Wednesday, July 30, 2014

(Video) Aetna CEO: ObamaCare numbers worse than expected, back end still not running

Mark T. Bertolini, the CEO of Aetna, said on CNBC's Squawk Box this morning that the ObamaCare numbers are worse than he expected and that the back end operation of ObamaCare still isn't working.

Hope and change, baby.

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Gaza: Exactly why does Hamas need missiles and tunnels?

Earlier this week Hillary Clinton said that Hamas puts missiles in civilian areas--which of course endangers the civilian population--because "Gaza is pretty small." As Mark Levin pointed out on his radio show Monday night, other than attacking Israel, why does Hamas, the terrorist organization that runs Gaza, need missiles?

And why does Hamas need tunnels into Israel, other than to attack the Jewish state?

That's something for the #FreeGaza crowd to think about before they reflexively condemn Israel.

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(Video) The anti-Obama: Reagan stands up for Israel in 1984 synagogue speech

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Nonviolence rally in Kansas City plagued by multiple fights

I've always firmly believed that nonviolence rallies are a complete waste of time. They've been taking place as long as I've been alive and they serve only as an ego trip for the organizers. The rallies don't work.

Yesterday one of those events occurred and it didn't work out as planned.

From the Kansas City Star:
A circus parade and rally for nonviolence that drew hundreds of people to the Linwood Shopping Center on Tuesday evening had to be cut short when multiple fights broke out.

Kansas City Police Chief Darryl Forté said the organizers stopped the event. He tweeted that the crowds dispersed and there were no reported injuries.

But the fighting marred an event, called "Your Life Counts," that was intended to celebrate survival in a city plagued by crime.
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Obama's America: 35 percent of Americans hounded by debt collectors

When Americans voted for "Hope and Change" twice, they certainly got change.

From AP:
More than 35 percent of Americans have debts and unpaid bills that have been reported to collection agencies, according to a study released Tuesday by the Urban Institute.

These consumers fall behind on credit cards or hospital bills. Their mortgages, auto loans or student debt pile up, unpaid. Even past-due gym membership fees or cellphone contracts can end up with a collection agency, potentially hurting credit scores and job prospects, said Caroline Ratcliffe, a senior fellow at the Washington-based think tank.

"Roughly, every third person you pass on the street is going to have debt in collections," Ratcliffe said. "It can tip employers' hiring decisions, or whether or not you get that apartment."
This is life in Obama's America.

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(Photo) Globe Thistle

Although its foliage looks thistle-like, the so-called Globe Thistle, a European invader, is actually a member of the aster family.

This blue-purple blossomed plant was photographed in Des Plaines along the banks of the Des Plaines River across from Campground Road Woods near Oakton Avenue.

The flowers look like exotic balls. Or Christmas ornaments.

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(Video) The anti-Obama: Reagan stands up for Israel in 1984 synagogue speech

In 1984 President Ronald Reagan gave a speech, yes it's fair to also call it a campaign address, to a New York state synagogue.

"And let's not kid ourselves, the so-called anti-Zionists that we hear in the United Nations is just another mask in some quarters for vicious anti-Semitism," Reagan told the congregation. "And that's something the United States will not tolerate wherever it is, no matter how subtle it may be."

Can you imagine President Obama saying that about Israel? Or can you imagine him wearing a yarmulke, as the Gipper did that day?

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(MSNBC video) Time's Halperin says Hillary lacks "strategic vision" in foreign policy

All presidential candiates have strengths and weaknesses. You would think that after four years as secretary of state  international affairs would be one of them for Hillary Clinton, but Time's Mark Halperin says she lacks "strategic vision" in foreign policy.

Other than--to some people--her last same, as well as her gender, just what are Hillary's strengths?

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Global warming news: Illinois towns struggle to buy road salt

Winter is coming
"Winter is coming," as they say on Game of Thrones. And many Illinois towns are finding it difficult to buy road salt.

From AP:
Nearly 200 Illinois communities are scrambling to find road salt after last winter’s record frigid temperatures and snowfall depleted supplies, according to local leaders and state officials who oversee a shared procurement process.

If local public works departments are able to find vendors willing to sell them road salt, the price likely will be much higher possibly double what they paid last year.

Earlier this month, the Illinois Department of Central Management Services informed many city and county officials in charge buying road salt that no vendors responded to their requests for bids.

More than 560 communities participated in the solicitation for road salt bids, said department spokesman Mike Claffey. Of those, 367 communities received bids from salt vendors and 195 did not. The department offered to seek new bids from vendors, while cautioning public works departments to explore other alternatives.
One of those options is to add limestone chips to the salt, which will probably leave interesting little marks on the finish of cars.

Of course if global warming was real we wouldn't need so much road salt.

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