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If Obama Campaign Site Had Not Worked, They Would Have Fixed It ASAP
To be fair the Obamacare website has more moving parts, but the point is still the same.
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“Let’s don’t confuse nobody with the facts.”
Yep, she said this during a hearing of The House of Representatives. The people of Florida must be so proud.
Aren’t these pretty? Forever Stamps, Not so fast. They are going to be destroyed, yep the entire run. Why you ask? Well it should be obvious and an outrage to you. After all, take a look at the skateboarder. Where are the knee pads? The wrist braces? No helmet? How can that be? It is dangerous. Dangerous I say. It cannot stand. A cannonball? How can that be allowed? Apparently nowadays you need a helmet to do a head stand. No helmet you might get hurt. Oh no. We can’t let that happen now can we?
Seriously, I didn’t ride a bike with a helmet when I was little. I loved, and I mean loved, gymnastics. To this day, even at my old age, I am one of the most flexible people I know. I can put both my feet behind my head. I don’t wear any protective gear. So far I have never injured myself so badly that I needed medical attention. We skateboarded without helmets and knee pads. We survived. It wasn’t the end of the world. We even had cars without (gasp) airbags and child safety seats. How did we survive? IT’S A MIRACLE!!!! We should all be dead by today’s standards.
Honestly, an entire run of stamps will be destroyed because someone on the Presidential Council has decided this may give kids the wrong impression about being active. Huh? Do kids even use stamps anymore? What is it exactly that they are mailing out? I mean would you have noticed the lack of knee pads had I not pointed it out?
Well at least the post office is not running in the red. Oh wait!!!
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‘And then I think to myself, “well, maybe she’s just lying to me?”‘
Jon Stewart after his interview with HHS Kathleen Sebelius on Obamacare. He asked some pretty simple questions. One of which was about the GOP criticism of the delayed businesses
mandatetax. One she couldn’t, or wouldn’t really answer.
“During the course of my presidency, I have bent over backwards to work with the Republican Party. And have purposely kept my rhetoric down.”
I can’t decide who needs mental health counseling more, him or the people who believe this crap.
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“I have to tell you, I miss President Bush, I disagreed with almost every political decision he made. But I knew where he stood and what his views are. He told us personally and he told the world at the U.N. General Assembly. We could disagree and move on with it. With Obama not only don’t I know, I just don’t understand.”
Well that makes two of us.
Many of my regular readers know that I lived in the D.C. area for many years; close to 20 in fact. I recently moved back to my home state in New England. For many months after first moving here I had been told many times by someone I had left the bubble and was experiencing the real world. This discussion was mostly referring to the effects of the economy.
It isn’t that I never knew that I lived in a bubble while in Northern Virginia. For instance, I knew that finding a job in that little area of the world was much easier than many others around the country. The unemployment rate in the D.C. area was only around 5% even when the rest of the country was well over 8%. There were foreclosures, layoffs, and the like in the area; but they were able to absorb it better. Most people got through it without a huge problem. There are jobs available in the area, maybe not great paying jobs, but you can find something. Not so much in the state I am in now. Jobs, even just part-time, are hard to come by. I went to a very large mall on Friday evening and the place was dead. That isn’t the case at Tyson’s Mall just outside of D.C., the place was almost always busy.
So I have kind of a unique perspective on the looming government shut down. I am conservative and I want to see Obamacare repealed. I want to see government spending under control, I want to see waste done away with. But I also know the real human side to a government shut down and how it will affect everyday people. Many of these people don’t work for the government. They work for private contractors and they clean the floors at the Smithsonian’s. I don’t know how much they make, but I doubt it is in the range of six figures. They also work for the cafe’s that are around the government buildings. I know that not everyone that works on the hill makes a big salary. Many of the people who work on the Hill are young, passionate people who make just enough to live on and enjoy a few things around the D.C. area, but not much more. Now they will get back pay if the government shuts down. Or at least that has been the pattern in the past, although there is no law that states that has to happen. That will take an act of congress.
