Filed under: Entertainment, Environment, Freedom, Humor | Tags: Not Enough Trees, Waiting in Line, Well-Trained Dogs
This made me laugh.
Filed under: Democrat Corruption, Domestic Policy, Health Care, Humor, Media Bias, Politics
The Obama enamored media has struggled mightily to avoid acknowledging clearly that Barack Obama’s central selling-point —”If you like your health care plan, you can keep it,” was a straightforward fraud intended to deceive. A New York Times editorial last week said it this way:
Congressional Republicans have stoked consumer fears and confusion with charges that the health care reform law is causing insurers to cancel existing policies and will force many people to pay substantially higher premiums next year for coverage they don’t want. That, they say, violates President Obama’s pledge that if you like the insurance you have, you can keep it.
Mr. Obama clearly misspoke when he said that. By law, insurers cannot continue to sell policies that don’t provide the minimum benefits and consumer protections required as of next year. So they’ve sent cancellation notices to hundreds of thousands of people who hold these substandard policies.
On the news side they settled for the term “incorrect promise”while reporting that “hundreds of thousands of people have received cancellation notices:”
The split between lawmakers and the White House reflects the dilemma the president finds himself in as he seeks to follow through on last week’s acknowledgment about his incorrect promise on health care coverage. Hundreds of thousands of people have received cancellation notices from health insurance companies because their plans do not conform with minimum standards set by the new law.
You will notice that in each case they refer to that insurance policy you liked as a “substandard policy,” on the editorial side and “plans that do not conform with minimum standards” on the news side.
The new “minimum standards” are fat, bloated policies that could only be constructed by people who have no understanding of insurance and its purpose. Every benefit added has a cost, and that is the reason why your auto insurance doesn’t guarantee new tires and a regular change of windshield wipers. You can take care of that yourself.
Laughter is the best medicine. The Democrat/Media Complex can come up with all sorts of euphemisms, but at some point their attempts become absurd.
Filed under: Domestic Policy, Environment, Freedom, Fun n Games, Humor | Tags: Aerobics?, Fun for Baby Ducks, The Joy of Play
We love our pets and play with them often. Throwing tennis balls for the dog, catnip balls and laser lights for the cats. But you always wonder what your animals are thinking. Evidence of the extent to which animals ‘play’ in the wild on their own. Doing stuff for fun. I don’t mean the natural play that is a sort of training for adulthood — mock fighting by the young— that sort of thing. So I was fascinated by this video. Obviously it was built by someone, specifically for baby ducks, but — who knew?
Filed under: History, Humor, Media Bias, Politics | Tags: Bill and Hillary?, Gullibility and Kid Gloves, The Meaning of "Is"
New MSNBC host Ronan Farrow actually said on Tuesday’s The Cycle: “They represent a style of honesty that the Public craves right now.”
Filed under: Capitalism, Democrat Corruption, Economy, Freedom, Humor, Politics | Tags: A Power Grab, Central Planners, Eminent Domain Abuse
I don’t know what it is about cities on the left coast, something in the water? “Seattle’s City Council voted unanimously on Monday to use eminent domain to take private property. They say they must seize the private property which is currently being used as a parking lot , in order to turn it into a ……….parking lot.” Here’s the ordinance.
There is no “public good” involved. The city council is competing with other city councils on the left coast for some kind of dubious title. They have a ways to go to compete on an equal basis with San Francisco (remember the Happy Meals ban? Or the ban on selling goldfish?) and Berkeley, which is in a class by itself (waging war on a Marine recruiting station, or the Nuclear Free Zone, or the Cyclist anti-harassment law). The central planners want control. Fixing potholes is not exciting enough.
In addition to eminent domain abuse, the City of Seattle has recently been in the news for hiding public records, and sinking the farm boat. The common thread among all three of these stories is that, in Seattle, central planning takes priority over people. In this case, they decided it was critically important to seize a parking lot from its 103-year-old owner so that it can be a parking lot. At least this is their stated justification.
