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… Is the Milwaukee Public School system crazy ?!?! …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,December 30th,2013

.. from research that I have been able to do , and from having watched an episode of On The Record [tonight , with Dana Perino , guest hosting] , I have to conclude that the Milwaukee Public School system is totally crazy ! …

.. my understanding is (and it might be a tad errant) is that either one or more suburban districts or charter (voucher) schools are interested in buying applicable Milwaukee Public School buildings . Simple Enough , right  ?

.. Wrong . Evidently the MPS (less of a mouthful) will not sell these empty buildings to anybody . Worse , most if not all of these buildings are in reasonable shape . Some are even in pristine (or ideal) shape . Ones that would bring a pretty penny , that would help MPS deal with its budget . But Nooooooo !

.. MPS is maintaining these empty , repeat EMPTY buildings for a cost of (likely) millions of $$ of taxpayers hard earned money . How many students are they educating ? Zero ! Zip ! Zilch . Zippo . Nice going , Dummies !

.. They could be filled with bright young minds (it does not matter what race they are , or should it) . Yet ,  they sit empty , as a cash drain on a district that can use all of the help that it can get .

.. Someone should educate them that it is a new day in Wisconsin . If I remember right , the GOP controls the legislature , and the Governor is Scott Walker . Budgets are a heady place to apply leverage to recalcitrant bureaucrats . If you want more budget $$ , sell those damn buildings , you idiots . Either do it ,  or we will pass a bill to do it for you ….

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… More on Benghazi …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,December 29th,2013

.. and , yes , it is still a ” live ” investigation …

.. [h/t —]

.. [link] to the post , and the Meet the DePressed video of Representative Issa ‘ s appearance …

.. the DummyCraps would really like this one to go away . Why ? There are major unanswered questions still pending , like

.. [-] What were POTUS and SecState Clinton talking about in the infamous 10pm phone call on Sept. 11th , 2012? ..[-] Why was the military given a standdown order , no matter who was in danger at Benghazi ? .. [-] What was the CIA doing at Benghazi ? ..[-] Why was our embassy not given the security it requested ? , ..[-] among others …

.. the ObamaCraps have played the ” four – corners ” stall on this , wanting it to go away … ironically , since ObamaCrapCare blew up as a colossal mess , it has been overshadowed …

.. there are serious questions to be answered folks .. no doubt about it . The lack of co – operation from the ObamaCrap Administration is a disgrace . Basically , the ObamaCraps have been getting away with bloody murder …

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… O.K. , Dummies , Now What ?? …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,December 29th,2013

.. being from NorthEast Ohio , you would think that I would be a Cleveland Browns fan  …

.. if you would guess that , you would be right ! …

.. I have been a Browns fan [and , yes , an Indians fan , and a Cavaliers fan ] since I was a little kid . It did not seem like that was all that long a time ago . Except that I am 49 years old . It makes me feel older , not old .

.. Well , it seems like the Brownies [sarcasm included] have made another smooth move … they have fired their head coach , Rob Chudzinski . Why ?

.. You think that they would give the guy a fair shake ? Yes ? No . I believe that they did not do so . Well , it is time to move on .

.. they were 4 & 12 this year , which sucks , but 5 Pro Bowlers … 4 on offense , with 2 on the offensive line .. there is something to work with …

.. A new QB in the draft is a must [the #4 draft slot helps] , and there will plenty of them in the draft . Also ,  the Browns have 12 draft picks … 2 in each round , except rounds 2 and 5 [i think] … so do not be surprised if the Browns draft more than one QB in the draft . It would be unusual , but not unheard of .

.. Also , the Brownies [there is that sarcasm , again] have tons of salary cap space to ” carryover ” [yes , it sometimes pays to save , and not blow it all] , and added to the salary cap , will give them loads of $$$ to spend next year , if they want]..

.. forget about a QB in free agency , ditto most WRs and RBs … the good ones are either locked up already , or are franchised or transitioned by their current teams , or can be , if their deal is up …

.. ironically , you can pick up somebody good … if you do your homework .

.. in free agency , hit the O – Line . They have 2 Pro – Bowlers already . Even one more would help a ton . More quality would help , greatly . It would give a boost to the running offense , which , to be honest , is pathetic .

.. Another big stud or 2 WR would help alot . Giving Cameron and Gordon some friendlies would help everybody … and give defenses nightmares …

.. the Browns have an excellent defense .. but it can be better .

