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Apr
25

What 'Ca Gonna Do?

I wonder how are friends in the gun control lobby will try to bury THIS in their post-Newtown rush to grab the guns of law abiding citizens.

The Boston Marathon bombings appear to have been driven by the older of the two suspects, according to CBS News...

...Tsarnaev is communicating with authorities in writing.  According to CBS News senior correspondent John Miller, he can say about one word at a time.  Investigators went through public safety questions with him and tried to find out if he is part of a group.

“His account so far is that this was driven by his brother. It was mostly done online in terms of radicalization, finding instructions, and so on and so forth and there’s no international terrorism organization or Mr. Big behind it,” Miller said Tuesday....

...“The original question is they walked up to that car and appeared they shot the officer in the head unprovoked, that it was an assassination. But why? How did that fit into their plan? The operating theory now in the investigation is they were short one gun. The older brother had a gun. They wanted to get a gun for the younger brother and the fastest and most efficient way they could think of doing it was a surprise attack on a cop, to take his weapon and go.

Emphasis mine.  No gun show "loophole"...no private sale....just murdering a cop in order to get his gun.  How are you going to prevent that?  Murder is already illegal.....as is robbery....no new law would prevent someone hell bent on committing a crime from breaking the law, so the question remains for our gun grabbing friends on the left....

How are you going to stop someone from murdering a cop for his/her weapon?

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Apr
24

Safe?

The raison d'etre of abortion and abortion rights was safety.  We have to make abortion legal so that it will be safe...If we do away with the back alley abortions, it will save lives...the abortion acolytes would tut.  The problem that the Kermit Gosnell trial brings for them is the FACT that abortions are no safer today than they were 60 years ago when my now deceased mother did her nurses training at a Catholic charity hospital in Springfield Missouri.

The Grand Jury report is littered with examples - from unlicensed people (including the 15 year old daughter of one of his employees) performing medical procedures to unsanitary equipment being used in surgical procedures.  But the most damning thing to come out in the trial is that, in spite of repeated reports of unsafe practices at the Gosnell "Clinic", Philadelphia regulators who are charged with looking out for the safety of their residents, did NOTHING to close him down.

Kareema Cross worked for Kermit Gosnell for a harrowing four years helping with abortion procedures amid conditions so bad that she snapped photos to document them in 2008 — a year before the death of Karnamaya Mongar — then reported her boss to the authorities under a fictitious name.

But no one listened.

Emphasis mine.  Conor Friedersdorf quotes the Grand Jury report in his Atlantic column...

On February 18, 2010, the FBI raided the "Women's Medical Society," entering its offices about 8:30 p.m. Agents expected to find evidence that it was illegally selling prescription drugs. On entering, they quickly realized something else was amiss. In the grand jury report's telling, "There was blood on the floor. A stench of urine filled the air. A flea-infested cat was wandering through the facility, and there were cat feces on the stairs. Semi-conscious women scheduled for abortions were moaning in the waiting room or the recovery room, where they sat on dirty recliners covered with blood-stained blankets. All the women had been sedated by unlicensed staff." Authorities had also learned about the patient that died at the facility several months prior.

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Apr
24

House Of Horrors

This is the first of MANY posts on the Kermit Gosnell trial.  For those of you who rely on the liberal media for your news, let me bring you up to speed.  Kermit Gosnell is an abortionist on trial for murder in Philadelphia.  He is facing 5 (it was 8 but 3 charges were recently dropped) charges of murder. If you don't know about the story - you're not the only one.

Until Thursday, I wasn't aware of this story. It has generated sparse coverage in the national media, and while it's been mentioned in RSS feeds to which I subscribe, I skip past most news items. I still consume a tremendous amount of journalism. Yet had I been asked at a trivia night about the identity of Kermit Gosnell, I would've been stumped and helplessly guessed a green Muppet. Then I saw Kirsten Power's USA Today column. She makes a powerful, persuasive case that the Gosnell trial ought to be getting a lot more attention in the national press than it is getting.

The afore-mentioned Kirsten Powers column lays out some of the more gruesome aspects of the story.