About 50% of the Department of Defense are civilian employees who work for government contractors. They get no back pay, unless of course it was the contracts to start with. I know many government contractors and not one of them told me that such a provision exists in their contracts. They will get no back pay, and remember, they are already living on shortened hours due to sequestration.
I also know that there are hot dog vendors that have nothing to do with the government except that a big part of their business depends on people who do. Babysitters, dog walkers, restaurant staff, hotel staff, vendors who sell T-shirts and trinkets. There are National Parks all over the country that have campgrounds and hotels that depend on the traffic that those parks bring. There are also federal buildings all over the country, not just in D.C., the businesses that surround those buildings will feel exactly the same thing, possibly on a smaller scale.
I am all for making cuts to the government, but I am also very much aware that those cuts have to be done in a methodical way. We can’t just wake up tomorrow and say shut it all down and act like that won’t have a rippling effect to people who are just like you and me, struggling to make ends meet.
This is a failure of both parties. These people knew when these dates were coming, and instead of working to avoid these issues, they forge ahead in order to score cheap political points that ends up hurting everyday people. Many of which who pay no attention to politics, more than likely some of which don’t even bother to vote. They are just living their lives.
The GOP may be able to get a one year delay on the individual mandate. I am not holding my breath on it, but it is in the realm of possibility. To me they should be going after spending cuts, because at the end of the day Obamacare isn’t going anywhere until it is fully repealed. That ain’t happening until you have a congress that is willing to pass it and a president that is willing to sign it. The earliest that will happen is in January of 17.
My point is say we close the government down for say a month trying to force Obama to give, at best, a one year delay on the mandate, just remember, that there will be people who won’t be able to pay their rent or their credit card bills. The restaurants and delis that depend on the government employees to stay open may end up closing if they can’t make up the income from another area. Wait staff at these restaurants won’t make their normal salaries or could potentially lose their jobs.
It is very easy to say that the average person won’t even know that the government shut down when you aren’t one of these people. When it isn’t your livelihood that it is at stake. For those that think it is worth it to prove a point about Obamacare, that is primarily mandatory spending by the way, just think of those people. If you are in the D.C. area, put your money where your mouth is and go and visit some of these businesses, they will need it.
Call me a Rino if you will, but as I said, I have a unique perspective from living and working in the D.C. area for so long. I have a Facebook friend who is a government contractor, she just got back to work after having a baby. She is vet who served her country and pays hers taxes. She is also a person who doesn’t have a great deal of money in the pot to pay her bills during a long shut down, and she isn’t alone. There will be a human cost to this shut down. Even if agree with it, don’t ignore that these people exist. Just remember, these people are no different from you and me, everyday people who work hard and are getting a raw deal by our very dysfunctional government.
Oh my the outrage. The CEO of Barilla pasta said this:
“If (gay people) like our pasta and our communication, they can eat it. If they do not like it, if they do not like what we say, they can eat a different one.”
Due to this people are calling for a world-wide boycott. No where did this man say that gay people are bad. He said that in their advertising they use traditional families. Now I worked in the fundraising/marketing field for more than a decade. While much of what I did was for politicians, the idea behind is pretty much the same. You speak to your audience. You speak to the people who are the most likely to buy your product. Companies spend millions upon millions doing market research. They know who their main customer base is. If the majority of people they are selling to are soccer moms, that is who they are going to go after in the large sums of money they spend on advertising.
I remember once looking over the marketing plan for Joan and David shoes. See I have a real weakness for shoes and Joan and David are some of my favorites. They aren’t overly expensive yet they are good quality and have the style that I prefer. The listing that they had as their main customer base fit me to a tee, right down to the Volvo. Yes they knew the type of car many of their shoppers prefer.