Seattle has “the viaduct,” an elderly elevated roadway along the waterfront, mostly with parking underneath. It is not attractive, but gets heavy use, and interferes with the view of those who live and work in buildings just uphill. The viaduct is being replaced with a tunnel, which will enhance property values of all those buildings. Seattle has plans for this lot once the viaduct is gone. The 103 year old owner appears to have a plan to donate the property to charity at the maximum value so that her desired charity will benefit. The city is impatient, although the viaduct has not yet been removed, and the property will be put up for sale at that time. So why are they spending the money to force a sale which will happen eventually? Trying to get it on the cheap?
Seattle Business Journal – “City of Seattle plays Darth Vader in property fight with elderly woman”- Oct 22, 2013)
Eminent domain abuse is a major problem. It is not meant as a solution for ambitious central planners, and needs reform — and not just in Seattle. Miss Woldson is said to be a feisty old lady, who is not shy about taking people to court. Could end up costing the city more than they expected.
Filed under: Freedom, Fun n Games, Heartwarming, Humor | Tags: Baby Elephant's First Steps, Extreme Cuteness, Trunk Trouble
We are understandably fond of pictures of baby elephants, but this one is something special. The baby is pretty new, and just learning to take his/her first steps, which include stepping on that annoying trunk that he just hasn’t learned how to control yet.
There is no better relief from the anxiety of current events than baby animal cuteness. Who can stay depressed watching a video like this? Enjoy!
Filed under: Art, Freedom, Fun n Games, History, Humor, The United States | Tags: Size and Perspective, The Photographer's Art, The World of Elgin Park
The Elephant sent me a link to this story, which is definitely a guy thing, but completely charming just the same. It reminded me that a while back, I had posted something by the same photographer, actually three years ago, about small-town America, in a town called Elgin Park. Quite worth digging out of the archives. Enjoy!
Filed under: Entertainment, History, Humor, Politics | Tags: A Break From the News, Baby Animals, Terminal Cuteness
Filed under: Entertainment, Health Care, Humor, Politics, The United States | Tags: Healthcare.gov, Humor as a Weapon, Laughingstock
This screen grab from the ObamaCare website has been altered a little, but the best weapon is humor. The 3 year long preparation for the big rollout of ObamaCare has resulted in a monumental fiasco. Making it a laughingstock will convince more people than nit-picking. It is an unworkable program that will only damage the economy further and harm our medical system.
Filed under: Heartwarming, Humor, YouTube | Tags: Baby Squirrel, Mother Cat, Odd Adoption
Filed under: Domestic Policy, Education, Humor, Religion | Tags: Classic Put-Down, Getting Out of Hand, Silly Educators
David Gerlernter is professor of computer science at Yale. His books include America Lite; How Imperial Academia dismantled Our Culture (and Ushered in the Obamacrats) ; Americanism: The Fourth Great Western Religion; and Judaism, A Way of Being.
Today Professor Gelernter writes in response to news that Halloween has been called off at the Inglewood Elementary School because it has “religious overtones.”
Of course Halloween is “religious,” you officious airheads of Inglewood Elementary School! And so is Valentine’s Day, and Thanksgiving far more so! And so is Christmas! And who on earth ever told you that this was an atheist nation? Who ever told you that “religious” things were forbidden in American schools? Such an idea is breathtakingly ignorant, staggeringly destructive.
This nation, created by devout Christians, derived its creed of liberty, equality and democracy straight from the Hebrew Bible. The flag of this biblical republic stands for “one nation, under God.” Do you Inglewood Airheads know more about what’s good for this nation than Abraham Lincoln did? “Under God” is his phrase; he was profoundly religious, and lived his whole life close to God and the Bible.
This nation learned tolerance from the Bible!–“The stranger that dwelleth with you shall be unto you as one born among you, and thou shalt love him as thyself; for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God!” (Leviticus 19:34). America the biblical republic invited agnostics and atheists, Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims, pagans, to live here. Welcomed them all. This is the most tolerant nation on earth. But the day it no longer tolerates its own proper self, the day it allows public school know-nothings to suppress religion, is the beginning of the end of American toleration.
Americans, please: do not permit it. Do not let this stand!
I really love a good take-down.