Sunday, September 27, 2009
Students beware: The summer vacation you just enjoyed could be sharply curtailed if President Barack Obama gets his way.
Obama says American kids spend too little time in school, putting them at a disadvantage with other students around the globe.
Other nations have more school
Obama and Duncan say kids in the United States need more school because kids in other nations have more school.
"Young people in other countries are going to school 25, 30 percent longer than our students here," Duncan told the AP. "I want to just level the playing field."
While it is true that kids in many other countries have more school days, it's not true they all spend more time in school.
Kids in the U.S. spend more hours in school (1,146 instructional hours per year) than do kids in the Asian countries that persistently outscore the U.S. on math and science tests — Singapore (903), Taiwan (1,050), Japan (1,005) and Hong Kong (1,013). That is despite the fact that Taiwan, Japan and Hong Kong have longer school years (190 to 201 days) than does the U.S. (180 days).
Just like the communist countries do! Why does Obama feel the need to be like the other countries and to tie America in with them. We have always been the leading country and he wants to level the playing field?
If left up to Obama we will be run just like the communist countries!
SONG: "MM, mm, mm! Barack Hussein Obama. He said that we all must lend a hand To make this country strong again"
This YouTube video of kids at the B. Bernice Young Elementary in Burlington.. New Jersey.. is making headlines on Fox News. In it.. the children are singing about honoring President Obama and praising him for his accomplishments. The school superintendent says the taping was unauthorized. But Fox News says the school didn't address whether the lesson was approved by the district.
Obama belonged to a Socialist Party. New Information has come out confirming that Obama was a member of a radical socialist political party in Chicago called the “New Party,” composed of former Black Panther members. Several documents have confirmed Obama’s membership as recently as 1996. Obama’s supporters have attempted to “scrub” websites clean of this information but fortunately, researchers made copies of it before it disappeared. So far, the media is refusing to cover this story.
Obama continues to hide his past. Obama has continued to block reporters from gaining access to any and all medical, school, and even legislative records from his state senate days. The media should be screaming about this but they are not. This makes Obama the least known presidential candidate in perhaps American history. All of McCain’s records were made available.
The only thing we do know about Obama’s time at Columbia University is that the title of his thesis was “Soviet Nuclear Disarmament” but he will not release it. I wonder why.
Michelle Obama has written a racist thesis. Access to Michelle Obama’s senior thesis at Princeton was also blocked until recent effort by researchers to gain access to it. I can understand now why access was initially blocked.
In her thesis, Michelle identifies herself as a black separatist and is clearly hostile to the notion of blacks integrating into the larger society with all the evil whites. This is Farrakhan type racism that could have easily been written by a Klansman from a white perspective.
Do you think if Cindy McCain had written a thesis about white separatism, it would be news?
Illegal foreign contributions were pouring into Obama’s campaign at an unprecedented rate. Analysis of Obama’s disclosures revealed he had received around $32 million dollars from overseas, much of it from the Middle East . There are 11,500 foreign donations. 520 of the donors list their country as “IR” which is Iran . He received millions from “Palestinians” and others hostile to US policy. Such contributions are illegal and the Republican Party has asked the FEC to investigate.
Even more alarming is that $190 million of his contributions are unidentified. The donor is not listed. Many donors are clearly using fake names such as “Good, Will.” The problem is that the FEC had no power to freeze Obama’s campaign or even stop him from continuing to receive foreign money.
All that will happen is that Obama might be fined AFTER the campaign is over. With 10% of Obama’s money coming from overseas, this means that for the first time in American history, foreigners will influence the outcome of a presidential election.
Anti-American dictators are praising Obama. Just about every anti-American dictator in the world has issued words of praise for Obama: Cuban dictator, Fidel Castro, North Korean ruler, Kim Jong-il, Venezuelan strongman, Hugo Chavez, Libyan dictator, Moammar Qadhafi, and so forth.
Never before in American history have so many enemies of America praised a candidate for the presidency. Not only that, but an array of communist and socialist parties both here and abroad have praised him. Even terrorist groups such as the pro-Al Qaeda HAMAS and the Columbian terrorist group (and heroin producing) FARC have praised him.
And what did Obama promise in return? Such praise and endorsements do not come casually. This means that people representing Obama must have met with these groups and leaders and have promised changes in US policy favorable to them.
Prior to the election: Obama’s extremist friends go into hiding. The Obama campaign is frantically covering up all Obama’s socialist and Marxist connections by keeping his wacko friends away from the press. They just need to keep Americans in the dark for one more month! Moreover, documents that show Obama’s work with extremist groups are disappearing. But I don’t hear our crack reporters yelling “censorship!”
Forced union dues used for Obama. The unions are gearing up for the largest campaign mobilization in US history. We now know that they have allocated over $100 million dollars of forced union dues to a massive independent effort attacking McCain and supporting Obama. On election day, hundreds of thousands of union workers will mysteriously call in sick and will work on getting the vote out for Obama.
