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You're free to believe whatever you want, so long as you believe in the right things. So the homofascist tolerance warriors will punish the Boy Scouts in California, because "equality." Or something.
California's Supreme Court voted Friday to prohibit state judges from belonging to the Boy Scouts on grounds that the group discriminates against gays.
The court said its seven justices unanimously voted to heed a recommendation by its ethics advisory committee barring judges' affiliation with the organization.
In 1996 the state Supreme Court banned judges from belonging to groups that discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, but made an exception for nonprofit youth organizations.
The Supreme Court's Advisory Committee on the Code of Judicial Ethics in February recommended eliminating the exception to enhance public confidence in the judiciary.
The group allows the participation of openly gay boys but continues to prohibit gay and lesbian adults from serving as leaders.
The proposed rule change was sent out for public comment last year, and the change was supported by the California Judges Association, the court said.
Tell a homosexual he can't be a scout leader? Discrimination!
Tell a judge he can't be a scout leader? Tolerance!
Hypocrisy? Yeah, they've got that down pat.
So California will deprive their young men of positive role models just to
push the homofascist agenda. Because in LGBT land, the only positive role
model for boys is
Zorro The Gay Blade. Pillars of the law enforcement community
aren't good enough.
It figures. Barack Obama's communist proposal to tax your kid's college savings account has an exemption — for Malia and Sasha Obama.
One of the less talked-about proposals President Obama offered this week was to take away the tax-exempt status of 529 college savings plans. These very popular plans allow parents to defer income - before it's taxed - into savings accounts to then be withdrawn, also tax-free, to use for qualified college expenses.
I'll dispense for the moment with the larger question of whether stuff like this represents a wise overall approach to the tax code (it doesn't) and just focus on the particular change Obama wants to make. That is: He wants to start taxing the withdrawals parents make from their 529 accounts when it's time to pay for college, so there would be far less reward for socking that money away in the first place. But the federal government would get to confiscate more capital from the private sector! The Democrat dream is fulfilled every time a dollar goes from private hands to politicians' hands.
But here's the kicker: The Obamas themselves have already put more than $240,000 into a 529 account. So they'll now have to pay the tax, right?
No, sillies. Obama only wants the government to tax withdrawals of funds deposited after the change is made. So those who have already made the deposits - like him - can still withdraw them tax-free. Nice, huh?
From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs. Unless your father is the king!
Rich guys like Obama, who can front-load their kids' 529 plans, won't be subjected to his new tax. But ordinary schmoes like you and me who save a little every week? Yeah, we get hosed.
Oh, but it's for the Common Good dontcha know. And according to the looney lefties at the Star-Ledger it's Obama's version of the G.I. Bill:
This is the president's G.I. Bill, minus the army -- an astute and far-reaching initiative that illuminates a path into the middle class for millions, just as the last G.I. Bill did for their grandfathers. This 21st Century investment in human infrastructure shows the same confidence in the potential of our workforce.
The G.I. Bill was earned through service, and sacrifice. This is just another
liberal give-away to buy votes for Democrats. Besides,
Obama already has a quasi-free college plan, he'll forgive some of your
loans for each year you spend in
the Hitler Youth ObamaCorps.
That's already his "G.I. Bill."
So, why the big push for "free" community college?
Because it plays into his long-term strategy to tax all wealth. The money you have sitting in the bank is burning a hole in his pocket. Like all Marxists, he believes he knows how to spend your money better than you do.
Fortunately his whole tax fantasy is DOA in the new Republican Congress. But
it's instructive to see just how deviously mendacious he really is. When he
says "tax the rich," he makes sure to insulate himself and his cronies from
the damage his policies inevitably cause. Know your place, peasant!
Imagine a world where 57,762,169 unborn children weren't sacrificed on the altar of feminism. Imagine a world where the charnal houses of Planned Parenthood stood as silent as the ovens of Auschwitz, grim reminders of depravity, defanged. Imagine a world where the life of an unborn child is as precious as the life of a pig or a bird.
Imagine a world where our representatives had the guts to protect the unborn.
House Republican leadership tonight abruptly dropped a bill that would ban elective abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy.
According to news reports, female GOP lawmakers raised concerns on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, prompting party leaders to realize they did not have the votes to pass the bill.
Prominent Republican members who rallied against the plan to limit late-term abortions include Reps. Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania, Renee Ellmers of North Carolina and Jackie Walorski of Indiana.
I'll defer comments on their cowardice to my wife, who posted this on Facebook earlier today:
I am so saddened by this news. 18,000 preemies are murdered each year, 18,000. How can such a wonderful nation support these murderers. We act so compassionate for mental health, those bullied, beheading across the world, shootings of innocents, mia, kia, and wounded warriors. But those who passed this 'right' to allow such atrocities be damned. My heart is broken for those 18,000 preemies housed in a warm womb for 6 months, only to be brutally killed and disposed of like garbage. What are those who opposed this bill and those 18,000 mothers each year thinking. Moreso, what are those doctors, nurses, and caregivers, and insurance companies think they are doing for society at large. I am just so sad.
What can I add to that? Somewhere, Satan is smiling. And Jesus is weeping.
