ObamaCare Catastrophe Update: MN Exchange Failing As Panel Recommends Scrapping System

MN ObamaCare Exchange Failing, Panel Recommends Scrapping System – Hot Air

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Oregon and Maryland have attracted most of the attention for failures within state-based ObamaCare web portals, but Minnesota may challenge for the bronze medal at the very least. Despite repeated assurances from Governor Mark Dayton on down, the MNSure system is failing, its management structure is “non-existent” according to an independent panel, and the best option might be trashing the whole mess:

An independent consultant has issued a damning report of the state’s troubled online insurance marketplace.

MNsure’s management structure is “non-existent” according to Optum, a subsidiary of Minnetonka-based UnitedHealth Group, which recently performed a week-long analysis of the more than $100 million website.

MNsure executives have been making decisions in a “crisis mode,” the report states.

MNsure’s board members called for the end-to-end review after the website continued to experience major technological issues three months after it launched.

The report found the agency’s ambitious enrollment goals will suffer as a result.

“While MNsure will fall short of achieving its original enrollment goals and consumer satisfaction levels, continuous improvements can be made in both the short-term and long-term,” the report states.

Those problems, however, won’t be fixed quickly and the state should consider scrapping the system altogether and starting over, the report said.

The MNSure target was 70,000 enrolled in private plans by April 1, according to the metrics laid out by the state. Only 28,000 have done so at this time, even though nearly 50,000 have enrolled in public assistance programs through the MNSure portal, and they have less than two months left to make up the remaining 60% of the goal (April 1 enrollments have to be registered by mid-March). And the website won’t be fixed in time to allow for that kind of boost, KARE 11 reports:

A “large gap exists between required functionality and what has been delivered,” the report states. Technological testing was inadequate, and schedules took precedent over quality.

In particular, Optum faulted IBM Curam for more than 100 defects in its software – more than twice as many as any other vendor on the MNsure project.

In December, Gov. Mark Dayton blasted IBM, which responded that improvements were underway.

But it’s not just the Curam software that has contributed to the site’s technical problems.

There’s a “significant gap” in program management at MNsure, which has made software development, testing and readiness difficult.

People can call into MNSure to get assistance in sign-ups, but that’s also a problem. Wait times are averaging 50 minutes in the call center, which is another area in which management is non-existent. The independent panel recommends hiring another 100 operators, but that will take time, plenty of training, and one hopes no small amount of background investigation before allowing access to that kind of private identity data. Speaking as someone who ran specialized call centers for 15 years in the context of highly-sensitive data, I can attest that there is no way to get that many operators up to speed in that short of a time frame, even if you could hire them all today.

As predicted, MNSure is crashing and burning as we speak. Insurers here expecting a windfall of healthy, young enrollees are going to rethink next year’s premium schedules – and Minnesotans will get the bill just as we go to the voting booth in the midterms.

Addendum: Even when I briefly ran a health-sector call center in the mid-90s, where wait times weren’t a big focus of customer service, a 50-minute average would probably have gotten me fired.

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Keith Ellison Bottom Feeder

He is so sorry, I mean really sorry that you stupid Americans misunderstood Dear Leader when he told you a bald-faced lie over and again!

Despicable little man, what an absolute disgrace. I cannot fathom how he can look himself in the mirror frankly! It is one thing to disagree on policy, but to lie, knowing you are lying, knowing you are defending lies, and knowing you have pushed through a law that is HURTING PEOPLE? Sorry, but that is evil, and such a person should be thrown out of office.

 

Yeah, it is like that Frum guy says, no American ever uses their gun in self-defense

Alternate title? Elderly Minnesota man kills armed intruder, world’s most self-important douche bag hardest hit

 

Chalk up another one for the good guys with guns.

Pine County Deputies responded to the home of an elderly man on reports of a shooting.

When they got there the homeowner told them that two men had entered his house on the Fox road near Sandstone in what appeared to be a robbery attempt.

The Sheriff’s office reports at least one of the suspects was armed with a handgun and confronted the homeowner. The homeowner grabbed a handgun of his own and shot the armed suspect killing him.

For those that do not understand why I take David Frum to task over many self-defense stories, allow me to explain. Frum had a fun old-time mocking the idea that anyone actually uses a gun in self-defense after the Newtown shootings, so, I responded by tweeting links to self-defense stories to Frum. He never responded, so, I take every opportunity to poke the cowardly little snot who pretends to be a Conservative while he kisses Liberal’s asses at Beltway cocktail parties.

