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Let’s see now. The Repub GA and Repub governor passed a funded mandate requiring localities to provide basic insurance coverage for fire, police and other emergency personnel. Then they decided this year not to fund it any more and pushed it on to localities. And now the cost is going to double. But by golly WE DIDN’T RAISE NO TAXES!!! Uh, uh, not us!!
Sound like some Rethugs we know?
Hmm, the ACKLU and the Giles County School Board have come to an agreement over the Ten Commandments, one that Liberty Counsel says it is happy with, and yet according to top-secret information from our very own suzie troll, the Rethugs are going to use this as a major weapon in this year’s election?
Lord, everything suzie has “claimed” or predicted in recent months has come crashing down around her.
Following up on gdad’s post on despicable behavior…
“Throw up, pay up, in taxis and cop cars”
Starting July 1, any passenger who throws up in — or even on — a taxi has to cough up an extra 50 bucks. The dough, of course, covers cleanup costs.
Hacks in the Windy City started lobbying for the fee in 2009 after complaining for years about late-night drunks who barfed with abandon. The City Council finally signed off in January.
Austin, Texas, followed suit in February, imposing a $100 fine on any fare who loses his lunch. And Savannah, Ga., home of some of the wildest St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in the country, let cabbies tack on $75 to $150 to the tab of any rider who turns green and spews.
I’m surprisingly pleased with the outcome. Obviously, overturning Obamacare would have been a better outcome, in my opinion, but at least Justice Roberts simply upheld it as a tax.
That’s easy enough to get repealed. Also, Obama is going to have to find a new Justice to whine about going forward.
#2 Oops, make that ACLU.
Re: the throwing up fee in a Savannah taxi:
That taxi barf “tax” is 50 percent more than the no-coverage “tax” people who don’t get health insurance will pay the IRS in 2014.
Just got back from a few days hiking at Mt Rogers and see that America still seems to be a progressive country. Way to go Justice Roberts. You da man.
Wasena Beach!. That place has opened up the Roanoke River for swimming. Every time I go by, there are a bunch of kids, or adults, cooling their feet in the water. And wherever there is a swimming hole, kids are gonna build a dam. How fun.
@6 – How’s that looking in 2016 and 2017? You don’t even have to barf to get hit with the new tax.
Can’t blame them for that surcharge. Ugh.
Well, well, well.
Looks as if the Democrats won.
In one of the most partisan days on Capitol Hill in recent memory, Democrats retaliated against Republicans on the diamond, holding their GOP colleagues in baseball contempt just hours after Republicans had done the same with their attorney general.
Boosted by an 11-run effort in the second inning, Democrats poured on the pain tonight, winning the CQ Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game title, 18-5, on what ordinarily would have been a split day politically.
Love that story Dave Hicks…thanks
And speaking of throwing up – the freepers have gone over the edge [freerepublic.com] making all kinds of threats toward Justice Roberts – they are foaming at the mouth rabid-crazy…couldn’t stay long, afraid I might catch it with all the spittle being thrown around
It’s been better than 48 hours with nothing but crickets in response to my proposed wager at June 27, 2012 @ 10:13 pm on thread @ http://tinyurl.com/7uszsvg
What? No confidence in your prediction?
If you’re referring to the comment about the NRA making a martyr out of Rodriguez, I wrote that comment tongue-in-cheek. It wasn’t serious.
OTOH, the NRA has made far stranger moves. Wayne LaPierre’s railing Obama would seize American’s guns in his second term, and the proof that would happen is the fact that has seized nobody’s legal guns in his first term, is but one example.
Who here has bought a “Sullivan Tie,” in commemorate of the surge of grassroots, populist anger?
“Once upon a time the government had a vast scrap yard in the middle of a desert. Congress said, “Someone may steal from it at night.” So they created a night watchman position and hired a person for the job. Then Congress said, “How does the watchman do his job without instruction?” So they created a planning department and hired two people, one person to write the instructions, and one person to do time studies. Then Congress said, “How will we know the night watchman is doing the tasks correctly?”
So they created a Quality Control department and hired two people. One was to do the studies and one was to write the reports. Then Congress said, “How are these people going to get paid?” So they created two positions – a timekeeper and a payroll officer – then hired two people. Then Congress said, “Who will be accountable for all of these people?” So they created an administrative section and hired three people – an Administrative Officer, Assistant Administrative Officer, and a Legal Secretary.
Then Congress said, “We have had this command in operation for one year and we are $918,000 over budget, we must cut back.” So they laid off the night watchman.
NOW slowly, let it sink in.
Quietly, we go like sheep to slaughter…Does anybody remember the reason given for the establishment of the DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY during the Carter administration?
Didn’t think so!
Bottom line is, we’ve spent several hundred billion dollars in support of an agency….the reason for which not one person who reads this can remember!
