This is a scary video; it shows, by county and state, the spread and the breadth and depth of unemployment from 2007 to today. It’s also interesting to note the places (CA and MS) that already had high unemployment in 2007. We need to take back control of our country and help small businesses (the real employment generators) get back to ‘business’… Just sayin…
Well, I listened to some of the “Health Care Summit” while travelling back this afternoon, and I was NOT impressed… They cost us 7 1/2 hours that could have been put to productive use, like fixing the ECONOMY STUPID…. sigh…
Neither side was very impressive, it was all rhetoric and talking points, and it didn’t help that Obama tended to talk twice as long as everyone else. He came in with an agenda that, in my opinion, DID NOT include any kind of real deal making, but was a photo op/attempt to embarrass the Republicans into giving in. I believe there is a plan B in the wings the Dems are going to push through if they fail on the current plan…
I will give the Republicans credit, they did offer a clean sheet and fresh start, or to deal from areas of agreement, but that was obviously NEVER on the table either for Obama or the Dems.
A couple of things I found interesting, were the discussions about Tort Reform- McCain brought up Texas attempts, and the success they’ve had, and Obama’s counter was “Oh, the STATES should do Tort Reform, not the Feds”; he then turned it over to Durbin, who promptly trotted out all the ‘bad’ things the medical people have done and the sob stories about loss, etc… Durbin must be a lawyer…
Another was who pays/how to pay for the people without insurance… That was just a cluster f**k… plain and simple… The dems swearing up and down it will actually SAVE money. Last time I looked, $1 Trillion + is NOT a savings…
And there was a big argument over basic accounting principals, like if you count the ‘savings’ from Medicare, you can’t then turn around and SPEND that same dollar and call it 2 dollars total…
One thing was obvious, the democrats don’t care what people (us) think. They are going to push this POS through come hell, high water, public opinion or otherwise…
I heard an outtake interview with Ben Cardin (I believe he is a dem from MD), who basically said WE WON, MAJORITY RULE, SCREW YOU, and prepare for reconciliation… And Pelosi categorically said, “It’s too late to start over!” WTF???
Woman you are talking about ONE SIXTH of the total US economy! Shouldn’t you be more worried about GETTING IT RIGHT??? sigh…
If this continues, I for one, just cannot see how this country is going to get back on it’s feet and get any kind of bi-partisan legislation going on ANYTHING! This also doesn’t bode well for us as a country, when the politicians categorically refuse to listen to us; think they know better than we how to manage our own lives, and are dead set on putting government in the middle of everything we do.
Two side notes:
The Canadian minister who came to Miami to have surgery, and point blank said, “Hey, I can afford it and it’s my body, so I’m getting the best care I can.”
Now what is going to happen if we end up with the same kind of socialized medicine Canada has, where do we go then??? Australia???
And one follow up on DADT– The Commandant of the Marine Corps came out against DADT today in briefings to SECDEF, and Gen Casey, the Army Chief of Staff said there needs to be more study done. A poll that was discussed had something like a 70+ percent negative reaction to DADT (I think it was done either by or for the Army on one of the bases, maybe Ft. Bragg and only with troops). FWIW, this diametrically opposite of the many polls that have been put forward supposedly saying the troops ‘support’ DADT.
The military investigation into the Ft. Hood terrorist attack has concluded what the rest of us already knew–that Major Nidal Malik Hasan was allowed to regularly violate his oath and openly promote subversive Islamic extremism since 2005…to protect “diversity.” link HERE
“Scientists have been forced to withdraw a study on projected sea level rise due to global warming after finding mistakes that undermined the findings.”
Announcing the formal retraction of the paper from the journal, Siddall said: “It’s one of those things that happens. People make mistakes and mistakes happen in science.” He said there were two separate technical mistakes in the paper, which were pointed out by other scientists after it was published. A formal retraction was required, rather than a correction, because the errors undermined the study’s conclusion.
“Retraction is a regular part of the publication process,” he said. “Science is a complicated game and there are set procedures in place that act as checks and balances.”
High winds, cross winds, shot up airplanes, 8 hour missions, volcanic dust and sand took their toll… AND THEY KEPT FLYING!
Another week on the road comes to an end…. the week, not the road…
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It’s snowing in places they can’t even SPEL snow… Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, South Carolina- And getting record snow falls. Everybody jokes about DC drivers in the snow, can you imagine Atlanta or Dallas in the snow??? I don’t EVEN want to think about it…
Here’s a pic from South Carolina- 7 inches of snow…
And in other news, it don’t get no better than this folks…
Muslem leaders claim that body scanners violates muslim standards of decency. At airports, they will have the option of bypassing the scanner and getting a hand inspection.The irony here is that the only reason we need these scanners is because of the radical muslims and they will be allowed to opt out!!!
And now the gun debate on campus will start ALL over again… Now those that want to arm professors/teachers will have this thrown in their faces… sigh…
How many more must die???
Well, I’ve been home a whole two days, it’s time to leave again, so back on the road tomorrow… Blogging/reading/chatting will be light as long days will be the norm for the next week or so.
This male had hidden his orientation for almost 4 years, but on a detachment to Kodiak (where I was the OIC), he got drunk and literally put the make on another crew member in a bar. When he was refused, he begged that no one be told. I was notified that night by the mission commander, and brought the individual in to discuss the situation. He at that point acknowledged his position and requested removal from the crew and to be sent home since he was now “uncomfortable” with the situation…
I refused, and forced him to continue to fly for the remainder of the det, I also refused his request to be segregated. The crew he flew on did NOT handle the situation well, and crew cooperation degraded seriously over the remainder of the det, but operational requirements precluded replacing him…
Upon return, I turned over my report to his CO, he was subsequently transferred to another command pending separation. At that command, he used his rank to solicit sex from numerous very junior enlisted men, and was totally unrepentant when he was once again caught. He was separated from the service within about a year, and later sued (with the support of the California alternative lifestyle alliance) to return to active duty.
That single individual’s actions caused a number of problems over at least the next three years (I’m aware of), as he kept attempting to “out” individuals he ’suspected’ to be gay within the military community via the local papers and TV. His vindictiveness was amazing!
One of my “fellow” officers on a staff (an intelligence officer) was lesbian, and also used her position once she was on shore duty to solicit sex from junior enlisted females in both our command and others. She was courts martialed and received a BCD.
I also had a situation when I was an LPO where two females were caught in the barracks and brought up on charges. They lied to investigators, even when confronted with pictorial evidence, and tried to burn down the NCIS offices to destroy the evidence.
In the bigger picture, Gay/lesbian lifestyles ‘may’ work in some militaries, but even in those ‘accepting’ it; e.g. the Dutch, there is still a wariness and desire from most officers and enlisteds NOT to serve in close working environments with gay or lesbians.
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by Barack Obama
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Illustrated by Michael Moore
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