Obama had hordes of attorneys ready to challenge votes. We know that the Obama campaign has around 10,000 lawyers volunteering to work on election monitoring. As the Kerry campaign had four years ago, there will once again be an effort to decertify absentee ballots sent in abroad from military personnel, based on petty mistakes often made with such ballots.
Obama registered thousands of illegal aliens. While the Obama campaign works hard to disenfranchise the men and women fighting to protect us from terrorism, at the same time they were working feverishly to register illegal aliens, felons, and the homeless by the hundreds of thousands.
Video clips appeared on You Tube showing the Obama campaign registering illiterate homeless people. Most states do not ask for proof of citizenship to register to vote, so hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens voted for Obama.
The group that has specialized in registering illegal aliens for a decade is, in fact, Obama’s former “community service” group — ACORN. While ACORN has been in legal trouble repeatedly for this work, the Obama campaign contracted them out do to “voter registration.” Wink, wink.
Lots of felons were voting. Not by coincidence, democrat governors and democrat legislators were granting felons the right to vote. A Virginian Democrat governor gave thousands of felons the right to vote. Remember, crime pays! The Governor claims this action had nothing to do with the coming election. Right.
Taxpayers groups were ignored by the media. There are four major taxpayer groups in Washington DC that monitor taxation and spending issues full time. All have now rated Obama as one of the worst senators on tax, spending and pork issues, while also rating McCain as one of the best senators on these issues. All have issued press releases but the media has purposely ignored this story.
The media is protecting Obama to a degree never before seen in presidential campaign history.
From Steve Baldwin
Saturday, September 12, 2009
THE WHITE HOUSE
Now correct me if I am wrong...isn't he the one pushing for americans to not have the right to bear arms.
OH THAT'S RIGHT....
Give the weapons to the other countries yeah that will increase peace.
And then .....
FUNNY THIS IS ANOTHER BUDDHIST/ISLAM COUNTRY!
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Here is a simple user's guide to understand this little better.
If you all are...
Insured through an employer
It is estimated that 53% of those insured through an employer get health benefits from their job. The current situation, is that employee contributions to job sponsored health coverage have more than doubled in the past decade. Plans, which are tax-free, are often more generous than those available on the open market. But workers can take their coverage with them if they switch jobs or are laid off.
Now how the reform could affect you
If all employers are required to offer insurance, employer sponsored plans would never be eliminated. More regulation could reduce the chances that insurers would deny fair claims. A public plan could provide competition in the marketplace and drive down private insurers premiums.
Lawmakers are considering taxes on some of the most expensive employee health plans. Thus taxing either employees directly or insurance companies. But insurers are likely to just pass this costs along to consumers, driving up rates. Other taxes could be levied to help cover the poor and the uninsured.
If you all are...
Insured independently, it is estimated that 5% of those insured independently by health insurance on the open market.
The current situation is that people who purchase insurance on their own pay the highest premiums, because they are not in a large risk pool and are evaluated based on their health profile. Choices for coverage’s are limited, and individuals must often buy insurance with after-tax dollars.
How the reform could affect you
Regulation could prevent insurers from setting rates based on health or turning people away because of pre-existing conditions. If offered, a public option is likely to be available for individuals from the start. Lower income earners could be eligible for federal subsidies to help them purchase coverage.
It’s hard for things to be any worse for people now buying their only insurance on the open market. Nearly all major aspects of reform would make this prospect easier and cheaper.
If you all are...
Insured through a public program, it is estimated that 26% are covered by Medicare, and/or Medicaid.
The current situation, those insured through public program are mostly seniors and many poor Americans who rely on Medicare and Medicaid to ensure them... for now. Baby boomers will soon stress the Medicare system, while states are struggling to meet Medicaid costs. Senior space, the gap in prescription drug coverage, and low Medicaid reimbursement causes many providers to reject these patients.
How the reform could affect you
Pharmaceutical companies have agreed to cut drug prices to help close the prescription drug coverage gap. More Medicare focus on prevention and management of chronic disease could lower the overall cost of the program, ensuring its long-term stability.
Lawmakers say increased efficiency could bring down Medicare spending, but they almost certainly would have to reduce coverage as well. Broadening eligibility criteria for Medicaid, which the House is proposing, would increase federal spending dramatically.
If you all are...
The owner of a small business, it is estimated that 62% of firms with three 299 workers offer health benefits.
The current situation for these small business owners is that more and more small businesses are dropping coverage for employees or reducing the proportion of insurance premiums they pay. This saves on cost, but sometimes means losing workers to big companies, which have larger risk pools and therefore can afford to offer more generous benefits.
If a public plan exist did, small businesses could buy into it and be included in a larger risk pool, thus driving down the cost of providing coverage to employees. Companies with fewer than 10 or 25 employees, depending on which, if any, congressional proposal becomes law, could be exempted from reform provisions requiring employers to offer health benefits.
Midsize companies could still be forced to offer small health benefits. Small businesses that employ low wage workers might have to pay a penalty if their workers receive federal subsidies to buy insurance.
If you are...