.. BOLO a stud pass rusher [LBs are preferable , but a DE would work] ..

.. what do you think ? …

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… Nice One , Dummies [Benghazi] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,December 29th,2013

.. the New York Slimes seems to think that there was no involvement by Al Qaeda , except that there was , stoopid …

.. [h/t —]

.. [link] to the post

… you can see clearly in these contemporaneous news images from the post that that there were Al Qaeda flags all over the place in Benghazi  … you would not see that for their health . They are there for a reason…

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… Didn’t Anyone Teach You [Antartica] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,December 29th,2013

.. that going anywhere near a shitload of ice is bound to get you into  trouble .

.. Yes , Antartica can be approched by sea . But , very carefully . Evidenty , the Russians  did not remember that lesson  . one of their research vessels is stuck in Anarctic ice . So far , the vessel is not in any serious danger  …. at least not as of yet . However , ice has a habit of moving around and piling up on itself . Because of that fact , the ice can ” change its mind ” and move in on the Russian research vessel , and put it in mortal danger … even in danger of sinking . The research vessel is built for trips like this , but you never know …  .

.. Adding to the comedy of errors is the problem that a Chinese icebreaker that  had been dispatched to bust loose the Russian ship is itself now stuck in the ice … and now Russia and Australia have dispatched icebreakers to the scene ..

.. What a mess ..

.. Right now , the vessel [the MV  Akademik Shokalskiy] is well supplied , but the sooner they can break loose , the better …

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… Iran Runs Its Mouth — POTUS ends up with a Black Eye …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Friday,December 27th,2013

.. guess what ?

.. Iran is stating that it is developing a new generation of centrifuges . Just Dandy ?!

.. the current group is bad enough . now there will be more . Does anyone beilieve that Iran ‘ s nuclear program is for peaceful purposes ? POTUS does . What an idiot …

.. israel can only wait for so long . As big a mess as Turkey is in , they will realize that their lot belongs with their old ally [Israel] — and not their putative new one [Iran] . The Iranians cannot be trusted . Israel ‘ s word is as good as it gets .

.. Iran is vulnerable . So is Israel . and many nations that are supposed to be allies of ours are feeling betrayed by POTUS , aka the First Wus ! . They know that their lot is still with the United States , but they are wondering if they can survive the Obama years . Some of them wonder …

.. Israel can , though , take care of itself . She will only wait for so long . Do Not be surprised if PM Netanyahu gives the ” go ” order and it pulls us [yes , the United States] into a war in the Middle East . Iran will retaliate , and hit our allies , even our bases and command centers . Do not forget that our CentCom forward base is in Qutar , among other facilities . Ditto other facilities in Kuwait .

.. if they are going to get hit , the mullahs are going to want to take others with them , whether they like it or not . Ditto Hezbollah . They would also love to screw with the world ‘ s oil markets . A Middle East war , including the U.S. , would send oil prices soaring well over $150 a barrel , maybe even $200 a barrel . It would throw the U.S. and the West , at least for a while , into a sharp recession . Yikes …

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… Quack , Quack — A&E surrenders ! …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Friday,December 27th,2013

.. those dummies finally realized what a blunder that they have made .

.. and boy , did these idiots [A&E] make a lu – lu !

.. this afternoon , the A&E network reinstated Phil Robertson , the patriach of the Robertson family , to ” Duck Dynasty .

.. Yea !! Will I watch it ? ‘ will see …

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… Rev. Jesse Jackass with a CheapShot …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Friday,December 27th,2013

.. comparing what is happening to ” Duck Dynasty ” star Phil Robertson to ” White Privilege . ” …

.. What a crock ! Considering the way that Jesse Jackson has operated virtually all of his adult life [race – hustler , blackmailer , extorter] , he is in no position to criticize anyone for anything . To be honest , he should be in prison , right alongside his namesake [his son , Jesse Jr.] because of the crimes and offenses that he has committed down through the years .

.. [h/t]..

.. [link] to the video ..

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… Basically , the Shippers [Bleeped] Up …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,December 26th,2013

.. why did the packages that were sent via U.P.S. and FedEx end up being late ?

