September 22, 2007
September 21, 2007
UPDATE: Townhall column from Linda Chavez today.
Most people, upon hearing that so many Americans lack health insurance, automatically assume it is because they can't afford it, but the Census study tells a different story. More than 17 million of those counted as uninsured earn more than $50,000 a year, including almost 9 million who make over $75,000 a year. Some of these people are, no doubt, self-employed, healthy and young, which is why they choose not to buy health insurance for themselves. Since there are few options out there for catastrophic coverage -- the kind that will take care of your bills if you're injured in a car crash or suddenly get cancer -- many of these Americans opt not to spend the money on expensive comprehensive health insurance, just as many people choose not to buy life insurance. Does it make sense to force them to do so?
What's more, nearly half of the 46 million uninsured remain so for only a brief time, on average four months. (that would be 23 million folks) Many of these persons are between jobs and choose not to pay the premiums for continued coverage available to most persons covered by an employer-provided health plan if they lose or quit their jobs. (that means they could have it but choose not to)
Finally, of the remaining uninsured, about 10 million are non-citizens, including an unknown number of illegal aliens.
Remember this the next time you hear a crying liberal bemoaning the 46 million without health insurance. That's somewhere in the area of 40 million folks who could afford it, went without it for just a short time or are illegals. But then our liberals never mention who actually makes up that number. That's the last thing they want you to know.
September 20, 2007
ABC News chose not to take President Bush's news conference this morning, a decision ABC News spokesperson Jeffrey Schneider says the network regrets. Schneider tells TVNewser the network learned around 9:00amET that the president would be having a news conference, but the guidance was that it would be a "six minute statement followed by a question or two." As it turns out, the president spent about 35 minutes with the press corps. "We regret not taking it...if we could go back an hour we would have done it differently," says Schneider. ABC's digital channel, ABC News Now, did take the news conference.
- The Earth's temperature oscillates up and down, ebbs and flows, over decades and centuries. Sometimes the earth warms, as it did in the Roman Warming period (200 B.C. to A.D. 600), the Medieval Warming period (900 to 1300) and in modern times from 1910 to 1940. And sometimes it cools, as it did in the Dark Ages (600 to 900); the Little Ice Age (1300 to 1850) and from 1940 to the late 1970s.
- ...it shows that the Kyoto approach of spending some $180 billion each year to end global warming would reduce CO2 by such a small amount that few lives would be saved or improved, even if the United States had signed on and even if every signatory nation met its CO2 targets (which few have). If instead the resources were used for combating malnutrition, HIV/AIDS, indoor and outdoor air pollution, and dirty drinking water, the world would be a far better place for humans.
- Global warming is supposedly killing people. The 35,000 deaths from the August 2003 European heat wave were, in Al Gore's view, an example of what "will become much more common if global warming is not addressed." But the actual data put things in perspective. Whereas 2,000 people died in the United Kingdom in that heat wave, last year the BBC reported that deaths caused by cold weather in England and Wales were about 25,000 each winter, and 47,000 a year, in the winters of 1998 to 2000. Similarly, in Helsinki, Finland, 55 people die each year from heat and 1,655 from cold. In Athens, Greece, a much warmer place, the deaths from excess heat are 1,376 each year and the deaths from cold 7,852. All told, Mr. Lomborg calculates that about 200,000 people die in Europe each year from excessive heat, and 1.5 million from excessive cold. So global warming will save human lives. "While cutting CO2 will save some people from dying from heat," Mr. Lomborg concludes, "it will simultaneously cause more people to die from cold."
September 19, 2007
By JIM DAVENPORT
Associated Press Writer
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Elizabeth Edwards accused Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton of copying the health care plan outlined more than seven months ago by her husband, John.
The New York senator has failed to lead on an issue in which she has extensive experience, Edwards said.
"Does Mrs. Clinton's plan seem very familiar to you?" Edwards said in an interview with The Associated Press. "Mrs. Clinton has—seven and a half months after John unveiled his health care plan—unveiled a health care plan that is in every material respect just like John's."
I'm curious, who is running for President, John or Elizabeth?
he accused them before the trail was over....
Just because you served before does not give you a free pass to treating our current troops badly.
What a slimeball.
I am the head of Accounts and Audit Department of Bank of Africa, Ouagadougou .