Uninsured, the current situation with the uninsured is that 15% lacked any type of coverage. People without insurance typically put off basic medical care and end up in emergency rooms when they get sick. They are often less healthy and more likely to develop chronic diseases, the cost of which must be absorbed by the entire healthcare system.
Expansion of the Medicaid program could cover large ranks of the uninsured. Those forgoing insurance now because of the cost could be eligible for federal subsidies to purchase private insurance or buy into a public health insurance plan. That is if one existed.
If the government requires individuals to have insurance, but does not require employers to provide it, the working uninsured will have to shop for insurance on their own. Plus some would be too poor to buy insurance, but not poor enough to qualify for Medicaid or a government subsidy.
The way the big players see it:
The insurance companies
Private insurers are making healthy profits now, but know they will lose a sizable chunk of customers when baby boomers move into the Medicare system. Insurers make money by setting rates based on the help of enrollees and turning down individuals with expensive pre-existing conditions.
What they like; current reforms proposals could require all Americans to get health coverage, giving insurers a huge pool of potential new customers.
What they don't like; any government run health plan could glue or Americans away from private insurance. Plus, new regulations could prohibit insurers from rejecting anyone for coverage or basing rates on health risk. To generate revenues and discourage overuse of health care, insurers could be taxed on some high in employer-based health plans.
Many community hospitals operate on thin margins, in part because of the low cost of Medicaid reimbursements and the expense of treating the uninsured. Emergency rooms are overflowing, and many hospitals are struggling to deal with outdated record-keeping systems.
What they like; federal investigations in information technology could help hospitals, modernize medical record-keeping. Getting coverage for the uninsured would mean hospitals could cut down on charity care. Tighter regulations on physician ownership of hospitals would benefit nonprofit community hospitals.
What they don't like; a public health insurance plan, which Congress is considering, today's reimbursement rates on Medicare, which pays less than private insurers. Hospitals can see gradual reductions in the hardship payments they receive to provide charity care, but which they use to cover other shortfalls.
Dr. stays high malpractice insurance cost and a port system that encourages them to perform more tests and services rather than fewer, in order to avoid lawsuits. Low reimbursement rates have also led to a 30% shortage of primary care providers nationwide.
What they like; loan forgiveness programs for medical students who go into primary care, could he ease the shortage of their. Reimbursement reforms under discussion could reward doctors for keeping patients healthy rather than paying them based on services provided.
What they don't like; since the goal of health care reform is to lower the cost of healthcare overall, some doctors could see their incomes drop. A greater focus on prevention efforts, many of which do not require medical intervention, could also leave doctors with less to do and therefore reduce their pay in the process.
The health care plans;
There is a plan that is called a fee for service; what it means; we paid for medical services individually, each time we see a doctor and for every test or procedure he orders.
What you need to know; by providing more services, doctors and hospitals can charge more, which drives up health care costs. The all a cart structure also makes it hard to keep track of the total bill.
There is a plan called the Cadillac plan; what it means is a hyena platinum, often paid for by an employer, that covers most medical needs at little cost to the patient.
What you need to know; because consumers don't directly pay for services, they tend to overuse them. Congress is considering taxing these plans to generate revenue.
There is a plan called the public plan; what it means is a government run health plan that would compete with private ones on cost. What you need to know; a public plan could leverage its volume into lower costs and premiums, but critics claim it could put private insurers out of business.
And then there is the rationed care program; it means the claim that in a public plan bureaucrats will decide the quantity and quality of the care you receive.
What you need to know; it's the bogeyman that those opposed to major reform like to conjure up, but none of the reform proposals anticipates such a consequence.
Friday, September 4, 2009
The controversy that is going on over whether this should happen or not is based on things that have already happened with Obama. Number one in almost every speech that he gives, he never stays on that particular speech.
An example of that, he was giving a speech regarding the health care reform bill, and the next thing you know, he was talking about the stupid cops and that of course started a controversy.
There have been many instances when Barack Obama has been either on a television show or any talk type show, where he has made inappropriate comments. These comments have led people to believe that he could possibly be a racist. Now I’m not saying this is the case, but I'm also not saying that it's not. I have read his books, and I've read the things that he has written in his books. And in one of his books in particular, he talks about how school was not important to him and that picking sides and to “quote” him the black side was what he had to do. That is what he chose to do.
So my question, is his speech going to be lie in front of our children, talking about staying in school and the importance of it. But what if he vears off in a different direction? Also ask the question, this is the leader of the United States, telling our children, what is best for them rather than allowing the parents to do the parenting.
But what would he say if the child were to ask him what he thinks about smoking? We are trying to bring up kids that should be taught not to smoke and should be taught that it's not healthy for them. But yet, the president of the United States smokes. Now don’t get me wrong, that's his choice and if that's what he chooses to do there's nothing wrong with that. But in the same token, he can turn around and tell kids what's right and what's wrong when he doesn't fall those policies himself.
My concern as a parent is very simple and basic, If President Barack Obama stays on the subject about teaching the kids how important it is to get a good education. And the importance of getting a decent job to be to make decent money to the you can survive in this world, that will be great.