.. what do I think ? I think that FedEx and U.P.S. and the others got caught with their pants down . They misunderestimated both the amount of packages that would be ordered this Christmas season . As it turns out , I think that the total was up . Not waaaay up , but up a fair bit . It was not just that , however .

.. They goofed on the timing . Goofing on both elements means that they did not have the human capital [people] that they needed when they were needed . They also did not have the physical capital [planes , pipeline space] that was substantial enough . Because of it , they got caught with excess shipping in the pipeplines at the wrong time . Guess what the result was ?

.. Some stuff was late . It happens . It was a business mistake . People will have to answer for it , to be sure . It is not a legal action [a tort] which would leave them vulnernable to lawsuits .

.. Some idiots will file , though . They will be dismissed , evetually , but not after the companies incur some legal bills as a result . Oh , Well . That is why we need tort reform …

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… there will be a Bailout of Insurance Companies …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,December 26th,2013

.. and it will burn the DemoCraps badly ..

.. you may wonder : how ? and why ? It is already written into the ObamaCrapCare bill . The feature in question is what is called ” risk corridors . ” Basically , if the insurance companies take on excessive amounts of risk , they will be compensated for it . It is in the law , already .

.. [h/t —
.. [link] to the article and video clip …

.. Boy , does that stink . The insurers got into bed with the ObamaCraps on this bill , and got a provision like this placed into the bill . it covers their financial backsides , so that they will not lose excessive amounts of money . They may not make much , though , but they will not lose their shirts , either . What is worse is that the C.B.O. ” scored ” this feature as having no net financial effect on the bill . Are you kidding ?

.. It will not have a net effect on the insurers . They will be contractually covered for any losses outside certain ” boundaries , ” or the ” risk corridors . ” Guess who it will screw , and badly ? Yep , the taxpayer , and Big Time ! Nice one , DemoCraps . You have given more ” bulletin board ” material to the G.O.P. . Duuuh !

.. the Insurance business does not come without risk . It is the way the thing operates . Well , it is the way it is supposed to operate . If an insurer misprices its risks , or does not invest its premiums well enough to smooth things out , well …. . It is supposed to go out of business , or at least go bankrupt , so someone else can take over its market and business . Those idiots got into bed with His Lordship and the rest of the Dems , so that they could protect themselves . Now , they look like a bunch of ” errand boys ” for POTUS and for H.H.S. . See what happens .

.. Those dummies may end up losing their shirts , anyway . Serves them right !

.. It may not have much effect at first , at least in 2014 . It will in 2015 , and become an anchor around the necks of the Dems in the 2016 Presidential campaign . An expensive one , at that …

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… Merry Christmas for Governor Nikki Haley [R-SC] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,December 26th,2013

.. may you ask what she got for Christmas ?

.. check out the [link] . A Beretta (yes , a gun) ..

.. it definitely gives the bad guys something to think about ! ..

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… #IStandWithPhil [Robertson] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,December 26th,2013

.. why don’t you ??

.. I just signed the petition . No , I am not a regular A&E network viewer . I do watch it once in a rare while . I just have a great deal of other interests , including this blog , chess , my faith [Roman Catholicism] , etc.. .

.. What happen to Phil is outrageous . A&E may well be a progressive – oriented network , but they knew what they were getting into when they desired to put ” Duck Dynasty ” on the air . It already was (in local syndication , i believe) on the air , and those dummies at the network should have known what they were getting into when they decided to pick up the show .

.. Also , in the internet age , there had to be plenty of youtube & other stuff available to look at . They knew what might be coming , and chickened out to bullying from G.L.A.A.D. and other militant gay and lesbian lobbies ..

.. for those who are not sure on the website , here is a link to it …

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… Bye , Bye , Loonie Leftie [Talk Radio]

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,December 26th,2013

.. slowly but surely , it is going away .

.. it just does not have the commercial draw that conservative talk radio does . It never has , and I believe , it never will …

.. [h/t —]

.. [link] to the story …

.. in Greater Cleveland , we really do not have much in the way of liberal talk radio . There are some , but they are small figures , and they are on small , low wattage minority – oriented stations , or on college – owned stations …

.. We do have some loudmouths , but they are more of the conservative or moderate – conservative stripe …

.. Unfortunately , we only have limited access to conservatives . Ususually , most major markets have one major market station in – market , and one or more nearby . We have Rush on one station , and one more major conservative station , but the nearby stations are too far away [Canton] to easily be heard on the West Side of the Area . They can reach us (like me) , but

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… Nice Going Al [Sharpton] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,December 26th,2013

.. Sharpton hosts a town hall – style meeting in Chicago , and guess what happens ??? …

.. a Tea Party – style revolt breaks out ! …

.. [h/t —]

.. [link] to the article …

.. On Thursday, a town hall meeting hosted by Al Sharpton and the National Action Network to address gun violence exploded into a revolt against “Chicago Machine” politics, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and the aldermen in City Hall, with panel and audience members calling to vote out their elected officials.