I decided to contact you after a careful thought that you may be capable of handling this business transaction which i explained below; In my department we discovered an abandoned sum of $10.5m US dollars (Ten million, five hundred thousand US dollars). In an account that belongs to one of our foreign customer who died along with his entire family in 1998 in a plane crash. Since we got information about his death, we have been expecting his next of kin to come over and claim his money because we cannot release it unless somebody applies for it as next of kin or relation to the deceased as indicated in our banking guidelines but unfortunately we learnt that his supposed next of kin(his son and wife) died alongside with him at the plane crash leaving nobody behind for the claim .
It is therefore upon this discovery that I and other officials in my department now decided to make this business proposal to you and release the money to you as the next of kin(We want to present you as his business associate )to the deceased for safety and subsequent disbursement since nobody is coming for it and we don't want this money to go into the Bank treasury as unclaimed Bill. The Banking law and guideline here stipulates that if such money remained Unclaimed after nine years, the money will be transferred into the Bank treasury as unclaimed fund. The request of foreigner as next of kin in this business is occasioned by the fact that the customer was a foreigner and a Burkinabe cannot stand as next of kin to a foreigner .We agree that 30% of this money will be for you as foreign partner, in respect to the provision of a foreign account, 10 % will be set aside for expenses incurred during the business and 60% would be for me and my colleagues.
There after I and my colleagues will visit your country for disbursement according to the percentages indicated. Therefore to enable the immediate transfer of this fund to your account as arranged, you must apply first to the bank as next of kin of the deceased customer. Upon receipt of your reply, I will send to you by fax or email the text of the application. I will not fail to bring to your notice that this transaction is hitch free and that you should not entertain any atom of fear as all required arrangements have been made for the transfer. I would want you to respond to my email immediately you read it for more details. Trusting to Hear From You
I Remain Respectfully Yours,
Accounts & Audit Department,
Bank of Africa. Nb.
also give me your telephone and fax numbers for easy communication with you.
In his usual way though he still sticks to the far left line with this complete lie.
In the process of getting to the pieces, though, the Republicans have
abandoned some of the more significant abominations of their unserious show
budget, particularly in the area of K-12 education.
Bullock completely forgets that the Republicans "abomination, unserious" budget proposed more spending for k-12 education that the Governor's budget did.
Jay is a teacher and he knows better, he is just much more comfortable bashing Republicans for being anti-education so he has issues with the truth in these circumstances.
One more thing Jay, I hate to clue you in this, but the Republicans are not going to go for all of the other tax increases if Healthy Wisconsin gets thrown out.
The Republicans are drawing a line in the sand and saying our taxes are high enough. If Democrats want to be the party of tax increases that's fine.
We'll take that to the people.
September 18, 2007
Senate Democrats Not Interested in Plan to Stop $600 Million Property Tax Increase
Madison…Racine County legislators Robin Vos (R-Caledonia), Cory Mason (D-Racine), Bob Turner (D-Racine), Samantha Kerkman (R- Genoa City), and Scott Gunderson
(R-Waterford) joined together today in a rare, but truly bipartisan, effort to fully fund education and to save Wisconsin taxpayers $600 million in extra property taxes. As a result, Rep. Robin Vos called on Senator John Lehman (D-Racine) to urge the leadership in the Senate to pass the same provision (letter attached). The bill passed the Assembly on a bipartisan vote of 70-27 despite the fact that Senate leadership has indicated they doubt they will take a vote on this proposal.
“The vote taken today by the members of the Assembly shows leadership and progress,” said Vos “It is an important step in moving the budget process forward, protecting the property taxpayers of this state, and funding our highest priority – K-12 education.”
Currently the budget is being debated in the conference committee because of drastic differences in the Senate and the Assembly versions. The current stalemate causes difficulty for schools and local units of governments as they work on their upcoming budgets. In the absence of state aid determinations by upcoming September deadlines, school districts and local units of government will fund their budgets by going to the property taxpayers to levy as much as $600 million, according to the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau.
The bill passed today contains the Democrat’s funding levels for general education aid increases, special education aid increases, school breakfast increases, and SAGE reestimate increases. In addition, cuts were restored to shared revenue to keep it funded at current levels. The property tax cap, previously signed into law by Governor Doyle, was also passed on a narrower, party-line vote.
“I am calling on the Senate to stop stalling and join us in our efforts to protect the taxpayers from this massive tax increase,” continued Vos. “I am optimistic that Senator Lehman will do what is right and join Reps. Turner, Mason, Kerkman, Gunderson and I in this truly bipartisan effort by urging his colleagues to also vote yes on this provision.”