Pray with Pope Francis, pray that the hearts of our leaders will be opened.
60 percent of Americans support enacting a 20 week abortion ban. It's inconceivable that anyone could be so callous as to not feel the suffering of these innocent babies.
And yet, abortion is the holy sacrament of feminism. A woman isn't really liberated until she's had one, or so I'm told.
I'll leave you with the wisdom of President Reagan: "I've noticed that
everyone who is for abortion has already been born."
I have absolutely no intention of watching Dear Leader tell us how great he is tonight. Because for the next 2 years he'll be putting the "lame" in lame duck, and really, will the GOP fall for any of his ridiculously liberal policy prescriptions?
Nah. Obama is about to discover the meaning of the word irrelevant.
Starting with his blueprint for playing class warfare with the part of America that still gets up and goes to work every morning.
No matter what Obama says, his policies have been devasting to the middle class. People are worse off now than they were six years ago. They know it. He knows it. And we know he knows it.
But, he'll never admit he knows it. His narcissism won't let him admit failure.
Wanna know the state of our union?
There's the illusion of falling unemployment.
Of the more than 3,000 U.S. counties, just 65 have recovered from Obama's recession.
Let's look at a few numbers Obama wouldn't dare mention tonight.
The national debt now stands at $18.1 trillion dollars.
Of that, $7.5 trillion came on Obama's watch.
There was a time when he lambasted George Bush as "unpatriotic" for adding $4 trillion to the national debt. I'm pretty sure he wants you to forget that.
Then there's his proposal for universal broadband access. Sounds great, right? Yeah, until you get the bill. To pay for it, he'll put a 16.1% tax on your FiOS and cable internet service. Ouch.
He'll probably tell you how great it is that he bowed down to Castro's Cuba.
But he won't mention how he let Iran and North Korea get The Bomb. Or how he misjudged Putin's Russia. Or completely bungled the Arab Spring. He'll wave a pencil for Charlie Hebdo, but he won't utter the words "Islamic terrorism." And he'll undoubtedly bash Israel for defending herself while praising Hamas, Hezbollah, ISIS, and Boko Haram.
Osama bin Laden might be dead, but al Qaeda is alive, and growing in power.
And last but not least, he'll tout he his new "free" college plan. What he won't do is mention how he's going to pay for it — by taxing your kid's formerly tax-free 529 savings account. Because if you planned ahead, you need to pay for the slackers who didn't.
After all, slackers vote Democrat.
So, if you're still with me, and you're looking to sum up Barry's 6th SOTU is one sentence, this comment from a Facebook friend will fill the bill:
Just a word of caution - if you pulled the word investment in the SOTU drinking game, you're going to need medical attention.
All the more reason to tune in to NFL Network at 9 and follow
Hey, "love" conquers all, right? That's what the homofascists tell us. They "love." And they want you to celebrate it. Or else.
So, why shouldn't incest be celebrated too?
A young girl who is planning her upcoming wedding may have some trouble getting her mother to attend the ceremony - as she is marrying her father.
The unnamed 18-year-old is revealing all the details of her two year relationship with her father in an interview with Science of Us, from how they fell in love and the first time they had sex to what their plans are for the future.
And one of those plans she is very certain of - the two will have children.
The woman, who hails from the Great Lakes region, reconnected with her father when she was 16, this after 12 years of estrangement.Her father reached out to her on Facebook when she was in high school, and after the two met up she went to go stay with him for a week.
They had sex that week, her first time, and were soon dating.
'There's a reason I lost my virginity to him, because I'd never felt comfortable with any other man. It was insanely sensual,' she says.
'It lasted for about an hour and there was a lot of foreplay. We both had orgasms. We are so similar, so it's so easy to sexually please each other. For example, we both love neck-biting. I've never been in a more passionate, loving, fulfilling situation.
The two are not even hiding their situation, with many around them aware of what is going on between them.
Hide? Why should they hide? If it feels good, do it! That's the LGBT mantra, and these two perverts are the next logical step.
Here's the best part. They're moving to New Jersey. Because in this idiotic state, where homosexuals just recently got the green light to shove their indecency down our throats, incest is already legal.
The wedding has already been planned, and she will be telling her mother - after the two make the moved to New Jersey.
'We plan to move to New Jersey where we can be safe under the law, since adult incest isn't illegal there, and once I'm there I'll tell everyone,' she says.
Garden State Equality will undoubtedly give the two lovebirds a parade.
Once we opened the door to same-sex deviancy, all sorts of yucky stuff was bound to wander in.
So get ready for sister wives. Sharia. And, sheep.
Why not? When morality went out the window, feelings got top billing. And there are more than a few twisted psychos out there whose feelings revolve around incest, if we're lucky. More likely we'll have to "tolerate" bestiality, pedophilia, or worse.
But, since so many of my liberal friends are eager to quote Pope Francis — who am I to judge?
Yeah, I'm just a guy who takes no pleasure in saying, "I told you so."
Remember when life was simple? And marriage was between one man and one woman?
Welcome to a world governed by the law of unintended consequences.
Remember when Jesus said "turn the other cheek?"
Pope Francis must've been absent from CCD that day.