It was very simple… And at the time, everybody thought it very appropriate. The Department of Energy was instituted on 8/04/1977, TO LESSEN OUR DEPENDENCE ON FOREIGN OIL.
Hey, pretty efficient, huh???
AND NOW IT’S 2012 — 35 YEARS LATER — AND THE BUDGET FOR THIS “NECESSARY” DEPARTMENT IS AT/OVER $24.2 BILLION A YEAR. IT HAS 16,000 FEDERAL EMPLOYEES AND APPROXIMATELY 100,000 CONTRACT EMPLOYEES; AND LOOK AT THE JOB IT HAS DONE!
(THIS IS WHERE YOU SLAP YOUR FOREHEAD AND SAY, “WHAT WERE THEY THINKING?”)
33 years ago 30% of our oil consumption was foreign imports. Today 70% of our oil consumption is foreign imports. Ah, yes — good old Federal bureaucracy.
NOW, WE HAVE TURNED OVER THE BANKING SYSTEM, HEALTH CARE, AND THE AUTO INDUSTRY TO THE SAME GOVERNMENT?
Hello!! Anybody Home?
Signed….The Night Watchman
Re: “I wrote that comment tongue-in-cheek. It wasn’t serious.”
Bite your tongue, Dan.
Some of your “amen corner” might desert you — if you are serious in your predictions about RKBA.
Could it be the obstructionist have had a wake-up call?
Student loan, transportation deal sail through Congress
By SEUNG MIN KIM | 6/29/12 2:19 PM EDT
Congress on Friday signed off on a deal to halt an increase in student loan interest rates that could affect more than 7 million people — clearing the way for President Barack Obama’s signature.
Lawmakers moved quickly on Friday to end a legislative dispute that got caught up in politics on Capitol Hill and on the campaign trail, as Obama repeatedly blamed Congress for delaying and Republicans accused the president of being AWOL in negotiations.
But on Friday, Senate leaders touted the bipartisan cooperation in ultimately reaching the agreement, which came earlier this week.
And yet another: http://tinyurl.com/6qmzgas
Could bipartisanship be breaking out?
Still yet another: http://tinyurl.com/7ow2a3g
Hanh on. Not so fast.
The bill passed 373-52 in the House; all members voting against it were Republicans….
But maybe some are giving up on polluted tea.
Could moderation be coming into style — what with elections nearing (with or without the coattails of the Presidential elections being in play).
It’s been better than three weeks with nothing but crickets in response to my question to you: Are you unaware of the existence of people with a gun obsession?
Let’s see some of that “ruthless” commitment to honesty, logic and truth that so pleases you to say suits your Myers-Briggs type.
I don’t even know what this is. It’s the last thing I copy/pasted.
Pat Benatar from FOX and FRIENDS!!
Anyone know where those 1,300 firearms that Holder let go over the border? I guess we know where ONE is.
JOE WILSON was right!
Sample poll results. Eureka Park 698 democrat 24 republican. Melrose 477 democrat 34 republican. Who is either racist, uneducated, or both?
Alvarez to wear dress in park. Yippee!!
Nice cut and paste job. Too bad you don’t actually understasnd any of it. That’s a right winger email that has been circulating around the internet for 3 years now–all full of sound and fury signifying nothing and containing very little that is factual. But what else should we expect from you?
Wow! What a horrible day for the DJIA! That damn obamacare decision has all the businesses up in arms and stock values are tasnking. Why just today the DJIA went up 278 points!
Hey Dan. Saw this picture just now, apparently from AP. Washington Post used it for a caption contest. Bet we could do better!
The market likes the ACA.
Bob do you just babble anything that bounces around between your ears?
Re: Comment by Warren — June 29, 2012 @ 5:08 pm
If you are talking about those people with a gun obsession, you must be talking about the Brady bunch and others who are obsessed with demanding more restrictions on the RKBA.
Rejecting their failed mantra is absolutely consistent with an INTJ’s ruthless application of the criterion “Does it work?” Such restrictions don’t.
Just do a correlation comparison of Brady bunch’s scores of all fifty states and the DOJ’s violent crime report and you will see that there is no correlation.
Just observe the lack of a rampant increase in crime et al (such as has been consistently predicted by the pro-more-restrictions-on-the-RKBA crowd) over the last fifteen year and you will see that pro-more-restrictions-on-the-RKBA crowd has been consistently wrong. Talk about folk being overly obsessed with guns.
I’m all about the RKBA. Would love to see Virginia’s § 18.2-308 *1 appealed. The pro-more-restrictions-on-the-RKBA tends to focus on guns.
So, I was waiting for someone truly obsessed with guns to answer you, as I am not obsessed.