Hey, Eugene. Do you know what we should try to help inner city crime?
September 17, 2007
John Stossel, ABC 20/20
Dinesh D’Souza, Author of Ronald Reagan
Sam Brownback, Presidential Candidate
Congressman Ron Paul , Presidential Candidate
Lt. Governor Michael Steele, GOPAC Chairman
Senator Tom Coburn (OK-R)
Robert Cochran, Producer of FOX hit show, “24”
Congressman Jeff Flake (AZ-R)
John Fund, Wall Street Journal
Herman Cain, Author and Frequent Media Commentator
Grover Norquist, Americans for Tax Reform
Dr. Arthur Laffer, Economic Policy Advisory Board for President Reagan
Steve Moore, Wall Street Journal
Nick Grillo, Producer – Gods & Generals
Dr. James C. Miller III, Budget Director for President Reagan
Congressman Mike Pence (IN-R)
Congressman Scott Garrett (NJ-R)
Dr. Barry Poulson, AFP Distinguished Scholar
I think the Spartan method is more a form of shrinkage than a tax. Jib
Is that a lightsaber in your pocket or are you just happy to see me? Elliot
Let’s keep Aaron and his pink helmet away from her, just in case. Grumps
Has Fanning seen this yet??? Silent e
You know too much. Xoff
Like the name, however I'd like to call it simply...The Cheese Log. Fred
Not exactly free, but he is both cheap and easy. Big Hairy Bubba
It Ain’t Coffee Unless It Can Grow Fur. Aaron
New rule... always answer the 3AM calls. Nick
Feingold attends party with grown ups. Owen
He will be playing the race card in 3…2…1…. Sean
Ladies, show 'em if you got 'em. Wiggy.
I don't watch football games with girl announcers. Not only that, I bad mouth the products advertised and short-sell the stock of the advertisers. Tom.
The Giants have gone to their T.J. Rubely Memorial Quaterback. Jib.
Now back to our regularly scheduled political sniping. Rag.
Sorry… Ho. If you look the part, you’ll get the job. James.
"You look like an idiot". Phelony.
“It’s the second stall from the right.” Sean.
P.U. El Stinko. Peter.
Your booger latte will come with a coupon for therapy. Aaron.
In the name of all things holy, STOP USING TURNBOW!! Dan.
Linux: by nerds, for nerds. Scott.
Where of where has this wisdom gone? Still Unreal.
I’m blogging about speaking about blogging. Elliot.
"Leave Bush Alone!" Josh.
Dink. Dunk. Dink. Dunk. Lance.
Wisconsin Senate Dems care, $15.2 billion.
Both low estimates in my opinion. However, Hillary sure is proposing we do more with less.
Hillary remembers how her proposed takeover of healthcare went last time. Big socialism scared the country and helped sweep Republicans into power. Wisconsin Senate Democrats seemingly are forgetting the lessons of history.
Maybe this will finally be the week where they give up on their socialist utopia.
(I doubt it)
September 16, 2007
I hear Keith just left. Pete.
I'm not burned. Nick.
Hey, I'm a professional. Dickie.
Here comes the inning of doom. Steve
I voted 3 times. Fraley.
This is the wife's vote. Wiggy.
I drink won is so much better than a drink bought. Fred.
It's fictional but it really happened. Steve.
He needs a job. Fraley.
Where's my kringle? Fred.
There are two of us with head injuries. Nick.
Sean will eventually blog about it. Fraley.
Straw poll! Steve.
Tune in tomorrow for another exciting posting of MRQ (Monday Random Quotes)
Elizabeth Edwards criticizes MoveOn.org ad
by TONY LEYS REGISTER STAFF WRITER
September 14, 2007
MoveOn.org should not have labeled Gen. David Petraeus “General Betray Us” in a controversial newspaper ad, Elizabeth Edwards said in Des Moines Friday.“Someone who’s spent their life in the military doesn’t deserve ‘General Betray Us,’” said Edwards, wife of Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards.
Read the whole article.
Let's do a little quick math on the grants out there every year.
In total, the Wal-Mart Foundation doles out around $4,635,000 to U.S. schools every year.
Individual Store awards (Wal-Mart & Sam's Club)
approx. 4,100 stores x $1,000 = $4.1 Million
State level winners (plus PR)
51 x $10,000 = $510,000
National winner = $25,000