Friday, July 31, 2009
Beck Exposes 'Cash for Clunkers' Language Giving Feds Authority to Take Control of Computers | NewsBusters.org
"It is hardly unusual these days for a government building to forgo a fresh paint job or regular lawn care to cut costs. But last week, the director of the Jefferson County public nursing home was told that the county could no longer afford to bury indigent patients."
Substitute "Muskegon" for Alabama and hold on to your wallet!
"Congress moved Friday to inject fresh funds into the wildly popular 'cash for clunkers' program after it nearly ran out of money, threatening to become a symbol of government bungling."
Serious "DUH" here.
Giving away free money is ALWAYS "wildly popular".
....hmmmm...I've got a junker worth $800 and Great Leader will give me $4500 for it?
Who'd of guessed?
Newly released data from the IRS clearly debunks the conventional Beltway rhetoric that the "rich" are not paying their fair share of taxes.
Indeed, the IRS data shows that in 2007—the most recent data available—the top 1 percent of taxpayers paid 40.4 percent of the total income taxes collected by the federal government. This is the highest percentage in modern history. By contrast, the top 1 percent paid 24.8 percent of the income tax burden in 1987, the year following the 1986 tax reform act.
Remarkably, the share of the tax burden borne by the top 1 percent now exceeds the share paid by the bottom 95 percent of taxpayers combined. In 2007, the bottom 95 percent paid 39.4 percent of the income tax burden. This is down from the 58 percent of the total income tax burden they paid twenty years ago.
To put this in perspective, the top 1 percent is comprised of just 1.4 million taxpayers and they pay a larger share of the income tax burden now than the bottom 134 million taxpayers combined.
"Second, the CARS dealer website -- where dealerships submit applications -- cannot handle the traffic. Dealers continuously report website crashes rendering them unable to submit their application. This increases the amount of time dealers must wait before they receive their rebate check -- depleting cash flow.
Third, worry is building in many dealerships because many applications for the rebate are being denied after the car deal. Some on this blog have expressed outraged after dealers have called them back demanding the customer make up for the denied CARS rebate (up to $4,500.00) or else they would have to return the car immediately.
Some have had their trade-in cars already destroyed."
Thursday, July 30, 2009
“Researchers from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine said consumers were paying higher prices for organic food because of its perceived health benefits, creating a global organic market worth an estimated $48 billion in 2007. A systematic review of 162 scientific papers published in the scientific literature over the last 50 years, however, found there was no significant difference.”
Posted at by Glenn Reynolds at 2:36 pm"
The Transportation Department called congressional offices late Thursday to alert them to the decision to halt the program, which offered owners of old cars and trucks $3,500 or $4,500 toward a new, more fuel-efficient vehicle."
"Associate Attorney General Thomas J. Perrelli, the No. 3 official in the Obama Justice Department, was consulted and ultimately approved a decision in May to reverse course and drop a civil complaint accusing three members of the New Black Panther Party of intimidating voters in Philadelphia during November's election, according to interviews"
Black on black crime continues to be OK..... even federally protected, with B Hussein and his minions.....
"U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday ramped up her criticism of insurance companies, accusing them of unethical behavior and working to kill a plan to create a new government-run health plan.'It's almost immoral what they are doing,' Pelosi said to reporters, referring to insurance companies. 'Of course they've been immoral all along in how they have treated the people that they insure,' she said, adding, 'They are the villains. They have been part of the problem in a major way. They are doing everything in their power to stop a public option from happening.'"
And the Pelosi congress super-spenders are..........
"On his TV show today, Glenn Beck spotlighted a fascinating interview that ACORNcracked.com editor Kyle Olson conducted with disgraced ACORN founder Wade Rathke."
This AMAZING expose is even better because it's Muskegon's own Kyle Olson who did the interview of the ACORN founder and was on Glenn beck's show last night!
Lucianne.com had this comment on their main page:
Watch for stepped up attacks on Glenn Beck forhaving the stones to show us this.
We need more brave Americans like Kyle and Glenn!
"The U.S. Treasury sold $39 billion in five-year debt Wednesday in an auction that drew poor demand, raising worries over the cost of financing the government's burgeoning budget deficit.
It was the second lackluster showing in as many days,"
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
The firearm death rate in Washington, DC is 80.6 per 100,000 for the same period. That means you are about 25 per cent more likely to be shot and killed in the US capital, which has some of the strictest gun control laws in the US , than you are in Iraq .
Conclusion: The US should pull out of Washington"
Lambert said the government has created a program that's 'so big and cumbersome that it can't find a way to accept anything."
"BOSTON — Massachusetts lawmakers could vote as early as Wednesday on a plan to restore $2 million to the budget of the Boston area's two major zoos weeks after zoo officials raised the specter of animals being euthanized because of funding cuts.
Officials at Zoo New England said the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston and the Stone Zoo in Stoneham faced shutting down and the possibility that some zoo animals would have to be killed if lawmakers didn't restore a $4 million budget cut.
Gov. Deval Patrick has defended the cuts saying the zoos shouldn't be exempt from cuts during a fiscal crisis and that no animals were ever really threatened.
A bill set to come up before lawmakers would restore $2 million of the $4 million cut"
Don't forget to insure that abortion moneys aren't cut!
