Archive for October, 2013
I haven’t blogged about the shutdown, because, well, I haven’t blogged much about anything. Mea culpa. I haven’t had time because I’m, quite frankly, not personally or professionally affected. Warren Meyer of Coyote Blog, however, is very personally AND professionally affected. Warren operates private concession operations that handle all on-site activities at parks, with a [...]Continue reading As Painful As Possible, For As Many As Possible
Well… we knew that the 4th and 5th amendment meant nothing to them… never mind HIPAA… but really? Obamacare Marketplace: Personal Data Can Be Used For ‘Law Enforcement and Audit Activities’ Maryland’s Health Connection, the state’s Obamacare marketplace, has been plagued by delays in the first days of open enrollment. If users are able [...]Continue reading Bye Bye 4th and 5th amendment: Obamacare info may be used for Law Enforcement and Audit activities
This whole government “shutdown” thing has brought out a lot of talk about federal pay. A liberal of my acquaintance posted something on facebook a couple days ago: “A Republican I know said, ‘If you got furloughed because of the shut down, maybe you should get a real job.’ Yeah… about that…” ‘pon which he [...]Continue reading Don’t you wish YOUR job had raises like this?
So, once again, telling people the truth about Social Security produces indignation, and the expression of common misconceptions… to wit: “Hey wait a second. I paid into Social Security for 47 years. I’m just getting out that I paid in, and the return on my investment. It’s not my fault congress didn’t do what it [...]Continue reading The scope and scale of the fraud… and the misconception that allows it to continue and worsen
I mentioned Social Security as an entitlement payment in my post on the government shutdown, and it raised a fairly common objection in several who read it: They don’t think of Social Security as an entitlement, or a welfare payment; they view it as their right, by virtue of having contributed to the system for [...]Continue reading It isn’t, wasn’t, aint ever gonna be…
The Feds just arrested the owner of Silk Road, a black market web drug marketplace, and seized the domain name. Now, there are obviously a lot of reasons why they’d want to catch this guy. But I was struck by the headline at the above linked article: Feds arrest the alleged founder of Bitcoin’s largest [...]Continue reading A Simple Question About Motive
Welcome to the sideshow folks… Step right up and enjoy the posturing, rhetoric, and antics of our congressional clown crew… Over to your right you’ll see the amazing vocal endurance of Republican Senator from Texas Ted Cruz as he tosses red meat to the base… … To be serious, there are a large group of [...]Continue reading Defunding and Debt Limits and Shutdowns Oh My!
Open Thread Question of the Day: Now that ObamaCare is Here, What Are You Going to Do About Your Own Healthcare?Tuesday, October 1st, 2013
Like it or not, ObamaCare is here. Much has been written about the overall chaos this law will have on employment, the cost of healthcare, and the economy overall. What I am interested in, however; is what are you as an individual going to do regarding your own healthcare choices? Are you going to stay [...]Continue reading Open Thread Question of the Day: Now that ObamaCare is Here, What Are You Going to Do About Your Own Healthcare?