Pope Francis said Thursday there are limits to freedom of expression, especially when it insults or ridicules someone's faith.
Francis spoke about the Paris terror attacks while en route to the Philippines, defending free speech as not only a fundamental human right but a duty to speak one's mind for the sake of the common good.
But he said there were limits.
By way of example, he referred to Alberto Gasparri, who organizes papal trips and was standing by his side aboard the papal plane.
"If my good friend Dr. Gasparri says a curse word against my mother, he can expect a punch," Francis said, throwing a pretend punch his way. "It's normal. You cannot provoke. You cannot insult the faith of others. You cannot make fun of the faith of others."
Violence as a first resort is "normal?" You insult my mother and I can punch you in the nose? You satirize my religion and I can kill you and 16 of your friends?
Did the Pope really just say that?
I would very much like to believe that His Holiness was misquoted.
Because the way I learned the catechism, the proper response to someone who insults your mother is to pray for their soul to be healed.
Sticks and stones, and all that.
By the same token, violence is the proper response, indeed the just response, to protracted, willful, systematic violence. Like, say, to the massacre of Christians by ISIS and Boko Haram. Or to the jihad waged by Hamas, Hezbollah, Syria, and Iran.
So I await Pope Francis' reconstitution of the Knights Templar. And if we're
gonna start bustin' heads, we sure could use a man like
Charles Martel again.
Perhaps here's one reason why President Golf Pants didn't attend that Paris anti-terrorism rally — he doesn't want the media publishing stuff that offends Muslims. It's too dangerous.
President Barack Obama has a moral responsibility to push back on the nation's journalism community when it is planning to publish anti-jihadi articles that might cause a jihadi attack against the nation's defenses forces, the White House's press secretary said Jan. 12.
"The president … will not now be shy about expressing a view or taking the steps that are necessary to try to advocate for the safety and security of our men and women in uniform" whenever journalists' work may provoke jihadist attacks, spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters at the White House s daily briefing.
The unprecedented reversal of Americans' civil-military relations, and of the president's duty to protect the First Amendment, was pushed by Earnest as he tried to excuse the administration's opposition in 2012 to the publication of anti-jihadi cartoons by the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
The White House voiced its objections in 2012 after the magazine's office were burned by jihadis, followings its publication of anti-jihadi cartoons.
Earnest's defense of tho 2012 objections came just five days after the magazine's office was attacked by additional jihadis. Eight journalists, two policeman and a visitor were murdered by two French-born Muslims who objected to the magazine's criticism of Islam's final prophet.
In other words, shut up or you'll make the Muzzies angry. Because if you make them angry, they'll hurt you. And, stunningly, if they hurt you, your president won't do anything about that.
Throughout the press conference, Earnest repeatedly said the media would be able to decide on its own whether to publish pictures, articles or facts that could prompt another murderous jihad attack by Muslim against journalists.
But he did not say that his government has a constitutional and moral duty to use the nation's huge military to protect journalists from armed jihadis, but instead hinted strongly that journalists should submit to jihadi threats.
"I think that there are any number of reasons that [U.S.] media organizations have made a decision not to reprint the cartoons" after the January attack, he said. "In some cases, maybe they were concerned about their physical safety. In other cases, they were exercising some judgment in a different way. So we certainly would leave it to media organizations to make a decision like this."
"What I m saying is that individual news organizations have to assess that risk for themselves," he said. "I think the point in the mind of the president and certainly everybody here at the White House is that that is a question that should be answered by journalists."
Nice little newspaper you got there. Be a shame if anything happened to it.
Barack Obama is a traitor to our Constitution. Every president's first "moral responsibility" is to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States, where free speech and freedom of the press are sacrosanct. But Obama's highly questionable morality sends him in the opposite direction, into the arms of freedom's enemies.
He's a coward, spineless in the face of murderous thugs. Unwilling to stand up for what's right. Committed to appeasement in the name of expediency.
Hey President Quisling, Fuck You. And the camel you rode in on.
One more thing Barry. Here's a Muslim with more balls than you.
Mayor Aboutaleb said: "It is incomprehensible that you can turn against freedom… But if you don't like freedom, for heaven's sake pack your bags and leave."
"There may be a place in the world where you can be yourself, be honest with yourself and do not go and kill innocent journalists. And if you do not like it here because humorists you do not like make a newspaper, may I then say you can f*** off."
"This is stupid, this so incomprehensible. Vanish from the Netherlands if you cannot find your place here. All those well-meaning Muslims here will now be stared at."
Islam is a virus. Freedom is the only cure.
It disgusts me that a majority of the people in this country voted for a
gutless so-called "leader." America used to be better than that.
Nineteen times Dear Leader promised he'd reduce our health insurance premiums by $2,500 per year.
Repeat after me: Barack Obama is a lying sack of shit.
Since Obamacare kicked in, health insurance premiums in New Jersey have risen faster than ever.
Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, the cost of premiums in New Jersey each year have risen faster than the national average, according to a study released today by a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank.
Premiums for New Jersey employer-sponsored health coverage climbed an average of 4.4 percent a year from 2003 through 2010 to $5,153 per single person, according to the study by the Commonwealth Fund. But from 2010 to 2013, the average premium rose 6.4 percent a year, to $6,200.
