Oh, okay, I just laughed.
Hat Tip: A Bear In A Canoe
Less than half of Republicans believe that Barack Obama was born in the United States of America, a new public opinion poll finds.
My God, no wonder the Republican party is floundering in the wilderness. After the exodus of rational, thinking people, all that is left of the Republican party are sheep too stupid to know they are being lied to.
Only 42 percent of Republican respondents in a Research 2000 survey, conducted for the liberal website Daily Kos, said they thought Obama was a natural born citizen; 28 percent said they did not believe Obama was born in the United States; 30 percent said they were not sure.
LC has for you.Naw. But a cup of coffee - now that's something I can drink while sorting out problems. As long as we keep the cream and sugar off the table.- A Blog Around The Clock: The lab is open.Hey, anyone want to get together for a beer?
- All Facts and Opinions: Summing up the Blogathon.
- archy: take two M&M's and call me in the morning.
- Bark Bark Woof Woof: that settles that.
- Bloggg: mess after mess.
- Dohiyi Mir: sad news from the Atriot community.
- Echidne Of The Snakes takes a well-earned vacation and has turned the keys over to some good folks.
- Florida Progressive Coalition Blog: the Democrats and single-payer.
- Left Is Right: the System at work.
- Pen-Elayne on the Web and a funny trailer.
- Rook's Rant: "If you'd like to pay more for cell phone service, press 1..."
- rubber hose: not so scary movie.
- Scrutiny Hooligans: want to help Gordon win?
- Speedkill: they're all in on it.
- Steve Bates: who flu?
- Stupid Enough Unexplanation: watch out for that asteroid.
- The Invisible Library: reviving V.
- WTF Is It Now?? is Hawai'i really a state?
In 2007, I spoke at an international cellular conference in Italy. The big buzzword was ARPU--Average Revenue Per User. The seminars all had titles like, "Maximizing ARPU In a Digital Age." And yes, several attendees (cell executives) admitted to me, point-blank, that the voicemail instructions exist primarily to make you use up airtime, thereby maximizing ARPU.What the hell happened to customer service in this country? It use to be, at least it seemed to me, that ripping off customers was a good way to lose business. I guess when you are able to spend the money to buy a few politicians, you can rig the system to be able to overtly rip off consumers and still make a profit. The above is one example of corporations knowingly ripping off costumers.
Although, leave it to a Legacy paper to still make it a mouth full. Seriously, Insurance Consumers' Bill of Rights is much easier to say.
- No discrimination for preexisting conditions.
- No exorbitant out-of-pocket expenses, deductibles or co-pays.
- No cost-sharing for preventive care.
- No dropping of coverage for the seriously ill.
- No gender discrimination.
- No annual or lifetime caps on coverage.
- Extended coverage for young adults.
- Guaranteed insurance renewal.
This is for people who have a hard time understanding engineering:
The US standard railroad gauge (distance between the rails) is 4 feet
8.5 inches. That is an exceedingly odd number.
Why was that gauge used? Because that's the way they built them in
England, and the US railroads were built by English expatriates.
Why did the English build them that way? Because the first rail lines
were built by the same people who built the pre-railroad tramways, and
that's the gauge they used.
Why did "they" use that gauge? Because the people who built the tramways
used the same jigs and tools that they used for building wagons, which
used that wheel spacing.
So why did the wagons have that particular odd spacing? Well, if they
tried to use any other spacing, the wagon wheels would break on some of
the old, long distance roads in England, because that was the spacing of
the wheel ruts.
So who built those old rutted roads? The first long distance roads in
Europe (and England) were built by Imperial Rome for their legions. The
roads have been used ever since.
And the ruts in the roads? The ruts in the roads, which everyone had to
match for fear of destroying their wagon wheels, were first formed by
Roman war chariots. Since the chariots were made for (or by) Imperial
Rome, they were all alike in the matter of wheel spacing.
The US standard railroad gauge of 4 feet 8.5 inches derives from the
original specification for an Imperial Roman war chariot. Specifications
and bureaucracies live forever.
So the next time you are handed a specification and wonder what horse's
backside came up with it, you may be exactly right, because the Imperial
Roman war chariots were made just wide enough to accommodate the back
ends of two war horses.