One 82-year-old preacher even called for “Tea Party” style meetings in some of Chicago’s south side communities such as Altgeld Gardens and Trumbull Park.

While the stated goal for Sharpton was to bring the many different groups together to discuss solutions to the city’s violence epidemic, he may not have gotten the types of responses he was looking for. Calls for more gun control laws and getting guns off the streets were nonexistent and not mentioned by residents throughout the session.

Instead, attendees offered solutions addressing the problems facing their community as a whole rather than just taking on “gun violence” itself. Audience members addressed the need for jobs and solving the foreclosure crisis plaguing Chicago’s south and west sides. Perhaps the loudest message—and one that Reverend Al or the Chicago media have yet to report on—echoed by several different people in attendance as well as panel members was that it is time for the black community to start voting differently.

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… This Court Case has the Liberals Scared to Death …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,December 24th,2013

.. and they have a likely settlement (it would be my guess) to thank for making the case ” moot ” at the U.S. Supreme Court …

.. otherwise , there were at least 6 votes to shoot down the union ‘ s favourite tactic these days , the neutrality agreement …

.. [h/t the Wall Street Journal] …
.. [h/t Cornell Law Library] …

..[link] to the WSJ editorial [from December 14th , 2013]

..[link] to the law library case description …
(*note* — the Cornell University Law School library site is a real dandy . It is fantastic for so many things legal . If you can contribute , great . feel free to make use of it for your legal needs …)

Does an agreement stipulating that an employer will remain neutral and give access to employee information in exchange for a union’s support of an employer-friendly ballot initiative, constitute a “thing of value” in violation § 302 of the Labor-Management Relations Act; or, must a thing of value be monetary for purposes of § 302?

.. the case is Unite Here Local 335 v Mulhall . It was up before the Supreme Court for oral argument . They were already held , but in December , the case was ” DIGed , ” or dismissed as improvidently granted . Basically , the case was (I think) settled to prevent a unions loss at the Supreme Court . I believe that there were definitely 5 , and probably 6 , votes to win the case . It would have set a disastrous nationwide precedent , taking away one of the union ‘ s favourite tactics , the neutrality agreement .

.. It would also , by extention , neuter any union ‘ s attempt at a corporate campaign against a company . The loss of the neutrality agreement would render the c. c. useless , since the company could agree to nothing , and the union could receive nothing in return . Neither side could do anything to stack the deck . It would empower individual members , as it had before , to sue to stop the tactic .

.. Eventually , a new case will make it to the court . The 11th Circuit case rings out loud as a bell , and sets a pattern that sets the way for a new fact pattern to be brought before the court . This time , the legal representatives will be prepared to block any potential settlement before a decision is reached ..

.. from the WSJ editorial ..

This has large potential implications for Big Labor, which has increasingly sought these neutrality agreements to make it easier to organize a work site. The rights of workers get washed out in such bargains that violate the Taft-Hartley Act’s ban on giving a “thing of value” to help organizing. Let’s hope the Justices find another case soon to make clear that such sweetheart deals are illegal.

.. LEC here again — So do I . I believe that a pattern has been set , and the Right – to – Work folks will have several cases that will come through . I hope that they do …

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… Marriage is for Me !! …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,December 23rd,2013

Marriage is For Me !

.. No , I have never been married . But , I respect and admire my friends and family who are married . I believe that it is for the best for all that are concerned .

.. Yea , I am lonely . I have always wished to find the right person . God willing , I will . When that will happen , I do not know . But , I believe that it will happen ..

.. I am an idealist . I always have been . Even after all the things that I have been through down through the years , you might think that I may well be a cynic . I am not . I would rather live and die as an idealist , than to live one day as a cynic .

.. Love can come suddendly . It can , as I have found , come softly (from Jeannette Oke ‘ s books and movies) . Being friends first helps . But it is not always necessary .