"'I think this past year's recruiting class really is the foundation for the future,' Dantonio said here Tuesday on at the conclusion of the Big Ten's two-day media sessions. 'I firmly believe that in the next four years, that group of players will see a Big Ten championship.'"
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
"Speaking at the rally, Rabbi Eliezer Waldman, who heads the prestigious 'Nir' Torah seminary in the West Bank city of Kiryat Arba, called Obama a 'racist.'
'How dare he tell the Jews where they can or can't live! The era when Jews were banned from living in different places has ended,' Waldman exclaimed."
Monday, July 27, 2009
Community activist Chris Ernvall dead at age 41 - Muskegon News - The Latest News, Blogs, Photos & Videos – MLive.com
The 41-year-old vice president of investment firm Morgan Stanley in Norton Shores died early Sunday while at a gathering."
Queensland distributor Energex has revealed plans for wider use of 'controlled-load tariffs'"
The two-thousand, five-hundred and forty-one (2,541) sections of the bill can be found here. The emailed version my congressman's office sent me covers 1,026 pages and is written in the typical legislative labyrinth of gobbledygook, replete with multi-layered, mind-numbing, cross references."
"Liabilities to the police and fire pension funds have increased over the past year from $145 million to about a $158 million, Mr. Lyons said, and next year's contributions will increase from $12.7 million to about $14 million.
That figure does not represent the full make-up amount, Mr. Lyons said, because 'the actuary [Gabriel Roeder Smith] is smoothing it out for us [over more than one year].' Both pension funds are about 40 percent funded, he said, and that percentage [of the amount funded] will 'continue to drop because of the actuarial smoothing process.'"
It's the spending stupid!
"According to the Michigan State Medical Society, statistics show that drivers are six times more likely to become distracted and cause an accident if they are text messaging."
Maybe our underworked "lawmakers" ought to ban texting while writing headlines too.
"An influx in contraband cell phones in prisons has led some state corrections departments across the country to consider jamming telecommunications signals within prison facilities.
Last week officials from two dozen states signed a petition asking the Federal Communications Commission to allow the blocking, which is currently a criminal act. Michigan was not among them, because officials say smuggled cell phones aren't a big problem here."
Planet-killing climate-changers brag.
Chris Dodd snubs lobbyists, but not their cash.
ACORN holds pro-Obamacare rally, Tea Party breaks out. Similar event here. Also, how to ruin a professional agitation group’s day.
Energy-wasting bureaucrats at the Department of Energy.
Robert Byrd is down on cap-and-trade. But can he withstand the giant-puppet assault?
News reports on the Richmond and Asheville tea parties.
Latest polling not looking good for Obama. Plus the CBO rains on the Obamacare parade again.
And, finally, this. Preacher: InstaPundit needs more sex. I respond with this post.
Posted at by Glenn Reynolds at 8:54 am
"A memo obtained by the Detroit Free Press shows the operator of Detroit Metropolitan Airport warns many of the 120 businesses in the facility's terminals could close if they don't receive some assistance.
The newspaper reports Monday the Wayne County Airport Authority has developed a hardship plan that would defer payment of a portion of the fees the airport charges businesses."
So, the bankrupt Wayne County will direct its bankrupt airport authority to subsidize private businesses that are dying in Obama's socialistic paradise?
Maybe a few more $$trillion$$ of porkulus shifted to Detroit will bring relief!
Sunday, July 26, 2009
"One of the B-17's shown in the film has been fully restored and (as of 2000) is on display at the Yankee Air Force museum in Ypsilanti, MI"
That's the Yankee Lady that was in Muskegon yesterday.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
"I think that people start with a desire to be extremists — or, at least, to feel good about themselves and condemn others — and then look around for an ideology that gives them what they want. The actual merits are far less important, as is demonstrated by the transparent idiocy of most ideologies."
"US Special Inspector General Neil Barofsky, who job it is to oversee the Troubled Asset Relief Program ('TARP'), has opined in his new quarterly report to Congress and testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that the real, total cost of all the BailOuts since last Fall could well exceed $24 Trillion, spread across some 50 different efforts at relief -
that's Trillion, with a 'T.'
Now go clean up the coffee that you just spilled all over your computer;
Friday, July 24, 2009
"During ABC's June 24 infomercial for government-run health care broadcast from the White House, President Obama was asked if he and his family would abide by the restrictions and limitations that came with his proposed reforms.
In what Ed Morrissey at HotAir.com called 'Obama's Michael Dukakis moment,' President Obama refused to make such a pledge and confessed that if 'it's my family member, if it's my wife, if it's my children, if it's my grandmother, I always want them to get the very best care.'"
And that ain't what the democrats are trying to sell to us voters!
A BUMPER STICKER FOR THE AGE OF OBAMA: “I support the President but I am against all his policies.”…
Plus a new spin on an old anti-war slogan . . . ."
Posted by Begotnot on 07/24/09 at 1:31PM
"Say what you may, but I wish they would not fly those old airplanes over my house."
Posted by mhev1970 on 07/24/09 at 3:50PM
"This plane is the reason you have a home and are not speaking German. Get over it."
Thanks to mhev1970 for this response and to my friend Cal for alerting me to this great response!
"The public gets a chance next week to comment on a plan to build a futuristic high-speed rail system along Michigan's interstates, allowing people and cars to travel from Grand Rapids to Detroit in less than an hour.
