Saturday, October 12, 2013
Friday, October 11, 2013
Thursday, October 10, 2013
I have filed my state and federal taxes with Turbo Tax for years. Its software can verify the paper statement from my pension plan, my broker and my 401K plan in seconds and I'm reasonably sure Turbo Tax did not shell out half a billion bucks for its software. Hell, they should have mailed out the program to run on the users computer like AOL used to do. In online discussion groups, computer experts talk of major coding and software problems that could take weeks or months to fix.
If troublemakers want to fight the entire mandate I can think of two areas where they might have success. The standard argument presented against photo ID voting requirement apply to the individual mandate in spades. Too hard to get a photo ID for the poor and minorities? Are we to believe every American has the requisite computer skills to navigate healthcare.gov on a good day? If the mandate was so important the law should have provided a system to enroll even the dumbest among us even if it meant having someone to do it for them.
Then there is the question of internet access. In some remote parts of the country nothing beyond dial-up service is offered and what law mandates a citizen must own a computer? If it's too much trouble to go to the DMV to get a photo ID then is it less onerous to go to a library and spend hours shopping for health insurance? Yes, the Supreme Court did rule the mandate to be constitutional in that the individual could be forced to buy insurance but common sense dictates that it didn't intend that the obligation would be extremely difficult or nearly impossible with which to comply.
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
He was able to work one full day but on the second day he was approached by a park police officer who 'looked like Robocop' and ordered him to leave. ''Then this one cop, a big ... guy, he had me scared, and I'm six-foot-two and 225 pounds. I don't get intimidated easily. I mean, I had a chainsaw. But he was being a bully."
He said he told the officer that it broke his heart to see newspaper photos showing the Mall in disrepair after the shutdown began."I'm not here trying to make headlines,I'm here trying to prevent headlines. He says to me, "Well, maybe there should be a picture of the trash cans overflowing in the newspaper. Maybe that would help us."'
"I disagree, he said "Do you want all the veterans coming here and tripping over banana peels, and dirty diapers, and everything? These are our memorials."
Lest that matter of fact national pride fool you into thinking this guy is some kind of no talent loser check him out on his day job.
WTF?? I thought Obamacare was supposed to be FREE! I discovered that it will cost me MORE money than my current plan for LESS coverage! I'm disabled and my current plan costs $398 a month. It pays 100% after I pay $1500 a year out of pocket. Obamacare will cost me $759 and I STILL have to pay 80% of all charges.... and I have a lot of charges. This is a complete SCAM!This poor mope thought he was getting free healthcare and after rushing to sign up finds his cost have nearly doubled. Sticker shock? I imagine it was more like sticker hysteria. After reviewing comments of several people who have trekked to healthcare. gov I would make this about the worst case of user disappointment but the theme that the new insurance is too costly is made redundantly.
Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of this folly is that after one full week no one in the media has located anyone who purchased insurance through the exchanges. It's like wondering who bought the winning Powerball ticket.
Again the same theme.
If the website you're on actually works, it belongs to identity thieves. Don't go there!
No sign ups in El Paso either.
There is no shortage of videos documenting this online torture. I like this one where the automated phone support hangs up on the reporter. Hey remember Apple? They had trouble in the beginning but they didn't just quit on the I-Phone. Then again remember the Ford Pinto and the Ford Edsel and the new Coke.
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
I am not entirely sympathetic to some of these people's objectives. "Wars of empire." The John Kerry soundalike atrocity guy at 6:06. And enforcing park curfews in New York has gone a long way to revitalize the city. But remember the Occupy vermin? If they can defecate in the street, we can cut these guys some slack.
KEEPING THE COUNTRY SAFE FROM PATRIOTISM ONE ARREST AT A TIME
FNC’s The Kelly File: 2,066,368 total viewers (289,264 in A25-54)
CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight: 529,946 total viewers (144,602 in A25-54)
MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show: 997,466 total viewers (298,543 in A25-54
"Make no mistake about it," Sessions said. "They don't respect the people in the people in the Tea Party Movement."
Then he lays his finger on the motivation for the attacks. Fear! The Tea Party movement spontaneously rose up and "clobbered a bunch of Democratic Senators and House members" in the 2010 midterm elections and "switched the whole majority in the House by a big number."
The Administration is scared of truth seeing the light of day. They have DOJ and The Senate in their pocket. By the way, this is a departure from the norm. Political parties have not always obstructed justice for party leaders but this is not your father's Democratic Party either. But truth is, Eric Holder and Harry Reid have obstructed justice.