The spike was even greater for family policies. Pre-Obamacare, premiums rose by 4.7 percent a year, but escalated to a 7.4 percent average jump annually from 2010 to 2013. The total cost of a family policy in New Jersey was $17,396 in 2013.
New Jersey is among 10 states where premiums climbed 6 percent or more each year from 2010 to 2013. Similarly high increases were felt in Alaska, Colorado, Indiana, Maryland, New Hampshire, Ohio, South Dakota, West Virginia, and Wyoming, according to the report.
I'm thinking that 7.4 percent number is a little low. My day job's small group plan's premiums rose an average of 18 percent a year over the same time period. And that's for crappier coverage with higher deductibles and whopping out-of-pocket / coinsurance costs. Pre-Obamacare we had an awesome Aetna plan which really was "affordable." Post-Obamacare our prescription drug copays have trebled, the family max out-of-pocket quadrupled, and the number of doctors in our network went way down. For this we pay premiums that are almost double what they were 6 years ago.
The only person who ever told the truth about Obamacare was Jonathan Gruber.
Oh, but the Obamabots will call him (and me) a liar, and claim Obamacare is "working." 9 million more people are insured! OK, then riddle me this, Batman. The US population is about 320 million. So to allegedly help 2.8% of the people, Obama screwed over the other 97.2%.
Yeah, that's some mighty fine government work alright. No wonder he's the
Best President Evuh.
The exodus from New Jersey is becoming a stampede.
People are moving out of state at twice the rate they're coming in.
Nearly two of every three families making an interstate move involving New Jersey last year were leaving the Garden State, the highest rate in the country.
New Jersey had the greatest percentage of outbound moves of any state nationally last year with almost 65 percent departing, according to a company which bills itself as the largest transporter of household goods in the country.
The Garden State has led the nation in outward migration for the fourth time in five years.
Where are they going? To states with lower taxes, lower cost of living, and more freedom. Texas. The Carolinas. Florida. Red states primarily, because socialism sucks.
And another 1,000 folks are headed to Atlanta, because the cost-savings for Mercedes-Benz are too good to turn down.
The lure of lower taxes, a cheaper cost of living, more access to critical transportation networks, key manufacturing plants and about $50 million in incentives has sealed it — German automaker Mercedes-Benz is departing Bergen County for Atlanta. And with it, potentially close to 1,000 jobs.
In an interview with NJ Advance Media following the announcement, Mercedes-Benz CEO Stephen Cannon, a Wyckoff native, said Atlanta won out because of the high quality of life, proximity to universities like the Georgia Institute of Technology and the business climate.
They're voting with their feet. They're voting against the two Steves (Fulop and Sweeney) who both covet the allure of Drumthwacket, and who both promise to enact a ruinous "millionaires' tax" immediately after succeeding Chris Christie.
Because we don't pay enough taxes already in this state.
Alas, the takers are never satiated. And we sure do have a lot of takers; consumers of government, who always vote for Democrats and their fatuous promises of more free stuff.
Things are only going to get worse. Which is why so many makers
are fleeing from New Jersey.
Gov. Chris Christie's latest trip to Dallas to root for the Cowboys in the box of team owner Jerry Jones didn't just grab the attention of Cowboys fans and enemies, it drew the ire of a Washington D.C.-based super PAC with ties to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
American Bridge, a pro-Democratic group that conducts opposition research on Republicans, wants to know the cost of Christie's latest trip.
American Bridge is the brainchild of David Brock, founder of the radical lefty website Media Matters. Totally impartial dontcha know!
Brock is outraged that Christie would use taxpayer dollars for his security entourage. But all the taxpayer dollars wasted on Dear Leader's Hawaiian vacations? Not on his radar. Doesn't matter.
Hypocrisy. The lefties don't want you to notice it. And the clowns at the
Star-Ledger shamelessly exploit this non-story, because in Jersey
there's no sin greater than rooting for the Cowboys, except, of course,
for voting Republican.
In 2015, Every time you eat a hamburger, a climate scientist cries.
Because, according to the Obama Administration, you need to go vegan, or the planet will die.
A panel that advises the Agriculture Department appears set to recommend that you be told not only what foods are better for your own health, but also for the environment. That means that when the latest version of the government's dietary guidelines comes out, it may push even harder than it has in recent years for people to choose more fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains and other plant-based foods — at the expense of meat.
The advisory panel has been discussing the idea of sustainability in public meetings, indicating that its recommendations, expected early this year, may address the environment. A draft recommendation circulated last month said a sustainable diet helps ensure food access for both the current population and future generations.
A dietary pattern higher in plant-based foods and lower in animal-based foods is "more health promoting and is associated with lesser environmental impact than is the current average U.S. diet," the draft said.
Hyperbole, it's what's for dinner. Maybe it tastes better than broccoli.
Nevertheless, the True Believers will not be deterred.
Their first target? Beef.
The study said that compared with other popular animal proteins, beef produces more heat-trapping gases per calorie, puts out more water-polluting nitrogen, takes more water for irrigation and uses more land.
Well, I suppose we could always Eat Mor Chikin!