The Michigan-meets-'The Jetsons' concept is being studied by a bipartisan state panel holding meetings around the state in an attempt to gauge public support."
Who wants to travel on a train to Detroit?
And if there's lot's of folks who want to do so, and it's such a great idea it'll produce a profit, why have a panel to "guage public support"?
Grab the Vasoline folks, our elected "leaders" are spending our tax dollars to have a multi-visit-luncheon to propose an idea that could NEVER survive in a capitalistic world.
So, if you like the lunch.... imagine a "free" zippy ride to downtown Detroit!
It's gonna happen unless we stop it!
What: A public hearing on the environmental impact of a plan to build an elevated hydrogen-based high speed rail system to transport people and freight from Detroit to Grand Rapids along Michigan's interstate system.
When: Friday July 31
Where: 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Eberhard Center, Grand Valley State University in downtown Grand Rapids, 301 W. Fulton St.
Who: A bipartisan state task force that is studying the potential of the project, which is proposed by a private company says it will share revenues with the state and local government.
"General Motors may not be the only employer to go broke trying to pay for the health care benefits of its workers. New York's taxpayers could be next.
Nationwide, the liability for all the benefits promised retired state workers is $558 billion, according to a report released last week by the Center for State and Local Government Excellence."
"Overall, 49% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the President's performance.
Today marks the first time his overall approval rating has ever fallen below 50% among Likely Voters nationwide. Fifty-one percent (51%) disapprove."
And this is before the president publically dissed the white policeman.
"If he’d been pouring French dressing from a Kraft bottle onto iceberg I might have cut him a little slack but I felt like saying “Excuse me sir, I think I just saw your left testicle roll over by the bike rack.”
His wife was sitting next to him beaming like “Look, ladies, I’m eating salad in a park with my husband!” while he just looked at me like a beaten dog.
I think he may have blinked “Please kill me” in Morse code.
And somewhere between those two worlds, the world of dirty nails, Keystone Light and back hair and the world of company towels, crossover cars, and sun tea lays normalcy."
Tracy's still got it!
That's less than most "po folks" pay for cell phones, cable TV and beer.
Why should I pay for MY health insurance AND theirs?
I am opposed to the forced taxpayer support of NPR/PBS so I try to avoid those companies that support them with advertising on their shows. I wonder if anyone else does the same. Do the NPR/PBS advertisers understand this backlash potential?
Thursday, July 23, 2009
"I'm not wanted in this state.'
'How many young women work here?'
'I didn't steal it; I just borrowed it.'
'You touch somebody and they call it sexual harassment!'
'I've never heard such a stupid question.'
Believe it or not, the above statements weren't overhead in bars or random conversations -- they were said in job interviews."
The Senate voice-voted Thursday to remove $439 million that was set aside to develop an alternate engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter from a $680 billion defense budget bill.
This comes two days after the Senate agreed to take out $1.75 billion for new production of the F-22 fighter, which is being phased out as the F-35 becomes the military's prime attack plane."
"Democrats are preventing Republican House Members from sending their constituents a mailing that is critical of the majority’s health care reform plan, blocking the mailing by alleging that it is inaccurate.
House Republicans are crying foul and claiming that the Democrats are using their majority to prevent GOP Members from communicating with their constituents."
This is disturbing.
"I'm rushed because I get letters every day from families that are being clobbered by health care costs."
Doesn't he get letters "everyday" from Americans who are afraid their children will be buried in debt from Obama and his comrades endlessly spending their country into bankruptcy?
Maybe "Government Provided Postal Delivery (Mail-Care)" simply lost those letters.......?
You know you've gotten old when:
I saw a young mother taking a photo of her Mom and child at the Muskegon County Youth Fair today and offered to take a shot of all of them. She said "sure, thanks".
I took a few photos and gave her back her camera....she thanked me very nicely..... "thank you sir"......
Norton Shores will have a primary election next week.
I know 2 of the three candidates and yet have absolutely no information on how any of them would lead our city.
That's sad...... and bad!
"A sight that is usually reserved for November city elections is a sure sign that an unusual event is coming soon.
Political signs are dotting the yards of Norton Shores residences in preparation for the Aug. 4 primary election. A rare Norton Shores mayoral primary is the only race on that date in Muskegon County.
Three candidates -- incumbent Henry 'Hank' Waldo, 63; Gary Nelund, 39; and William Moulatsiotis, 28 -- are vying for the four-year term as mayor. Waldo has served as mayor since March, taking over after the death of Jerry L. Wiersma.
The top two vote-getters in the primary will square off in the Nov. 3 general election."
Isn't is sad that this tiny piece of drivel is the best our local newspaper can offer as "information" about a very important primary election in the most powerful city in our county?
Even sadder is that this void is the norm.....
"The Wall Street Journal ran a great article yesterday on what I would consider a major problem for public pensions, and it’s called spiking.
Spiking occurs when a public employee substantially increases his or her pay in the year or two prior to retirement for the purpose of locking in a higher pension payment.
If you’re a public employee, particularly a younger employee, this practice may jeopardize the security of your pension.
How does spiking work?"
Read it all.... and call and write your congressman and newspaper.
This is nothing more than a criminal enterprise to steal from us taxpayers!
