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Monday, April 15, 2013

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AEROBISAURUS 4/17/2013 8:46AM

    Hmmm, I've never tried to do scalloped edges, interesting. Lol

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SLFGOLF 4/16/2013 1:00AM

    emoticon Very good, and definitely appreciated.

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CHEDDARSMAMMA 4/15/2013 9:56PM

    emoticon No one who has never attempted scalloped edges ever truly understands the value! Though I do have a slightly easier time crocheting them.

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Sad. Damned Sad

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Okay folks, I know you think the C-Span Channel that broadcasts all those
Congressional hearings is boring, but, really, you should have been around
to watch the Senate Finance Committee's hearing Wednesday on the Affordable
Health Care Insurance Oversight.

Folks, you haven't seen so many faces of misery since you watched Les
Miserables for three and a half hours...and they were all Democrats.
And one of them, Senator Max Baucus, was the primary sponsor of Obamacare in
the Senate!

Now, try to follow me here because this gets pretty complicated. (It seems
that Nancy Pelosi was right; you have to pass Obamacare to find out what's
in it...and the Democrats are now learning what the Republicans warned them
about. It's an unworkable mess that is throwing millions of Americans off
the health care rolls!)

Okay, apparently, tens of thousands of American employers began throwing
workers off their health care plans and opting to pay the much lower federal
fine for not offering health care for their workers. Thousands more are even
now converting their full time workers to part time workers by limiting
working hours per week to less than 30, in compliance with Obamacare rules.
(Remember when Paul Ryan and the Republicans predicted employers would do
this? Remember when Democrats were warned that employers would move to save
operating expenses by moving their entire work force into federal healthcare

Now, these workers who have lost their health care benefits are busy trying
to sign up for state health care exchanges. (There are internet sites
available if your state has agreed to sign up to Obamacare).

However, when these American workers, soon to be without employee provided
health care, go to the Health Exchange to sign up, they are finding they are
not qualified! It seems that during the signup process, applicants are
required to fill in various income and benefit data, which then flows over
to IRS computers who then are to spit out what your premium costs will be
and how much federal tax credits you'll receive in order to receive
subsidies to help you afford health care premiums that are as much as 30%
more than you were paying under your employers plan!

Big Problem! The IRS is only allowing somewhere around 9% subsidy support
for Obamacare Health care Exchange premiums that are priced so much higher
than the worker was paying under his employer plan!
(Surprise, Surprise! Remember Republicans warning that forcing working
Americans to pay for the 30 million leeches who pay nothing for their health
care under Medicaid would drive the premiums of working Americans higher?)

Second Big Problem! The IRS computers won't mate up with the Health Care
Exchange computers because the IRS computer system is obsolete!
So when workers try to sign up for Obamacare the IRS and the Health
Exchanges are telling applicants to go to hell!

And so fireworks really broke out at the Finance Committee hearings on
Obamacare yesterday afternoon. Senator Max Baucus, (Dem), said.."how could
this happen? I'm hearing from my constituents that they and their families
have been left out in the cold and are without health care because the
Exchanges are not accepting them!". Quote from Senator Bill Nelson, (Dem),
Florida "my constituents are not going to be happy to hear this
administration failed to implement the necessary changes to accommodate
health care applicants...someone has to pay for this!" Similar outrage was
professed by Senator Ron Wyden (Dem) from Oregon.

Sadly, Obama Program Director for the Health care Affordability Act was on
hand to lend testimony. All he could seem to do was sympathize with his
Democratic buddies, saying that maybe the problems could be ironed out by
the end of 2014 but could offer no ideas about how that could be done.

An Update! This morning a Harvard economics professor came on CNBC and
announced that, according to a federal study his group just completed, the
Health and Human Services Secretary is going to be forced to come back to
this same committee, hat in hand, and request $700 billion dollars more be
allocated to Obamacare just to pay for those automatically covered under
current federal programs.

Also, sadly, the Wall Street Journal reported that, in addition to the
30 million Americans not currently covered under Obamacare, we can expect
tens of millions more who will be left in the "no health care Twilight
Zone"; those who were doing just fine with their employee health care plan
until Obamacare was implemented this year. And many of those who were
working 40 hour weeks will find themselves deemed "part time employees"
working less than 30 hours per week and unable to afford Obama's premiums
even if they could get through the application process.