Thus we have the answer to the original question. Now for the twist to
the story. When we see a space shuttle sitting on it's launching pad,
there are two booster rockets attached to the side of the main fuel
tank. These are solid rocket boosters, or SRB's. The SRB's are made by
Thiokol at their factory in Utah. The engineers who designed the SRB's
might have preferred to make them a bit fatter, but the SRB's had to be
shipped by train from the factory to the launch site.
The railroad line from the factory had to run through a tunnel in the
mountains. The tunnel is slightly wider than the railroad track, and the
railroad track is about as wide as two horses' rumps.
So, a major design feature of what is arguably the worlds most advanced
transportation system was determined over two thousand years ago by the
width of a horse's backside!
Don't you just love engineering?
(TheHill.com)"Press reports suggesting that the Recovery Act spent $1.19 million to buy '2 pounds of ham' are wrong," Vilsack said in a statement. "In fact, the contract in question purchased 760,000 pounds of ham for $1.191m, at a cost of approximately $1.50 per pound."And they seriously thought they'd have a one party majority?
Vilsack put out the statement after the Drudge Report posted several contracts from the government's stimulus website. The contracts suggest the administration spent $1.19 million on two pounds of ham, $1.56 million for mozzarella cheese and $16.8 million on canned pork, among other items. Republicans sent blast e-mails of screenshots from the Drudge Report, highlighting the contracts as wasteful spending.
"Aw, come on!" said The Fuskers™. "I should get a drink since you held my knife hostage."And he is The Fuskers™, gots to love him.
"Ah, but I gave you your knife before you bought me the root beer. So, technically, you bought it from the goodness of your heart." says I.
"No I didn't. You took advantage of me and overpowered me with your oldness."
Ouch. That hurt. I wanted to pull over, hide my face in my hands, and unabashedly cry like a pathetic little baby. So, I laughed.
"You're a little shit. You know that, don't you?" says I.
"Yup." says The Fuskers™.
"And you take great pleasure in being a little shit, don't you?" says I.
"Pretty much." says The Fuskers™.
I've been struck by this since the beginning. If it is the case that the president can designate an Office of Legal Counsel functionary to immunize government officials and employees against criminal behavior, then it is true, to all intents and purposes that "if the president does it it's not illegal."And, from this article, we also learn that Cheney, who developed his executive beliefs and values from the Nixon White House, ordered the CIA to not inform Congress about the secret wiretapping programs.
(NYT)The Central Intelligence Agency withheld information about a secret counterterrorism program from Congress for eight years on direct orders from former Vice President Dick Cheney, the agency's director, Leon E. Panetta, has told the Senate and House intelligence committees, two people with direct knowledge of the matter said Saturday.Next week sure is going to be an interesting news week.
Working at it, MB. Working at it.- A Blog Around The Clock - Bora interviews a very cool biology teacher.Stay cool.
- All Facts and Opinions - a plan to end the wars.
- archy goes after Senator Jim DeMint.
- Bark Bark Woof Woof - dignity...always dignity.
- Bloggg - oh, deer.
- Dohiyi Mir - pictures from Gaza.
- Echidne Of The Snakes - taxing health care?
- Florida Progressive Coalition Blog - Kenneth is running to be chair of the Leon County Democrats.
- Left Is Right is tired of Ahnuld.
- Pen-Elayne on the Web - guess what was on TV last Tuesday.
- Rook's Rant - godless people.
- rubber hose - what's her sign?
- Scrutiny Hooligans - this blows.
- Speedkill - pick a number.
- Steve Bates - another excuse from Harry Reid.
- Stupid Enough Unexplanation - government behaving badly.
- The Invisible Library - dinner with Roku.
- WTF Is It Now?? the ten biggest douchebags on TV.
If I had to guess, we will see the end of DADT and homosexuals will be openly serving in the military before a tobacco ban.It wouldn't surprise me in the least if the smoking ban is used as a means to negotiate the end of DADT.
