Thursday, January 2, 2014

My sentiments, exactly!

As I enjoy my twilight years, I am often struck by the inevitability that the party must end.
There will be a clear, cold morning when there isn't any "more."
No more hugs, no more special moments to celebrate together, no more phone calls just to chat.

It seems to me that one of the important things to do before that morning comes,
is to let every one of your family and friends know that you care for them by finding simple ways
to let them know your heartfelt beliefs and the guiding principles of your life so they can always say,
"He was my friend, and I know where he stood."

So, just in case I'm gone tomorrow, please know this .......

I voted against that incompetent, lying, flip-flopping, insincere, double-talking, radical socialist,
terrorist excusing, bleeding heart, narcissistic, unscientific and economic moron currently in the White House!

11 attorneys general slam Obama healthcare fixes as illegal

The Hill ^ 

January 02, 2014, 12:54 pm 11 attorneys general slam Obama healthcare fixes as illegal
By Rebecca Shabad
Eleven GOP attorneys general say the Obama administration is breaking the law by repeatedly making changes to ObamaCare without going through Congress.
The attorneys general specifically criticize President Obama's executive action that allowed insurance companies to keep offering health plans that had been canceled for not meeting ObamaCare's more rigorous standards.
“We support allowing citizens to keep their health insurance coverage, but the only way to fix this problem-ridden law is to enact changes lawfully: through Congressional action,” the attorneys general wrote in a letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. “The illegal actions by this administration must stop.” They say the healthcare fix was “flatly illegal under federal constitutional and statutory law.”
HHS did not respond to a request for comment.
West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey wrote the letter, which was signed by his counterparts in Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas and Virginia.
Signatories include Gregg Abbott of Texas — who’s running for governor this year — and Ken Cuccinelli of Virginia.
James D. “Buddy” Caldwell of Louisiana was previously a member of the Democratic Party, but switched to the GOP in 2011.
Republicans have often criticized the administration for making changes to the law after the fact. Other switches included the decision to delay the employer insurance mandate for a year, something many lawmakers said should have required a congressional vote.
Obama changed the law to allow insurance companies to allow canceled plans after coming under criticism when millions of people found out their plans were no longer being offered despite Obama's repeated promise that under ObamaCare, people would be able to keep their insurance plans if they liked them.
The change, the Republican attorney generals argue, exceeds precedents set by Supreme Court decisions.
The officials point to the 1985 Heckler v. Chaney case, in which the Supreme Court concluded that some enforcement actions of laws might be subject to judicial review first.
Security on the state and federal health insurance exchanges is another major issue the Republicans say they want the Obama administration to improve.
HHS continues to “ignore the widespread public outcry over the security of consumers’ private information” on exchanges,” they wrote, adding that they’re concerned about the administration’s decision to “not propose and implement rigorous privacy standards for outreach personnel.”

Obamacare Taxmageddon 2014 is Here! ^ | January 2, 2014 | Katie Pavlich 

When the Supreme Court ruled in June 2012 that Obamacare is a tax, they weren't kidding. Obamacare taxes and fees set to kick in this year are sure to put a dent in your wallet and in the economy.
The folks over at the Heritage Foundation have put together a list of what's to come in 2014 to show you how you'll be directly paying for President Obama's signature legislation.
1. Individual Mandate Tax. The individual mandate is designed to strong-arm individuals into purchasing government-approved health insurance or facing a tax penalty. In 2014, the penalty for not purchasing insurance will be either $95 or 1 percent of annual income (whichever is greater). Very few, if any, people will end up paying just $95, because individuals with an annual income of only $9,500 or less would likely qualify for Medicaid or a hardship exemption from the mandate. The mandate increases drastically in coming years, rising to $325 or 2 percent of income in 2015, and $695 or 2.5 percent of income in 2016—whichever is greater.

2. Health Insurer Tax. One of the largest tax increases in the law is an annual fee imposed on health insurers based on their share of the market. It is estimated to raise $8 billion in 2014 alone. The tax will more than likely be passed on to consumers through premium increases. An actuarial analysis by the consulting firm Oliver Wyman projects that in 2014, this tax will increase premiums by 1.9 percent to 2.3 percent. And the impact will be greater in later years as the tax increases.

