09 January 2010

New Seats available while flying

Look, Rhonda - finally some seats just for you on an airplane!!

Air Canada ordered to offer nut-free seats

Canada's transportation regulator has ordered Air Canada to accommodate passengers with severe nut allergies by seating them in new nut-free zones on aircraft...."The agency has determined that a buffer zone, including an announcement within that zone, is the appropriate accommodation for persons with disabilities due to their allergy to ... nuts," the Canadian Transportation Agency said in its ruling.

Light skinned and Negro what?

The top Democrat in the U.S. Senate apologized on Saturday for comments he made about Barack Obama's race during the 2008 presidential bid and are quoted in a yet-to-be-released book about the campaign. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada described in private then-Sen. Barack Obama as "light skinned" and "with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one."
How funny! The party that claims to be tolerant, understanding, and post-racial is proven yet again to be nothing more than window dressing.

How long would a Republican last making similar comments? Oh wait, we know that answer. Trent Lott resigned from his leadership position only two weeks after comments he made about Strom Thurmond.

The joke that is our American government continues.

08 January 2010

Nothing to see here, move along

Once again we find out that the most corrupt administration in history is not completely speaking the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

MIT economist Jonathan Gruber, one of the leading academic defenders of health care reform, is taking heat for failing to disclose consistently that he was under contract with the Department of Health and Human Services while he was touting the Democrats' health proposals in the media.

Gruber, according to federal government documents, is under a $297,600 contract until next month to provide "technical assistance" in evaluating health care reform proposals. He was under a $95,000 HHS contract before that.

But while he was being paid to provide his services to HHS, he was also fending off health care reform critics in the media.
It would be one thing to clearly state that the man was on the payroll of the HHS. However, it looks better in the press to claim you are an "unbiased observer".

This is no surprise to me. After all, it's the same corrupt administration that has directed the NEA to encourage artists to support the administration's positions. You know, kinda like Goebbels or Pravda would do in the bad old days.

2012 can not get here soon enough, I only hope there's something left when it gets here.

06 January 2010

America Rising

Lies, lies and damned lies

It would appear, dear readers, that the current administration clearly has no shame. Despite countless calls for openness and debate during the campaign; despite calls to end the power of the pharmaceutical companies; and despite calls to end sweetheart deals in Congress - the president and his lackeys are doing just the opposite.

Senator Cornyn has issued a statement that's on point:

“Americans have already seen and rejected the way Democrats bought their way to 60 votes in the Senate, including political payoffs such as the ‘Louisiana Purchase,’ the ‘Cornhusker Kickback,’ and billions of dollars in ‘Gator Aid.’ Americans lost even more faith in Washington watching the Democrats cut deals with special interest groups, such as the pharmaceutical industry, instead of protecting the interests of patients.

“Rather than heeding the public outcry against the way Washington does business, it appears that Democrats are once again determined to shut out the American people when it comes to merging the Senate and House bills. Rather than an open and honest debate about the best way to solve the real problems in our health care system, the Democrats have once again chosen a closed-door process to get them to 60 votes.”

Sen. Cornyn also made the following comments regarding sweetheart deals that have already been cut with special interest groups and other Senators:

On Small Businesses…

“I call on Democrat leaders to remove the last-minute deal with big labor bosses that would penalize small construction businesses with higher taxes. Considering that these same construction businesses tend to steer clear of unionizing, one has to wonder why they are being singled out.

“When this debate began, Democrat leaders pledged to protect our nation’s small businesses. No one, least of all our small business owners—the nation’s top economic engine—should be penalized with higher taxes as a result of a sweetheart deal for union bosses.”

On Taxpayers…

“Several states are slated to receive hundreds of millions of dollars in extra taxpayer money to fund the pet projects and priorities of Senators who were straddling the fence on whether to support the Reid bill. On top of that, special interests like the pharmaceutical, insurance and hospital industries are also poised to cash in from special deals in the Reid bill.”

Sweetheart Deals In The Reid Bill:

· The Louisiana Purchase: $100 million in extra Medicaid money for the Bayou State. (Original Reid amendment, section 2006, page 432, line 14)

· The Cornhusker Kickback: $100 million in extra Medicaid money for Nebraska. (section 10201, page 96, line 9)

· U Con: $100 million for a medical center in Connecticut. (Manager’s Amendment To H.R. 3590, Pg. 328)

· Gator Aid: $25-$30 billion for a grandfather clause that would protect only senior citizens living in Florida from the deep cuts the bill imposes on Medicare Advantage. (Original Reid amendment, section 3201, page 895, line 9)

· Handout Montana: Medicare coverage for anybody exposed to asbestos -- as long as they worked in a mine in Libby, Montana. (section 10323, page 193, line 21)

· Iowa Pork and Omaha Prime Cuts: Additional Medicare money for low-volume hospitals of the sort commonly found in Iowa, while Nebraska won a "carve out" provision that would reduce fees for Mutual of Omaha and other Nebraska insurers. (Section 10905, page 371, line 1)

· Vermont ($600M), Massachusetts ($500M): Adds targeted state FMAP provisions. Specific FMAP bonuses for VT and MA (starting at page 96, line 9). VT gets a 2.2% FMAP increase for 6 years for their entire program. MA gets a 0.5% FMAP increase for three years for the entire program. (section 10201, page 96, line 9)

· Hawaii: Adds a DSH extension. (section 10201, page 101, line 6)

· Michigan, Connecticut: Amends section 508 extension so that hospitals in Michigan and Connecticut have option to benefit under section 508 if it means higher payments. This was also done in previous legislation. (section 10317, page 174, line 9)

· Montana, South Dakota, North Dakota, Wyoming: Dorgan/Conrad frontier amendment adds 1.0 hosp wage index for those states. MT, SD, ND and WY would qualify (AK and NV also qualify but would not benefit because they are already above 1.0 wage index value). Also establishes a 1.0 practice expense GPCI floor for physicians in those states. (section 10324, page 208, line 16)

· Nebraska and Michigan: Carve-out from the insurance fee for Nebraska Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Michigan Blue Cross/Blue Shield. (section 10905, page 369, lines 10-25 though page 370, lines 1-15)

And, just in case you haven't yet seen or heard the video compilation showing several times that Obama said the negotiations would be in the open and "on C-span", here it is for your education:

And mark my words - if he said "on C-span" 8 times in the video, he said it 800 times on the campaign trail. But with this administration, it is very much say one thing and do another.

04 January 2010

The crybaby administration

Do these people have no shame? I'm talkin' here of both the Obama administration and the news media.
HONOLULU – President Barack Obama ended a Hawaiian vacation to return Monday to the Washington he never really escaped.
I mean, really. How many of you folks get to take a taxpayer paid trip to Hawaii for 14 days? Airfare, food, entourage etc. all covered and paid for by someone else.

To steal a phrase from the messiah: let me be clear. I don't begrudge ANY president for trying to take some time off. That job has to be an absolute ball buster. And the fact is, it's a 24/7 365 deal, regardless of whether you're on "vacation" or not.

The problem here is the constant whining about how hard the job is. You volunteered, pal. STFU and get to work. If I remember correctly, this is the 2nd taxpayer paid vacation you've been on, in addition to multiple trips for you and your brood to Europe for "work" (and shopping for the girls).

Instead of a real Commander in Chief, we get someone who wants to play president on West Wing with all of the perks and none of the work. Amateur hour continues.