However, what I see as an adult, is a President, who is spending our money, who is putting us in debt for the quote good of the country, and yet millions of people at this point are losing their homes or jobs, their cars or stability.
These are people who went to school, who got a good education who went to college and who succeeded. Not just the poor. Now that’s not Obama's fault.
But is he making it better? I don't see it that way, what I see us going further in debt. What I see is the attitude of it's his way or no way. I find that Obama can speak very eloquently, and he can tickle your ears.. But if you dare question or disagree, then he becomes like another person.
Given the fact that the President was a junior senator and that's as far up in the political world he went before becoming president, given the history of his level of expertise, I would say at this point, he has his hands full just trying to run the country much less being worried about telling our kids what they should do what they should do.
Now I want you to hear me on is this; If Obama makes a speech to our kids and he speaks to the importance of staying in school and getting an education I am all for it. But as I stated I'm concerned that he vears away from that platform and subliminally put thoughts and ideas into our kids.
I say it this way because elementary school kids, junior high kids and even most of the high school kids don't really understand what's going, on their not at voting age. Their not paying attention, they still live at home and their parents take care of them. So this is of little concern for them.
So if Obama turns this into, maybe you should go into the military, maybe you should fight for your country, maybe you should vote for me in 2012.
If he turns this into his own political platform, which as stated, he is done manyy many times in the past the that is just wrong.
My thoughts on this, it reminds me of hunting, when you’re hunting, you hunt for the week, if you're a bully you pick on the smaller kids. Now being that Obama has not been doing too well with the adults and even the adults who voted for him, Isn’t it ironic that now he wants to speak to her children.
And the thing that gets me is that he wants to do this in a situation where the parents are not there. This will be broadcast during the day, while the children are in school. I think that's why so many parents have a problem with this, because we won't be there to say yeah that's a good point or no no no no let's turn this off. I for myself as a parent monitor what my children watch on TV. And now they're going to go to school and be forced to watch something from somebody that I don't totally agree with at this point that I don't see helping this country that I don't respect at this moment and he is going to be telling my child what he feels.
Yes, I have a problem that. My understanding is that after the broadcast. He has recommended that all students write an essay discussing how each student can help the president. Doesn’t that sound like reverse psychology? It just seems to me that there's more to this agenda than what's being proposed.
Let's keep one thing in mind, before Obama became president, while he was running, there was the big blowup over Reverend Wright, who Obama then denounced and said he didn't know that Reverend Wright was that way. And yet he was with that church for two decades. He was more than just a member. He was very active in the church during those 20 years. I'd have to question was Obama just sick every day that Reverend Wright gave his racist sermons?
Not to try bring all this up and cause more dissension among everybody, because I know you think this….I think that and I am not trying to stir up contentions. However, I think that issue here is that Obama says things in then takes them back or he says something and he says what he mean it that way.
You can not do that when you're dealing with children, because it sticks in their head, and they remember it. Reminds me of what Dr. Phil says, it takes a lot of “atta” boys to make up for one bad boy.
If Obama makes a comment that should not be made, and we know that he has a history of doing this and it affects the children….
That's not something that can just be erased. That's why I think that it's important that children do not see this at school, but actually have the opportunity to watch it with her parents. That way, we are there with them, and we can teach them and talk with them and discuss with them how they feel and take it from that point.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
The majority of our representatives had not read it and consequently...
They had no idea what was in it, and...
They knew they were exempt from it.
What our president has given us is a collection of administrators with little or no self-discipline to tell us what to do.
Excuse me for saying it, but thats like naming Bonnie and Clyde co presidents of the First National Bank and entrusting them with the bank customers money.
So to make this point #7, at 9:42 am August 20th, 2009 the U.S. Debt was $11,731,591,419,387 and growing over $100,000 every five seconds. The comes out in excess of $38,000 for each American, not counting the other people who aren't counted.
And then we have the trillions of the health care bill to add to this.
Now I hear from the media that the Democrats are tired of trying to come up with a bi-partisan bill. There's talk they'll go it alone, using the strong-arm tactic or "reconciliation,"
a political technique allowing a group to bend the rules enought to pass a bill.
I NEVER AGREED TO THIS, I NEVER SAID THIS....DID YOU?
Friday, August 28, 2009
- You do not choose who you love. It just happens
- You are born the way you are and what you feel is real
- You do not choose to be “straight or gay”. It is who you are.
- Marriage is a union of 2 people that love each other and want to express that to the world.
- People marry for many reasons, most often including one or more of the following: legal, social, emotional, economical, and religious.
- Marriage is a union between two persons, who lived in harmony so absolute with each other, as to be independent of the world outside.
