June 25, 2015
I was disappointed, to say the least, after hearing that the Supreme Court had revised The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare). You can read the Supreme Court's decision here.
From the onset of the opinion it was apparent that the fix was in.
In the first paragraph, the supposed reasoning for setting up The Patient Protection and (Un)Affordable Care Act was tortured and misleading.
In the 1990s, several States sought to expand access to coverage by imposing a pair of insurance market regulations—a “guaranteed issue” requirement, which bars insurers from denying coverage to any person because of his health, and a “community rating” requirement, which bars insurers from charging a person higher premiums for the same reason. The reforms achieved the goal of expanding access to coverage, but they also encouraged people to wait until they got sick to buy insurance. The result was an economic “death spiral”: premiums rose, the number of people buying insurance declined, and insurers left the market entirely.
Of course you know that, if you are paying any attention at all, while ObamaCare has theoretically expanded access to insurance to more people by offering reduced rates via subsidies (transfer of wealth) to those who couldn't afford it in the past, there are actually less people who can afford health care because of the outrageously high premiums and deductibles.
I had to laugh when I read the second paragraph which stated in part:
Second, the Act generally requires individuals to maintain health insurance coverage or make a payment to the IRS, unless the cost of buying insurance would exceed eight percent of that individual’s income.
Remember the tax that wasn't a tax that was a tax? Robert's is now calling the tax a payment to the IRS. John Roberts belongs on Saturday Night Live because he is hilarious.
June 21, 2015
It's Here - Summer 2015!
Summer is here and I’m excited to present the final installment of my summer compilations. (Unless I come across another 15 songs, I have finally run out of enough songs with ‘summer’ in the title to fill another CD).
This year’s compilation is highlighted by 3 selections performed by Rod McKuen and the San Sebastian Strings, three by the Ray Charles Singers (not that Ray Charles), and five instrumentals. The coolest instrumental, The Summer Knows - Theme From 'Summer Of '42, by famous jazz trumpeter, Art Farmer, is definitely worth a listen.
Without further ado, here is the list of cool ‘summer’ songs now playing in The red meat Jukebox. Listening can’t help but get you in the mood for the long, hot days ahead.
A Summer Girl - Sammy Fall
Belcher Landing 'One Certain Summer' - Rod McKuen With The San Sebastian Strings
Blue Summer - Royalettes
Indian Summer - Ray Charles Singers
Last Days Of Summer - Blue Hawaiians
Something Wonderful Happens In Summer - Frank Sinatra
Stay And Love Me All Summer - Brian Hyland
Summer - Rod McKuen With The San Sebastian Strings
Summer Evening - Rod McKuen With The San Sebastian Strings
Summer Love - Walt Benton And The Diplomats
Summer Of '69 - Bryan Adams
Summer Romance - Jackie Kallan
Summer Set - Monty Kelly And His Orchestra
Summer Symphony - Leslie Gore
Summer Wind - Perry Como
Summer's Gone - Sandals
Summertime Blues - Beyonce Knowles
‘Summertime‘ From 'Porgy And Bess' - Chantels
Summertime In Venice - Ray Charles Singers
The Summer Knows - Theme From 'Summer Of '42' - Art Farmer
The Things We Did Last Summer - Ray Charles Singers
Theme From 'A Summer Place' - Julie London
Theme From 'The Endless Summer' - Gary Hoey
This Morning It Was Summer - Natalie Cole
When Summer Comes 'Get A Chance With You' - Jan And Dean
June 16, 2015
JEB! Just Another RINO...
I watched Jeb Bush's interview with Sean Hannity tonight. Of course JEB! thinks he can change the course of America.
Almost immediately Hannity asked him why he was having so much trouble with the conservative base, and of course he wouldn't say it, but he still favors Common Core and citizenship for illegals.
I'm sure his strategy is to court the Hispanic vote, but he is going to need a lot of Hispanic votes because millions of conservatives won't vote for him because of the aforementioned stances.
It was interesting when he was asked whether he would keep Guantanamo Bay (Gitmo) open, he answered with an emphatic 'Yes.' Unfortunately, when he was asked whether he would use enhanced interrogation, he said we didn't need it. It seems he could have answered that it would depend upon the circumstances, or an even better answer would have been that he would do whatever it takes to keep Americans safe. He wouldn't budge and repeated that we just didn't need it. Apparently, a stay at Guantanamo Bay courtesy of Jeb Bush would equal 3 hots, a cot and all the soccer they wanted to play on that $750,000 soccer field we just built. A Jeb Bush presidency would not include enhanced interrogation no matter how many American lives it would cost.
Except for the conservative bluster, there isn't much difference between JEB! and Hillary.
June 11, 2015
Texas Reducing Number Of Abortion Clinics - An Unintended Benefit
On Wednesday June 6, 2015, just before 5 P.M. Eastern , I was channel-surfing and stopped briefly on MSNBC and watched while the host, Alex Wagner, interviewed Planned Parenthood executive, Cecile Richards . The Ms. Richard was concerned about the fact that abortion clinics in Texas may be reduced to as few as 10 locations. While that number may or may not be adequate to meet the demands for abortions, one of the concerns that Planned Parenthood had was that that number of abortion clinics may force illegal immigrants to return to Mexico to obtain an abortion.
The following incredible exchange took place:
WAGNER: Because if you are asking a woman to drive hundreds of miles to get an abortion, that's limiting the number of women who can take work off, who have access to transportation. I mean, this law disproportionately it would seem targets poor women.
RICHARDS: Absolutely. It already targets women that have the least access to health care. And I think one of the really cruel ironies of this is that women on the Rio Grande border, one of the most under served areas of the State of Texas, many of those women are undocumented. They actually cannot drive to San Antonio. They cannot drive to Houston or Austin because they can't pass through the border check points. And so, we're really literally forcing women to go across the border to Mexico to get what is a legal procedure in the State of Texas or should be a legal procedure in the State of Texas.
Apparently, we are currently using tax dollars to give illegal immigrants abortions and by reducing the number of abortion clinics we can get the lawbreakers to go home. I just don’t see the problem.
You can read a transcript of the interview here:
June 9, 2015
Obama's Message To The World
HRH Obama continues to send a strong message to the world while the Middle East burns - "Present."
June 3, 2015
Obama And Jesus, One In The Same?
David Axelrod, friend and former chief campaign adviser to HRH Obama, reportedly attributed the following comment to Barack Husein Obama:
"You know, I think I am the closest thing to a Jew that has ever sat in this office."
I have no doubt that Obama believes what he says, in fact, he may even believe he is Jesus Christ reincarnate.