Seriously though, the constant drumbeat for Globull Warming is tiresome. And every time the Obamunists come up with another hare-brained regulatory regime, more Americans inevitably lose their jobs while the rest of us end up paying higher prices for basic necessities.
Sometimes a steak is just a steak, and not a political statement, or a dagger in the heart of Mother Gaia.
Oh, by the way, guess what I'm having for dinner tonight?
That sound you hear? It's Gina McCarthy's head exploding. Yowzah!
For two years, Barack Obama pretended to care about Medicaid's low reimbursement rates. He gave doctors a much-needed pay increase, to keep pace with Medicare and private insurance plans. But at the stroke of midnight on January 1st, the party's over.
When federal lawmakers planned the massive expansion of Medicaid as part of the Affordable Care Act, they included a big enticement to physicians — a significant, but temporary, pay increase.
Although the pay increase was not tied to Medicaid expansion, New Jersey accepted the deal. Some 300,000 additional state residents have enrolled in Medicaid in the last year.
Even though the number of patients continues to increase, come Jan. 1, the pay increase will be gone, adding even more stress to overburdened health care providers in the state.
The provision of the health law that boosted Medicaid reimbursement rates to make them equal to Medicare rates expires at the end of the year.
Medicaid reimbursements to New Jersey providers will decline by 53 percent, according to an Urban Institute report. Only four other states — New York, Michigan, California and Rhode Island — will see greater decreases, the report found.
Obama figured, wrongly it turns out, that the states would pick up the tab after he bailed out. And I'm sure his media sycophants will do all they can in the coming days to pin the upcoming Medicaid-accepting-doctor shortage on Chris Christie.
Because the state has had a low reimbursement rate, only about 40 percent of New Jersey physicians accept Medicaid patients — a nationwide low, according to a 2012 Health Affairs study.
In addition, because many feared the boosted payments would end without an extension, few of the state's doctors who hadn't been accepting Medicaid patients joined the program, she said.
"Many doctors in New Jersey didn't trust that it would be a long-lasting parity situation," said Campagnolo, a past president of the Medical Society of New Jersey.
Medical society CEO Lawrence Downs speculated in a Nov. 18 letter to Human Services Commissioner Jennifer Velez that the return to 2012 reimbursement levels could drive physicians out of Medicaid.
"Our concern is that we could have 5,000 less physicians accepting Medicaid in 2015, when payments go back down to one of the lowest in the nation," he wrote. "Thus, continuation of this payment level is crucial for the proper access to care for Medicaid patients."
Doctors don't want to work for peanuts.
Last year, a New Jersey family physician averaged $23.50 for an office visit from a Medicaid-covered patient.
And remember, $23.50 is the increased reimbursement rate. Next year it'll be a paltry $12.45.
I can't imagine any doctor being dumb enough to accept that.
So, all you suckers who believed Obama, voted for him, and signed up for
Medicaid? Yeah, the joke's on you. Here's my advice: Don't get sick.
From my perspective, they should've fired Woody Johnson too.
Rex Ryan talked about going to the White House when he took over as Jets coach nearly six years ago.
Instead, his tenure with them ended unceremoniously today with a pink slip.
Ryan was fired by owner Woody Johnson as part of a major shakeup that also included the dismissal of second-year general manager John Idzik.
"After extensive thought and reflection about the current state of our football team, this morning I informed Rex Ryan and John Idzik that they will not be returning for the 2015 season," Johnson said in a statement. "Both Rex and John made significant contributions to the team, and they have my appreciation and gratitude for their efforts and commitment. Over the years, Rex brought the Jets a bold confidence and a couple of great post-season runs, which all of us will remember."
"Getting the Jets back on track is my top priority," Johnson said, "and today's decisions are important steps towards achieving our goals."
At least this time Johnson hired a football expert to find him a new coach and GM.
Johnson has hired former Houston Texans and Washington Redskins general manager Charley Casserly as a consultant to help with the search for a new general manager and coach.
"I am beginning our search for new football leadership, effective immediately, with guidance and support from respected football experts, including Charley Casserly and Ron Wolf, two Super Bowl winners with decades of valuable experience," Johnson said.
Because that executive search firm thing worked out so well last time. Face it, Idzik was a disaster from the get-go. He essentially set Ryan up to fail. Geno Smith is not a franchise quarterback. Letting Darrell Revis and Antonio Cromartie go was a colossal mistake. Not giving long-term deals to standouts like Wilkerson and Richardson sowed dissent inside the locker room.
The question now is, who's dumb enough to take the job? The Jets are dysfunctional, the owner is an idiot, and they really need talent.
Sad to say, but Rex Ryan was their best option, mostly because he's the devil we know. And when it comes to experienced head coaches who might want the nod, let's just say the pickings are slim.
Jim Harbaugh has 48 million reasons for going to Michigan.
Bill Cowher already told Woody to get stuffed once, he's not going to put his hat in the ring. Jon Gruden? There's a reason he's in the booth. Ditto for Tony Dungy, although he does have the quarterback development pedigree in Peyton Manning.
Sports Illustrated lists a bunch of second-tier options.