- Merriam Webster dictionary: the state of being united to a person of the opposite sex as husband or wife in a consensual and contractual relationship recognized by law (2) : the state of being united to a person of the same sex in a relationship like that of a traditional marriage
b : the mutual relation of married persons : wedlock c: the institution whereby individuals are joined in a marriage
- When you love someone you want to have the ties that bind, in this case I am referring to legal ties that bind. When two people of any sexuality join in marriage they are now partners. Partners in all areas. If one is sick the other can be at the hospital with them. They can make decisions for one another when the other one cannot do this for themselves.
- The term marriage merely means to unite as one.
- Marriage is to be sacred:
- Marriage is for raising children.
- Gay marriages will lead inexorably to polygamy and other alternatives.
- Every public school in the nation will be required to teach this.
- The impact on Social Security if there are millions of new dependents that will be entitled to survivor benefits?
- This will spread throughout the world.
- The Gospel of Jesus Christ will be severely curtailed..
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
...the $787 billion stimulus measure-
it's important to separate economic fact from fiction.
"without reading it",
the White House promised the stimulus would provide "an immediate jolt" to the U.S. economy. Thus creating millions of new jobs and keeping unemployment under 8 percent.
None of these promises have materialized.
The reason why?
There is no way you can say...at least with a straight face that this is driving the economy to recovery.
Here is a breakdown of some of the spending:
Everyday the media reports on some outrageous spending:
- $3 million turtle crossing in Florida
- $50,000 for a hand puppet project through the National Endowment for the arts.
- New office furniture for federal executives.
- In Union, NY the city was given $600,000 for a homeless program. The city doesn't have homeless issues nor a homeless program.
The theory is Beck has lost too many sponsors over his “racist” comment regarding President Barack Obama.
Wow, has anyone read any of Barack Obama’s books? have you paid attention to the news and some of the comments he makes? There have been many things Obama has said that I have found to be racist.
Whats next, if you don’t think like President Obama wants you to and you don’t follow him then you are black balled.
The White House spin machine is already in full spin cycle trying to deflect Barack Obama’s latest gaffe!
That was his comments on bowling
like someone in the “special Olympics”.
Or how about the comment made regarding the “white officer”, even though Barack Obama said he did not know the facts he clearly stated, the white police officer “acted stupidly.
When asked about the remark, regarding the bowling “Special Olympics”, the White House said the president did not intend to offend.
It seems there have been a lot of cover ups for what Obama did not INTEND to say or do.
So now Glenn Beck says what he feels and everyone is running to “delete” him. In fact his comment was “he felt” that Obama is racist.
He did not say “he is”, but merely was stating how he felt about Obama.
Bill/amendment #1.Congress shall make no law respecting an Establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Seems to me Glenn Beck was just using his freedom of speech of the position he was in to petition the Government on what he felt was wrong.
And maybe Glenn Beck is a racist himself…but the fact of the matter is….we are all allowed to have and to voice our opinions.
The government has even made comments that Barack Obama’s “brown shirts” are after Glenn Beck. The Obama administration should not be allowed to have this type of control it is a direct offense against our bill of rights amendment #1.
The point: Obama has his opinions, Glenn Beck has his, I have mine, you have yours and so on.
I didn’t realize Glenn Becks word became reality!
Barack Obama also said this was not a “christian” country anymore at one point…did that make it true because he said it. Research some more on this.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
One of the mobile homes had recently become vacant, and the owner was cleaning it up .
When the man opened it up, he found a box, and inside the box he found the "bones of a very young infant," . He continued to look, and found another plastic container with more remains inside, of a "similar-aged infant," before calling 911.
In 2008, the same man called police to report that he had found a suitcase in the same area, in an overgrown field a distance away from the mobile homes, while dumping leaves. When he used a knife to cut into the suitcase, a set of infant bones were found.
Police have contacted the two people -- a brother and sister -- who recently moved out of the trailer. The two have been cooperative with authorities, and they were interviewed separately, but both told police they had no idea the remains were there,
Authorities and the medical examiner's office remained at the scene Monday, and plan to use cadaver dogs at the site Monday afternoon in an effort to determine whether more remains were present.
"This ground is pretty brushy and overgrown," he said. A county work crew was brought in to carefully cut down the brush to aid the search, he said.
Over the weekend, an onslaught of customers descended on dealerships, hoping to take advantage of the offer, which allowed consumers to trade in their gas guzzlers for a voucher worth up to $4,500 toward a new vehicle.
In back offices, accountants and other dealership workers sat at their computers until the wee hours of Sunday morning, uploading their applications to the government's Web site.
The online system was slow and crashed several times, forcing transportation officials to extend the deadline until noon Tuesday for dealers to submit their paperwork.
Auto Nation, the country's biggest car dealership chain, stopped accepting clunker program trade-ins over the weekend because it was concerned about getting in all of the paperwork on the more than 12,000 deals it did.
The company processed 1,600 sales on Friday night alone, and employees worked in shifts at offices in Dallas throughout the weekend.
"This is the jump-start to a gradual recovery," said Marc Cannon, a spokesman for AutoNation.
Transportation officials said 625,000 transactions, worth $2.58 billion, had been submitted as of Monday morning.