.. Are there fears and anxieties ? Sure . Finding the right person , first of all . Not to be picky , no . I come with baggage . In my case , also a hot fuse . That is what scares me to death , more than anything else . I do not want to hurt the people that I care about , because I am a hot head ..

.. You might think that I had gotten advice from my parents . I thought that I had not . Then I realized that it was right in front of me . It was their example . They were not perfect . Far from it . But they made it work … every day , for almost 48 years . May God Bless them Always !

.. I believe that it takes not being selfish , but being selfless enough . A lot more than that . If one is too selfish , well , then , ….

Marriage is about family.
.. I realized that I had seen my parent ‘ s advice . My father was not a preacher . Not even close . A scoutmaster , yes . Nothing made him more proud than when both my brother John and I earned our Eagle Scout badges . It did not always make it easy to deal with a father and a scoutmaster . But , I finally understood . I wanted to achieve , but also did not want to embarass him . I did not . Generally , not publically . Sometimes , in private .
.. Yea , my father and I look a lot alike . But we are very different people . He passed away in June of 2005 . I think about him every day . Every day . My mom , too . My father was up – from – the – boostraps working class , not the best in school , and worked his fanny off to become a top flight electical engineer . Also , a top – flight technical writer . He was a 32nd degree FreeMason by his mid40s , and could have gone higher . Much higher .

.. What matter more . Our family . Not just Mom . My sister , Karen , my brother John , and me . Indian Guides . Boy Scouts . Church . American Legion . A Master Gardener , in retirement . All of that . One heck of an example . But not perfect , either .

.. God , I miss my mother . She passed away in January of 2000 . A top flight RN for almost 40 years . Most of her career was spent in maternity nursing at Fairview Hospital in Cleveland , Ohio . She was upper middle – class , and had to defy my grandmother to take the exams to enter nursing school . Doing it anytime took guts . Doing it in the early 1950s took a lot more guts .


.. Does it scare me ? Yes , it does . But , not as much as one might think . Even the likelyhood or possibility of being a step – parent . Who knows . Being an excellent role model matters the most . Especially in this day and age .

.. No , I am not that open . I am still shy . But our world has changed so much , and is still changing . Hopefully for the better . Making sure that technology is an aid , and not a crutch , is helpful .

My Siblings

.. Both are married . One for 18 years , the other for almost 35 years . Great job , you too . Especially with my nieces and nephew . My nephew is a newlywed . I wonder how my sister feels about becoming a Grandmaw [ha!ha!] . Just kidding , Sis ! I think that it would be great .

the ” M ” word
.. Do I wish I have talked to them about the ” M ” word ? Yea , I do . Those who know me would not be surprised that I did not . I am extraordinarily painfully shy . Still am . The experience of these years has helped to loosen some of the shyness .

.. No true relationship of love is just about you. Love is about the person you love . It is about being selfless .

.. And , the more that you love that person, the more love you receive . And not just from your significant other, but from their friends and their family and thousands of others you never would have met had your love remained self-centered.

.. Truly, love and marriage is for you . .

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… No Kidding , Senator Joe ! …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,December 23rd,2013

.. POTUS is an aloof , arrogant , above – it – all S.O.B. .

.. [h/t]

.. [link] to Senator Manchin ‘ s comments , courtesy of CNN ‘ s ” State of the Union . ”

.. What leadership style ? He does not have one . He does not know the meaning of the word ..

.. It is to be thankful that (yes , amazingly) Patty Murray negotiated with Paul Ryan on the recent budget deal . Not that I am wild about it . i am not all that thrilled about it , though .

.. Tactically , it is not the best thing to happen . Strategically , though , it is , at least for the G.O.P. . The Dems are backpeddaling like crazy on ObamaCrapCare , and are forced to defend it . its problems and hiccups keep popping up every day , it seems . The Dems are dreading having to defend the bill during the election campaign , and are realizing that there will be fewer of them , and more of the GOP after November ‘ s elections .

.. the

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… Can the ObamaCraps quit Screwing Around ?!?! …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,December 23rd,2013

.. POTUS did not enroll in ObamaCrapCare .

.. his aides keep saying that he did .

.. so , you dummies , quit the damn lying !

.. Presidents , VPs , senior Admin officials , and others receive their health care through the military services , to be specific Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Bethesda Naval Hospital . They have the best health care that rivals anything anywhere in the world .