Infant beheadings. Severed baby feet in jars. A child screaming after it was delivered alive during an abortion procedure. Haven't heard about these sickening accusations?

It's not your fault. Since the murder trial of Pennsylvania abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell began March 18, there has been precious little coverage of the case that should be on every news show and front page. The revolting revelations of Gosnell's former staff, who have been testifying to what they witnessed and did during late-term abortions, should shock anyone with a heart.

The testimony of Gosnell's employees has been damning at best.  Whether it is testimony that one of the infant victims "screamed" when Gosnell cut it's spine....

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Apr
23

I'm SHOCKED

Only the media and our friends on the left (redundant I know) to find this out.....

Cambridge, Mass., police told Reuters they had not issued a gun license to 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who died after the firefight. The police departments in both Cambridge and Dartmouth said they didn’t issue 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev a firearms identification card, which would’ve allowed him to own rifles holding less than 10 rounds and shotguns. Dzhokhar, who is under 21, wasn’t eligible for a regular handgun license.

In Massachusetts, local police departments issue handgun licenses to residents and have wide sway over when to issue licenses and whom to issue them to.

But...but....but.....you mean tough gun laws don't stop criminals from committing gun crime???????  But that can't beeeeeeeee..........

Even more shocking to our friends on the left?

The 19-year-old charged with the Boston Marathon bombing, his throat injured by a gunshot wound, wrote down answers to the questions of investigators about his motives and connections to any terror networks.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's answers led them to believe he and his brother were motivated by a radical brand of Islam

I suppose now the AP is racist for bringing that up?  Because heaven knows when it was brought up last week, anyone bringing it up was accused of being a racist....never mind the FACT that Islam is a RELIGION, not a RACE. 

As I was reading these reports, I could only think of one thing.....PAGING CAPTAIN LOUIS RENAULT.....

UPDATE: Logical Lady Carol Platt Liebau is spot on with this.

I thought a rigorous system for regulating gun permits was supposed to prevent gun violence (that's what Massachusetts state officials insisted upon passing the nation's toughest gun laws back in 1998). 

It's almost as if the Tsarnaev brothers -- terrorists, murderers, carjackers -- had no respect for the (gun) laws . . .

A bit of logic our friends on the left just do not seem to comprehend.

 

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Apr
22

Green Jobs Killer

Well my very busy life has kept me very busy....to busy to blog.  While things have not really slowed down much (if at all) I had to do this post - in honor of Earth Day today.

I found this column early last month - right when things got crazy busy.

The Republican right has been clinging to moral standards on abortion and same-sex marriage (ahem, Dave Agema) out of touch with mainstream America — oblivious of the damage done to their party's image. Meanwhile, Obama and the Democratic left have been systematically imposing a new, green order on America — oblivious of its impact on economically pinched, working families.

The president's latest directive came last week, when the EPA announced a new gasoline sulfur mandate — so-called "Tier 3 standards" — to combat ozone that could increase the already high cost of gas by 9 cents with no measurable environmental benefits.

Now we already know that what this President can't do legislatively, he will gladly do via executive fiat.  To hell with the Constitution.  This is nothing new.  What is new?

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Mar
04

GOP Nannies

Yeah we have em....and here in Utah.  I preface this post by saying that I am an ex-smoker and was hard core about not letting anyone smoke in the house when the Junior Logician was growing up.

The Nannies in the Utah Senate have done it.  They passed a bill that would take away the property rights of people engaging in a LEGAL activity.  I refer to HB13 - the bill that makes smoking in your personal vehicle illegal if there are children in the car.  Senate sponsor (and Patrick Henry Caucus SECRETARY) Aaron Osmond said of the bill...

Sen. Aaron Osmond, R-South Jordan, said HB13 put the health of a child ahead of the personal property rights of a parent.

Hey Senator Osmond - question for ya....suppose that someone uses that argument to ban parents from their 2nd Amendment rights to own a gun?  Would you be all for it then?  Somehow, I suspect not.