FYI § 18.2-308 Personal protection; carrying concealed weapons; when lawful to carry
also applies to any dirk, bowie knife, switchblade knife, ballistic knife, machete, razor, slingshot, spring stick, metal knucks, or blackjack; any flailing instrument consisting of two or more rigid parts connected in such a manner as to allow them to swing freely, which may be known as a nun chahka, nun chuck, nunchaku, shuriken, or fighting chain; any disc, of whatever configuration, having at least two points or pointed blades which is designed to be thrown or propelled and which may be known as a throwing star or oriental dart; or any weapon of like kind as those enumerated in that subsection.
You know I’m pretty sure a few days ago someone was taking to task for claiming their AC unit used Freon and that new environmental rulings had cause the price to rise.
“Newer air conditioning units use the more environmentally friendly R-410A coolant, but some estimate that 70 to 80 percent of units still take Freon R-22.”
That is a quote from this article about home cooling costs.
Intersting read and apparently yet another example of liberals not worrying about facts before they attack.
The wind! Whoopee! Anybody get their power back on yet?
My power was out between 2 and 8 p.m. today too.
Re: Comment by Dan Casey — June 29, 2012 @ 9:36 pm
Luckily my computer runs on propane.
Re: Comment by Ron — June 29, 2012 @ 9:39 pm
Hope mine is back on that fast.
And now from that extreme RW news organization CBS:
June 29, 2012 8:30 PM
Fast and Furious whistleblowers now supervised by ATF manager who allegedly threatened retaliation
By Sharyl Attkisson
When the ATF whistleblowers, Special Agents John Dodson and Pete Forcelli, went public last year, Scot Thomasson headed up ATF Public Affairs. According to an eyewitness, Thomasson stated “We need to get whatever dirt we can on these guys (whistleblowers) and take them down.” Now, Grassley and Issa say the agents have been put under the charge of ATF’s Scot Thomasson who is Division Chief of the Firearms Operations Unit.
Thomasson was also allegedly heard to have said “ATF needs to f__k these guys.” And when asked if the whistleblower allegations were true, Thomasson purportedly said he didn’t know and didn’t care. The accounts are contained in a May 3, 2012 House Oversight memo attached to Congress’ draft contempt report against Attorney General Eric Holder.
I think you know that I live in Indiana. We had a line of severe thunderstorms move over the area starting around 1;45 today. Lots of tree limbs and trees down. My house was out of power for 6 hours. We got a pretty good rain, so I’ll take the relatively short power outage. My area had 1 inch of rain in May and 3/4 inch in June until today. Burning bans are in place and July 4th fireworks events have been cancelled to avoid accidental fires.
Hope the storms weren’t too bad in your area.
BTW, Dan, you ever get caught in a “line storm” like that on the bay?
I have, in a center console Grady White. I’ll take dry land any day, if I have to be in a line storm.
Scary out there tonight.
Re: #36: I was caught in just such a storm on the Chesapeake Bay once, in a 17′ Kingfisher sailboat near the mouth of the James River. Luckily it’s a heavy twin keel boat, and despite several hairy horizontal moments we pulled through okay. With a fair number of people fishing at night on Smith Mountain and Claytor Lakes this time of year, I hope all of them are okay tonight too.
Kristen ……when dealing with sheeple, yes ma’am, I blather about just anything that comes to mind.
Police in the Roanoke Valley are 100% correct 100% of the time! God Bless these folks that have to put up with the morons in the park and elsewhere!
Re: Comment by Ron — June 29, 2012 @ 10:18 pm
“I think you know that I live in Indiana.” Yup.
“Hope the storms weren’t too bad in your area.” Last I heard the outage was approaching 2M up and down the east coast [see: http://tinyurl.com/7c4nhal ]; 600k outages, over a wide local service area; 150K in the Roanoke and New River valleys are still without power. In my immediate area the outages are very spotty. I my case, my side of the street is out. The neighbors across the street have power. The local shopping center is out. The one five miles away is open. Etc.
It was a classic line storm. Moved through very quickly. Winds 60-80 mph.
My one son who lives & works near us in Indiana, was driving to the Eastern Shore of Virginia to visit his brother & friends and to do some fishing was stranded overnight in western Maryland at a gas station without power. Another traveler who was also stranded but had sufficient gas in his truck to get the 30 miles to where a gas station with power was delivered 5 gallons of gas to my son who was then able to get back on the road about 10:30 this morning. There are good people in the world.
As we are still short on current OPEN threads this looks like a good place for this — as we have discussed F&F here:
Another ‘Fast and Furious’ Memo Released
By Jonathan Strong
Roll Call Staff
July 3, 2012, 6:34 p.m.
The day before the Justice Department broadly, and falsely, denied that guns had “walked” as part of the botched “Fast and Furious” gun-smuggling operation, an agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives told supervisors in a memo that he had expressed his concerns about the operation to Congressional investigators.
In a July 3 letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) questioned whether the memo should have raised red flags at the Justice Department.