Now, fast forward to 2009, and we learn why such profits were possible:
McGuire has long been hailed as proof that nothing is wrong with paying outlandish sums for outrageous overperformance - in his case a 40-fold increase in total return over fifteen years. ("I don't think we could have anticipated the shares [would reach] this level five years ago," McGuire has said in rejecting the "perceived problem" of his excessive comp.)
In March, the Wall Street Journal raised questions about possible options backdating at UnitedHealth (a practice that, while permissible under certain circumstances, can amount to outright theft of shareholder assets.
No wrongdoing has so far been established, but the company, the SEC, and government prosecutors are all still investigating. Even so, the stock is down 22%, a drop that has lowered the value of McGuire's trove of in-the-money options from $1.6 billion in December to a still hefty $1 billion today
An investigation by the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations showed that health insurers WellPoint Inc., UnitedHealth Group and Assurant Inc. canceled the coverage of more than 20,000 people, allowing the companies to avoid paying more than $300 million in medical claims over a five-year period.In case anyone is wondering, I'm more worried about Godless Capitalists than I am about Godless Socialists. These corporations are vultures, preying on the sick and dying, all in the name of efficiency and profit. It's disgusting.
It also found that policyholders with breast cancer, lymphoma and more than 1,000 other conditions were targeted for rescission and that employees were praised in performance reviews for terminating the policies of customers with expensive illnesses.
"No one can defend, and I certainly cannot defend, the practice of canceling coverage after the fact," said Rep. Michael C. Burgess (R-Tex.), a member of the committee. "There is no acceptable minimum to denying coverage after the fact."
Did anyone bother to see if he has a swastika drawn in his underwear?
Kilmeade and two colleagues were discussing a study that, based on research done in Finland and Sweden, showed people who stay married are less likely to suffer from Alzheimer's. Kilmeade questioned the results, though, saying, "We are -- we keep marrying other species and other ethnics and other ..."
At this point, his co-host tried to -- in that jokey morning show way -- tell Kilmeade he needed to shut up, and quick, for his own sake. But he didn't get the message, adding, "See, the problem is the Swedes have pure genes. Because they marry other Swedes.... Finns marry other Finns, so they have a pure society."
U.S. Sen. James Inhofe dug himself in deeper Tuesday trying to explain why he called Al Franken "the clown from Minnesota" last week: "He kind of looked like a clown when I was talking to him."Hat Tip: MN Independent
(ABC) As to whether another pursuit for national office, as when she joined Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., in the race for the White House less than a year ago, would result in the same political blood sport, Palin said there was a difference between the White House and what she had experienced in Alaska. If she were in the White House, she said, the "department of law" would protect her from baseless ethical allegations. [highlight by editorial, i.e., me!]is nothing more than Nixon's statement "When the president does it, it's not illegal" dumbed down. Palin's statement boils down to the same unitary executive belief as voiced by Nixon and further advocated by Bush/Cheney. Honestly, the point is not that she's stupid, though she sure works hard at projecting stupidity, it's that she is following the same unitary executive ideology.
LC had to say about it.Hehehehe, hehehehe, hehehehe. He said "deftly." Hehehehe, hehehehe, hehehehe.*Have a sparkley blast on the Fourth.
- A Blog Around The Clock - from the archives ... clock evolution.
- All Facts and Opinions - Oh, Sarah...
- archy has a great post on the state of God in America.
- Bark Bark Woof Woof - nice talk from the president about gay rights.
- Bloggg - healthy questions.
- Dohiyi Mir - July 2 is really the Fourth of July.
- Echidne Of The Snakes - women, the press, and gauziness.
- Florida Progressive Coalition Blog - the latest news on Florida politics and politicians.
- ...I Am A Tree checks in.
- Left Is Right - California Dems get cranky.
- Left Turn Only checks in, too.
- Musing's musings hits the vacation trail.
- Pen-Elayne on the Web hits the roof.
- Rook's Rant deals with the Franken/Coleman decision deftly.
- rubber hose - inexpensive health insurance? the horror!
- Scrutiny Hooligans says we must take action.
- Speedkill - overkill
- Steve Bates gets the boot.
- Stupid Enough Unexplanation - poor people.
- The Invisible Library preps his next best-seller.
- WTF Is It Now?? on the latest hypocrite.