Apr
24
2014
3

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D, New Hampshire) is afraid that she’ll lose.

Ah, my droogies: let me show you the wickedness of the world.  Or at least the wickedness of Jeanne Shaheen’s reelection campaign.

  • It all started when this rather bizarre post went up on the Jeanne Shaheen website (don’t worry, safe link).  You look at that, and you think to yourself: That looks a lot like the framework of an ad – complete with stock photos! – that the Shaheen campaign would very much like a third-party group to grab and turn into an actual campaign commercial, only the campaign can’t actually say that.
  • And the reason why you would think that is because that’s what it is.  You see, candidates cannot coordinate with third party political Super-PACs, thanks to the amazingly bizarre and remarkably pointless regulatory regime that we like to call ‘campaign finance reform.’ But as that link shows, there’s nothing stopping campaigns from putting up public ‘Important Messages,’ and then looking surprised when a third-party group turns that message into a campaign ad. (more…)
Apr
24
2014
11

I should probably thank the BDS lunatics.

Their impotent screaming over SodaStream reminded me that I have one.  It’s absolutely great to have seltzer to hand whenever I need it, you know? – Especially since the eldest kid loves the stuff, so I can give it to him instead of actual soda.

So thanks, you anti-Semitic so-and-sos! Despite yourself, the world is just a little bit better because of your actions. (more…)

Apr
24
2014
4

Aww, this ‘Koch Free Zone’ thing is the cutest thing ever.

They want universities to stop taking money from the Koch brotHAHAHAHAHA.

…They want universities to stop taking money from the HAHAHAHAHAAAHAAHAHAHAHAHA

…They want universities to stop taking monHAHAHHAHHAAAHOOOAHAAAHAHEEEEHEEEHEEHA

Sorry, can’t do it.  I believe that it was Bob Heinlein that noted that while there may indeed be things that no prostitute will do for money,* there is simply nothing that a university president will not do to get that donation check. There’s a picture on that site showing these people handing a petition to a school president.  Important life tip: unless there was a fat wad of cash hidden about sixty pages down, don’t keep your calendar clear waiting for an immediate response. (more…)

Apr
24
2014
6

How many veterans will have to die of neglect before Eric Shinseki resigns?

Because whatever the number is, it’s apparently “more than forty:” “At least 40 U.S. veterans died waiting for appointments at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care system, many of whom were placed on a secret waiting list. The secret list was part of an elaborate scheme designed by Veterans Affairs managers in Phoenix who were trying to hide that 1,400 to 1,600 sick veterans were forced to wait months to see a doctor, according to a recently retired top VA doctor and several high-level sources.”

…Only it wasn’t much of a secret, given that what went on here. Essentially, VA officials created a dummy list that made it look like they were processing veterans care in a timely fashion, while keeping actual sick veterans on a separate list that had some of them waiting for months for healthcare appointments.  This, indeed, resulted in veterans dying before they could be seen by a doctor: and before anyone thinks that I’m exaggerating the situation, please note that everybody concedes that Phoenix VA officials were actually shredding records to hide the problem.  So this was all known, including internally – but the resulting stink raised inside the organization over this went nowhere for months, apparently. Take a gander at this:

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Apr
23
2014
4

Pat Quinn thinks black Republicans are like Jewish collaborators to Nazis. …No, really.

I… am having difficulty processing this story.

Illinois Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn is in some hot water with the Jewish community after his campaign tweeted—and then quietly deleted—several messages urging backers to read an article comparing black Republican voters to Jews who collaborated with the Nazis.

That is indeed what the article said, and my difficulty is not in believing that Pat Quinn might think that such a comparison was warranted.  I am fully aware that he could think that, and does think that.  What is causing my head to short-circuit is that the Quinn campaign did not immediately have whatever fool intern was responsible for the governor’s endorsement of bigotry – over Passover weekend, no less! – drawn, quartered, and the pieces displayed as an attempt to placate critics.  What the Hell was Pat Quinn thinking?  Was Pat Quinn thinking?