"Free machine gun with every truck purchased"
These promos are funny but this one shows, again, how the left has mis-educated too many Americans about the difference between an illegal machine gun (an automatic weapon) and a legal "semi-automatic" (one shot at a time) weapon.
"The basement is filled with photographs of basketball players, but the picture that captures Izzo's attention is of a shopping mall."
Great Spartan story!
Read it all!
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Think of "Cadillac, the new fragrance for men."
Sputtering General Motors Co., just out of a quick drive through bankruptcy court, will soon be using its iconic Cadillac brand to sell a line of fragrance for men.
......"Cadillac, the new fragrance for men is part of the recent Cadillac renaissance: Hot new products and redesigns that capture the mantra of life, liberty and the pursuit," said Alwyn Stephen, a Beauty Contact director.
"Our fragrance is a relevant extension of the Cadillac lifestyle."
The line includes a spray, aftershave lotion, deodorant stick, hair and body wash. Some products will come in translucent glass bottles with sleek metal caps. The retail price for a 100 millilitre bottle of the eau de toilette fragrance will be $73.
"The design pays tribute to the opulence and extravagance of past eras, as well as the luxury and ease of today," the firm added.
Gotta love that gov'ment marketing expertise...doncha!
"He is less popular than both Jimmy Carter and George H. W. Bush were at the same period—and they both lost their bids for a second term."
"The F-22 is the Air Force's mainstay for air-to-air combat. The Pentagon has emphasized the need for the single-engine F-35s, which are primarily deployed to attack ground targets and would replace the F-16 and the A-10 aircraft."
"Republicans threatened to back out of the deal over a provision to cut the number of prison inmates by 27,000."
Buy a gun, lock your doors.
State employee automatic pay increases, uber-benefits and "retire-at-50 (or earlier!)" retirement plans are MUCH more important than the safety of California residents.
"Unfortunately for the ignorant MSM, observable data contradicts their assertions and alarmism."
Who you gonna believe, the "unbiased" liberal media........ or your lying eyes?
"Click through to see the 30 worst foods in America – if you can stomach it."
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
"I, too, remember where I was and what I was doing on that day, However, I did not hear the news of the moon landing for several more years.
I was a prisoner of war in North Vietnam and on July 20, 1969, I was in a small box that sat out in the sun"
Monday, July 20, 2009
Maybe because that’s what we’re becoming?
Other books doing well were described here."
I've got my copy..... thanks Cal!
"Neither the CBS Evening News nor NBC Nightly News ran a health care story on Thursday night."
"According to the state office responsible for tracking the money, New Hampshire has received so far $413.6 million in stimulus funds, which have resulted in the creation of 50 jobs, all in government, most of them temporary and only 34 of them full time. That comes to a cost of $8.32 million per job, or nearly $10 million per full time job, if we assume that two of the part-time jobs equal one full-time job."
"A free, two-hour group conversation July 28 on issues facing the state will be offered by The Center for Michigan, a nonpartisan Ann Arbor think tank.
The 7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. 'community conversation' will be at the Holiday Inn Muskegon Harbor, 939 Third."
"55 percent of safety officers who retired between 1998 and 2008 receive a pension that was more than their annual compensation [or salary] at retirement.”
All obtained by fraud?
"4. MSU: Seven of the top nine are back.
If everyone takes a step forward, Delvon Roe keeps getting healthier and Raymar Morgan plays like he did before mononucleosis nailed him in January, this will be an excellent team.
If Tom Herzog and incoming freshmen Garrick Sherman and Derrick Nix do something with the center position, it can be another great team."
"All of which prompts the question: If 250 people gather in the name of health freedom and AC-T, MtnXpress, and Tribune reporters aren’t there to cover it, are the Asheville Citizen-Times, the Mountain Xpress, and the Tribune Papers still fishwrap?"
"You don't have a problem with God, do ya?'
This is a question posed to CNN reporter Carol Costello during a recent interview with Mark Muller, a Missouri car dealer whose company is offering an unusual incentive: a free AK-47 with the purchase of a vehicle.
Thanks to Muller, we now know Costello doesn't have a problem with God. (She answered in the negative).
We also know she's, for lack of a more dignified term--not because I can't think of one but because she doesn't deserve it--just plain dumb."
"These new allegations, letters and calls for investigations are part of a strategy by Democrats to attack intelligence personnel and agencies. Why? To protect House Speaker Nancy Pelosi -- who is in hot water over her May 14 comments that the CIA 'lies all the time' and misled her about enhanced interrogation of terrorist suspects."
"There is a lot of debate about the right discount rate to use, but the conservative approach is to take the cost of government borrowing.
Use that rate, and the liability of American state and municipal pension schemes may be $3 trillion—three times the value of all the authorities’ existing debts.
In Britain the liability adds up to 85% of GDP."
Sunday, July 19, 2009
"Reader John Throckmorton served in Iraq in 2006-2007. He sends us this video and comments: 'This is a moving video of a community's response to the death of a U.S. Army sergeant in Afghanistan.
The tape runs 12 minutes and is a must see.' He adds:
Killed in action the week before, John C. Beale was returned to Falcon Field in Peachtree City, Georgia, just south of Atlanta, on June 11, 2009.
The Henry County Police Department escorted the procession to the funeral home in McDonough, Georgia.
