As Montana and much of the country experiences record cold temperatures, the man caused global warming crowd is blaming you and I for the record cold; remember, there's the 'lake snow effect' and things like that causing cold temperatures because man is putting too much CO2 and other green house gases into the atmosphere. We are constantly told how fragile our planet is; catchy phrases such as "save the Earth, it's the only home we have" inundate the airwaves and other media, especially around Earth Day. But really how fragile is our Earth?
Let's take a look at that penultimate teacher, history to find out. What has our planet endured in it's lifetime and still come through with flying colors? How about the meteor strike that is supposed to have killed the dinosaurs? The resulting explosion leveled the rain forests in what we now call the Amazon. Guess those biomes made a pretty good comeback. Not to mention the resulting dust and debris cloud enveloping the Earth in darkness for several months killing almost all plant and mammal life.
The 1883 eruption of the Krakatoa volcano had the force of 13,300 15 kiloton atomic bombs; you know the one that destroyed Hiroshima in 1945. The 1815 eruption of Tambora, widely believed to be the largest volcanic eruption in recorded history, created the "year without summer". Crop failures, livestock death and the worst famine of the 19th century resulted. The A.D. 535 Krakatoa eruption blocked out the sun for 18 months. Scientists, real ones, not fake CRU alarmists, have shown that just three volcanic eruptions, Indonesia 1883/Alaska 1912/Iceland 1947, have spewed more carbon dioxide and sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere than all of mankind's activities in our entire history. But the Earth has bounced back quite nicely thank you very much.
Let's talk about pollution. Remember acid rain and the river in Ohio that burned? Yes, man has done some stupid things when getting rid of waste products but we've made changes and the Earth has bounced back like a champ. Smog enveloped London and many other cities around the world when coal or fuel oil was used for heating, not to mention the smoke put out by factories. But look at those cities today, the air is actually breathable. With the exception of some cities in China or Brazil or other countries that have been exempted from pollution control measures because the cost would ruin their emerging economies. Explain that one without being hypocritical. I guess every country should get the experience of ruining their rivers before having to clean them.
The Earth has recovered from numerous disasters, including mega disasters. Nature nor God nor man has been able to destroy the third rock from the sun. Clearly, I'm not saying let's go back to our old polluting ways, but let's be realist about the regulations we implement and their true 'benefits' and costs. Let's also be realistic about just how resilient our planet really is...
It's a love story that could only be written by rednecks. LaFayette GA: Matthew Webb, 23 and Aubrey Mayo, 24 were friends. They'd never dated and apparently never really thought about it; that is until Webb shot Mayo. The pair were sitting on the roof of Webb's childhood home, chillin', when he saw a herd of deer across the street. He decided to go bag one; later Mayo thought she heard Webb call for her and went to find him. Because she didn't want to scare the deer away, she didn't make much noise when calling Webb's name; all he heard was rustling in the bushes. He never really saw what he was shooting at but figured it must be some kind of game that should be bagged and pulled the trigger. He's not a very good shot as he hit Mayo in the knee. She woke up days later in the hospital and may lose her leg; at best she suffered significant never damage and is on 9 different pain medications; but she believes the pair are in love and they've begun dating. Maybe the fact that both are huge Grateful Dead fans has something to do with their decision making process, if you catch my drift.
Remember Aron Ralston? He's the real life inspiration behind the movie '127 Hours'; the guy who cut off part of his right arm after being trapped in a canyon for 5 days. He's been arrested in Colorado and charged with domestic violence. I'm guessing he used a left hook.
Tom Wagner thought maybe there'd been a problem with the plane he was on; turns out he was just on a United flight. Wagner was flying from LA to CA to visit his girlfriend. He had a layover in Houston and decided to take a little nap. Apparently he doesn't get out of LA very often and did not realize having a layover also meant changing planes. He woke up about an hour later to a cold, dark, empty plane. He was surprised and a little shocked, especially after realizing the doors were locked as well. He called his girlfriend, who thought he was joking, as did the United operator she called to ask for help. It took her 30 minutes to convince them that Wagner was locked inside one of their planes. So, you miss a 5'11' 235 pound man; what does that say about your ability to detect a bomb?
Progress report from the front lines of the war on Christmas -- you know, the war that according to atheists, leftists and the lamestream media doesn't exist? An elementary school in Frisco, Texas, under the pretense of not offending anyone, has banned talk of Christmas or the wearing of red and green from its annual "Winter Party." Not only is the school being politically hyper-correct, it's also breaking Texas' "Merry Christmas Law," which was passed to prevent just this sort of liberal nonsense. In an email, Nichols Elementary School's PTA told parents that children attending the Winter Party would be forbidden from mentioning Christmas or any other religious holiday, wearing red or green, or displaying Christmas trees. The issue has drawn the ire of state Rep. Pat Fallon, whose district includes the school.
Fallon said he has received numerous emails and phone calls from parents as well as from teachers asking about their rights.
Fallon responded to the issue in an email sent to every teacher and official in the school district. "Texas law clearly permits Christmas-themed celebrations, events and displays," he wrote. "The district may also display scenes or symbols with traditional winter holidays (e.g. nativity scenes, Christmas trees, menorahs, etc.)"