The Obama administration declared the program a success. An estimate issued Monday by the White House Council of Economic Advisers said the program is projected to boost U.S. third-quarter gross domestic product by 0.3 to 0.4 percentage points and create 42,000 jobs by the end of 2009.
Many auto industry analysts and dealers expect sales volumes to fall now that the program is over. They worry that many people who took advantage of the program were merely accelerating purchases they would have made later in the year.
If that's true, the premature sales could hurt automakers, which increased production in the third quarter to replenish clunker-depleted inventories that had already grown low because of factory shutdowns over the summer.
Because there's a lag time between production and getting a vehicle to a dealership, the new vehicles "will hit when there's a lower demand," said Jeff Schuster, executive director of forecasting at the auto industry research firm J.D. Power and associates.
"There might not be as many people to buy because they bought during the clunker program," he said. "And if at the same time there's less of an incentive program from carmakers, you could have fewer people buying. That could stall the recovery we're in."
Jeremy Anwyl, chief executive of Edmunds.com, another automotive research group, agreed.
" 'Cash for Clunkers' created a nice little blip," he said.
"We'll look back and say, 'Nice party, but the hangover is awful.' "
The virus could cause symptoms in 60 million to 120 million people, more than half of whom might seek medical attention.
The President's Council of Advisors put together an 86-page report to the White House assessing the government's response to the
first influenza pandemic in 41 years.
Although most of the cases probably would be mild, up to 300,000 people could require intensive care.
"This is going to be fairly serious," said Harold E. Varmus of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, "It's going to stress every aspect of our health system."
While the seasonal flu is associated with 30,000 to 40,000 deaths and 200,000 hospitalizations each year, the lack of immunity to the swine flu virus probably will lead to many more people becoming infected, sick -- and possibly to 30,000 to 90,000 deaths.
And while most deaths during a typical flu season occur in the elderly, swine flu is more likely to kill children and young adults.
The outbreak could turn out to be milder, too. The primary purpose of the estimates id to help guide planning for the public.
For example, it was estimated that the outbreak could peak in mid-October.
"This isn't the flu that we're used to," said Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
The pandemic has caused significant disruptions and economic damage and has contributed to the deaths of more than
If you have children going to school and they show any signs of being sick...keep them home. Also make sure you ask your child to watch and see if any other students have flu like symptoms.
Swine flu, or 2009 H1N1, is a virus that is a chimera -- a mix of a number of human, swine and avian influenza virus genes. Most important, it contains a surface protein, H1, that has not been seen in the human population before, so very few people have any immunity from infection with this virus.
The symptoms are very similar to those of seasonal flu: high fever, cough, aches and pains, sneezing and feeling very tired. In some people, such as pregnant women, the disease can progress to a serious form involving shortness of breath and other severe complications.
Who appears to be most at risk for catching it?
Has H1N1 mutated and become more or less severe since the spring?
The virus has not changed to become more infectious or cause more severe disease since it emerged in humans in April.
If I had swine flu last spring, do I need to be vaccinated this fall?
If you had a confirmed case of 2009 H1N1, then you most likely have immunity to the virus and would be protected from infection. However, you should still get the vaccine, particularly if you are in one of the high-risk groups, so you can get an even stronger immune response.
What should I do if I think I have H1N1?
Always consult a physician for specific medical advice, but for most people, if you start to feel flulike symptoms (fever, dry cough), simply go home or stay there, rest and take plenty of fluids. There are no specific medical treatments recommended. If the disease progresses to a more severe form (you experience trouble breathing, shortness of breath, chest pains, dizziness or vomiting), immediately contact your physician so you can begin treatment with antivirals and get other medical care.
How do I take care of someone I'm living with who has H1N1?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has guidelines for what to do if you find yourself caring for someone with the flu: Basically, you should minimize your exposure to the person, make sure you remind the sick person to practice good etiquette for coughing and sneezing (cough or sneeze into a disposable tissue that you get rid of immediately, or into your sleeve) and have everyone in the household wash their hands regularly.
I've seen antibacterial, alcohol-based and other soaps. What should I use?
Any kind of soap will work against influenza viruses, as long as you are sure to wash your hands well. Don't just get them wet with water and walk away. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers work well against influenza if your job doesn't allow you to wash your hands regularly.
Monday, August 24, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Can you get it on the first picture or second or third or do you have to wait till the fourth? 5th? 6th? 7th?
New Cook County Correctional Center, Chicago , Illinois
( I guess if I ever break the law, I'd better do it in Illinois !
Homeless people should have it so good!)
Once again the taxpayer gets stung.
It also shows that in most cases the quality of life for prisoners has improved considerably from what you might expect.
And I always thought prison was for punishment.!!!!!
