Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Political News while I was on vacation

Well, I'm back, sort of. You can send e-mail as long as you understand that I'll have to delete a lot of it unread. tartanmarine(at)

Managing my recovery from a lung transplant December 23, 2013 takes a lot of time for meds, rehab, other exercise, taking vitals and using other machines, etc. and my energy level is still quite low.

I will post a shortened blog when possible, but not every day. If you send an item formatted for the blog, it will have a better chance than if you just send a link. Zero chance without a link. FORMAT:

Exact title of article in Bold (link to the article on line.)
Excerpt: (After the word "Excerpt" two to three sentences if short, less if article is very short.
(Any comment in parentheses, plus --Your name or initials)

Sorry, but if you don't have time to format it, I probably don't as well.

Than for all your support, good wishes an prayers as this lung thing went forward. I'm trying to get into the 50% who survive 5 years, but without it I don't think I had 5 months.

Apparently Obamacare didn't get better while I was in hospital getting a new lung.

Excerpt: No matter where you live in the United States, Obamacare is causing headaches, stress, and aggravation for someone near you.

Tweet from slone ‏@slone
SNAP! RT @JessaNaomi: Now that Dems are asking R's to help "fix" Obamacare, I'm pretty sure the answer should be, "We didn't build that."

Medicaid Expansion Boosted Emergency Room Visits In Oregon
Excerpt: Giving poor people health insurance, the belief was, would decrease their dependence on hospital emergency rooms by providing them access to more appropriate, lower-cost primary care. But a study published in the journal Science on Thursday finds that's not the case. When you give people Medicaid, it seems they use both more primary care and more emergency room services.

4.2M Americans Dropped From Health Plans
Excerpt: On The Kelly File, we saw some updated numbers about just how many Americans have lost their health plans since the launch of ObamaCare. More than 4.2 million Americans have now seen their health insurance policies canceled due to the new regulations.

Effects of Medicaid on Clinical outcomes
Excerpt: Medicaid coverage generated no significant improvements in measured physical health outcomes in the first 2 years.

Obama adviser Gene Sperling says administration offered 'no magic number' for health marketplace sign-ups
Excerpt: But the Obama administration has used a number -- 7 million by March -- in the past. There’s no denying that. We rate this claim Mostly False. (Note that politicians usually under-predict what they expect, to make the outcome a big success. I've done it myself. If they said 7M, they expected 10M. ~Bob)

'They had no idea if my insurance was active or not!': Obamacare confusion reigns as frustrated patients walk out of hospitals without treatment. By David Martosko, U.S. Political Editor
Excerpt: Hospital staff in Northern Virginia are turning away sick people on a frigid Thursday morning because they can't determine whether their Obamacare insurance plans are in effect. Patients in a close-in DC suburb who think they've signed up for new insurance plans are struggling to show their December enrollments are in force, and health care administrators aren't taking their word for it.

IRS chief says may face budget crunch on Obamacare rollout
Excerpt: The U.S. Internal Revenue Service may need to spend money on its Obamacare implementation at the expense of other agency programs due to budget constraints, its new commissioner said on Monday.

Democratic hopeful Mizeur decries ‘failure of leadership’ on Maryland’s health exchange
Excerpt: Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Heather R. Mizeur on Monday called the rollout of Maryland’s online health insurance exchange a “debacle” and said the General Assembly needs to “step in and make it right.” ... She became the latest member of her party to pointedly question the leadership of Gov. Martin O’Malley’s administration on the project, which has been overseen by Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, a leading Democratic candidate for governor.

“How Are We Supposed To Live?” Michigan Workers Discover Obamacare Means Impoverishment
Excerpt: The news was presented at the company’s annual benefits meeting earlier this month, when employees were told that the health insurance plan that the auto dealership had provided its workers was canceled because it doesn’t comply with the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. 

Health care: Medical offices see year-end rush
Excerpt: As the year comes to an end, doctor’s offices are filling up quickly with people scrambling for appointments before the changes of the Affordable Care Act kick in. Many simply have questions about the landmark health care law, filling up clinics across the Coachella Valley.

Starting the new year in Obamacare limbo
Excerpt: Planning to use your new Obamacare insurance benefits early in the new year? If you don’t have your brand spanking new ID card, you’d better bring along your wallet.

Management experts knock Obama
Excerpt: To listen to Obama discuss the rollout through the fall, he was still figuring out some of the finer points, too. If he had known wasn’t going to work by its launch date, he said in mid-November, “I wouldn’t be going out saying, boy, this is going to be great.” “In management circles, that’s an indictment,” said the longtime consultant. “How could you not know? And if no one told you, you’re still culpable for that too.”