When challenged on the Scroogesque anti-Christmas rules, the school district at first disavowed any knowledge, then said it was the PTA. It turns out the superintendent had allowed school principals to make their own decisions on the subject, and it seems to be the Nichols principal who is behind this.
After meeting with parents over the issue, the principal decided to stand by her Draconian rules, claiming she doesn't want anyone to be offended by a stray bit of Christmas. Presumably by "anyone," she means anyone other than the hundreds of families who no doubt celebrate Christmas, because she's definitely offended those folks already.
Fallon told FoxNews, "When Gov. Perry signed ‘The Merry Christmas Bill,’ clearly that didn’t solve the issue. The battle rages on. It’s distressing."
Tip o the hat to Godfather Politics.
In typical liberal fashion, preaching the politics of envy, hate, lust and greed, Obama is now ready to tackle income inequality. Let me say this, that no one wants to see poor people getting poorer but there will always be some in society making more than others. Not everyone wants to take risks that pay off, not everyone has the same level of talent or commitment; it just is always going to be in-equal. Communism nor socialism ever made income equality equal; rather it decreased the standard of living for the masses while making the political bosses incredibly wealthy and powerful.
But let's look at one of Obama's life long stated goals of making the rich less wealthy and the rest of us richer. Last year, after how many years of Obama saying the rich are going to pay their fair share, the richest 10% of Americans earned a greater share of the income than at any time since 1917. 95% of income gains since Obama took office in 2009 have gone to the top 1% of our society. The U.S. poverty rate, which has hovered at about 13% ever since the war on poverty began 40+ years ago reached its highest point since we declared war on the poor.
It's kind of like the whole 'transparency' thing or any other promise he's made, he didn't really know what he was going to do to solve the problem. Obama is really good at saying he doesn't like something and rallying people to his cause but when it comes to solving things, he has zero experience and it shows.
A community college in Washington state is one upping Colorado College on their admission application; Bellevue College has what is possibly the most convoluted question about gender of the applicant. Now they don't ask what the applicant's gender is, rather they ask what the applicant's "gender identity" is, kind of like 'what do you think you are?" Same for the sexual orientation question; which one wonders why the prospective student's sexual orientation is the college's business.
So the answer options to the gender identity question are: feminine, masculine, androgynous, gender neutral, transgender, other, and prefer not to say. I still say there are only 2 genders but let's play along with the fine folks at Bellevue. What the heck is 'other'?! They've pretty well covered it all with the other options. Eunuch maybe?
Gender identity answer options include: bisexual, gay, lesbian, queer, straight/heterosexual, other, and prefer not to answer. Now, based on the story we discussed in a previous post, I thought 'queer' was the same as gay or lesbian. Apparently not; or maybe some gays or lesbians haven't gotten the memo and still think the word 'queer' is a slur. Now aren't the staff at Bellevue forgetting a gender orientation? What about lover of children? Man/boy love or the female teachers giving extra benefits to young male students. Shouldn't they be included in sexual orientation?
This is just getting ridiculous. I can't say anything more than that.
Long Islander Cornelius Kelly found it would be no problem to secure a family plan for his wife and three older kids through New York’s health-care exchange, but his 18-month-old daughter was out in the cold. The baby would need her own insurance policy.
“I couldn’t believe what I was being told,” said the dad from East Quogue, in Suffolk.
Kelly said he was no fan of the Affordable Care Act, but when he received notice a few weeks ago that his current insurance plan was being canceled, he tried the New York State of Health Web site.
Kelly, 41, and his wife, Jennifer, 42, are self-employed and have always had to buy their own insurance. Kelly runs a title insurance business in Westhampton, and his wife is a pediatrician in private practice in Miller Place. “I initially went on with a lot of optimism,” he said.
Kelly said none of the plans offered out-of-network coverage, which was something he wanted. But even worse, they only covered his three older children, who are 3, 5 and 6.
When Kelly called a representative, he was told his daughter had to be 2 before she could be covered under a family plan. He would have to buy a separate plan for her, at monthly premiums that ranged between $117.21 and $369.31. The cost would be on top of a family plan with premiums ranging from $810.84 to $2,554.71 a month.
Kelly said he had been paying about $1,000 a month.
Unwilling to put his daughter on a separate policy, Kelly found a family plan in the private marketplace for about $1,250 a month.
It was only after The Post called the state Health Department that Kelly said he got a call from a department representative telling him it had all been a mistake, and the baby could be covered after all under a family plan.
The department would not comment on the specifics of Kelly’s situation or why it told the family three times that the baby wasn’t covered. It would only say, “All children in the family are covered under a family policy. A separate policy is not needed for the 1 1/2 year old child.”
Because the government can do it better than the private sector...
Thanks to New York’s gun registry, officials know exactly what kinds of guns residents have and where these people live. Due to changes in New York’s gun laws with the passage of the misnamed SAFE Act, many residents are now in possession of certain “unlawful” firearms which were previously legal.