A simple notice in local papers indicated the road route to be taken and the approximate time.
This was filmed during the procession by a State Trooper.
I was tempted to offer additional commentary, but I think the video stands by itself. I don't know the views of John Beale, or his neighbors who turned out to support him, so I can't purport to speak for them by attempting to connect this video to a larger statement on the current state of American politics or culture -- I'll save it for another time.
I am, however, immeasurably proud of them."
"Many extravagant claims have been made on behalf of the various health care 'reforms' now emerging from Congress and the White House. But on closer inspection, virtually all prove to be false."
"the program hasn’t stopped the rising tide of foreclosures: Experts predict that at least another 2 million homes will be lost this year, and the administration’s plan has so far reached only about 160,000 of the 3 million to 4 million homes it was supposed to protect over the next three years."
From the Times story headlined 'NHS tells school children of their 'right' to 'an orgasm a day'':
Alongside the slogan “an orgasm a day keeps the doctor away”, it says: “Health promotion experts advocate five portions of fruit and veg a day and 30 minutes’ physical activity three times a week. What about sex or masturbation twice a week?”"
"But FOXNews.com has analyzed data tracking how the stimulus money is being given out across the 50 states and the District of Columbia, and it has found a perverse pattern:
the states hardest hit by the recession received the least money.
States with higher bankruptcy, foreclosure and unemployment rates got less money."
"With the U.S. secretaries of energy and commerce in China this week, much of the attention focused on the standoff over emissions reductions or small breakthroughs in clean-tech cooperation.
But yesterday, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said something amazing—U.S. consumers should pay for part of Chinese greenhouse-gas emissions.
“It’s important that those who consume the products being made all around the world to the benefit of America — and it’s our own consumption activity that’s causing the emission of greenhouse gases, then quite frankly Americans need to pay for that,” Commerce Secretary Gary Locke told the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai."
What the f!!!!!!!!!
"According to Recovery.gov, the new Obama website showing us how much the country is being stimulated by government spending, the taxpayers are buying sliced frozen ham at $550,000 per pound.
I wonder what they would pay for fresh ham?
And here I thought prosciutto was expensive. Is this going to be served to guests at one of the many parties the Obamas like to throw? Half million dollar a pound ham won't really impress the Saudis, if Obama offers it to them, no matter how low he bows.
This makes the $100/lb wagyu steaks used at White House parties look like a bargain.
You can find the details here:"
Writing in Harper's a few weeks later, Lapham -- in the essay about Russert (entitled "An Elegy for a Rubber Stamp") where he said Russert's "on-air persona was that of an attentive and accommodating headwaiter, as helpless as Charlie Rose in his infatuation with A-list celebrity" -- echoed Halberstam by writing:
Long ago in the days before journalists became celebrities, their enterprise was reviled and poorly paid, and it was understood by working newspapermen that the presence of more than two people at their funeral could be taken as a sign that they had disgraced the profession.
That Lapham essay is full of piercing invective ("On Monday I thought I’d heard the end of the sales promotion. Tim presumably had ascended to the great studio camera in the sky to ask Thomas Jefferson if he intended to run for president in 1804"),
"'In addition, results indicated that 34-week-old fetuses are able to store information and retrieve it four weeks later,' said the research, which was released Wednesday."
"The State of Michigan has agreed to pay $100 million to settle a class-action by more than 500 female prisoners who said they were sexually assaulted by prison guards."
No problem.... heck it's only $100 million....
"Michigan has overall projected budget shortfalls of roughly $2.7 billion for the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1.
'It's important to distinguish between painful cuts that will happen and dangerous cuts which I will not allow to happen,'"
Like the automatic COL AND the annual stepup in pay every state employee gets?
"Democratic Sen. Christopher Dodd has been going around talking up KennedyDoddCare by claiming '62 percent of all personal bankruptcies were caused by medical problems.'
His source was so-called research by Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP), hardly a disinterested bystander. To achieve that lofty number, it had to distort the definition of medical bankruptcy while failing to control for household overspending, the No. 1 cause of personal bankruptcies in the aftermath of illness or injury.
But when medical bankruptcies are more accurately defined as those attributable solely to medical-related costs beyond a household's control, the rate plummets to just 29 percent. Even then, U.S. Justice Department statistics show that in personal bankruptcies blamed at least in part on unpaid physician and hospital bills, medical costs comprised no more than 13 percent of all unsecured debts."
Saturday, July 18, 2009
"once it was clear that GM planned to build compacts somewhere in the U.S. a bidding war broke out between Michigan, Tennessee and Wisconsin -- all of which had GM plants slated to be closed.
Michigan won by giving away the store.
The Orion plant will get $1 billion in tax incentives and job training grants from the state, which will pay for the $800 million GM will spend on retooling."
"When John McCain was shot down over Hanoi in 1967, he was flying an A4 Skyhawk. That jet cost $860,000.
Inflation has risen by 700% since then. So Mr. McCain's A4 cost $6.1 million in 2008 dollars. Applying a generous factor of three for technological improvements, the price for a 2008 Navy F18 fighter should be about $18 million. Instead, we are paying about $90 million for each new fighter. As a result, the Navy cannot buy sufficient numbers. This is disarmament without a treaty.