Possible replacements: Josh McDaniels, Adam Gase, Dan Quinn, Darrell Bevell, Hue Jackson, Kyle Shanahan, Jack Del Rio. There is no shortage of options, both those somewhat tested (McDaniels, Del Rio) and those set for a first head coaching shot. McDaniels, Gase, Jackson, Shanahan and Bevell all would represent a shift away from the defensive-minded Ryan.
That leaves, Jersey guy Greg Schiano? Puh-lease.
There was an episode of Phineas and Ferb where the boys invent a time machine and go into the future where they meet their kids, who naturally look and act just like them. What's the first thing Phineas says? "How are the Jets doing this year?"
The answer? "They stink."
Look! Just in time for Christmas! That Obama guy finally got our economy back on track! Now get out there and spend, spend, spend!
At least that's what the media wants you to believe.
The U.S. economy roared into overdrive in the third quarter as consumer and business spending fueled the biggest expansion in more than a decade.
Gross domestic product grew at a 5 percent annual rate from July through September, the biggest advance since the third quarter of 2003 and up from a previously estimated 3.9 percent, revised figures from the Commerce Department showed today in Washington. The median forecast of 75 economists surveyed by Bloomberg projected a 4.3 percent increase in GDP.
Sounds amazing, right?
It's also too good to be true. But journalists aren't known for their economic prowess. And they're fully invested in "proving" Obama's success.
So here's the dirty little secret they aren't telling you.
The Commerce Department fudged the numbers by inserting the entire year's worth of Obamacare spending into 3rd quarter GDP. Presto! Instant 5% growth!
Back in June, when we were looking at the final Q1 GDP print, we discovered something very surprising: after the BEA had first reported that absent for Obamacare, Q1 GDP would have been negative in its first Q1 GDP report, subsequent GDP prints imploded as a result of what is now believed to be the polar vortex. But the real surprise was that the Obamacare boost was, in the final print, revised massively lower to actually reduce GDP!
In layman's terms, they initially put Obamacare in to make Q1 look less bad, then took it out when nobody was looking after they decided to blame their woes on the "polar vortex."
Fast forward 6 months, and with a small uptick in actual consumer spending (probably due to those falling oil prices, for which, btw, Obama can't claim even one iota of credit), it's time to reinsert the Obamacare factor to really pump up the numbers.
Here's Tyler Durden's handy chart showing the Q3 GDP breakdown:
As you can see, without Obamacare the consumer spending numbers would still be abysmal.
In short, two-thirds of the "boost" to final Q3 personal consumption came from, drumroll, the same Obamacare which initially was supposed to boost Q1 GDP until the "polar vortex" crashed the number so badly, the BEA decided to pull it completely and leave this "growth dry powder" for another quarter. That quarter was Q3.
Our economy "grew" because the government forced 9 million people to buy health insurance.
What are they going to do for an encore? Force 9 million people to buy a car from Government Motors?
Oh well. As the saying goes, pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.
Even in the most socialist state in the nation, socialism fails.
Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin is canceling his dream plan to create a single-payer health system in the state, he announced Wednesday.
"I am not going to undermine the hope of achieving critically important health care reforms for this state by pushing prematurely for single payer when it is not the right time for Vermont," Shumlin said in a statement Wednesday. "In my judgment, now is not the right time to ask our legislature to take the step of passing a financing plan for Green Mountain Care."
The problem, of course, is simple. There just isn't enough Other People's Money to pay for it.
The problem is, of course, how to pay for it. Even while plans were moving forward for a 2017 launch of the single-payer system, to be called Green Mountain Care, Shumlin had held off on releasing a plan for how to pay for the system, waiting until his announcement Wednesday.
Tax hikes required to pay for the system would include a 11.5 percent payroll tax as well as an additional income tax ranging all the way up to 9.5 percent. Shumlin admitted that in the current climate, such a precipitous hike would be disastrous for Vermont's economy.
Oops. You know a tax hike is too onerous if a Democrat comes out against it. And then his buddy Obama wouldn't cough up any cash either.
Shumlin's office released a slideshow with more details about financing for the plan which fell through. The state had been anticipating $267 million in federal funding to revamp its system, courtesy of a 2013 Obamacare waiver — but the current estimate has fallen to $106 million. Vermont also overestimated by $150 million in federal Medicaid funding.
The final nail in the coffin? Single Payer won't actually cost less than the current system.
But beyond federal funding, the report also admits that the single-payer system won't save money as Vermont officials had planned. While both previous reports on Green Mountain Care had assumed "hundreds of millions of dollars" in savings in the very first year of operation, Shumlin's office is now admitting that's "not practical to achieve."
There's never a magic unicorn around when you need one.
Let this be a lesson to all you Obamacare lovers. Government meddling in the
free market is never a good thing. Your dreams of a universal
Euroweenie-style Single Payer "upgrade" to Obamacare just met Reality. And,
to almost no one's surprise, Reality won.
So I'm perusing the Star-Ledger business page during lunch and what do I see? An article reprinted from Bloomberg News about an upcoming price increase for eggs. And why are a dozen eggs going to get more expensive? Well, you can thank California's birdbrain animal rights nuts for that.
