Friday, July 31, 2009
Of the 2,476 bridges scheduled to receive stimulus money so far, nearly half have passed inspections with high marks, according to federal data. Those 1,123 sound bridges received such high inspection ratings that they normally would not qualify for federal bridge money, yet they will share in more than $1.2 billion in stimulus money.
The wooden bridge built in 1900 carrying Harlan Springs Road in Berkeley County, W.Va., is one of the nation’s unsafe structures not being repaired. About 2,700 cars cross it every day. But with holes in the wooden deck and corroded railings and missing steel poles, only one car at a time can travel the 300-foot rickety span.
Repaving or widening roads requires less planning and can be done quickly, which is why such projects account for 70 percent of the $17 billion in transportation stimulus money approved so far. Bridge projects represent 12 percent
For the economy it's good news, but the government's miscalculation has some a little nervous.
"These are just the deals we have to submit tonight," Crestmont president Bill Strauss said while holding a stack of papers. He said the dealership has over $100,000 on the table.
"If they can't administer a program like this, I'd be a little concerned about my health insurance," car salesman Rob Bojaryn said.
No, Michele Obama does not get paid to serve as and she doesn’t perform any official duties. But this hasn’t deterred her from hiring an unprecedented number of staffers to cater to her every whim and to satisfy her every request in the midst of the Great Recession. Just think Mary Lincoln was taken to task for purchasing china for during . And Mamie Eisenhower had to shell out the salary for her personal secretary.
- $172,2000 - Sher, Susan ()
- $140,000 - Frye, Jocelyn C. (DEPUTY ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT AND DIRECTOR OF POLICY AND PROJECTS FOR THE FIRST LADY)
- $113,000 - Rogers, Desiree G. (SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT AND WHITE HOUSE SOCIAL SECRETARY)
- $102,000 - Johnston, Camille Y. (SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT AND DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS FOR THE FIRST LADY)
- Winter, Melissa E. (SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT AND DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF TO THE FIRST LADY [SNIP]
Thursday, July 30, 2009
PHOENIX -- For six days in July, hundreds of teachers from all across Arizona enjoyed an all-expense-paid visit to a four-star mountainside resort in Tucson.
There was a laundry list of classes offered at the conference, and teachers had the opportunity to learn critical skills to pass on to their students.
See the sessions offered at the conference
The Wall Street Journal reported (”Government Care’s Assault on Seniors,” July 23 2009) that Congressional legislation (H.R. 3200) will “reduce access to care, pressure the elderly to end their lives prematurely, and doom baby boomers to painful later years.” This is consistent with material on Barack Obama’s own Web site, Barackobama.com. It is to be remembered that all contributions are vetted by the site’s moderators, and material with which Obama’s staff does not agree is deleted. Barack Obama’s Web site approved numerous postings to the effect that the country’s senior citizens–and we will all be senior citizens some day unless we die first–are useless eaters whose access to medical services should be severely curtailed to save money. Here is one of the more egregious entries, and we doubt that it was really posted by a 79 year old woman with health problems
I am 79, on Medicare and have several medical problems. We need some transparency on this issue. I strongly support Health Care Reform, but measures that cut costs and cover most citizens will be very hard to sell, and so far Obama hasn’t much stomach for fights. We must have less choice for end-of-life patients, and probably a measure of rationing for everyone (”No, you can’t have that test” and to a clinic “No you can’t have that machine. Only three per state allowed.” I assume the various panels at work are looking at best practice in France, Germany, Norway, and others.
The Health Choices Commissioner will decide what services health insurance must cover, and under what conditions. These choice (“standards”) will apply to both employer-sponsored insurance and insurance purchased through the Health Insurance Exchange, which will be operated by the Health Choices Administration. There will be no other legal way to buy health insurance. There will, however, be a “Qualified Health Benefits Plan Ombudsman” to provide you with “assistance” in “choosing a qualified health benefits plan in which to enroll” – from among the plan or plans the Commissioner has already chosen, of course.
Little did the taxpayers know they voted to spend "stimulus" $$ THIS way. Michelle Malkin has the story. Follow this link. Be sure to follow the link to the FNC video:
Stimulus money for the National Endowment for the Arts is supposed to be “restricted specifically to job preservation. ”
But a look at the list of NEA stimulus projects reveals that the money is being used instead for sexual titillation. Fox News reported on some of the eye-opening projects here.
Straight from the National Endowment for the Arts website, you can check out the list for yourselves. Highlights:
· $50,000 to the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta, Georgia. The Center’s website is spotlighting “the Emperor’s New Clothes” described as an “… interactive adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Emperor’s New Clothes” in which the “tailors are crafty foxes, the prime minister is a near-sighted camel, the councilor is a befuddled old walrus, and the Emperor is a pig” that is “big and pink and loves to dress up in fancy clothes.”
In the seventh inning on Sunday at Dodger Stadium, Badenhop struck Hudson near the right hip with a 90-mph fastball. Because warnings were issued an inning earlier by home-plate umpire Bob Davidson, both Badenhop and Gonzalez were ejected.