3. Reinsurance Fee. This fee isn’t included in the list of 18 tax hikes, but it’s another one that will impact the cost of insurance. Health insurers will have to pay the temporary fee on group health plans to help spread the cost of the covering those in the individual market, inside and outside Obamacare’s exchanges. The fee begins in 2014, costing $63 per covered person and decreasing in 2015 and 2016. Like most taxes and fees, the result will likely be higher insurance premiums.

Sneak Peek at 2015: Employer Mandate. By law, the employer mandate was supposed to begin in 2014, but the Obama Administration delayed enforcing it until 2015. The employer mandate forces employers with 50 or more full-time employees (defined as those working 30 hours per week) to offer government-approved health coverage or pay a penalty. The penalty varies—either $2,000 per employee after the first 30 workers, or $3,000 per employee receiving subsidized coverage in the exchange, whichever is less.

Magpul pulling up stakes, heading out of Colorado

Boulder Daily Camera ^ | 01/02/2014 | Carlos Illescas 

Magpul Industries threatened to leave Colorado after the legislature passed a measure banning weapons magazines with more than 15 rounds.
And now that is official.
The Erie-based ammunition magazine manufacturer said on Thursday that it is relocating its operations to Cheyenne and Texas.
"Moving operations to states that support our culture of individual liberties nad personal responsibility is important," CEO Richard Fitzpatrick said in a press release. "This relocation will also improve business operations and logistics as we utilize the strengths of Texas and Wyoming in our expansion.
The move is expected to happen within the next 12 to 16 months, the company said.

Why the traditional meal of collards, black-eyed peas, hog jowl and cornbread for New Year’s Day.

    What hog jowl is, is, by J.A. Bolton Storyteller

      I hope your family will be enjoying the traditional meal of collards, black-eyed peas, hog jowl and cornbread for New Year’s Day.
      I thought in today’s column I would try to explain some of the folklore and customs behind the delicious meal we observe here in the south on New Year’s.

      I probably need to explain what a hog jowl is.
      Some of our Yankee friends have never heard of this cut of pork.
      It’s the cheek of the hog.
      It tastes and cooks similar to thick cut bacon.
      It’s a tough cut that is typically smoked and cured.
      Hog jowl is used to season beans and peas or fried like bacon.

      Hogs and pigs have long been a symbol of wealth and gluttony.
      It’s why we say “someone is being a pig” when they take more than their share.
      Some people believe that
        the more pork you eat for New Year’s,
          the better your luck will be in the coming year.

      So WHY hog jowl?
        The short answer is that we eat cured pork because it’s winter time.
      Hog jowl is a cured meat which stores well over long periods and it’s always been cheap.
      Plus it goes well with black-eyed peas and collard greens.

      Most southerners will tell you that the humble black-eye dates back to the Civil War.
        Black-eye peas were considered as animal feed (pea vine hay).
      When General Sherman’s Union troops came through, it was said that
        what they couldn’t use they burnt.
      Lucky for the south the Union Army didn’t know much about the black-eye peas,
        and that’s what southern people lived off of for the winter.
      Peas became a symbol of coppers or pennies.
      My folks said that for every pea you ate, it would bring you a penny.
      Folks say you should eat exactly 365 peas on New Year’s
        if’n you want enough to make it through the coming year.
      If you ate more it would mean
        you would lose one for as many days.
      I reckon it all goes back to making a pig of yourself.

      Want to get rich this year?
      Here in the south, collard greens and cornbread bring in the big bucks.
        Collards are a late crop and are mostly grown here in the south.
        Heard the saying “boil them cabbage down” ?
        The same goes for collards since it’s part of the cabbage family.
        The traditional way to cook collards
          is to strip the leaves from the stem of the collard leaves,
          wash several times,
          cut up and place them in a big pot with bits of hog jowl or a ham hock.
          When tender, remove from the pot and drain off the pot licker.
        I’ll tell you more about the pot licker in another story.

        For the best cornbread,
          use a cup of self rising cornmeal,
          half cup of flour,
          a pinch of sugar and salt,
          one egg,
          half cup of milk nd a handful of pork cracklins.
        Mix all the ingredients together.
        Grease an old cast iron frying pan and place it in an oven at 400 degrees.
        Cook for about 20 minutes but turn over after 10 minutes.
        It should come out golden brown on both sides.

