AVOIDS A SECOND LITTLE BIG HORN AS AMERICAN FORCES ENGAGE IN THE FIRST[...]
Doo Doo Econ Thursday, November 14, 2013 11:02 AM Doo Doo Economics are the policies of overspending, printing money, neglecting the key economics issues, bad science and promoting entitlement programs which all add up to higher taxes during a recession and economic unsustainablility.
If you hate politics, this latest speech by President Obama isn't going to help the situation. Due to the problems with the ObamaCare disaster, he has unilaterally decided that you can keep your insurance plan until the 2014 election. It is a brazen political move that shows a complete lack of compassion."Already, people who have plans that predate the affordable care act can keep those plan if they havent changed. That was already in the law. That is what is called a "Grandfather clause" and it was included in the law.Today, we are going to extend that principal both to people whose plans HAVE changed since the law took effect and to people who bought plans since the law took effect.So, State Insurance[...]
With all the discussion, no one in the media is explaining why insurance companies supported ObamaCare. The progressive-socialist vision is of a health care system without "greedy" insurance companies. The president on many occasions called ObamaCare a "transitional step" toward government run "single payer" health care. So, why did insurance companies support a law designed to destroy their industry? They were promised an unaccountable system ripe for massive fraud. The U.S. Government Accountability Office estimates that $1 out of every $7 spent on Medicare is fraud.GAO has designated Medicare and Medicaid as high-risk programs, in part due to their susceptibility to improper paymentsestimated to[...]
Dawn Wildman 11/1/2013 12:00:09 AM I think most people have heard of the term bait and switch. This was advertising gimmick used by unscrupulous companies in order to get customers into their stores to purchase low cost products. Of course once inside the store people would find that those low cost items were all sold and they would be encouraged to buy the much more expensive item which they were told was a steal as well. These gimmicks were so destructive to consumer trust that laws were passed to keep companies from preying on consumers. Arent we experiencing the largest bait and switch ever perpetrated on the American consumer with ObamaCare? We now see for ourselves all the issues that concerned us when the government takeover of health[...]
With all of the talk about the performance of Miley Cyrus during her duet with Robin Thicke at MTVs Video Music Awards ceremony on Sunday it makes me cringe that any parent is still letting their kids watch MTV. If you havent viewed MTV since we all watched its debut umpteen years ago you would be truly shocked at the programming of the once culturally iconic television channel. The VMAs and the performances we saw on Sunday are very much in line with the other programs they offer. MTV is not our music video channel anymore. It is laden with sex, promotion of promiscuity and other culturally perverted ideas.For instance MTV has a show called the Girl Code. This show has 20 somethings giving advice to their peers, yet we all[...]
It seems a long time since the attacks on 9/11/2001; and it seems like yesterday. Thats a trick your mind plays on you with traumatic memories: putting a healing distance between then and now, all the while indelibly imprinting the memory so it always seems fresh; easily recalled as clearly today as when it occurred.In 2001 I was living in Michigan, a business man who worked out of his home office. That morning, I got my coffee and walked down to my office. It was just a few minutes before 9am on a crystal clear autumn morning. My office had a large window, and as I sipped my coffee I looked out at squirrels playing on my lawn.As always, I turned on my computer. Back then, Yahoo was my Homepage. As it booted-up, I glanced[...]
That was then, this is now.Then there wasa Republican President. Then Democrat Presidential Candidate Obama said:Obama:The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation. - Interview with Charlie Savage of theBoston Globe,December 20, 2007Now President Obama seems prepared to take military action against Syria, without even seeking the authorization by the United Nations or Congress.Then a certain DemocratSenator from Delaware threatened:The president has no constitutional authority to take this country to war against a country of 70 million people unless were attacked or unless there is[...]
divinryan 3/5/2013 6:10:42 PM Here:In sum, Holders attempt to make this all seem normal and common should insult anyone with the most basic understanding of American law. As The New York Times put it when first confirming the assassination program in April, 2010:The Obama administration has taken the extraordinary step of authorizing the targeted killing of an American citizen. . . .It is extremely rare, if not unprecedented, for an American to be approved for targeted killing, officials said. A former senior legal official in the administration of George W. Bush said he did not know of any American who was approved for targeted killing under the former president. To date, not a single such citizen has been identified.As always, the most important[...]