But no, this isn’t good enough for the gay agenda activists. This was a gotcha question, not unlike what was done to Chick-Fil-A. Of course asking a Christian conservative about gay marriage was going to come out the way it did. Christian conservatives don’t believe in gay marriage. That shouldn’t be a surprise. The real question is does Barilla discriminate in their hiring practices? The answer is likely the same as it is at Chick-Fil-A, no.
The idea of tolerance is supposed to mean that all accept others belief systems. Of course that doesn’t happen with the gay agenda. You must agree or you are a bigot, a homophobe, a hater. Not only do you have to agree, you have to advertise a certain way. You must use gay couples in your tv and magazine advertising, or you are a hater that doesn’t deserve to stay in business. Lets see gay people make up less than 10% of society worldwide. The vast majority of people around the world aren’t gay. Of course companies are going to go after the main customer base. Their job is make a profit, not to handhold a small segment of society to prove how open-minded and tolerant they are.
What I find so funny about all this is that all the people who are outraged, most of which are heterosexuals, never bother to look into why the question was asked? Could it be to further an agenda? No, that couldn’t be it. Stop being sheeple and following along simply because someone with one is asking you to. How many of these people who are so outraged even realized until a few days ago that gay couples weren’t being used in their commercials? Did you even think about it? Did you actually care? Did you actually hear what the man said as opposed to the headlines?
Barilla Pasta hates gays!!! Barilla Pasta said they don’t want gay people to eat their pasta!!!!!
No such thing was said. But for the sheeple that matters none. Just follow along and close your eyes to the fact that you are being manipulated. It is easy, as long as you don’t use your brain and research for yourself.
Anyone that’s familiar with the Bible, anything like that…When Jesus said that you’re going straight to Hell if you didn’t treat the lesser of his brothers and sisters…and what did he say? He said he was hungry, that you didn’t give him food stamps, he was thirsty, that you didn’t purify the water, that he was naked, and you didn’t give him Social Security
Can you imagine if 60 million Catholics became missionaries just for the poor, the sick and the uninsured?
Well if 60 million Catholics went out and became missionaries we wouldn’t need food stamps and welfare. I am actually all for that, so in this case I sort of agree with him. People should be doing these things. I do as much as I can. Do you?
I leave the hypocrisy of him taking rent controlled apartments for his office space out of this. Too bad Ed Schultz didn’t bring that up during their talk; liberal logic as I guess.
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A mother in inner city Kansas City made a heart wrenching choice. An elderly man who is confined to wheelchair was robbed in his home. He answered the door and was confronted by young man pointing a gun to his head. He made no effort to resist and the thugs entered his home and robbed him.
This being the second time that this happened to him, he had set up a video camera. The entire episode was caught on camera and released to the public. A mom saw her son being the gang leader in this disgraceful event. She not only confronted her son, she marched him down to the police department and turned him.
It was the right thing to do, but that doesn’t mean it was easy. It takes a special kind of person to realize that even though you are more than likely putting your child in a position to do time in prison allowing them to get away with that kind of behavior is worse. Her son is 18 years old. But obviously he has no respect for private property, he has no respect for the elderly, he has no respect for people who have served our country *the victim is a vet*, he has no respect for himself. She took it into her own hands to say to her son that this behavior is not acceptable and will not be tolerated by her or by society.
You also have to remember that cooperating with the police is not looked upon as something customary in the inner cities. So it makes what she did even more noteworthy. But I think this mom knew her child was out of control and fixing what is wrong is beyond her control. I am also sure that she was worried he was on a path to end up dead, possibly in a shoot out with the police.
Kudos to this mom for doing the right thing. I am sure her heart is breaking.
You can watch a news report here.