Notices being sent out by government officials in NY give legal gun owners the 'option' to either surrender their firearms, remove them from the city limits or otherwise render the gun inoperable. You may recall the SAFE Act banned magazines that carried 10 or more rounds; restricted being able to load more than 7 rounds into a gun with some exceptions that do not include home defense purposes; mandatory background checks in order to purchase ammunition; the creation of a firearms registry for whatever the state considers an 'assault weapon'.
We told you the registry would lead to confiscation but the proponents of gun control denied that would ever happen; they just wanted to know who had guns and keep them out of the wrong hands. Apparently law abiding citizens are 'the wrong hands'. Since criminals don't register their guns, they are not getting the notices and won't be seeing police show up at their doors if they don't provide proof they've complied with the law.
I was sitting in a meeting being conducted by reps from one of the nation's largest providers of health insurance, a name all of you would recognize. They were telling us how their health policies will change in 2014, based on what today's analysis is of Obama and Sebelius' whims regarding Obamacare requirements. Now one of the tenets of the liberal philosophy is that the free market is inherently unfair and tends to favor the rich folks; government intervention is thus needed to level the playing field.
So as we are going through some scenarios regarding selling clients health insurance it becomes inherently clear that Obamacare treats people differently; who knew?! For example, a 26 year old unmarried individual with an income of $35,000 would have to pay almost $1900 a year for the least expensive policy available through Healthcare.gov. That person would get no subsidy and the premiums, co-pays and deductibles for the Obamacare policy are much higher than previously offered through the open market in 2012 & 2013.
So what would happen to an unmarried 51 year old earning $35K? Based upon liberal philosophy, both that person and the 26 year old should pay the same right? Silly rabbit, that might involve logic. Even with no dependents, the same identical income, the 51 year old would get a $1299 subsidy from the government. A single, dependent free 56 year old earning $35K would get $2162 in subsidies. Paid for of course by the premiums of the 26 year old.
But of course it's not that simple. The 26 year old could just say to heck with it and not buy insurance, instead paying the fine. That would save him/her $1655 while a 31 year old with an identical income would save $1906. So why is it that people with identical incomes don't pay the same 'fair share' in premiums or even get subsidies rather than having to pay? Maybe it has something to do with how often they vote and for whom they vote? I'm must sayin'...
A man had to call for emergency assistance after getting the toilet paper roll holder stuck in his rear end. The man was unable to move and needed 'on the spot' help from fireman to get free. The man from Newport, South Wales, said it was a "one in a million shot" that he slipped and the roll holder went up his rear end. Firemen said they gave him "suitable advice" regarding staying out of the situation again. Yeah, like don't try what you see women doing in porn movies...
It's not at the top of the list of things you don't want to hear when you wake up in a hospital but it's darn close. Andrew Leslie, North Wales, vaguely remembered being at his brother's pub but not much more when he woke up in a hospital bed. There was his brother, Steven, telling he was so sorry that he'd bit off part of Andrew's nose. But don't worry, they were able to take a piece of your buttocks and reshape your nose; it really almost kind of looks like your old nose, butt-face. Apparently Andrew and Steven had been drinking with friends for several hours when Andrew became agitated and the pair fought. Steven said he knew the only way to stop Andrew was to do something 'dramatic'. So what do you bite off next time?
It seemed like a good idea at the time. Melinda Halvorsen, 31, used to manage the Taco John's restaurant in in Charles City IA. She was fired after a customer snapped a photo of Melinda preparing food while barefoot, sweating, dirty and wearing only her bra from the waist up. Halvorsen had been outside cutting the grass and decided to come in and make some lunch without cleaning up. The owner of the franchise fired Melinda and all Melinda can do is whine about people with cell phones taking photos. I can't believe there are still Taco John's open.
Really, you thought that would work?! Authorities with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources had a problem. Naturists frequenting the nude beach on the Wisconsin River were having sex frequently. 13 citations were issued between June and September (that's all?) so the bright bulbs working for the government thought they could close the beach on weekdays and curb the activity. No, the amorous nudists just shifted their activity to the weekend, which surprised Nathan Kroeplin, who supervises DNR law enforcement in Dane County. In fact Nathan believes there is more stuff going on; probably because you advertised that there's a nude beach in WI where you can have sex!
Two remarkable quotes from the Obamas’ interview last night with Barbara Walters. First from O: "I got re-elected in part because people did think I was trustworthy” O proved his “trustworthiness” during the 2012 campaign by lying about the economy, Benghazi, Obamacare and had his IRS block the formation of hundreds of conservative groups. The second quote is from Michelle: “And you know, he (O) keeps his promises.” Hmm … except for: a) the most transparent administration ever b) no lobbyists in his administration c) Gitmo to close in a year d) his stimulus shovel-ready jobs e) the stimulus to boost family incomes 3K f) no tax hikes for families under 250K g) his 5M new green tech jobs h) public can view bills online for 5 days i) Obamacare negotiations to be on C-Span j) you can keep your plan k) you can keep your doctor l) families will save $2500/year m) his Syrian red line & n) will get to the bottom of the Benghazi, IRS and NSA scandals Much, much more but out of space. Keeps his promises Michelle? Surely you jest!!! She's as good of a liar as he is. Yeah, people like to vote for someone who is 'untrustworthy'.