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Mar
03

Teaching Fear

Have we really become a nation of people paralyzed with fright?  If you take a look at what has recently happened in some of our schools you might think so.


First comes this story out of Maryland.

Children at Park Elementary School went home with a letter today explaining there was a disruption in school. Seven year old Josh Welch, and his father, say the disruption lead to a two day suspension for the second grader in Brooklyn Park. Academics are hard for Josh, who suffers from ADHD, but he excels in art class. It is Josh's own creativity that may have gotten him into trouble. At Park Elementary school, Josh was enjoying his breakfast pastry when he decided to try and shape it into a mountain. Josh said, "It was already a rectangle and I just kept on biting it and biting it and tore off the top and it kinda looked like a gun but it wasn't."

A 7 year old was SUSPENDED for eating a breakfast pastry in the wrong way (which is essentially what happened - if he had not eaten it down the long side and then down the middle....)

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Feb
25

Couldn't See This Coming

During his most recent State of the Union address, President Obama went to one of the usual tropes of liberalism by promising to spend - pardon me INVEST more money in "universal" pre-k programs.  My friend Ed Morrissey wrote (over the weekend) about a criticism that came from a rather unexpected source.

Barack Obama promised to expand government spending on pre-kindergarten education to make it “universal,” a proposal certain to warm the hearts of middle Americans.  After all, who doesn’t want to help our children get ahead?  However, that prompts two questions — will it actually help, and could we take more effective and less costly action elsewhere?  USA Today addressed the first question yesterday, and argued that the real danger to toddlers isn’t a lack of pre-K education; it’s broken families:

    Children are most likely to succeed in school when pushed by parents who provide stability, help with schooling, and instill an education and work ethic. But for decades now, the American family has been breaking down.

    Two-fifths of children born in the USA are born to unmarried mothers, an eightfold increase since 1960. Many succeed thanks to the heroic efforts of strong, motivated single parents and other relatives. But research shows that children of single parents suffer disproportionately high poverty rates, impaired development and low performance in school.

   

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Feb
25

Yet Another....

The long of "unexpected" (by liberals and the media - pardon the redundancy) adverse effects of the ACA has been revealed.

Here's a trend you'll be reading more about: part-time "job sharing," not only within firms but across different businesses.

It's already happening across the country at fast-food restaurants, as employers try to avoid being punished by the Affordable Care Act. In some cases we've heard about, a local McDonalds has hired employees to operate the cash register or flip burgers for 20 hours a week and then the workers head to the nearby Burger King or Wendy's to log another 20 hours. Other employees take the opposite shifts.

Welcome to the strange new world of small-business hiring under ObamaCare. The law requires firms with 50 or more "full-time equivalent workers" to offer health plans to employees who work more than 30 hours a week. (The law says "equivalent" because two 15 hour a week workers equal one full-time worker.) Employers that pass the 50-employee threshold and don't offer insurance face a $2,000 penalty for each uncovered worker beyond 30 employees. So by hiring the 50th worker, the firm pays a penalty on the previous 20 as well.

How does this help low income workers Mr. President?

A 2011 Hudson Institute study estimates that this insurance mandate will cost the franchise industry $6.4 billion and put 3.2 million jobs "at risk." The insurance mandate is so onerous for small firms that Stephen Caldeira, president of the International Franchise Association, predicts that "Many stores will have to cut worker hours out of necessity. It could be the difference between staying in business or going out of business." The franchise association says the average fast-food restaurant has profits of only about $50,000 to $100,000 and a margin of about 3.5%.

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Feb
22

If You Like What You Have Now...

...get ready to loose it.  Gallup reports what has happened since Congress rammed ObamaCare down our throats in 2010.

Fewer Americans reported having employer-based health insurance in 2012 than did in 2008, 2009, and 2010, but at 44.5% it is unchanged from 2011. At the same time, more Americans continue to report having a government-based health plan -- Medicare, Medicaid, or military or veterans' benefits -- with the 25.6% who did so in 2012 up from 23.4% in 2008.

Now a lot of that can be traced to the increases in unemployment that have happened since 2008, but as I have showed in recent posts, there are a lot of employers who have cut their health care benefits provided to employees.