.. Also , when necessary , you are in D.C. . Baltimore is only 40 miles away , which means Johns Hopkins University and its world famous medical school and medical center . George Washington University is literally on the doorsteps of the District , less than a mile from the White House itself . It itself has a superb medical school (and medical center) .

.. So , cut the crap , you idiots . POTUS does not need to sign up for any ObamaCrapCare coverage . His family is covered , likewise …

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… Ho ! Ho ! Ho ! …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,December 23rd,2013

… and a Merry Christmas to One and All !!!

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… The Continuing Problems with the Latest ObamaCrapCare change …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,December 23rd,2013

.. the other night , the Obama administration announced two big changes to Obamacare, for people who have seen their individual-market insurance plans canceled this year: They won’t have to comply with the individual mandate, meaning they can go without insurance and not pay the not-insubstantial fine (1 percent of their income, basically); and if they do want insurance, they can buy a “catastrophic” plan on the exchanges, which is cheaper than any of the other plans available.

..  This will make life easier , in the short term , for some number of Americans — millions have seen their plans canceled, though the White House suggests just half a million of them still haven’t signed up for new plans, gotten Medicaid, or enrolled in an exchange plan .

.. These changes could be “a very big problem for the law.” Here is why :

[-] It violates our system of governance — Presidents are not dictators . They do not have the right to make these kind of changes at a whim .

[-] Lack of Congressional Oversight — for the obvious reasons .

[-] The way it treats the uninsured is unfair and potentially politically unsustainable.

Now that the law’s requirements have been significantly weakened for people who did have insurance in 2013, it’s going to be hard to stand by them for people who didn’t.

In theory, this does reflect one of the principles of how the health-insurance market works: Under pre-Obamacare law, consumers were guaranteed the right to renew their policies (with some cost changes, of course). If you were uninsured, on the other hand, you could have a much harder time finding coverage on the individual market — which is why, for instance, people are allowed to maintain employer coverage for a certain period of time after leaving a job. But Obamacare is supposed to be about expanding coverage, and the inequities this change will create can be really problematic.

More simply, of course, people whose plans have been canceled will now simply be able to go without insurance, period, at no cost. People who were uninsured in 2012, meanwhile, will have to pay the penalty — for now.

[-] The way it treats almost everyone else is unfair: The exchanges have been open for three months now, and plenty of Americans have committed to buy plans that were either more expensive than they want or that they didn’t want in the first place. If people whose individual-market plans have been canceled knew this was going to happen, they could have waited to buy a catastrophic plan, or bought one on the non-exchange market, or gone without insurance entirely.

[-] Adverse selection  — This means people who might otherwise buy insurance — say, middle-aged people with potentially looming health problems — can go without it, and if a serious health-care problem comes up, they can just enroll in the exchanges. Not everyone will take advantage of this, but at the margins, it allows people who might otherwise worry about catastrophic health-care bills to stay out of the exchanges, and ensures some flow of very sick, expensive people into them. Health insurance companies can’t change their rates to take account of that, and that information disconnect is what economists call “adverse selection.” On the margins, it will raise premiums for healthy people on the exchanges, and make insurers more wary of participating.

[-] More adverse selection — The catastrophic plans that the Obama administration will now let anyone with a canceled plan enroll in this year were originally set up for anyone under the age of 30, and for anyone who gets a hardship exemption. Now, they’ll see an influx of people who had their plans canceled, a group that insurers don’t actually know much about — and for whom they haven’t set their premiums.

[-] Even more adverse selection  — The catastrophic-insurance markets and the rest of the exchanges are separate risk pools. Within a given state, individual insurers don’t really have to worry about enrolling too many unhealthy or old people, because of something implemented by Obamacare called “risk adjustment.”

Insurers with sicker groups get compensated, basically, by insurers that enrolled healthier groups. In all, the insurers want healthier and bigger pools, because they can take on more financial risk safely and make more money, but risk adjustment means it’s lot less useful for them to try to attract healthy enrollees.

The Obama administration is now going to alter the parameters for the catastrophic pool and the normal exchange pool in every state. If their claim that just half a million people who are getting hardship exemptions is accurate, this will also just be a marginal adjustment — but still one the insurance industry wasn’t expecting.