MMS Study Shows Patient Wait Times for Primary Care Still Long
Excerpt:  The Massachusetts Medical Society today released its ninth annual Patient Access to Care Study, showing that wait times for new patient appointments with primary care physicians remain long, that half or more of primary care practices remain closed to new patients, and that acceptance of the government insurance programs of Medicare and MassHealth (Medicaid) by physicians remains high in the Commonwealth. ... The percentage of family physicians accepting new patients has dropped 19 percent over the last seven years; the percentage of internists accepting new patients has plunged 21 percent over the last nine years; and the percentage of pediatricians accepting new patients has fallen 10 percent over the last four years. 

Conceal Carry Applications Overwhelmingly Outpace Obamacare Enrollment
Excerpt: Conceal carry works. ObamaCare doesn’t. Conceal carry protects you. ObamaCare steals from you. The sad thing is how liberals don’t seem to understand this simple concept.

What ObamaCare is Really About
Excerpt:…I’m a 54-year-old consulting engineer and make between $60,000 and $125,000 per year, depending on how hard I work and whether or not there are work projects out there for me. y girlfriend is 61 and makes about $18,000 per year, working as a part-time mail clerk. or me, making $60,000 a year, under ObamaCare, the cheapest, lowest grade policy I can buy, which also happens to impose a $5,000 deductible, costs $482 per month. r my girlfriend, the same exact policy, same deductible, costs $1 per month. That’s right, $1 per month. I’m not making this up. (A very interesting input.  Critics will call this racist, of course.  The middle class taxpayers of California are the real victims in so many ways.  I just keep wondering how long the state can keep going with its tax and spend policies.  And ObamaCare will just add to the load on the middle class.  The future looks bleak for the California. --Del)

Alabama Blue Cross Shares Obamacare Tax Woes With Customers
Excerpt: Insurance companies aren’t crazy about their share of the health law’s taxes, but mostly they’ve complained to politicians and regulators. At least one health plan wants to bring consumers into the loop. “Affordable Care Act Fees and Taxes” is a separate line item on bills Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama is sending to individual customers. (Only applies to folks making over $250k. Barack promised! ~Bob)

Hiding the Hacking at If your personal info is filched from the site, the government doesn’t have to tell you. By John Fund
Excerpt: But at least Target informed its customers of the security breach, as it is required by federal law to do. faces no such requirement; it need never notify customers that their personal information has been hacked or possibly compromised. The Department of Health and Human Services was specifically asked to include a notification requirement in the rules it designed for the health-care exchanges, but HHS declined.

Excerpt: Support for the country's new health care law has dropped to a record low, according to a new national poll. ... Only 35% of those questioned in the poll say they support the health care law, a 5-point drop in less than a month. Sixty-two percent say they oppose the law, up four points from November. (And ultimately, if you’ve got a majority of folks who believe in something, then it should be able to pass.  --Barack Obama. Like repealing Obamacare? ~Bob)

And in other news:

The Marines are Working!
This photo that was taken at the Military Recruiting Station in South Bend, IN.  The air temp was -12 degrees and the wind chill was -39 degrees. When you have Chosin Reservoir on your resume, you don't let a little cold air keep you from doing your job. --MasterGuns

Republicans hate women so much they have 4 times as many of them running states than do Democrats.

IAC PR exec fired over offensive AIDS tweet
Again, she has the freedom to say what she wants. And they have the freedom to fire her for embarrassing the company. ~Bob

Older but worth sharing: The West and the Tyranny of Public Debt
Excerpt: The history of public debt is the very history of national power: how it has been won and how it has been lost. Dreams and impatience have always driven men in power to draw on the resources of others—be it slaves, the inhabitants of occupied lands, or their own children yet to be born—in order to carry out their schemes, to consolidate power, to grow their own fortunes. But never, outside periods of total war, has the debt of the world’s most powerful states grown so immense. Never has it so heavily threatened their political systems and standards of living. Public debt cannot keep growing without unleashing terrible catastrophes. Anyone saying this today is accused of pessimism. The first signs of economic recovery, harbingers of a supposedly falling debt, are held up to contradict him. Yet we wouldn’t be the first to think ourselves uniquely able to escape the fate of other states felled by their debt, such as the Republic of Venice, Renaissance Genoa, or the Empire of Spain.