The situation is worse in the Air Force. In 1983, I was in the Pentagon meeting that launched the F-22 Raptor. The plan was to buy 648 jets beginning in 1996 for $60 million each (in 1983 dollars). Now they cost $350 million apiece and the Obama budget caps the program at 187 jets. At least they are safe from cyberattack since no one in China knows how to program the '83 vintage IBM software that runs them.
There are other problems. Navy shipbuilding fiascoes like the staggering overruns on new surface combatants, the near total failure of the Army's Future Combat System that was meant to re-equip the entire army, the 400% cost overrun of the new Air Force weather satellite -- to name but a few -- all prove that we are currently unable to design, develop and deliver major weapons systems in anything approaching a cost-effective and timely manner. The Government Accountability Office recently reported that the cost overruns for the top 75% procurement programs were over $295 billion. We are rapidly disarming ourselves, even as defense spending grows.
On May 22, President Obama signed the Weapons System Acquisition Reform Act. Despite the grandiloquent name, it is in fact just an addition of 20,000 more bureaucrats who will only make matters worse.
Why is this happening? Wher"
"When President Obama chose Arne Duncan to lead the Education Department, he cited Mr. Duncan's success as head of Chicago's public school system from 2001 to 2008. But a new education study suggests that those academic gains aren't what they seemed. The study also helps explain why big-city education reform is unlikely to occur without school choice.
Mr. Obama noted in December that 'in just seven years, Arne's boosted elementary test scores here in Chicago from 38% of students meeting the standard to 67%' and that 'the dropout rate has gone down every year he's been in charge.' But according to 'Still Left Behind,' a report by the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago, a majority of Chicago public school students still drop out or fail to graduate with their class. Moreover, 'recent dramatic gains in the reported number of CPS elementary students who meet standards on state assessments appear to be due to changes in the tests . . . rather than real improvements in student learning.'"
"'I was contacted by one, but I'm not interested. I love it here. We have a lot of work to do. That's the bottom line.' — Bowling Green coach Urban Meyer, 2002. Six days later, he was coach at Utah.
'All I keep saying is I plan on being the coach here at Utah.' — Utah coach Urban Meyer, 2004. Five days later, he was coach at the University of Florida.
'I'm not going to Notre Dame. Ever.' — UF Coach Urban Meyer, 2009.
So UF Coach Urban Meyer says he is never coaching at Notre Dame. Ever. No way. Nu-uh. Never. Ever. Not in your dreams. Not in a billion years. Nope. Not me.
We've heard that one, oh, seemingly a million times."
"This time, the Orion plant is a symbol of government regulation run amok as Washington keeps GM on life support so that it will produce the cars Washington wants to build.
On June 1, GM Vice President for Global Manufacturing Gary Cowger announced as part of the company's bankruptcy filing that it would close the Orion facility in its drive to become a 'leaner, stronger and more flexible' company. Though still a relatively modern facility making midsize Chevy Malibu and Pontiac G6 sedans, Orion's once 5,000-strong labor force had shriveled to 1,200 as the recession ravaged sales and the company planned to eliminate its Pontiac brand and consolidate Malibu production at a Kansas City facility.
But a few weeks later, the company reversed course. GM now says it will retool Orion to make compact, gas-sipping cars. The change of heart says a lot about how GM's new owners -- the federal government owns 60% of the company and the United Auto Workers (UAW) owns 17% -- are making considerations other than profitability a top priority for the auto maker.
The Obama administration is increasing Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) mandates to 35.5 mpg for all vehicles in a company's fleet by 2016, up from 27.5 mpg for cars and 23 mpg for light trucks now. Not a single GM vehicle meets the new CAFE standard, so the company is scrambling to make new high-mileage cars.
It was planning to build a new compact car in China (it already works with Daewoo to make the tiny Chevy Aveo in South Korea). Most auto makers have similar arrangements -- profit margins are so low for compacts made in America that not a single auto company makes a compact inside the U.S. Not the Japanese. Not the Koreans. And not even Ford, which plans to make its new Fiesta in Mexico."
"A lot can be said about unions supporting wage earners and creating a middle class. However, a lot can also be said about unions ruining this country. Case in point: Michigan.
You would think that after the UAW destroyed the auto industry and the tax base in Michigan, the people of the state and the unions based there would have learned.
However, this is not the case.
In the latest union disaster for the state of Michigan, the IATSE has decided that the blooming film industry in the state must be stopped before it even gets started."
"The Congressional Budget Office estimated that enacting the Restore our American Mustangs Act would cost about $200 million over the next five years. Currently, the wild herds roam over about 33 million acres of Western land.
To To comply with the bill, the Bureau of Land Management would need to find an additional 20 million acres, primarily after 2013, at a cost of up to $500 million, according the CBO.
........ House Republican leader John Boehner of Ohio said even debating the bill was an insult to people looking for work and small businesses trying to keep their doors open.
"It doesn't make any sense that we're debating a welfare program about wild horses when the American people really want to know, 'where are the jobs?'"
This idiot bill passed????
"Michigan’s private sector has shed 12.1 percent of its jobs since 2000. The number of jobs lost — 484,200 — is about the size of the total employment in Rhode Island. But the blows to Michigan’s public sector were much lighter. Local government employment dropped 6.1 percent, while the state government and state enterprises like universities actually expanded its workforce."