And for those of you who might be thinking that I have a genuine hatred for Frum, you are correct. I have less respect for Frum than I do for those who admit they are Liberal. At least they are up front with their ideology.

 

4-Year-Old Robert Tufts Re-Elected Mayor Of Dorset, Minnesota

4 Year Old Re-Elected Mayor In Minnesota Town – Weasel Zippers

We need a cute, honesty fix after all the slimy pol sex stories. I’d take this kid over Carlos Danger any day of the week.

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Via Politico:

DORSET, Minn. – Robert “Bobby” Tufts hasn’t made it to preschool yet, but he’s already been elected twice as mayor of a tiny tourist town in northern Minnesota.

Mayor Tufts’ name was picked Sunday during annual Taste of Dorset festival to be mayor of Dorset for a second term. It has no formal city government and has a population of 22 to 28, depending on whether the minister and his family are in town.

Anyone could vote as many times as they like – for $1 a vote – at any of the ballot boxes in stores around town. The proceeds go toward organizing the festival.

Bobby was only 3 when he won election last year. His mother, Emma Tufts, said she and her son, who turns 5 in October, got choked up when his name was pulled for re-election Sunday.

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A lesson every American better remember

“Promote then as an object of primary importance, Institutions for the general diffusion of knowledge. In proportion as the structure of a government gives force to public opinion, it is essential that public opinion should be enlightened“-George Washington

“The best means of forming a manly, virtuous, and happy people will be found in the right education of youth. Without this foundation, every other means, in my opinion, must fail.” George Washington

Stacy McCain reminds us that history is written by the winners

America spent four decades locked in an eyeball-to-eyeball nuclear standoff with the Soviet Union and, when the Berlin Wall came down, most of us thought that we had “won” the Cold War.

Alas, little noticed by most Americans, intellectual subversives sympathetic to the Soviets had ensconced themselves in academia, making the “long march through the institutions” so that our nation’s children are now indoctrinated with a Marxist worldview. This fact — the Sovietization of American history — is now belatedly apparent to John Hinderaker in Minnesota’s public-school social studies standards:

As you read them, you imagine a senile old man, shuffling around in his pajamas and muttering, “Race, class, gender…race, class, gender.” Everything is about demographic interest groups.

Hinderaker notes the anti-heroic concept of the social studies standards, which slight the great deeds of great men, among them the gallant soldiers of the First Minnesota Infantry Regiment.

Well . . . there are still five A’s in RAAAAACISM, after all. Lessons celebrating the heroism of the First Minnesota would, according to the contemporary view, fail to represent non-white, non-male contributions to society. Why should the daughters of Hmong immigrants, for example, be taught to revere these dead Anglo-Saxon men?

History — excuse me, social studies — is now no longer about the facts of the past, but is rather a form of political propaganda, carefully airbrushed in much the same way that Stalinists removed Leon Trotsky from historic photos of the Russian Revolution.

McCain knows of what he writes. Liberalism thrives readily among ignorant minds. And the most deeply ignorant mind is often not the uneducated mind, but the MIS-educated mind. Because the MIS-educated have been taught, maybe they made honor roll, they have excelled. They are certain of the “knowledge” that has been imparted to them. They KNOW that FDR was a great president, and that he SAVED us from the Great Depression for example. They KNOW how LBJ’s Great Society, gave us the glory of Medicare, and other failed entitlement programs that made us more dependent on government. They today are being taught that Obama SAVED the U.S. auto industry. And the long march towards national government dependency continues on the road paved with government subsidized ignorance.

No class union thugs interrupt cancer research benefit

Do the letters F and O mean anything to you thug bastards?

Via NY Post:

Disgruntled union workers put their fight against Cablevision over the fight against cancer at a Times Square protest last night.

About 50 members of the Communications Workers of America Local 1109 disrupted a benefit for cancer research at the Hard Rock Cafe, carrying signs and blaring music as attendees streamed in.

Cablevision CEO James Dolan, whose rock band performed at the event, told The Post that the workers’ actions are “despicable.”

“They think being disruptive for their personal gain is more important than beating pancreatic cancer,” he said. “Their values are twisted. I’m surprised at the depth of their lowness. Everyone who deals with them should take note. It’s shameful.”