Character, not circumstances, makes the man. --Booker T. Washington

Afghan girl 'found with suicide vest after brother convinces her to attack'
Excerpt: An Afghan girl believed to be about 10-years-old was caught in Helmand province wearing a bomb vest after her brother encouraged her to carry out a suicide attack, police officials said. The girl, named as Spogmai, had been convinced to attack border police after male relatives accused her of having “illicit relations” with officers, according to reports.

Excerpt: I'm going to write about Jerry Coleman today; someone who more than half of you have never heard of.  Your loss.  Jerry was the purest form of love, the most decent human being one could ever hope to meet.   Jerry Coleman was the baseball broadcaster for the San Diego Padres for four decades.  Jerry Coleman was the worst baseball broadcaster I've ever heard.  His achilles heel was that he loved the game so much, had such excitement for the game, that he would get caught up in the excitement of a spectacular play, or a dramatic score, that he would completely forget to tell you what happened on the field. ... Jerry Coleman was a young man when World War II broke out.  A slick fielding second baseman in the Yankees farm system, when the war began Jerry joined the Marines and became a Marine aviator.  He flew more than 50 missions in the Pacific Theater winning more than his share of chest lettuce, including the Distinguished Flying Cross.  

The 'Trickle-Down' Lie. By Thomas Sowell 
Excerpt: According to Mayor de Blasio, "They believe that the way to move forward is to give more to the most fortunate, and that somehow the benefits will work their way down to everyone else." If there is ever a contest for the biggest lie in politics, this one should be a top contender.

MMA fighter kills armed intruder, 'severely' injures another and scares off two more in home invasion gone wrong
Excerpt: A mixed martial arts fighter in New Mexico may face charges after authorities say he fended off four home invaders - killing one and severely injuring another - during a an early morning break in on New Year's Day.

Excerpt: Open up a national newspaper and flip to the stories about the Middle East. The daily toll of bombings and shootings, starving refugees and demolished cities have little resemblance to the cheerful stories about the transformation of the Middle East that were running during the boom days of the Arab Spring.

Alan Grayson (D, FL), Barbara Lee (D, CA), & Jan Schakowsky (D, IL) tried to consult with terrorist-led group on drone strikes. 'Terrorist-led' being the opinion of the United States government, by the way. By Moe Lane 
Excerpt: First off, these particular Democrats can’t seem to get it through their heads that al-Qaeda is, like, the enemy. Which is why the State Department denied the representative a visa, after all (heck of a thing when the State Department is the one with its head on a swivel)*. Second… while I understand why Representatives Grayson, Lee, and Schakowsky might want to get the straight dope on what it’s like to get hit by a drone strike, going to actual terrorists is actually not the way to go. Because if we targeted said group with one, they’d most likely be dead and thus not able to give a report. ("Red Jan" was my Congress Critter in IL for a while. ~Bob)

PA leader: Stages plan to eliminate Israel is basis of PA policy
Excerpt: In an interview on Syrian TV, senior Palestinian official Abbas Zaki said the PA will only agree to a treaty with Israel if the Palestinian state is established on the 1967 lines. However, he stressed that '67 lines would only be the beginning. After that, the Palestinians will continue with the stages plan:

Iranian Cleric: ‘Having a Nuclear Bomb is Necessary to Put Down Israel
Excerpt: A top Iranian lawmaker and cleric said that the country’s uranium enrichment program could allow it to build a nuclear weapon “in two weeks” in order to “put down Israel,” according to multiple reports in the Farsi language press.

New Zealand: Surgery wait time slammed. By Eileen Goodwin 
Excerpt: An orthopaedic surgeon is speaking out in frustration over excessive waiting times faced by Otago hip and knee-replacement patients, and says the region is not clearing a backlog of cases. Associate Prof David Gwynne-Jones, of Dunedin, said he spent more time explaining the system to patients than talking about the operations themselves. (The joys of a single-payer system. ~Bob)

The Year of the Dud: Obama, and left-wing causes, had a bad 2013. By Victor Davis Hanson
Excerpt: We were supposed to have long ago reached “peak oil” and an age of always-higher gas prices. Wind and solar power — and a reduced lifestyle — were our dismal future. But someone or something did not cooperate with gloomy government predictions. After all the failed subsidized green companies, the postponement of the Keystone Pipeline, the radical restrictions of new gas and oil leasing on federal lands, and the promises for radical climate-change legislation curtailing carbon-energy use, the United States nevertheless seems awash in old energy.

Brazil’s oil euphoria hits reality hard
Excerpt: When fields said to hold billions of barrels of oil were discovered off the coast here, exuberant government officials said the deep-sea prize would turn Brazil into a major energy player. More than six years later, the outlook for Brazil’s oil industry, much like the Brazilian economy itself, is more sobering. Oil production is stagnant, the state-controlled oil company, Petrobras, is hobbled by debt, and foreign oil companies are wary of investing here.