"Of all the statistics pouring into the White House every day, top economic adviser Larry Summers highlighted one Friday to make his case that the economic free-fall has ended.
The number of people searching for the term “economic depression” on Google is down to normal levels, Summers said."
True success, Obama style?
"That’s the positive spin. The bad news is that over 15% of the Michigan labor force is out of work. Oh, and by the way, 16 states passed 10% unemployment in June."
"The deal would require judges to consider whether homeowners were offered a “qualified” loan workout consistent with Obama’s plan. That program would let eligible homeowners rework their mortgages to bring their monthly payments down to no more than about one-third of their incomes."
Friday, July 17, 2009
"Climate Change: Supporters of economy-killing cap-and-trade legislation not only misquote the Congressional Budget Office's report lowballing the costs.
They ignore how CBO cooked the books to get its numbers."
"Twenty-seven-year-old Saied Haidarian-Shari of Clawson was one of three drivers who escaped Wednesday night's fiery explosion along Interstate 75 with minor injuries.
When asked Thursday night by Fox 2 whether he felt he should apologize for the crash that also included a tractor-trailer, Haidarian-Shari said: 'No.'"
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'There are times that you just get stuck with it, and it's a lot of money,' said Ellison, 37, of Spring Lake, before a Friday algebra class."
CNSNews.com - Pelosi Will Read Full Final Text of Health Care Bill Before House Vote and Give Public 'Ample' Time to Do Same, Says Spokesman
However, the speaker’s office declined to specify what is meant by “ample time.”"
"A car convoy is planned 9 a.m. Saturday at Mona Lake Park in Muskegon Heights to raise awareness of the dangers of road rage.
Two car convoys will leave Muskegon and Grand Rapids simultaneously Saturday as part of Road Rage Awareness Week activities scheduled in both communities."
They better not get in MY way!
H.R. 1018 is the 'Restore Our American Mustangs Act.' It can fairly be described as a welfare program for horses. Believe it or not--this isn't satire--here is what the bill will do:
[T]he 'Restore Our American Mustangs Act' ... would create a new $700 million welfare program for wild horses. The program:
* Conducts a horse census every two years
* Provides 'enhanced contraception' and birth control for horses
* Establishes an additional 19 million acres of public and private land for wild horses
* Covers $5 million tab to repair horse damage to land
* Mandates that government bureaucrats perform home inspections before Americans can adopt horses
'Enhanced contraception' for horses? Maybe I'm out of touch, but I didn't realize that wild horses use contraception at all. Maybe the measure would be worth voting for if Nancy Pelosi would commit that she will personally attempt to fit a wild stallion with an 'enhanced contraception' device at a critical moment. (Just kidding, liberals.)
Nineteen million acres, by the way, is around 28 times the area of Rhode Island. If you think Rhode Island is too small to worry about, it's also more than a third of the state of Minnesota.
The Democrats have scheduled a vote on H.R. 1018 tomorrow."
“And folks look, AARP knows and the people with me here today know, the president knows, and I know, that the status quo is simply not acceptable,” Biden said at the event on Thursday in Alexandria, Va.
“It’s totally unacceptable.
And it’s completely unsustainable. Even if we wanted to keep it the way we have it now. It can’t do it financially.” “We’re going to go bankrupt as a nation,” Biden said.
“Now, people when I say that look at me and say, ‘What are you talking about, Joe? You’re telling me we have to go spend money to keep from going bankrupt?’” Biden said. “The answer is yes, that's what I’m telling you.”
"The school board during a special meeting Tuesday agreed to pay Entre Computers, 540 W. Hovey,
$171,210 for 390 Hewlett-Packard computers,
and $146,144 for 113 Hewlett-Packard printers."
Thursday, July 16, 2009
"Michigan State beefed up its future nonconference schedules Monday, announcing agreements with West Virginia and Alabama, and extending its series with longtime rival Notre Dame.
The school has signed contracts for a home-and-home series with West Virginia in 2014 and 2015, and a home-and-home series with Alabama in 2016 and 2017."
Let's get the motel reservations in NOW!
"In recent years, Baker has invested millions of dollars to improve its facilities, including a student fitness area and meeting rooms in the school's main campus building"
Your tax dollars at work folks!
Who needs potholes filled when student loans and government grants to Baker get us 20% graduation rates and 10% employment rates?
"Think what you want about George W. Bush, but he did do this: he saved us from a Gore Presidency. Is there a greater smelly stew of vanity, vacuity, ignorance, arrogance, and hubris in Washington than Albert Gore Jr.?"
"'Defendant Riddle and Monica Conyers,' the Detroit corruption indictment reads. Over and over again.
Conyers resigned from the Detroit City Council last month after pleading guilty to conspiracy commit bribery."
"Michigan's unemployment rate soared to 15.2 percent in June, the state's highest monthly rate since the spring of 1983."
House Speaker Andy Dillon proposes Michigan's 400,000 public employees receive same health insurance coverage
"State employees pay between 5 and 10 percent of the cost of their health care depending on coverage type, according to report compiled by Dillon's office.
Despite a trend toward more cost-sharing at the local school district level, the report said many school employees 'pay no premiums or very small premiums for their health care.'"
"Our issue here is twofold: Is the $7.3 million now spent on Amtrak the best use of dwindling financial resources for a state mired in a persistent fiscal crisis; and who is using the train to Chicago?"
