Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Saturday, May 31, 2014
I'm grateful to my friend Bob over in Pennsylvania for this terrific explanation of Obamacare costs. It's from retiring senator Tom Coburn, himself a doctor.
"Hmmm, Obamacare, that's the program that Obama says we have 8 million new enrollees in…people who would not have not been insured before, right? 8 million less the 25% who have not paid premiums so the insurance is not in force…that’s 6 million less the 5 million who we know for sure had insurance before but were displaced by Obamacare. So we are down to $1 million people who the government spent $138 Billion, as far as I can obtain the spending facts, to put their plan in place through might I add private insurers. So we spent an average of $138,000 per person to insure them with much smaller care networks, much higher premiums and much higher out of pocket expenses than either Medicaid or other assistance programs. This debacle is being touted as a success by this administration. That is why I am leaving Washington."
Friday, May 30, 2014
Thursday, May 29, 2014
This became very popular in the late 60's when it was used as background to the movie Elvira Madigan. I never saw the film and having looked at the plot on Wikipedia, I don't think I'll bother - very depressing! But the music is pretty good; I think you'll agree. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zK-TLuW3wU
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
A few months ago I was fiddling about in the roof of the garage and an item fell down. It hit the rear fender of the Harley and caused quite a chip in the paint. I was very annoyed.
Monday, May 26, 2014
Many thanks to my friend Paul in England for this great video of four Chinese dogs at the lunch counter. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32rVDwTUbzs I wonder if the one nearest the camera is perhaps a Labradoodle or even a strangely clipped Poodle.
Sunday, May 25, 2014
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Saturday, May 24, 2014
So the results of the sequestration are finally in. I thought things had been rather quiet on that front since various members of the left wing had forecast terrible events if we dared to cut any government jobs or programs. We heard estimates from 1.2 million jobs (Harry Reid) to 170 million (Maxine Waters!) I don't think we have 170 million actually working here anyway. Well, the Government Accounting Office (GAO) has just published its report on the number of government positions lost and it managed to find one. Yes, only one job was lost. Amazing after all the doom and gloom of total collapse that just one poor fellow in the Dept. of Justice was let go. Can we ever trust politicians with numbers?
Friday, May 23, 2014
Is it me or has everyone gone crazy? We are in the midst of another "scandal" and this time it's to do with the Veterans Affairs hospitals. It seems that vets cannot get the healthcare that has been promised to them. There is talk of secret lists and long long waits. I saw a Major General (retired) talking about his difficulties. He had to wait months to be seen by a specialist for his complaint. He was able to take it to the very top of the Pentagon. But as he said how many could do that. No one has complained about the actual medical care once they get through the screen of paperwork and bureaucracy. Over eleven states are reporting that things are very bad with the VA. And yet the custodians of our society - the media - have totally failed to suggest that this gross inefficiency is the face of government run health care. Come on People!
Thursday, May 22, 2014
In the TV detective series Jesse Stone, the hero played by Tom Selick is advised that when things get tough he should listen to Brahms. Now I took to Brahms quite late in life as I didn't like him early on. This is one of his Intermezzos, played by Glenn Gould who himself was quite an interesting character. It's about four minutes; see how you like it! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVy_gnnwYDE
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
http://bbmwd.com/Lake_Info.html You'll see that we're down eight feet from full after our dry season.
Monday, May 19, 2014
Many thanks to my friend Paul in England for this video. http://www.flixxy.com/this-crow-is-the-smartest-bird-you-have-ever-seen.htm I think the bird is smarter then me as I had to watch it twice to see what exactly was going on.