This blog doesn't get a lot of traffic, so I pay attention to those posts that do. Most of the all-time favorites are ones that have been featured in other, higher-traffic blogs, like one on Walmart and the DHS that made it onto some kind of right-wing e-mail list and one on collective bargaining that was featured on Mish's site. One post that has gotten consistent readership and strange little spikes (e.g. 260 pageviews this last month despite being two years old) is my review of Ill Fares the Land by Tony Judt. The book is a defense of socialism and was recommended to me by a leftist college (biology) professor. He read it for his professors' book club. No doubt it's assigned reading in many classes around the[...]
First a big thanks to Leslie Eastman, the most link generous blogger I know, fellow SLOB and now frequent contributor to College and Legal Insurrection. She tells a good story and makes a big effort to pull together the thoughts and posts of other bloggers. She's been quoting my e-mails and throwing me links in her posts, which makes me remiss in not posting something new here.WARNING: this post has no conclusion. Its just a description of an intellectual journey half over. Call it a thematic compendium of book blurbs. Where did we go wrong? This question has been bothering me for years. We started out with a near perfect system of government, as close as could have been achieved given the knowledge of the[...]
If I have to pull one more person off the ledge today Im going to start pushing. Honestly, people I thought we were all about strength and American Values...why is everyone acting like they got kicked in the balls?We, as Americans, collectively let Progressivism fester for over a century...and the chickens have come home to roost. Did anyone really think we would make up all that lost ground in four years? Wake-up call: its going to take generationsSo do what Progressives have done forever, get back on the damn horse and start infiltrating our schools, government, media and pop culture trends. Sidebar: you selfish isolationists who are home schooling because you dont want to have to deal with socialist[...]
Its not every day a spaceship rolls down Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd in Southwest Los Angels.In fact, it only happens once in a lifetime.About 12:30pm yesterday I decided that my kids could not miss the one and only chance to see the Space Shuttle Endeavor travel through the streets of LA to its final home at the California Science Center in Exposition Park. Without my husband (who was working), I grabbed my 4 and 6 year-olds, printed a map of the route, turned on KFIAM 640 in Los Angeles and headed into the great unknown...as Ive never explored that region East of USC (I lived in Long Beach for 15 years before becoming a country girl). As we exited off the 110 onto Vernon to feel our way parallel to[...]
Leslie Eastman A couple of months ago, we reported that the Los Angeles Unified School District's iPad giveaway program was rife with problems, including students who managed to bypass site security protections.The teachers are now chiming in, and the grades are not good.Only 36 percent of Los Angeles public school teachers who responded to a survey strongly favor continuing a troubled and very costly plan to put iPads in the hands of every student.Employee unions representing teachers and administrators along with a Los Angeles Unified School District board member conducted the anonymous survey, reports the Los Angeles Times.About 15 percent of teachers who have endured the iPad program rollout participated in the survey.espite promises by[...]
Leslie Eastman What's a conservative parent to do when their children are being taught by liberal professors at a pricey, progressive institution?On the Fox News Channels popular The Five, one of the host had sage advice.Well, on Fridays The Five, The Five, Eric Bolling decided to share some advice about how to combat decided to share some advice about how to combat it, so to speak, emphasizing the importance of teaching good values to your children while still leaving them enough room to make up their own minds.The co-hosts first revisited the controversy over CUNY students heckling and berating General David Petraeus, with Bob Beckel dismissing that this is the norm or that there is some kind of liberal conspiracy in American academia.[...]