Eggs are about to get more expensive, as California moves to make sure hen houses are roomy enough to allow the birds to lay down, stand up, extend their wings and dance around.
Farmers nationwide who want to continue selling to the most populous U.S. state are moving to comply with a new law, taking effect next month, that requires the larger cages. They either must build more hen houses, or house fewer birds in the ones they have, raising their costs.
Wholesale egg prices already average a record $2.27 a dozen nationally, up 34 percent from a year earlier. With the new law, the price Californians pay may jump as much as 20 percent for shell eggs in three to six months, according to Dermot J. Hayes, an agribusiness professor at Iowa State University in Ames. The rest of the country will probably follow suit, he said.
"You're going to see some really large spikes in the price of eggs in January," said Scott Ramsdell, who owns Dakota Layers LLP in Flandreau, South Dakota.
California imports more than 30 percent of its eggs from other states. A California Department of Food and Agriculture rule says that an enclosure containing nine or more hens that produce eggs sold in the state needs at least 116 square inches (748 square centimeters) of floor space for each bird, a 73 percent boost over the current standard.
Voters in California approved Proposition 2 in 2008 calling for egg-laying hens to have space to move. Subsequently, Assembly Bill 1437 was signed into law, applying to all eggs sold in the shell in the state. These rules all go into effect Jan. 1.
Dancing chickens! Because our food isn't expensive enough already, right?
Who does this idiocy hurt the most? Not the limousine liberals lounging around eating cage-free omelets, that's for sure. Poor people. Raising the price of eggs hurts poor people.
The price disruptions have arrived just as consumption is increasing. Rising prices for beef, pork and chicken have made eggs a more popular source of protein. The average American will eat 266 eggs next year, up from 261 this year and the most since 1980, according the the Egg Industry Center in Ames, Iowa.
Hit 'em when they're down!
Hey, the poor can always eat beans. They're high in protein, and
they're vegan too! That's gotta be California-approved.
Three times Barack Obama said his executive order would require illegal aliens to pay their back taxes before becoming eligible for amnesty. Guess what? He lied.
President Obama misspoke when he said that immigrants living illegally in the U.S. would have to "pay any back taxes" in order to qualify for work papers under the plan he initiated via executive action. They would not.
The immigration plan announced by Obama on Nov. 20 provides a temporary relief of three years from the threat of deportation to parents who are in the country illegally but who have children who are U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents. The parents must have lived in the United States for at least five years, and they must register, and pass background checks in order to obtain the reprieve. The White House estimates that 5 million people are eligible for "provisional unlawful presence waivers." If they meet certain requirements, those immigrants also would be given work authorization for three years.
For immigrants who step forward, the procedure is to make sure that they "start paying their fair share of taxes" so they can "temporarily stay in the U.S. without fear of deportation for three years at a time," says a White House fact sheet. The key word in there is "start." There is no mechanism to require immigrants in the country illegally to pay any back taxes in order to obtain a three-year work authorization.
An Obama administration official told us the president misspoke when he said that immigrants would have to "pay any back taxes."
"Misspoke." Uh, huh. Sure. Absolutely. Simple misunderstanding. Coulda happened to anybody. No foul, right?
Except, and this is where your blood will really start to boil, the reality is they won't pay any taxes at all. They'll most likely receive payments from Uncle Sam in the form of refundable tax credits instead.
President Obama's unilateral executive action on immigration will make hundreds of thousands, perhaps more than a million, illegal immigrants eligible for federal transfer payments. That will be done primarily through two widely used programs — the Earned Income Tax Credit, or EITC, and the Additional Child Tax Credit, or ACTC.
The two programs, intended for low-income workers, are what is known as refundable tax credits. That means they give workers a tax refund that is larger than their tax liability. So a family with a tax bill of $1,000 might receive an EITC "refund" of $5,000, meaning the family doesn't write a check to the government but rather receives a check from the government. The ACTC works similarly for low-income workers with children.
Wealth transfer. From the hardworking U.S. taxpayer, to a bunch of third-world grifters. With massive amounts of fraud thrown in for good measure. What's not to like?
As it turns out, those two programs are already among the most corrupt and fraud-ridden in the entire federal government. A newly-released report from the inspector general of the Internal Revenue Service confirms that the EITC is plagued by fraud (which was already well known) and also reveals for the first time that the ACTC is even worse.
According to the inspector general, the IRS paid out $63 billion in EITC benefits in 2013. Of that, 24 percent, or about $15 billion, was given improperly to people not qualified to receive it. That improper payment rate has been enough to qualify the EITC as a "high risk" program for years.
The IRS paid out $26.6 billion in ACTC credits in 2013. The inspector general reports the child credit improper payment rate for that year was somewhere between 25.2 percent and 30.5 percent — worse than the EITC.
Considering that federal law defines a program as having "significant improper payments" when such payments exceed 2.5 percent of all the money the program sends out, those are pretty terrible numbers.
So far the IRS hasn't done anything to combat fraud in either the EITC or ACTC program. The IG report notes that as much as $148 billion dollars in improper payments have been made in the last decade at a rate that has remained relatively unchanged during that whole time. For comparison purposes, $148 billion is more than the feds spent on veterans benefits last year.