Tempers began to simmer in the sixth inning when Dodgers reliever Jeff Weaver plunked Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez in the back of his left shoulder with a 90-mph fastball. One pitch earlier, Weaver buzzed a fastball up and in on Ramirez.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
“Americans know that there’s a disconnect between the American people and Congress,” Fleming continued. “Congress and Washington in general have become sort of a ruling elite. We have a bad habit of passing laws that subject the population to all sorts of problems and headaches, yet we exempt ourselves. So I think it’s time the American people hold Congress accountable. If Congress thinks that there should be a public plan, which would effectually lead to Canadian-style/United Kingdom-style socialized medicine, then they should be the first to sign up for it.”
Since he is intimately familiar with health insurance, and having recently signed up for his Congressional benefits, I asked Fleming talked about claims Democrat members were making from the House floor yesterday that their health care bill would offer the same plans that a member of Congress gets to choose from.
Plimer presents the proposition that anthropogenic global warming is little more than a con trick on the public perpetrated by fundamentalist environmentalists and callously adopted by politicians and government officials who love nothing more than an issue that causes public anxiety.
While environmentalists for the most part draw their conclusions based on climate information gathered in the last few hundred years, geologists, Plimer says, have a time frame stretching back many thousands of millions of years.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
The U.S. Forest Service will save $1.8 million this year by ceasing to re-paint vehicles as soon as they are purchased – probably a good idea. The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services canceled a meeting in Australia, saving $36,000. The Bureau of Reclamation’s Pacific Northwest office will get rid of its airplane for a quick $845,000.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Emanuel bluntly admits that the cuts will not be pain-free. "Vague promises of savings from cutting waste, enhancing prevention and wellness, installing electronic medical records and improving quality are merely 'lipstick' cost control, more for show and public relations than for true change," he wrote last year (Health Affairs Feb. 27, 2008).
Savings, he writes, will require changing how doctors think about their patients: Doctors take the Hippocratic Oath too seriously, "as an imperative to do everything for the patient regardless of the cost or effects on others" (Journal of the American Medical Association, June 18, 2008).
Saturday, July 25, 2009
But Emanuel wants doctors to look beyond the needs of their patients and consider social justice, such as whether the money could be better spent on somebody else.
Emanuel, however, believes that "communitarianism" should guide decisions on who gets care. He says medical care should be reserved for the non-disabled, not given to those "who are irreversibly prevented from being or becoming participating citizens . . . An obvious example is not guaranteeing health services to patients with dementia" (Hastings Center Report, Nov.-Dec. '96).
"One of the most shocking things is page 425, where the Congress would make it mandatory absolutely that every five years people in Medicare have a required counseling session," she said. "They will tell [them] how to end their life sooner.
The House bill requires "an explanation by the practitioner of the continuum of end-of-life services and supports available, including palliative care and hospice, and benefits for such services and supports that are available under this title."
The measure also recommends a discussion on "the use of artificially administered nutrition and hydration," which suggests that elderly patients could be advised not to receive it, which would hasten death
Friday, July 24, 2009
Rep. John Carter (R-Texas), the secretary of the House Republican Conference and a former District Court Judge, is having his messages to constituents censored by Democrats on the Franking Commission. Republicans are no longer allowed to use the words “government run health care” in the communications to their constituents.
Carter received an email from the Franking Commission informing him of the censorship.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
I just received this contact list for those interested in telling the White House, their Representatives, and Senators what they think of the proposed health care legislation:Washington's effort to overhaul the nation's health care system has generated an intense debate among lawmakers, policy makers and health care providers. If you want to express your opinion too, here is a list of key players involved and how to contact them.The White House: (202) 456-1111 or send an e-mail at www.whitehouse.gov/contact/
The brainstorms the Democrats are proposing include:"Hiking the minimum wage to $10 an hour for all workers.
- Imposing a blanket moratorium on home foreclosures for 12 months.
- Cutting utility rates 20% across the board.
- Requiring all employers to provide health care to their employees.
- Hiking, by $100 a week, and extending, for six months, unemployment benefits.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Let me introduce you to a little section of the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade bill called the"Building Energy Performance Labeling Program". It's section 304 of the bill and it says, basically, that your house belongs to the state. See, the Federal Government really wants a country full of energy-efficient homes, so much so that the bill mandates that new homes be 30 percent more energy efficient than the current building code on the very day the law is signed. That efficiency goes up to 50 percent by 2014 and only goes higher from there, all the way to 2030. That, by the way, is not merely a target but a requirement of the law. New homes must reach those efficiency targets no matter what.
But what does that have to do with current homeowners like you? Well, I'm glad you asked. You're certainly not off the hook, no way, no how. Here's what the Democrats have planned for you. The program requires that states label their buildings so that we can all know how efficient every building (that includes residential and non-residential buildings) is and it requires that the information be made public. To that end, the bill suggests a number of circumstances under which the states could inspect a building, including:
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
I really have no interest in debating the merits of this particular conspiracy theory in this post. Therefore, I will posit, for the sake of argument, that the basic premise of the birther movement is correct. Obama was born in Kenya and is not a “natural born citizen.” Okay. Now what? What on earth do the birthers think will be done about it?