[-] Increased confusion — While there are a lot of groups communicating directly with actual enrollees, the information trickling down from a CMS report, filtered through the media, is not going to help Americans make informed decisions about their plans.

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… a Big Oops by Cracker Barrel …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,December 22nd,2013

.. within a day or two , of yanking the products of ” Duck Dynasty ” from their stores , they reversed course …

.. back in they go , and Cracker Barrel acted …

.. [h/t —]

.. [link] to the article …

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… Replace David Gregory on ” Meet the DePressed ” …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,December 22nd,2013

.. it does not necessarily mean that you do it with Joe Scarborough and Mika Brezinski ..

.. Someone younger and who is a decently tough questioner would help . Check out the rosters at the other networks . They have plenty of good people on their payroll who know how to ask a tough question .

.. Also , try to get someone who is not a philiosophical bigot . None of the Mouseketeers on pMSNBC need not apply . Matin Savidge (on CNN) and Kelly O ‘ Donnell (on NBC) are a good place to start . They (and retired CNN reporter Bob Franken) all have a place common to them : They spent the earliest and best parts of their careers in broadcast journalism in Cleveland . Yes , Cleveland , Ohio .

.. No , it does not mean bringing in a conservative . A left – of – center moderate would help . Do Not forget that Tim Russert worked for Daniel Patrick Moynihan and Mario Cuomo before he was hired at NBC . Also , Russert went to college and law school here in Greater Cleveland [college at John Carroll University , law school at Cleveland – Marshall College of Law , just as it was becoming a part of Cleveland State University] .

.. Someone with some decent chops is helpful . Gregory stinks , is a bigot , and the Mice at pMSNBC are no good , save the Morning Crew .

.. Also , when you replace the host , change up the media commentators . They are just as bad . Do Not limit yourself to D.C. or N.Y.C. . Try L.A. , Boston , or the Heartland …also , talk radio , bloggers , and others …

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… the A & E Network has a Helluva Problem on Its Hands …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,December 22nd,2013

.. the problem is one of their own making , and it is their problem to solve .

.. they knew of the Robertson family ‘ s beliefs . They knew that they were conservative , Christian , and pretty well fundamentalist when they picked up the show in the first place . They have no excuses .

.. Also , G.L.A.A.D. is behaving like a bunch of fascist bullies . They are not the ” Thought Police . ” It is not up to them to decide who appears on T.V. and who does not . They are not any network ‘ s ” Standards & Practices ” division .

.. They also have endangered a profitable franchise that draws quite a bit of attention to their network . The Robertsons have made it quite clear that they will not continue on without Phil , their patriarch …

.. So , what does they do ? …

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… Wanna See POTUS get French Fried …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,December 22nd,2013

.. POTUS gave a going out – of – town presser the other day , and it did not look like he had a whole lot of fun .

[-] His Lordship has had a crappy year , ..
[-] his signature accomplishment is collapsing , and
[-] He looks like a Lame Duck , spelled with a Capital D – U – C – K . [QUACK!]

.. it looks even worse . see this [link] . AP White House correspondent Julie Pace cooks him on a spit , and makes him look bad , and I mean BAD …

.. I mean , what a crabapple !! …

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… Nice Shot , Hurricane Camille ! [Paglia]

Posted by paulfromwloh on Saturday,December 21st,2013

.. she is amazin ‘ ..

.. Camille Paglia has been around on the scene quite a while . Just as long , you cannot quite peg where she will come down on an issue .

.. Yes , she is a proud and raging liberal . However , she is an old – school liberal , all in the sense of the word . She says what she thinks , and has more balls [yes , BALLS] that almost any other public figure that I know of on the public stage . She will not back down to anyone , repeat anyone .

.. Conservatives would be wise to think that she is on our side . She is not . Often , she is not , but often as much , she is . She is old school …

.. She let fly on the ” Duck Dynasty ” controversy . Boy , oh boy , did she ever …

[h/t —]


“I speak with authority here, because I was openly gay before the ‘Stonewall rebellion,’ when it cost you something to be so. And I personally feel as a libertarian that people have the right to free thought and free speech,” Paglia, a professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, said on Laura Ingraham’s radio show Thursday.

“In a democratic country, people have the right to be homophobic as well as they have the right to support homosexuality — as I one hundred percent do. If people are basing their views against gays on the Bible, again they have a right of religious freedom there,” she added.