But instead of combating such massive fraud, the IRS spent its time investigating Tea Party groups. Priorities dontcha know.
Clearly, when Obama told illegal aliens they could stay if they "paid their fair share" what he really meant was "here, have some free money." And, come to think of it, probably an Obamaphone too.
Thanks John Boehner.
You enabled this by ramming CRomnibus down our throats. You betrayed the
people who gave you an overwhelming majority, and you stuck us with the bill.
Hey Obamabots, what good is "affordable" health insurance if it costs you too much to use it?
In a survey taken in the fall, The Commonwealth Fund, a private, independent health care research organization, found that about 40 percent of adults nationwide who had high-deductible private insurance plans reported delaying care because of the cost.
In another, the Gallup Poll, which annually asks about health care cost and use every November, reported that the percentage of Americans who had insurance and chose not to go to a health care professional for a routine visit or a need because of cost hit an all-time high of 34 percent.
"Last year, many hoped that the opening of the government health care exchanges and the resulting increase in the number of Americans with health insurance would enable more people to seek medical treatment," Gallup said. "But, despite a drop in the uninsured rate, a slightly higher percentage of Americans than in previous years report having put off medical treatment, suggesting that the Affordable Care Act has not immediately affected this measure."
The problem is easy to identify but difficult to solve. Health care is extremely expensive in the U.S., and to keep from busting their budgets, companies that provide coverage to their employees and families increasingly are turning to plans that keep monthly premiums lower by increasing deductibles and charging more for out-of-pocket costs, said Linda Schwimmer, vice president of the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute.
"More and more of [the cost] is being put on the employee, and because of that, they're reluctant to get the care they need because they're concerned about the cost," she said.
Once again proving that the Affordable Care Act is a total misnomer.
Obamacare will never cut costs. It can't. Not with all of it's mandates and required coverages. So to artificially lower the up-front cost of health insurance it had to hike the back-end copays and deductibles that kick in when we actually go to use it.
The result? Pay through the nose, or go without medical care.
Given the abysmal Obama economy, the choice is clear. Feed your kids, and skip the colonoscopy. To most folks a $4,000 deductible might as well be $400,000. And those $75 prescriptions buy a whole lotta diapers.
The best part is, Obama knew he was hoodwinking us. And he didn't care. That's the real story of Jonathan Gruber.
Gruber's attempt to downplay his role in the ACA is unconvincing, for reasons we suggested here. But the most damming comments by Gruber were not his "glib" words about the American public but his accurate analysis of the Affordable Care Act. For instance, in one of the videos that became controversial, Gruber is taped saying "What the American public cares about is costs. And that's why even though the bill that they made is 90% health insurance coverage and 10% about cost control, all you ever hear people talk about is cost control." That is not glib; regardless of whether you think the law was sold deceptively in the way Gruber suggests, his understanding of the law's focus on coverage over cost is correct. Whether or not Gruber was "the architect" of the law, whether or not his more noxious comment can fairly be associated with the law, he understands the law—and that is damming enough.
They purposefully obfuscated Obamacare's effects. Obama lied, health care died.
Housing bubble? What housing bubble? Laissez les bon temps roller!
Yes America, thanks to Obama's cronies at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac you can once again buy a house with only 3% down, and the U.S. taxpayer will underwrite the loan!
Housing giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac on Monday released the final guidelines for low down payment mortgage loans, reviving a practice that critics say could eventually lead to defaults and another financial crisis.
Fannie and Freddie announced that eligible first-time homebuyers could now obtain mortgage loans with down payments as low as 3 percent. Both entities still purchase a majority of loans in the housing market and remain under government conservatorship after the 2008 crisis.
Fannie and Freddie, known as government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs), said that borrowers would have to clear several hurdles before they could take out the loan. Those include obtaining private mortgage insurance, providing income documentation and verification, and seeking homebuyer education and counseling.
Which are exactly the same "hurdles" Countrywide erected before the last crash.
What was that line about those who refuse to learn the lessons of history?
Peter Wallison, fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) and former general counsel to the U.S. Treasury Department under President Ronald Reagan, said in an interview that the new loans could eventually inject more risk into the housing market.
Required premiums for mortgage insurance will raise the cost of homes, he argued, making them unaffordable for many buyers. Pressure will then mount to make the mortgages more accessible, and risky.
"When those loans do not really result in any significant numbers in increased low-income loans, they will reduce the underwriting standards further," he said.
"Eventually we'll be back in a situation a year from now in which many of these loans will look like the loans before the financial crisis," he added.
The low down payment loans could also be a political move to placate Democrats who have long pushed for looser lending standards to aid low-income borrowers, Wallison said.
Because requiring low-income people to actually pay their bills is racist. And Obama promised to pay their mortgage.
And by Obama, she means, us.
Wallison noted that taxpayers will again foot the bill if Fannie and Freddie's mortgage loans default in large numbers. Treasury provided $188 billion to the GSEs in 2008 to keep them afloat.
"The only reason banks will make these loans is that they can sell them to Fannie and Freddie," he said. "Taxpayers are going to take the risk."
Hey, what's another $188 billion or so when you're fighting for Social Justice?
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