The union, which is in drawn-out contract talks with Cablevision, labeled Dolan a “Grinch” for stalling negotiations with 280 company technicians and dispatchers in Brooklyn.

“He is a greedy person pretending to be philanthropist; he’s Scrooge!” barked Tim Dubnau, an organizer for Communications Workers of America Local 1109.

But event attendees said the union members picked the wrong time and place to air their grievances.

“I’m a pancreatic-cancer survivor, and it’s unfortunate that they have to protest an event like this,” said Scott Nelson, 59, who lives in Minnesota.

Trash!

 

Minnesota Public Schools Close So Teachers Can Play With Dolls To Promote “Diversity,” Learn About Teaching Islam

Minnesota Public Schools Close So Teachers Can Play With Dolls To Promote “Diversity,” Learn About Teaching Islam – Weasel Zippers

Liberal gobbledygook at its finest.

Via Townhall:

Each year, Minnesota government schools close for two days (just before the weekend, of course) so teachers’ union members can gather at a conference organized by their union.

It’s meant to “inspire teachers,” EAGnews.org reported, and the conference includes a session titled, “Using Persona Dolls to Promote Social Emotional Intelligence and Acceptance of Diversity.”

The union describes it this way: “Used around the world, persona dolls are lifelike dolls with personalities and stories you create. The dolls become members of your classroom community and children learn by empathizing with the dolls and giving them heartfelt advice on the same kinds of situations they struggle with daily in the classroom and on the playground.”

That’s weird. Teachers are taking time away from the classroom to learn how to play with dolls?

The conference also includes a workshop on how to teach about Islam. The union says about the session:

“An expert panel will present information on teaching about Islam in the context of social studies and world religion. They will share perspectives on how educators can help improve intercultural communication and well-being for immigrant and refugee students and families from Muslim countries.”

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Your Stuck on Stoopit Moment of the Day

Via The Blaze

Calling into the Y94 Morning Playhouse radio show, Fargo-area resident “Donna” aired her frustrations about a number of deer-related car accidents she has been involved in recently – three to be exact.

“My frustration is that, Minnesota and North Dakota Departments of Transportation would allow these deer crossing in such high traffic areas. I mean, I’ve even seen them on the interstate,” Donna began.

“Why are we encouraging deer to cross at the interstate? I don’t get it,” Donna said to two stunned radio hosts.

We don’t get it either.

But it get’s worse. As she goes on, one has to wonder — Can this lady possibly be serious?

“I mean, I understand that deers are animals and they need to travel across the streets occasionally to survive and of course to find food but it seems to me… so irresponsible of us to allow these deer crossings to be in areas where these deer are so likely to be struck by oncoming traffic. Wouldn’t you agree?”

Good Freaking Grief. This is funny, but, how many gun control zealots sound just as foolish as she does. Some people really think the government can solve any problem just by passing a law.

 

The Blaze: New video mocks inane White Privilege ad

Great response to your typical stupid Liberal Racial Obsession Syndrome!

First here is the nauseatingly asinine “White Privilege” video

Now, the terrific response from some normal people who do not suffer from ROS!

OUTstanding!!!!!

Your Marxist Moron of the Day is….

The student at the University of Minnesota-Duluth who went on a hunger strike to protest oppression by gender specific restrooms!

Via The Blaze:

Gender-neutral bathrooms have become a priority at The University of Minnesota-Dulut in Dulut, Minnesota, after student Blair Moses reportedly began a hunger strike. His goal? To convince the school’s administration that they are of paramount necessity. Moses allegedly stated that gender-specific bathrooms are “oppressive” and problematic, thus he took some curious avenues to ensure that more flexible facilities would be installed.

Last month, the student reportedly sent a letter to the school stating that if his demands were not met for more equitable lavatories by April 26, he would begin a three-week hunger strike. According to CampusReform.org’s Oliver Darcy, Moses insisted in his note that the university “take immediate action to begin the process of designating more gender neutral bathrooms.” He also maintained that officials needed to announce the change once it was implemented.

Of course the university, in gutless fashion, caved in to the little thug

The very next day, April 27, the university administration ceded to both of his demands.

Chancellor Lendley C. Black issued a campus-wide e-mail stating the school would take “immediate steps” to resolve the issue and would “provide two gender neutral restrooms” in the student center. Additionally, he pledged that all new construction projects and remodels would include at least one gender neutral restroom.