        I know the doctor is going to say that eating this way will run up your blood pressure and cholesterol numbers, but what the heck.
        You need to start off enjoying the New Year.
        Don’t forget that
          pork is for luck,
            peas for pennies,
              collard greens for dollars
                and cornbread for gold.

        Hope you have a happy and prosperous new year
          and don’t forget to live, ... love ... and laugh.

      Now for a recipe from Black-Eyed Peas and Hog Jowl - New Year's Day Tradition .

        This is not culinary masterpiece. Having it once a year will be fine for most.
        But, it’s tradition, fun to do, and it's for good luck. It can't hurt.
        I served mine with some picked onions I made a year or so back.

            1 small slab of Hog Jowl
            1 15 ounce can Black-Eyed Peas
            Freshly ground Black Pepper

        Cut the hog jowl into thin bacon like strips.
        In a large skillet, fry hog jowl over medium low to medium heat until desired doneness and crispness.
        Place hog jowl on a platter lined with paper towel to drain.
        During this time, heat black eyes peas in a sauce pan over medium heat until hot.
        Season to taste with salt and pepper.

        Serves good luck for 365 days
        I find hog howl in a whole piece.
        But, I have read on other blogs where they have found it pre-sliced.
        I have never found it that way.
        If you slightly freeze your hog jowl, it will make slicing it a little easier – about 20 minutes in your freezer.
        You will get a good amount of fat renderings from the hog jowl and if you fry it too hot a lot of smoke.

      Here's the Southern Style Collard Greens
      But I disagree with their cooking time for good greens, because 45 minutes is just too short, and I recommend about 2 and one half to three hours cooking time, with a little splash of apple vinegar.
      Click on the link to get it,
      and if the greens taste too strong, just dump the water, rinse them, and add new water and cook a little longer.

      You can find Southern-Style Cornbread here.

      And you can get some stone ground whole corn meal here or here at Kymulga Grist Mill.

    Obama Dooms Seniors to Ravages of Aging

    Accuracy in Media ^ | 1-2-14 | Betsy McCaughey 

    On Oct. 1, 2012 the Obama administration started awarding bonus points to hospitals that spend the least on elderly patients. It will result in fewer knee replacements, hip replacements, angioplasty, bypass surgery and cataract operations.
    These are the five procedures that have transformed aging for older Americans. They used to languish in wheelchairs and nursing homes due to arthritis, cataracts and heart disease. Now they lead active lives.
    But the Obama administration is undoing that progress. By cutting $716 billion from future Medicare funding over the next decade and rewarding the hospitals that spend the least on seniors, the Obama health law will make these procedures hard to get and less safe.
    The Obama health law creates two new entitlements for people under age 65 – subsidies to buy private health plans and a vast expansion of Medicaid. More than half the cost of these entitlements is paid for by cutting what hospitals, doctors, hospice care, home care and Advantage plans are paid to care for seniors.
    Just Take Pill
    Astoundingly, doctors will be paid less to treat a senior than to treat someone on Medicaid, and only about one-third of what a doctor will be paid to treat a patient with private insurance.
    On July 13, 2011, Richard Foster, chief actuary for Medicare, warned Congress that seniors will have difficulty finding doctors and hospitals to accept Medicare. Doctors who do continue to take it will not want to spend time doing procedures such as knee replacements when the pay is so low. Yet the law bars them from providing care their patients need for an extra fee. You’re trapped.
    President Obama seems to think too many seniors are getting these procedures. At a town hall debate in 2009, he told a woman “maybe you’re better off not having the...
    (Excerpt) Read more at ...

    Science proves the president is wrong. Knee replacements, for example, not only relieve pain but also save lives. Seniors with severe osteoarthritis who opt for knee replacement are less apt to succumb to heart failure and have a 50% higher chance of being alive five years later than arthritic seniors who don’t undergo the procedure, according to peer-reviewed scientific research.Yet Foster warned Congress that 15% of hospitals may stop treating seniors once the Obama-Care cuts go into effect. The rest will have to lower the standard of care. Hospitals will have $247 billion less over the next decade to care for the same number of seniors as if the health law had not been enacted.

    Holy Shit!


    Carbon Tax


    Bullshit Flavor


    Suck it, Al Gore!


    Just talk about it!


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