Robertson has been suspended from Duck Dynasty due to comments he made to GQ that have been deemed “anti-gay.” According to Paglia, the culture has become too politically correct.

“To express yourself in a magazine in an interview — this is the level of punitive PC, utterly fascist, utterly Stalinist, OK, that my liberal colleagues in the Democratic Party and on college campuses have supported and promoted over the last several decades,” Paglia said. “This is the whole legacy of free speech 1960’s that have been lost by my own party.”

Paglia went on to point out that while she is an atheist she respects religion and has been frustrated by the intolerance of gay activists.

.. [link] to the post ..

.. trust me , her opinion is a hum – dinger , well worth your time …

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… Yea , Why Does Not Joe Manchin become a Republican ? …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Saturday,December 21st,2013

.. it is , because he is a rare bird , ” Scoop Jackson ” Democrat .

.. Also , it is while those of his kind are accepted in the DemoCrap party . At the rate things are going , the younger and more ultraliberal crowd is ruling the roost in the Senate Dem caucus .

.. [link] to Charles Krauthammer ‘ s teaseing of Senator Manchin , when he was in Special Report ‘ s Center Seat on Fox News Channel the other night …

.. They are a majority , right now , so Manchin will probably stay . Once he feels alienated enough , and / or the idiots in that caucus ” burn down the house ” and drive the DemoCraps into the minority , Manchin will be an excellent candidate to switch parties [re : the way that Richard Shelby did in 1994 , when he crossed over , after the GOP blowout victory] . The only difference is that Manchin will likely do that BEFORE it happens …

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… A BiPartisan Bill is Dangerous [Iran Nuclear Sanctions] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Saturday,December 21st,2013

.. Why , may you ask ?

.. with good reasons :

[-] a truly bipartisan bill will attract much more support from the senior levels of both parties , ..
[-] a bill with that much support will make it as an amendment onto any relevant bill , ..
[-] that support will put Dingy Harry Reid in a spot ; he will have to let the bill come to the floor , ..
[-] it will put POTUS in an impossible situation ; he will want to veto the bill , but the votes will be there to override , and by plenty , ..
[-] such a bill will piss off Iran , and give it the excuse it needs to walk away from the so – called nuclear talks in Geneva , Switzerland .

.. I support the bill . The Iran nuclear deal is an obscene joke ; It does not slow down Iran ‘ s nuclear program one bit . The ObamaCraps have issued a veto threat , but , I hope , someone in there is telling His Lordship that the votes are there , or will be there by plenty to pass the bill in both Houses of Congress by veto – proof margins .

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… When Is ” Hanging Two White Men ” Art ?? …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Saturday,December 21st,2013

.. it is sick , and deserves to be yanked from public display …

.. [h/t —] ..

.. [link] to the article / post ..

.. does the guy have the right to mount so – called ” performance art ? ” Yes , he most definitely does . However , he does not have the right to receive public financial support for it . The public taxpayer dime does not have to support this crap …

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… the Latest ObamaCrapCare change …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Saturday,December 21st,2013

.. the one making so – called ” hardship exceptions ” to many people , is going to cause hell in the organization and finances of the exchanges ..

.. Worse yet , many of those exchanges (the ones that the states set up) are in blue states . So , these dummies have to pony up for the expansion of Medicaid AND the financial problems of the state exchanges , many or most of which are non – profits , with state charters …

.. These exchanges are going to go back to their respective states for more money , and there is going to be sticker shock on the amount . Doubly so with the Medicaid Bill . Expanding Medicaid as much as the ObamaCraps did is going to stick these states with one honey of a budgetary stomachache for the bill … the larger ones may survive , but the smaller ones will come hat in hand back to D.C. for help … and H.H.S. will have no legal authority to give them any $$ …

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… Illegal Immigrants …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Friday,December 20th,2013

.. are not here legally , Congresswitch Pelosi . They will not have documentation . At least they will not have documents that will pass legal muster , Madame …

.. [h/t —] [link]

.. They deserve to be sent packing , if they are caught here . If not , then leave them alone . We need to do something about the problem of all of the millions of people that are here in this country illegally .

.. We also need to update our immigration system and our immigration laws . The current system just does not work . What the DummyCrats are proposing to ram through , though , will not work . A skills – based system , with limited (very limited) family reunification is what I think would work …

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