And, as usual, while the working poor, and the rapidly declining middle
class will be out in the cold without any health care, the Medicaid/Welfare
leeches have no worry. They are covered by that $700 billion dollar pot of
gold Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services will be
demanding from Congress soon!

Sad. Damned Sad.

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NOTFATCAT 4/19/2013 5:39PM

    It is only going to get worse.
I am already experiencing problems because of it with my prescription coverage through my SO's retirement health care plan.

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SEWINGMAMACDS 4/15/2013 1:11PM

    Yep, my husband's company has already cut hours of the part-time employees so that they won't have to pay for health insurance.

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CHERIRIDDELL 4/15/2013 1:05AM

    How sad !

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SLFGOLF 4/15/2013 1:03AM

    It's only going to get worse. The costs are going to get higher and higher and fewer people will be covered.

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FUTUREHOPE49 4/14/2013 7:33PM

    Interesting blog. emoticon
I used to watch the Parliament channel here all the time, but my DH does not like it, so now I can't. I find politics very interesting.
Hope it all gets sorted out for you all somehow!

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MNABOY 4/14/2013 4:11PM

    When the Federal Government gets involved in a program it costs 5 times as much and doesn't work.

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TXGRANDMA 4/14/2013 3:36PM

    Oh, yes, I believe it totally. I suspected this would happen, the company I used to work for said it would actually be much cheaper for them to pay the gov't than to provide health care for employees, but they luckily decided to continue to carry insurance at that time. I am working only PRN now, and paying my own BC/BS for now, which is exhorbitant and only really covers major medical. My deductible is out of this world. Of course, what did we really expect?

Thank goodness, the TX governor has sent a message to Washington, that TX will NOT COOPERATE in this program, which is fleecing the middle class that the current administration says it is trying to protect.

It makes me sick to my stomach...........the whole thing, AND the way it was passed in the first place. The senators, representatives, and the president aren't worried, they are EXEMPT! What is wrong with this picture?

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THEMANSLAYER 4/14/2013 10:49AM

  This was informative. I don't usually watch this channel. Thank you.

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SCRAPPINPOLLY 4/14/2013 10:49AM

    It is a sad shame and it makes me sick!

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My Friend Sent Me This

Monday, April 08, 2013

Here is the most brilliant statement ever made without a word being said!!

This American born, Veteran of the United States Army, law abiding, taxpaying citizen was told by his Home Owners Association that he could not fly the American Flag in his yard.

After being forced to remove the flag pole,this was his response:

Is this not one of the biggest "Up YOURS!!!" you've ever seen?

Amen Brother!!!

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AEROBISAURUS 4/17/2013 9:07AM

    Props to that guy, looks pretty cool to me! :)

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GINGER_BEAR 4/14/2013 12:42PM

    emoticon I luv it!! emoticon

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QUILTINGB52 4/10/2013 3:01PM

    I hope it's painted in neon brights so it shines brightly in the night and if not, I hope he has lights shining brightly surrounding the house!!

I would be proud to be his neighbor!

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CHERIRIDDELL 4/9/2013 12:37AM

    Isn't that lovely?

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TOWHEE 4/8/2013 11:24PM

    Unfortunately, I'm betting that the HOA will tell him that he can't paint his house red, white, and blue. I hope he goes to the local newspaper and gets some publicity. Most HOAs will back down then.

In the meantime emoticon

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NOTFATCAT 4/8/2013 5:46PM

    And, it is beautiful.

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Pinocchio's Nose is Growing

Monday, April 08, 2013

2383Weatherman domestic terrorist Bill Ayers is now confirming what the White House has previously denied – that he held a fundraiser in his living room for Barack Obama.

That 1995 meeting was said to have launched Obama’s political career.

In an October 2008 interview on MSNBC host Chris Matthews’ show, Robert Gibbs, a spokesman for Obama’s presidential campaign, categorically denied the fundraiser was ever held.

Matthews asked Gibbs: “Did [Ayers] have a fundraiser for [Obama], or not?”

Gibbs, who would become the White House spokesman, replied: “No, he did not have a fundraiser for our candidate as he said ten seconds ago.”