This comes from a listing on E-Bay. A mother in Australia caught her daughter having a sleep-over with an older young man. This coming shortly after buying her and girlfriends four tickets to a concert. She decided to sell the tickets. Here is the listing:
“THIS AUCTION IS FOR ALL 4 ONE DIRECTION TICKETS IN SYDNEY OCTOBER 25th. You can thank my daughters self righteous and lippy attitude for their sale. See sweety? And you thought I was bluffing. I hope the scowl on your b—– little friends faces when you tell them that your dad and i revoked the gift we were giving you all reminds you that your PARENTS are the ones that deserve love and respect more than anyone. And your silly little pack mentality of taking your parents for fools is one sadly mistaken. Anyhow. Your loss someone else’s gain who deserves them! THE TICKETS ARE SEATED IN ROW O section 57. REMEMBER AUCTION IS FOR ALL 4 TICKETS and will be sent registered post.
…OH YOUR FRIENDS THOUGHT THAT A FEW PRANKS CALLS WOULD PUT ME OFF SELLING THE GIFT WE BOUGHT FOR THEM for YOUR BIRTHDAY because YOU all LIED to us about sleep overs so you could hang like little trollops at an older guys HOUSE????? Pffft!! I find it HIGHLY amusing that you girls think you invented this stuff. Tricks like this on OUR parents is how HALF of you were conceived …..And why a lot of your friends DONT have an address to send that Fathers day card to!!! I’m not your friend. I’m your MOTHER. And I am here to give you the boundaries that YOU NEED to become a functional responsible adult. You may hate me now….. But I don’t care. Its my job to raise a responsible adult..not nuture bad habits in my teen age child.”
Publically calling your child a trollop? I would never do this to my child. Never.
Hey I Know My Kid Broke the Law, But that Doesn’t Mean They Should Face Any Punishment – Parents Threaten Lawsuits over Their Childs Illegal Behavior
Brian Holloway, former NFL player and father of eight, has a vacation home in New York State. While at his home in Florida his 19 year-old son tells him about some pictures and things he is seeing on twitter. They were about an out of control party being held in the vacation house. Now these kids didn’t have permission to be there, they broke in and decided to throw a big party. Items have been stolen, they cleaned out his house of the alcohol he had in the home, they urinated on his carpeting, they spray painted his walls, destroyed hardwood flooring, and left drug paraphernalia on the property.
Brian was a long ways away trying to get a hold of the local sheriff to get these freeloaders out his home. The sheriff did come and break up the party, which by the way they originally planned on staying for the Labor Day weekend. The house has sustained thousands of dollars worth of damage and a yet to be determined amount loss due to stolen property. Yet oddly, the sheriff was unable to make even one arrest. I guess those kids were fast. They ran and hid or something.
Brian hasn’t taken this lying down. He has reprinted all the tweets he could find that came from his home during this drunken home invasion. What do the parents of these young adults do? They threaten to sue. That’s right. We wouldn’t want little Suzy or Johnny to be publicly humiliated now would we? After all, most of them are high school students getting ready to fill out applications for college. How dare someone talk about how out of control their child is?
Now Brian hasn’t accused anyone of anything. He has only put out there tweets that these kids themselves put out on social media. One tweet said:
yeah mom went to a party and got drunk but hey atleast I’m not a meth addict”
Emily’s mom must be so proud.
Dear Maddie was upset that the party got busted, it would have been so much bigger. Oh no, she missed out on more fun. That is lawsuit worthy isn’t it? Another young man was glad that his parents don’t care what he does. Apparently not.
Only one parent, count it, one, showed up with their child to help clean up the mess.
We are more and more becoming a society that care nothing for personal property or the rights of the others. It is me, me, and me that matters. While it is understandable that kids that age don’t get how hard it is to earn the money to afford a home, they should at the very least have the understand that breaking into someone’s home is wrong. That peeing on the carpet is wrong. That spraying painting on a the wall is wrong. Do these young adults live in zoo where anything goes? Would they treat their parents home in this fashion?