Which brings us to the lower House of Congress. I am not certain that the Chicago Mob hasn't infiltrated the GOP-held Congress. They seem to have corrupted The Supreme Court, so why not the GOP? And let's not even mention the news media.
Assuming the House GOP has not been blackmailed or bought off, it is the only vehicle for finding truth. The thugs might have gotten to Cantor and Boehner but I don't think they have compromised Chaffetz or Jordan or Gowdy. Yet, Congress can't seem to get into gear with any of the "phony scandals." There is always an Obama-induced cog in the wheel. A new war or a new budget crisis. What is going on?
The Administration is confident but scared. Things are great but if the "phony scandals" cannot be swept under the rug, game over. The Administration seems to want to run out the clock. Keep Congress fighting fires and win the House in 2014. Truth will forever be occluded.
We are witnessing the machinations of evil. The slow motion death of America. The slaughter of truth and the mutilation of her ravaged corpse. Hope and change and run out the clock. Is the budget fight just one more tactical conspiracy?
The Obama Administration is one long display of the middle finger. Keep the World War II vets and the Vietnam Vets out of their memorials but open the National Mall for illegal immigrants.
This is so emblematic of all things Obama.
Dietary expert and political slush fund bundler, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has, after being asked, finally voiced an opinion on the officer's conduct. At that time the officer was only being accused of doing nothing as opposed to participating in the attack.
“I think we all, no matter what your job is, have an obligation to help one another,’’ Mayor Bloomberg said . “And if you see somebody getting beaten up, you know, let’s go jump in and stop the fight.” Right your honor! See something say something.
Monday, October 7, 2013
CALLING ALL IOWA CONSTITUTIONAL ACTIVISTS!
by Republican Party of IowaSee more here.
Central Iowa police are planning “traffic safety checkpoints” in Polk county on friday night. The Iowa GOP strongly urges you NOT to give in to any illegal searches of your car. Only comply by providing your license, registration and insurance if requested.
The Iowa GOP also reminds you that record police officers, both with audio and video is completely LEGAL and has been upheld numerous times by numerous courts. Be sure to have an objective “witness” by recording your conversations with police.
So if you’re around Des Moines friday night and come across an unnecessary “random” police checkpoint, be sure to:
1. Record the conversation
2. Comply only with license, registration and insurance
3. Do not volunteer any additional information and do not permit a search of your vehicle for any reason.
4. Send the Iowa GOP any audio and video you have of your interactions with police.
“Authorities said vehicles will be systematically chosen by officers to enter the checkpoint. For example, it may be decided that every fifth vehicle will be directed to a station within the checkpoint.”
An off-duty Department of Homeland Security agent was arrested following a road rage incident in which he caught up to a car that had cut him off, pulled out his gun and shot the vehicle as it drove away, Boca Raton Police said. Angel Echevarria, 40, said the driver of the red Toyota struck him and his wife before he fired one round in front of a Nordstrom. He said he was trying to shoot out the tire of the car, according to a probable cause affidavit .A police officer wrote, however, that Echevarria, acting as a civilian, had no legal authority to fire his gun at an occupied vehicle, Police said he faces three counts of aggravated assault with a firearm and one count of shooting into an occupied vehicle for the Sept. 7 incident.
One has to admire the professionalism federal workers have displayed during the sequester and the government shutdown.
Sunday, October 6, 2013
Park's comments are the administration's most detailed explanation for the glitches that have frustrated millions of consumers who have tried to enter the site or complete applications for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.
"These bugs were functions of volume,'' Park said. "Take away the volume and it works.''
Oh, really. Then just add more servers and your problem is solved. This is not about volume rather just cover for the lack thereof. Please explain to the public how Mark Zuckerberg was able to run Facebook on a server in his dorm and HHS with unlimited resources cannot sell a single policy on its first day online.
Considering that you must sign up almost 39,000 people per day for the next 180 days to reach your goal of 7 million why would you design a site to accommodate 50,000 to 60,000 visitors? Are we to believe the administration expects to sign up 7 million people in 50,000 group increment that will presumably queue up around the clock? Really? I have to get up early tomorrow so I can shop for healthcare at 4 AM.
Chris Wallace seems to share my skepticism. "Do you not know how many people have signed up, which would seem to indicate another software glitch, or is it that the number is embarrassingly small?"