Just in case you ever get these two environments mixed up, this comparison chart should make things a little bit clearer:
You spend most of your time in a 10X10 cell
You spend most of yourtime ina 6X6 cubicle
You get three fully paid for meals a day
You get a break for one meal, and you have to pay for it
For good behavior, you get time off
For good behavior, you get more work
The guard locks and unlocks all the doors for you
You must carry a security card and open all the doors yourself
You can watch TV and play games
You could get fired for watching
TV and playing games
You get your own toilet
You have to share the toilet with
people who pee on the seat
They allow your family and friends to visit
You aren't even supposed
to speak to your family
All expenses are paid by the taxpayers with no work required on your part
You must pay all your expenses to go
to work, and they deduct taxes from
your salary to pay for prisoners
You spend most of your life inside bars wanting to get out
You spend most of your time wanting
to get out and go inside bars
You must deal with sadistic wardens
They are called 'managers'
THERE IS SOMETHING SERIOUSLY WRONG WITH THIS
Barack Hussein Obama II born August 4, 1961 is the 44th and current President of the United Statesthe first African American to hold the office. He served as the junior United States Senator from Illinois from January 2005 until he resigned after to the presidency in November 2008.
Just a coincidence?
Friday, August 21, 2009
If you are like me you are constantly looking for your lighter. Either you misplaced it...or like me...someone else "borrowed" it. Now with the Leash Lighter you will never lose your lighter again, it will not be borrowed, you will not spend time looking for it as you will always have it on you.
The Original LIGHTER LEASH is designed to hold a standard size Bic LIGHTER or similar size LIGHTER This style clips snuggly to one's belt, pocket, skirt, or purse and gives its user quick access to a lite.
These retail for $3.99 to $4.99 Plus Tax depending on where you find them.
I got a wholesale deal and am offering them for the low price of only
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Thursday, August 20, 2009
The Transportation Department said Thursday the government will wind down the program on Monday at 8 p.m. EDT. Car buyers can receive rebates of $3,500 or $4,500 for trading in older vehicles for new, more fuel-efficient models.
Through Thursday, auto dealers have made deals worth $1.9 billion and are on pace to exhaust the program's $3 billion in early September.
Administration officials said applications for rebates will not be accepted after 8 p.m. EDT Monday and dealers should not make additional sales without receiving all the necessary paperwork from their customers. Dealers will be able to resubmit rejected applications after the deadline.
President Barack Obama said in an interview Thursday that the program has been "successful beyond anybody's imagination" but dealers were overwhelmed by the response of consumers.
Dealers have complained of delays in getting reimbursed and backlogs of vehicle paperwork getting processed in the program. Dealers have said they face a risk of not being reimbursed
but LaHood has pledged that dealers will get paid for the incentives.
I wonder if they will get paid before their car lots look like the below picture!
The administration has said it has tripled the number of staffers sorting through the dealer paperwork.
Meanwhile, hundreds of local car dealerships are pulling out of the program because of the many delays of getting paid back from the government.
The greater NY automobile dealers association says the dealers cannot afford to offer more rebates while waiting for reimbursement.
Most dealers are worried they won't get paid at all.
"The Federal Government hasn't even told them whether their transaction they just sold is going to be "paid or funded" at all.
Dealers pay the rebates out of pocket, then must wait to be reimbursed by the government. But administrative snags and heavy paperwork have created a backlog of unpaid claims.
Many dealers have waited so long to get reimbursed they don't have the cash to fund any more rebates.
"The program is a great program in the sense that it's creating a lot of floor traffic that a lot of dealers haven't seen in a long time," he said.
"But it's in the hands of this enormous bureaucracy and regulatory agency," he added.
"If they don't get out of their own way, this program is going to be a huge failure."
Obama says he's adding three times the staff to process the claims. Either they planned for failure or don't know how to plan at all.
A lot of claims are being rejected for information that is wrong or missing.
Typical government program make it so difficult that people cant even fill out the paper work properly to get paid.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
According to the Oxford English Dictionary, a racist is someone who believes "all members of each racial group possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, especially to distinguish it as being either superior or inferior to another racial group or racial groups."
Nope. He was belligerent, accusatory, uncooperative, irrational and defamatory, throwing racial slurs at the white officer, even insulting the cop's mother (as in, "Yo momma is so...").
And when Gates refused, and became so incensed and insulting to the Sergeant who was there to protect his property that a crowd grew around his house, was Crowley supposed to allow this kind of behavior, just because Gates was black? No. He arrested Gates for disorderly conduct, as he was trained to do. Last time I checked, police arrest people regardless of race when they act like crazy people in the presence of peace officers.
So why is President Obama a racist? Because he, like his friend Gates, automatically assumed the white police officer "acted stupidly." BO assumed it was the white officer's fault, because, of course, we all know white cops are racist, right? And later, when he slightly retracted his statement, he still felt the need to say, "It would have been better if cooler heads had prevailed." By now he knew the facts, that his friend Gates had lost his mind and acted like a fool, but he assumed that Sgt. Crowley similarly lost it and "got all up" in Gates' face, because, of course, that's what all white cops do.
But this white cop didn't, because he's not just any cop, he is an expert at managing racial incidents just like this one became, because of Gates' racism. Friends and fellow officers of all races say Sgt. James Crowley is calm and reliable in situations racially hostile situs, because he was hand-picked by a black police commissioner to teach recruits how to avoid racial profiling, and Crowley has apparently been doing a stellar job at it for 5 years.