However, in an interview last week with the Daily Beast, Ayers recalled that fundraiser.

Stated Ayers of his relationship with Obama: “We were friendly, that was true; we served on a couple of boards together, that was true; he held a fundraiser in our living room, that was true; Michelle [Obama] and Bernardine were at the law firm together, that was true. Hyde Park in Chicago is a tiny neighborhood, so when he said I was ‘a guy around the neighborhood,’ that was true.”

Does this explain infamous Ayers living-room meeting?

Is the socialist-oriented New Party the missing link at the center of that now infamous 1995 Obama fundraiser in Ayers living room in Chicago?

It was at that meeting that New Party member Alice Palmer announced she wanted Obama as her successor as state senator since she was stepping down to run for Congress.

WND has found that in the July 1996 edition of the New Party’s newsletter, the New Party news, the controversial party announced “the Illinois New Party capped off a month-long house party drive in Chicago.”

Further review of New Party literature from 1995 and 1996 finds that so-called house parties were regularly utilized by the New Party to introduce candidates to leading party activists as well as to raise money and recruit new members.

It is known that single-payer activist Quentin Young, who advised Obama on healthcare when the politician was a state senator, was present at the parlor meeting at the Ayers’ residence.

WND reported that Young was listed by the New Party as an early party founder and builder.

“I can remember being one of a small group of people who came to Bill Ayers’ house to learn that Alice Palmer was stepping down from the senate and running for Congress,” Young was quoted as saying. “[Palmer] identified [Obama] as her successor.”

Chicago-based blogger Maria Warren was also present. She wrote that she remembered watching Obama give a “standard, innocuous little talk” in the Ayers’ home.

“They were launching him,” Warren wrote, “introducing him to the Hyde Park community as the best thing since sliced bread.”

It would make sense that the New Party sponsored the get-together in Ayers’ living room for Palmer’s announcement.

Palmer was the New Party’s signed candidate for office. The New Party, which had partnered closely with ACORN, was mobilizing support for Palmer among its constituents and the larger Chicago progressive community.

New Party founder and Marxist activist Carl Davidson recalled screening Palmer and signing her up to the party.

Wrote Davidson:

In the next two elections in the city … the New Party has taken a slightly different approach. It organized a citywide candidates forum and invited a number of progressive candidates. Of those responding, two were of special interest, Alice Palmer and Willie Delgado … Both Palmer and Delgado attended the [New Party] forum and were thoroughly questioned by 70 or so New Party members. At the close, both publicly signed a “contract” with the New Party … Two weeks later, the New Party formally endorsed them and is now mobilizing support.

How was the New Party mobilizing the stated support for Palmer at the time, an effort that Palmer wanted transferred to Obama?

WND reported the New Party had such a close relationship with ACORN that at one point the two shared an office address, fax lines and email addresses.

ACORN led the New Party’s mobilization and voter drive efforts. In progressive circles at the time, the New Party was considered the de facto political wing of ACORN, a group with which Obama long maintained a close relationship.

Ayers and Dohrn, meanwhile, traveled in the same political circles as New Party leaders, making it even more likely the duo could have hosted a New Party house meeting. The duo were key supporters of Palmer.

In 1994 Dohrn and Bill Ayers were listed on a “Membership, Subscription and Mailing List” for the Chicago Committees of Correspondence, which was co-chaired by New Party founder Davidson.

WND found that Chicago activists Joe Iosbaker and Stephanie Weiner were also listed as New Party leaders.

Iosbaker is a University of Illinois-Chicago office worker and a union steward for his SEIU local. His home was raided by the FBI in September 2010 reportedly as part of a terror probe investigating material support for jihadist groups.

Together with other activists raided in the same probe, Iosbaker and Weiner are founders of the so-called Committee to Stop FBI Repression, which protested the FBI raids.

Another founder of the committee whose home was part of the same raid is Hatem Abudayyeh, the executive director of the Arab American Action Network, or AAAN.

WND was first to report that Obama, while serving as a paid director of the far-left nonprofit Chicago Woods Fund, provided two grants to the AAAN. Obama served at the Woods Fund alongside Ayers.

AAAN was founded by a longtime Obama associate, Columbia University Professor Rashid Khalidi. Khalidi’s wife, Mona, is president of the Arab American Action Network.