"The creator of such well-known hits as 'Devil With a Blue Dress On,' 'Jenny Take a Ride,' and ''Sock It To Me Baby,' Ryder plans to deliver his no-frills, high-energy classic-rock grooves to Muskegon's Bike Time festival 8:30 p.m. Saturday."
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
"But now, it appears that it will be closer to $2 billion. Boy was I way off.
With the growing deficit, it will be time once again for Granholm to kick the can, backfilling the shortfall with stimulus dollars that will evaporate in a year and a half, leaving a huge chasm for the next Governor."
"However, the flowers were sucked into the plane's engine causing it to catch fire and explode.
The aircraft plunged into a hostel. One passenger on the plane was badly hurt.
But about 50 people who had been in the hostel escaped unscathed, as did the pilot."
Nice wedding planner touch?
"sweeping overhaul of the U.S. healthcare system to be announced on Tuesday in the U.S. House of Representatives will include a surtax on millionaires of 5.4 percent, congressional sources said"
Let's see, take more money from rich folks, give it to Barney Frank and his buddies, and we'll have more jobs?
Just how dumb are they... or is it us?
A group of minority broadcasters asked Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner Monday for financial assistance akin to the aid that has been extended to the financial and auto industries."
This is GREAT! No one listens to their stations so the rest of us will live with more pot holes to subsidize the millionaire owners cuz their black?
White males gotta be gettin' close to being a minority.... right?
"Civil rights officials will be available to take reports on potential civil rights violations and discrimination incidents faced by migrant workers.
Reports can be conducted privately and anonymously.
Spanish-language interpreters will be available.
The civil rights agency is also accepting testimony from representatives of government and social service agencies."
So our government is goin' on a fishin' trip with the big fish being "anonymous" testimony from spanish folks given to "civil right" apparatchiks.
Folks, something is wrong here.
"About 75 members of the anti-tax group attended the City Council’s Monday night meeting looking for an apology.
They have said their civil rights were violated when they were singled out at the festival by being put into a special area with a sign nearby stating Port St. Lucie did not back their views or opinions.
Members got the apology they wanted and more Monday night the offer from Cooper to cover the cost of the city sign himself, rather than taxpayers, and the promise of no more signs at city-sponsored events."
Tea Parties in parks are nice.
75 Tea Partyers in politician's offices gets the job done!
"What I didn't realize is that journalism that examined the dominance of liberal ideas on campus would be addressed with hostility.
A professor who confronted me declared that he was 'personally offended' by my column. He railed that his political viewpoints never affected his teaching and suggested that if I wanted a faculty with Republicans I should have attended a university in the South. 'If you like conservatism you can certainly attend the University of Texas and you can walk past the statue of Jefferson Davis everyday on your way to class,' he wrote in an e-mail."
Ain't no problomo as long as we keep the cons out....right?
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
"Having a bigger budget to promote Buick, Chevrolet, Cadillac and GMC was among GM’s goals in shedding Pontiac, Saturn, Hummer and Saab in its 40-day restructuring. The $27,085 LaCrosse was one of about a half-dozen models featured last week when GM left Chapter 11 as a new company.
“They can spend that much now because they have half the brands to cover,” said Aaron Bragman, an analyst at IHS Global Insight Inc. in Troy, Michigan. “That’s the beauty of it.”"
Didn't Obama's car czar cut Chrysler's ad budget in half when he took over the company?
Now GM will double (relatively) its ad budget?
Thank god for CZARS.....
"A Stanley knife wielding bandit had the tables turned on him when he attempted to rob a Brisbane convenience store attendant who was cutting vegetables.
The attendant, who had a much larger kitchen knife, chased the man out of the Cut Price Supermarket store on Aminya Rd, Mansfield, about 2.50pm (AEST) on Monday.
He did not make off with any money or goods."
Monday, July 13, 2009
By Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson in New York
Published: July 13 2009 20:09 Last updated: July 13 2009 23:28
McGraw-Hill could reap just $1 from a sale of Business Week, according to people familiar with the 80-year-old financial magazine’s losses"
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"PALIN-BASHING IS WOMEN-BASHING? Don’t be silly. She’s not a woman, she’s a Republican.
Posted at by Glenn Reynolds at 2:56 pm"
As Americans slaving away at private-sector jobs have watched their 401(k) retirement accounts pulled down about one-third by the stock market, they might have found some comfort in thinking everyone's in the same boat.
The comfort is not only small; it's false:
More than 80% of state and city government workers are guaranteed a pre-set, generous pension, and most also can retire early.
Such "defined benefit" pensions generally went out of style in private business and the federal government in the 1980s because of their cost.
They're a main reason why cities and counties across the country are in dire financial straits. Vallejo, Calif., filed for bankruptcy protection last year.
El Monte, Calif., narrowly avoided it June 30.
Others are considering it.
In New York City, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said last month that the pension system is "out of control."
Recent stock market declines have left public and private pension plans alike underfunded, but the problem is deeper for public plans because they offer bigger pensions and make them available earlier, particularly to public safety employees. Three-fifths of state-government pension funds owe at least 20% more money than they have. According to the National Association of State Retirement Administrators, the shortfall is $430 billion, or about $3,800 for every U.S. household. Other estimates put the number above $1 trillion