I'm so glad that the President promised us we could keep our insurance.......

UPDATE:  Another way employers are cutting back thanks to the ACA...

By denying coverage to spouses, employers not only save the annual premiums, but also the new fees that went into effect as part of the Affordable Care Act. This year, companies have to pay $1 or $2 “per life” covered on their plans, a sum that jumps to $65 in 2014. And health law guidelines proposed recently mandate coverage of employees’ dependent children (up to age 26), but husbands and wives are optional. “The question about whether it’s obligatory to cover the family of the employee is being thought through more than ever before,” says Helen Darling, president of the National Business Group on Health.

 While surcharges for spousal coverage are more common, last year, 6% of large employers excluded spouses, up from 5% in 2010, as did 4% of huge companies with at least 20,000 employees, twice as many as in 2010, according to human resources firm Mercer. These “spousal carve-outs,” or “working spouse provisions,” generally prohibit only people who could get coverage through their own job from enrolling in their spouse’s plan.

In our case, an exemption like that would double our out of pocket and reduce what I get in coverage.  My husband's company has a Blue Cross Blue Shield plan that is considered "Cadillac" under the ACA and my employer has a bare bones policy that costs more.  I know we would not be the only ones in this boat.

But LL - how do you know this is due to the ACA?  You can't prove it...

Such exclusions barely existed three years ago, but experts expect an increasing number of employers to adopt them: “That’s the next step,” Darling says. HMS, a company that audits plans for employers, estimates that nearly a third of companies might have such policies now. Holdouts say they feel under pressure to follow suit. “We’re the last domino,” says Duke Bennett, mayor of Terre Haute, Ind., which is instituting a spousal carve-out for the city’s health plan, effective July 2013, after nearly all major employers in the area dropped spouses.

Emphasis mine.  And what happened in that 3 years?  Oh yeah - the Affordable Care Act was rammed down our throats.  Thanks so much, Democrats, for making health care more affordable for everyone....

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Feb
21

Another ACA Failure

The New York Times brings up yet another failure of the Affordable Care Act.

Federal and state officials and consumer advocates have grown worried that companies with relatively young, healthy employees may opt out of the regular health insurance market to avoid the minimum coverage standards in President Obama’s sweeping law, a move that could drive up costs for workers at other companies.

And drive up costs paid by the already struggling PCIP program and state exchanges....but hey - the President promised to suspend reality right?

Companies can avoid many standards in the new law by insuring their own employees, rather than signing up with commercial insurers, because Congress did not want to disrupt self-insurance arrangements that were seen as working well for many large employers.

“The new health care law created powerful incentives for smaller employers to self-insure,” said Deborah J. Chollet, a senior fellow at Mathematica Policy Research who has been studying the insurance industry for more than 25 years. “This trend could destabilize small-group insurance markets and erode protections provided by the Affordable Care Act.”

It is not clear how many companies have already self-insured in response to the law or are planning to do so. Federal and state officials do not keep comprehensive statistics on the practice.

 

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Feb
21

More Surprising ACA Consequences

My friend Ed Morrissey has the latest in the long line of ACA consequences that that Democrats PROMISED would never happen....

Just another sign of progress for the underemployed!  Thanks to the beneficence of ObamaCare, thousands of part-time workers in Florida will become free … free of their employer-provided health care, that is. Universal Studios Orlando had offered health insurance to part-time employees until this year, but will no longer do so thanks to the added costs and mandates of the ACA:

    Universal Orlando plans to stop offering medical insurance to part-time employees beginning next year, a move the resort says has been forced by the federal government’s health-care overhaul.

    The giant theme-park resort, which generates more than $1 billion in annual revenue, began informing employees this month that it will offer health-insurance to part-timers “only until December 31, 2013.”