“The possibility that DOJ was aware of this memorandum on February 3, 2011, and still sent the erroneous letter to Congress on February 4, 2011, raises more questions about DOJ’s claim that faulty information from Department components inadvertently led to the false letter,” Grassley said.
“The day before the Justice Department broadly, and falsely, denied that guns had “walked” as part of the botched “Fast and Furious” gun-smuggling operation, an agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives told supervisors in a memo that he had expressed his concerns about the operation to Congressional investigators.”
As I read this, an agent with BATFE told his BATFE bosses that he had talked about the operation with congressional investigators (whatever that means). And from this I conclude that it’s possible those bosses told their boss (but it’s also possible they did not), and that it’s possible their BATFE bosses (if they were told) told someone in the Justice Department — but it’s also possible they did not (if they knew). If they had not been told it would have been impossible for them to alert the Justice Department.
And all of this communication chain is supposed to have happened in one day.
It does not seem like a “smoking gun” to me one bit. Much more likely this was a cluster you-know-what.
Re: Comment by Dan Casey — July 3, 2012 @ 9:29 pm
“It does not seem like a “smoking gun” to me one bit. Much more likely this was a cluster you-know-what.”
I have never said that there is a “smoking gun” relative to any particular individual.
However, someone needs to be held accountable, IMHO.
How do you suggest that accountable be determined?
Re: accountability, the U.S. Attorney from Arizona resigned. The head of the ATF was removed from his post. Both happened last August.
Re: Comment by Dan Casey — July 4, 2012 @ 12:22 am
And two of the main F&F whistle-blowers have placed under Scott Thomasson’s supervision.
Remember Scott Thomasson? He allegedly stated, “All of these whistleblowers have axes to grind. ATF needs to f*** these guys,” and “we need to get whatever dirt we can on these guys and take them down.”
There is other documentation that ATF likes to retaliate against those who tell the truth to expose corruption within the bureau.
That doesn’t sound like an house in order, to me.
Dan, your own words, “Much more likely this was a cluster you-know-what” support my position that even if someone is not guilty of criminally negligent homicide, at a minimum there are some that are incompetent to hold an office of trust.
Do you honestly believe that the IG offices are free to pursue the mess, given the WH EP position?
Sure, there are those who would make political points over F&F. In fact, the whole fervor and the reaction/response is political theater.
However, lets not fall for the Red Herring of “Guilt by Association” — i.e., the attempt to discredit an idea based upon disfavored people or groups associated with it. Nor let us buy into the reverse of an Appeal to Misleading Authority, either.
In logically debate, it is important to focus upon the argument itself and not the arguer. Heck, even Suzie gets something right on occasion.
The House GOP may be driven by political points, the NRA may have an ax to grind — but that does not mean that they are totally wrong about the Case.
IMHO, until this whole mess is aired, it is suspect. And the placement of Scott Thomasson over the whistle-blowers is a symptom of the arrogance of power and abuse of authority.
“Omnes legum servi sumus ut liberi esse possumus.” ["We are all servants of the laws in order that we may be free."] — Cicero
Lex, Rex — Samuel Rutherford. The title is Latin for “the law is king” and reverses the traditional rex lex (“the king is the law”).
John Locke’s Second Treatise of Government
Montesquieu The Spirit of the Laws
IMHO, in F&F we have all the signs of a basic discrepancy here between the rule-of-law versus the rule-of-man; the end justify the means; the arrogance of power; the abuse of authority; Alpha-males gone rampant, etc.
The whole situation screams for independent review, oversight, and public airing — IMHO.
FWIIW, I would have been happier had the House taken the route of “Civil” Contempt only — totally ignoring “Criminal” contempt.
“Criminal” contempt was never going anywhere.
OTOH, on both previous occasions when Congress went to court (BTW, the targets were Republican) they had some success — the court successfully ordered the White House to turn over information to Congress.
eric holder needs jail time..he is not only a low life sycophant to bammy but a plain small time crook, much like bammy no job, no grades, no records of him except what he allows unlocked…what rat bastards
#46 An ax to grind? Is that what you call it when the NRA warns us the black helicopters are descending?
I had a relative who used to work for the NRA. He still owns plenty of guns and loves them. But he had to quit working there because he couldn’t continue to push their lies with a straight face.
Re: Comment by gdad — July 4, 2012 @ 11:11 am
An attempt to discredit an idea based upon disfavored people or groups associated with it?
I rather focus on the argument itself and not the arguer. As I said, even Suzie gets something right on occasion.
Why just today, she said that the power-line repair crews “deserve our gratitude working in sweltering heat for hours on end.”
You going to dispute that idea based on your opinion of Suzie?
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Metro Columnist Dan Casey knows a little bit about a lot of things but not a heck of a lot about most things. That doesn't keep him from writing about them, however. So keep him honest!
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