MSNBC: Harris-Perry and Panel Ridicule Mitt Romney's Black Grandson
The above image was on a family Facebook posting.  It's just a large scale family portrait taken at a picnic or some sort of family event.  It's not part of any kind of political campaign.  And it most certainly is not something that should be taken as an opportunity to ridicule a family with an adopted child of a different racial heritage.  Everyone on that TV program should be horribly ashamed of their behavior, and they deserve contempt for their attitudes. --Del. Excerpt: In a nauseating display of mean-spirited ignorance, MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry and her panel of five ridiculed Mitt Romney's black grandchild as something "that's not like the others." The MSNBC segment was a look back at 2013, and for some reason a Romney family photo that shows former Massachusetts governor with a grandchild on each knee was cherry-picked for mockery. The only apparent reason for the ridicule was purely based on the race of Kieran Romney, the governor's adopted grandchild who happens to be black.

Excerpt: New York City’s Department of Investigation (DOI) has just shown how easy it is to commit voter fraud that is almost undetectable. Its undercover agents were able to obtain ballots for city elections a total of 61 times — 39 times using the names of dead people, 14 times using the names of incarcerated felons, and eight times using the names of non-residents.

The ‘Racism’ Wrecking Ball: Indiscriminate charges of racism do more harm than good, as Martin Luther King well knew. By John Fund
Excerpt: Shouting “racism” in a crowded media and political theater has become a substitute for thought and debate in America. Liberals hated it in the 1950s when extreme conservatives such as those of the John Birch Society smeared many they disagreed with by labeling them “Communists.” A 1950s media “blacklist” that encouraged the non-hiring of Communist-party members and their allies is considered one of the greatest affronts to civil liberties ever, even though it was basically the kind of “boycott” many on the left are fond of today.

Chicago gun sale ban unconstitutional, judge rules
Excerpt: A federal judge on Monday overturned Chicago's ban on the sale and transfer of firearms, ruling that the city's ordinances aimed at reducing gun violence are unconstitutional.

2013 Guns Sales Set New Record. By Katie Pavlich
Excerpt: The FBI has released new statistics on NICS background checks showing 2013 gun sales hit a new record. The total number of background checks conducted for gun sales last year add up to 21,093,273, beating the previous 2012 record of 19,592,303 by 1,500,970. Texas conducted the most background checks with 1,633,278. (Dear Barack, Many thanks. America's Gun Manufacturers.)

Uncomfortable Truths about Family Breakdown: Children without married parents miss out on more than just income.  By Michael Barone
Excerpt: These differences have sharp implications for upward mobility. Schulz points to an Economic Mobility Project analysis showing that, among children who start off in the bottom third of the income distribution, only 26 percent with divorced parents move up, compared with 42 percent born to unmarried mothers (who may marry later, of course) and 50 percent who grow up with two married parents.

So Many Intolerable Lies: Even the U.S. Marines have been corrupted. By Jed Babbin 
Excerpt: Two events last week — one an announcement by the Marine Corps, the other speeches at the inauguration of New York City's new mayor — illustrated vividly how President Obama and his media cohort have so narrowed  the boundaries of political speech that we no longer believe we can challenge outright lies. Among the lies we’ve become inured to is that women can perform every job a man can, including those of combat infantryman and special operators.

Former Guantanamo detainee implicated in Benghazi attack
Excerpt: U.S. officials suspect that a former Guantanamo Bay detainee played a role in the attack on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, and are planning to designate the group he leads as a foreign terrorist organization, according to officials familiar with the plans.

NYC workers charged in disability scam
Excerpt: Scores of retired New York City police officers, firefighters and prison guards were charged Tuesday with faking psychiatric problems to get federal disability benefits — with some falsely claiming their conditions arose after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, prosecutors said. Four ringleaders coached the former workers on how to falsely describe symptoms of depression and other mental health problems that allowed them to get payouts as high as $500,000, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. said. 

Excerpt: Lest anyone doubt that America is now rule by one dictator and an entire army of liberal court judges, we have only to look at the happenings this week to see who's running the store. The Florida courts on Monday struck down the new law that would have required welfare recipients in that state to be drug tested before receiving state welfare benefits.  The courts ruled requiring welfare applicants to be drug tested violated the "search and seizure" laws in the United States Constitution. 

1 comment:

  1. One step at a time, Marine! So glad to see you back, even if part time. You cannot fail with so many prayers and positive vibes sent your way.