The New Party, meanwhile, is coming under increased scrutiny after new information emerged further indicating Obama was a member of the party in the 1990s.

The New Party was a 1990s party that sought to elect members to public office with the aim of moving the Democratic Party far leftward to ultimately form a new political party with a socialist agenda.

In 2008, Obama’s campaign denied the president was ever a member amid reports, including from WND, citing the New Party’s own literature listing Obama as a member.

Information uncovered in recent weeks, including Obama’s signed contract with the New Party, further establishes the president’s membership with the controversial organization.

Socialist goals

The New Party, established in 1992, took advantage of what was known as electoral “fusion,” which enabled candidates to run on two tickets simultaneously, attracting voters from both parties. But the New Party disbanded in 1998, one year after fusion was halted by the Supreme Court.

The socialist-oriented goals of the New Party were enumerated on its old website.

Among the New Party’s stated objectives were “full employment, a shorter work week and a guaranteed minimum income for all adults; a universal ‘social wage’ to include such basic benefits as health care, child care, vacation time and lifelong access to education and training; a systematic phase-in of comparable worth; and like programs to ensure gender equity.”

The New Party stated it also sought “the democratization of our banking and financial system – including popular election of those charged with public stewardship of our banking system, worker-owner control over their pension assets [and] community-controlled alternative financial institutions.”

Many of the New Party’s founding members were Democratic Socialists of America leaders and members of Committees of Correspondence, a breakaway of the Communist Party USA.

Last month, WND reported on a 1996 print advertisement in a local Chicago newspaper that shows Obama was the speaker at an event sponsored and presented by the Democratic Socialists of America, the DSA.

WND first reported on the event in 2010.

Obama listed as New Party member

In 2009, WND reported on newspaper evidence from the New Party’s own literature listing several new members of the New Party, including Obama.

Earlier this month, Kurtz, writing at National Review Online, reported Obama signed a “contract” promising to publicly support and associate himself with the New Party while in office.

In 2008, Obama’s Fight the Smears campaign website quoted Carol Harwell, who managed Obama’s 1996 campaign for the Illinois Senate, as stating: “Barack did not solicit or seek the New Party endorsement for state senator in 1995.”

Fight the Smears conceded the New Party did support Obama in 1996 but denied that Obama had ever joined.

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NH_MOM 4/8/2013 1:13PM

    I never voted for the guy. I don't think he helped us the first 4 years and I haven't seen it get better yet this term. My family is worse off than ever financially.

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President Pinocchio Does it Again!

Saturday, April 06, 2013

DHS Tells Border Patrol They Have Ammo Shortage

I know, you are probably thinking like I am after reading the title, “You’ve got to be kidding!” I’m not. Even after the Department of Homeland Security indicated that they had nearly 264 million rounds of ammunition back near the end of November 2012, they have sent out an email to Border Patrol agents yesterday informing them that they will not be issued any new proficiency ammunition for next quarter.

Townhall obtained an email sent to Border Patrol agents stationed in the El Centro border sector by a supervisor:

Enforcement Personnel,

Due to budget concerns and ammunition availability, we will not be getting issued any proficiency ammunition for next quarter. In addition to these reductions, we are also being limited to qualification ammo only. What this means to you is that you will not receive the normal 150 rounds for practice and we will not have any extra ammunition for a combat course following normal qualifications.

If you have the ammunition available and would like extra practice during your qualification day, the firearms instructors will have a training course available for Indio Station Personnel, keeping in mind basic marksmanship skills as well as tactical training with a limited amount of ammunition. You are not required to bring your own ammunition.

If you do not have extra ammo to bring, you will be given extra time to clean and maintain your issued handgun as well as station long arms.

If you have any questions about this quarters (sic) quals please feel free to send me your concerns.


According to my previous calculations, not only did DHS inform Tom Coburn that they had an inventory at that time of nearly 264 million round of ammunition (figure that was 73% of the previous three years purchases), but they had also budgeted over $37 million to be spent on ammunition in fiscal year 2013.

Wouldn't it be nice to have a President we could trust????????????

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CHERIRIDDELL 4/8/2013 12:16AM

    Power corrupts absolute power corrupts absolutely.

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LKWQUILTER 4/6/2013 8:47PM

    So true!!

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