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Apr
23
2014
1

Bruce Braley pushed IRS to crack down on Tea Party groups.

Of course he did: Bruce Braley is, after all, a liberal lawyer-loving Democrat.

Four days after the head of the Internal Revenue Service denied the agency was targeting conservative social welfare organizations applying for tax exempt status, Rep. Bruce Braley signed a letter urging a probe into the political activities of social welfare organizations.

Braley was one of 30 Democratic members of Congress who signed the letter, dated March 26, 2012, to IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman urging him to investigate whether “any groups qualifying as social welfare organizations under section 501(c)(4) of the federal tax code are improperly engaged in political campaign activity.”

Braley later – as in, ‘after the 2012 election’ – called the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups ‘shameful.’  Which it certainly was: but they learned it from you, Bruce!  They learned it from you.

Via the Washington Free Beacon.

Moe Lane (crosspost)

Apr
23
2014
3

Quote of the Day, Speaking Of Recycling… edition.

Jason Altmire, new muckity-muck in Florida Blue (used to be Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida), had this to say about his company’s business under Obamacare in Florida:

Altmire said “most” Florida Blue consumers who signed up for exchange plans have paid their first month’s premium, which is required to activate a plan. But he said many consumers remain uneducated about the health law.

“A lot of folks,” he said, “thought it was going to be free.’’

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Apr
23
2014
21

I gotta push back against @TwitchyTeam on this one. (NSFW)

Unlike Twitchy, I have to agree with Kid Rock (after the fold: language not safe for work): (more…)

Apr
22
2014
2

More of #Obamacare’s unfortunate math.

The New York Times is getting a little nervous, based on its recent examination of people who have decided that Obamacare is not worth the price.  I want to walk through this particular example, because it was about the only one that had any actual numbers involved:

Ms. Williams, who earns less than $40,000 a year at a small marketing firm in Seattle, said she did not want to hand over what little discretionary money she had after rent and other living expenses to an insurance company. She has been uninsured since moving a year ago from Ohio, where she had a job with health benefits.

She qualified for a subsidy to help buy coverage through Washington’s marketplace, but said that she still would have had to pay around $135 a month for the least expensive plan, with a $6,000 deductible that she said made it unfeasible.

OK. $135/month = $1,620 a year.  After subsidies. That was Ms. Williams’ cheapest plan available, and it has a $6,000 deductible.  Obamacare tax = $300 a year (1% of income over $10,000) for this year, will go up eventually to $750 a year.  As long as Ms. Williams has less than ($1,620 + $6,000 – $300) , or $7,320 a year in medical expenses, it makes sense to her to not pay the tax.  Even when the tax goes up to 2.5% she’ll still have to incur more than $6,870 a year in expenses before she would have been better off buying a plan. (more…)

Apr
22
2014
7

Tweet of the Day, …*Damn.* edition.

I mean, don’t get me wrong. We got a bunch of guys out there with citizenship papers who are also trying their best to topple the US of A. I’m all for capturing them – then hanging them for treason – but if one of them (while on foreign soil) absorbs a lethal dose of kinetic energy via a drone strike then I’m not going to lose much sleep over it.

But damn.

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Apr
22
2014
2

So why DID Rep Lois Capps (D, California-24) hire a drunken embezzler?

You know, I remember hearing about a Congressional staffer getting drunk and killing a pedestrian last year, but I honestly didn’t think very much of it at the time, except of course to feel sorry for the victim. But what I did not realize was that there was both a history of bad behavior, and a possible work-related element to the story:

The parents of a Santa Barbara woman who was fatally struck by a congresswoman’s aide filed a federal lawsuit against the driver, U.S. Rep.Lois Capps and the U.S. government.

The wrongful death suit filed by Matt and Raeona Dies’ attorney claims the Democratic congresswoman hired the aide despite being aware of his two DUI convictions and failed to monitor him, KEYT-TV reported Saturday. The suit said Raymond Morua‘s job as a field representative required driving.

Court records show he has two prior DUI arrests, a hit-and-run and an embezzlement conviction.

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