But what is worse is the seeming lack of remorse shown by the parents. It seems that their little brats getting into college is a more desirable thing rather than teaching their kids a sense of responsibility. Actually showing their children that actions have consequences. Very real consequences in this case. That is a lesson that no college can teach these brats. That is the lesson that the parents alone are in charge of. But no, they will use our legal system to bash the victim and teach their kids that hey they are special, it was just one stupid mistake. No biggie. Move along, nothing to see here.
“We have finally found Obama’s red line. Now if Syria doesn’t comply, the U.S. has the right to go to the UN, where it can be blocked by… Putin! The road from ‘we must strike and punish Assad’ to ‘we must accept this feeble (non) deal is just staggering. America has now authorized al-Assad to stay in power until this process is completed. The process will of course be endless. Far from Syria, Putin’s position is now stronger in Russia. He impresses the oligarchs he needs and can crack down harder on the opposition.”
He knows a thing or two about playing a chess game.
Middle School Children Assigned a Writing Assignment – Write a Good-Bye Letter to One Loved One from Twin Towers on 9/11
A middle school teacher asked the students to pretend that they were on one of the hi-jacked planes or in the Twin Towers on 9/11 and to write one letter to say good-bye as a homework assignment to mark the anniversary of 9/11. These kids are in the seventh grade, that would roughly put them about 11 or 12. 9/11 happened before most of these children were born.
There is an uproar about the assignment. Many feel that this is very inappropriate and outright ghoulish. I happen to disagree. I think this is a good assignment. One of the things that I feel is vital in education is teaching how to think, not what to think. This is a way to bring the finality of that tragic event to the people who were killed that day. As a person who is lets just say older than these kids, I remember clearly that day. I remember hearing the recordings of calls made from inside the building as well as the planes. Betty Ong calling the airline emergency number talking about the hijackers and how low the plane was flying. Simply heartbreaking. Or the calls from flight 93, ending with “Lets Roll” as the passengers tried to stop the plane from hitting another building, likely the U.S. Capitol or an attempt at the White House. Simply heroic.
I also believe that empathy is sincerely lacking in our society today. We don’t put as much value on human life as we should. I think this teaches these kids to think about that. To look at their loved ones and come to the realization that on that day, thousands of people knew they were never going to see those people again. One of the most indelible images of 9/11 are those of the jumpers. Imagine what those people were thinking while falling to their deaths.
Now, I have spent the majority of my life living outside of NYC and Washington D.C., so 9/11 is very personal to me. I know people who were first responders, who made it out of those buildings, and sadly I knew someone who died, and I know others who lost a close loved one that fateful day. But, these kids don’t have that connection. This assignment may help bring those feelings alive to these students. The further we get away from that day, the harder it will be to really understand what happened and the shock that people in this country felt.
Again, since I have lived in the areas most directly affected by that day, I look at from that perspective. These are children from Texas. Now, as strange as this sounds, I remember having a conversation with a work colleague shortly after the event. He worked in outside of Las Vegas, and I remember him saying something all the lines of he could only imagine how hard it was for people like me who lived in the D.C. area. His connection to the event wasn’t what mine was. I found it to be an odd comment at the time and obviously it really struck me since I remember that conversation all these years later.
Not all parents are upset about this assignment. One mother read the letter after her daughter went to bed. The letter was addressed to her. She said that she cried and cried after reading it and brought her daughter into her bed to sleep with her that night. Her words “mission accomplished”.
I don’t think this would be assignment that would go over well in the New York City area as it way too fresh for most of the people who live in this area. The museum isn’t open, the new tower is not yet finished, New Yorker’s still live with the idea that being in that city automatically puts a target on their backs. But do people who live in smaller towns in more rural areas think about that in the same way? I don’t think that they do. So trying to get that to come alive for younger students in those areas must be a very difficult task. I think this teacher did that. These children had to really think about what it would be like to be in a building that was on fire from jet fuel knowing that they were never going home again. They were never going to see their loved ones again. Of course you can never fully accomplish that, but it at least got them thinking about it.
That is what I expect from teachers, get these kids to think. Not what they should be thinking.