And why will those plans be cancelled?  Because they don’t meet the ObamaCare/IRS standard, even though are certainly better than nothing at all:

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Feb
20

Political Grandstanding 101

Like a lot of folks here in Utah, I have been following the John Swallow story closely.  I have not said anything on the subject, because I suspect that there is still a LOT of dirt that is going to come out during the course of the very active investigation.  However, this story from yesterday caught my eye.  Utah Democrats are already trying to make political hay out of the situation.

Attempts by Democratic lawmakers to ask tough questions of embattled Utah Attorney General John Swallow during a budget hearing were swatted down Friday by Sen. Daniel Thatcher, chairman of the appropriations committee who ruled them out of order.

"If there was something that happened that was untoward, that should be shaken out in a court of law and not in an appropriations meeting," argued Thatcher, a West Valley City Republican and an ardent Swallow supporter.

Now I have dealt with Senator Thatcher in the past.  He's a very nice man, but a bit politically naive at times.  However, he is absolutely CORRECT in this case.  An Appropriations Committee hearing is neither the time nor the place for the kind of questions Senator Dabakis was asking.

Sen. Jim Dabakis, D-Salt Lake City, who is also chairman of the Utah Democratic Party, called the scandal embroiling Swallow "the gorilla in the room" and questioned whether the new Republican attorney general can effectively run the office.

No doubt it is the 800 pound gorilla in the room.  However, this is an APPROPRIATIONS Committee hearing.  You are there to talk about the appropriations requests - nothing more.  That's not to say that there shouldn't be hearings on the issue - I do think that there should be.  However, those hearings need to be held in the APPROPRIATE Senate committee and Appropriations is not the appropriate committee.

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Feb
20

Those Who Don't Learn From History

I had the pleasure of hearing Kitty Werthmann speak here in Salt Lake a couple of years ago.  For those that don't know, Ms. Werthmann was a young child when Adolph Hitler rose to power in her native Austria.  Because she lived through those dark, dark days, she has a unique view of our current place in history.  Now I am going to throw this out here up front for the benefit of my liberal friends.  NO ONE IS COMPARING THE PRESIDENT TO HITLER.  We are comparing policies and (more importantly) the mindset of certain political movements.  If you seem to think that a specific politician fits what is described here - well that is YOUR problem...not mine

“I am a witness to history.

I cannot tell you that Hitler took Austria by tanks and guns; it would distort history...

She wasn’t old enough to vote in 1938 – approaching her 11th birthday. But she remembers.

Everyone thinks that Hitler just rolled in with his tanks and took Austria by force.

No so.

Hitler was welcomed to Austria

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Feb
19

Just The Facts

Last week's State of The Union speech got a lot of love from the President's sycophantic followers, but according to the AP, didn't share that love.  The AP took a look at the speech and found it to be factually challenged.

 President Barack Obama did some cherry-picking Tuesday night in defense of his record on jobs and laid out a conditional path to citizenship for illegal immigrants that may be less onerous than he made it sound.

On jobs.....

OBAMA: "After years of grueling recession, our businesses have created over 6 million new jobs."

THE FACTS: That's in the ballpark, as far as it goes. But Obama starts his count not when he took office, but from the point in his first term when job losses were the highest. In doing so, he ignores the 5 million or so jobs that were lost on his watch, up to that point.

Private sector jobs have grown by 6.1 million since February 2010. But since he became president, the gain is a more modest 1.9 million.

And when losses in public sector employment are added to the mix, his overall jobs record is a gain of 1.2 million.

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Feb
18

Another "Unexpected" ACA Set Back

Remember last week's State of the Union Address (more on that shortly) where the President said "Already the Affordable Care Act is helping to reduce the growth of health care costs."?  Well, as with so many of his statements, the devil is in the details - as many states found out just a few short days later....

Citing financial concerns, the Obama administration has begun quietly winding down one of the earliest programs created by the president's health care overhaul, a plan that helps people with medical problems who can't get private insurance.

In an afternoon teleconference with state counterparts, administration officials said Friday the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan will stop taking new applications. People already in the plan will not lose coverage.

But I thought the whole reason we had to have this bill rammed down out collective throats was so that those who had no insurance were able to get it?  To help those that the evil, looking out only for the bottom line health insurance companies were screwing over?

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