But Gates and our esteemed president didn't know that, did they?
So, who are the racists in this story? Gates accused a decent, decorated, above-reproach police officer of being a racist rogue cop, just because he was white. What did our esteemed "black" president do? He immediately took Gates' side, because he's a friend and black!
Mr. President, you are a racist. Shame on you.
BARACK OBAMA INSULTS SPECIAL OLYMPICS
Obama fans the flames of racism and this is a teaching lesson for us. Obama made a terrible joke about Special Olympics and that too was supposed to be a teaching lesson.
Towards the end of his approximately 40-minute appearance, the president talked about how he’s gotten better at bowling and has been practicing in the White House bowling alley.
He bowled a 129, the president said.
“That’s very good, Mr. President,” Leno said sarcastically.
It’s “like the Special Olympics or something,” the president said.
Mr. Obama and the rest of you Kool-Aid drinking apologists, spare us the BS spin of what you did not mean to do or say. It makes no difference what you intended to do, YOU DID IT!!!
The White House spin machine is already in full spin cycle trying to deflect Barack Obama’s latest gaffe.
When asked about the remark, the White House said the president did not intend to offend.
“The president made an off-hand remark making fun of his own bowling that was in no way intended to disparage the Special Olympics,” White House deputy press secretary Bill Burton said. “He thinks the Special Olympics is a wonderful program that gives an opportunity for people with disabilities from around the world.”
We were told during the 2008 Presidential campaign that for 20 years when Obama attended the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago Obama never sat in a pew when Reverend Jeremiah Wright made racists comments or spewed hate from the pulpit against America.
Just my thoughts!
I have to agree with the comments that continue to be made by Barack Obama as in the fact that I too have found many of them to be racists remarks!
I Never Agreed to This! I Never said that! Did you?
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Car dealers are growing increasingly impatient with the government's slow pace in reimbursing them for accepting trade-ins as part of its popular "Cash for Clunkers" program, even though Transportation Department officials say they are working to address the delays.
The National Automobile Dealers Association estimates that dealers have hundreds -- and in some cases thousands -- of applications pending that are "worth hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars."
In Maryland alone, dealers have put in $36 million in claims under the clunkers program but have been reimbursed for only about 2 percent of the total, said Peter Kitzmiller, president of the 325-member Maryland Automobile Dealers Association.
"It is ludicrous at this point," Kitzmiller said. "We've got deals that are just sitting there waiting to be reviewed. The customer is gone, the car is gone, and you don't have your money."
Under the program, people who scrap their gas guzzlers can get a voucher worth up to $4,500 toward a new, more fuel-efficient vehicle.
Dealers essentially front the money for the cash incentive with the understanding that the government will reimburse them once they file the necessary paperwork online and the deal is approved.
Fitzgerald Automotive, one of the largest Washington area dealerships, says it is owed $2.7 million from the government. Darcars, another large area dealership, says it is owed $5 million after taking in roughly 1,300 vehicles.
To deal with the issue, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it is tripling the number of workers who are processing claims to 1,100 contract and federal employees. Trade groups are offering Web seminars to help dealers figure out how to properly submit paperwork so they get their money faster.
In the roughly three weeks since the program officially began, 411,624 transactions, worth $1.7 billion, have been submitted, according to government numbers released Tuesday.
Most of the clunkers traded in were trucks and sport-utility vehicles. Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic and the Ford Focus have been the top three new vehicles bought under the program.
To keep up with demand some automakers have said they are increasing their production.
For the first time since filing for bankruptcy, General Motors is hiring back workers to meet higher-than-expected demand for cars and trucks. The company will reinstate 1,350 workers and add overtime for about another 10,000, the result of a broad surge in sales at least partly due to the clunkers program.
The rehires represent only a small portion of the tens of thousands of GM workers who have been laid off in recent years, but the news is a marked turnaround from just months ago when the company was undergoing bankruptcy proceedings.
"We're running much hotter," said Mark LaNeve, GM's vice president of U.S. sales.
Most of the jobs will be added at the company's Lordstown, Ohio plant, where the Chevy Cobalt, a small car, is built, while others will be added in Ontario.
The news from GM follows Ford's announcement last week that it is boosting North American production to meet the increased demand spurred by the clunkers program.
Ford said its third-quarter output would rise by 10,000 vehicles to 495,000, primarily because of increased demand for Escape small utility vehicles and Focus small cars, the two most popular Ford vehicles under the federal incentive program.
The problem here is that the "promised" incentive money is not being produced. What is going to happen is that the lay offs are going to increase if the funding does not come in soon. The car companies will have to claim bankruptcy as they will not be able to pay the employees what is owed to them and then of course with the large surplus of cars they will have just sitting around...well you see the point here.
I said from the beginning that this was a good idea gone really bad. With the national debt being what it is...how and or where will this agreed upon funding come from?
I Never Agreed to This...I never Said this was a good idea...Did You?