Good Freaking Grief! Stop pandering to these little miscreants. The little whiner should have been told to go screw himself frankly. But, once more, a thug is rewarded for being a thug. And yes, by the way, this kid is a thug, The Blaze has a video of him playing Billy Bad Ass Black Panther!

It should be noted that The Blaze has covered Moses before. In September 2011, Campus Reform published a video of the alleged Black Panther supporter. In the clip, he gets into a verbal altercation with Phil Cleary, a man handing out U.S. Constitutions in honor of Constitution Day.

This is  why I do not go out to protests and do things like record pricks like this little wannabe thug. I just do not have the temperament to stand there and take someone threatening me. I do not suffer fools and bullies well at all.

House Democrats refuse to stand their ground, postpone war on self-defense rights

Yesterday I wrote about an effort by House Democrats to overturn “stand your ground” laws that allow people to defend themselves. Today, the Democrats have decided not to pursue this vile end, for now anyway

(Washington Times) — Democrats backed off of their effort Tuesday to offer a “Trayvon amendment” to pressure states to drop their stand-your-ground laws after learning it was likely to be ruled out of order under the evening’s rules for debate on the House floor.

Rep. Keith Ellison, Minnesota Democrat, said he will still try to force a debate at a more “appropriate” time in the future, saying action is demanded by the case of Trayvon Martin, the Florida teenager who police said was shot dead in a street encounter with a neighborhood watch volunteer.

The Ellison amendment would have docked federal criminal justice grants to states that have stand-your-ground laws, which allow residents to use deadly force to respond to an attack without first having to retreat.

As I said, they will keep trying, they despise Individualism, and self-defense is a hallmark of individual liberty.

House Democrats: Self-Defense is BAD!

Liberals are always digging in the Pit of Moral Retardation

House Democrats said Tuesday they will offer an amendment to push to overturn stand-your-ground self-defense laws in states like Florida.

The amendment, which would withhold some grants from states that have such laws, will come as part of the House’s debate on the Commerce Department spending bill.

“‘Shoot-first’ laws have already cost too many lives. In Florida alone, deaths due to self-defense have tripled since the law was enacted. Federal money shouldn’t be spent supporting states with laws that endanger their own people,” said Reps. Raul Grijalva of Arizona and Keith Ellison of Minnesota, the two Democrats who are offering the legislation. “This is no different than withholding transportation funds from states that don’t enforce seat-belt laws.”

Got that? Killing someone who is attacking you, trying to kill you, is bad according to these jack wagons! Apparently the only “lives” endangered are those of murderous thugs. The most basic human right is that of self-defense, and the Democrats are attacking it. Understand this, if these weasels had their way, the people who defended themselves, RIGHTLY defended themselves would be criminals!

Minnesotans Stuck With $70M Leftist Renewable Energy Mandate Bill – Poor Hardest Hit

Rural Electric Customers Pay The Price For Renewable Energy Mandate – Minnesota State News

Taxpayers already pay a high price to subsidize wind energy through billions in federal grants, loan guarantees and tax credits that prop up the “windustry”. Now the bill for state renewable energy mandates is coming due with hundreds of thousands of Minnesota electric co-op and utility customers picking up the tab.

Going green cost rural electric ratepayers in Minnesota more than $70 million last year, according to the Minnesota Rural Electric Association (MREA). The MREA represents about fifty mostly small, rural electric co-ops and utilities which serve more than 625,000 Minnesota homes and businesses.

“It’s an enormous subsidy. You have to add wind power, whether you need it or not,” said Mark Glaess, MREA executive director. “Right now we’re paying for wind we don’t need, we can’t use and can’t sell.”

The Renewable Energy Standard (RES) passed by the 2007 Minnesota State Legislature directs electric utilities to ramp up their percentage of renewable energy sales to 25 percent by 2025. Put another way, one of every four kilowatt hours must come from renewable energy by 2025. Unlike many other states, Minnesota does not exempt coops and municipal utilities from complying with renewable energy standards.To meet the state’s escalating demands, rural electric co-ops and utilities locked in long-term “take or pay” contracts to purchase power from wind farms.

The economic downturn, however, has led to a marked decline in energy demand and corresponding drop in energy prices. The sudden abundance of natural gas on the market put further downward pressure on energy prices.

The RES exists in a sort of price vacuum. No matter that coal-generated power costs considerably less than wind. Dozens of Minnesota co-ops are stuck with higher, pre-recession prices for surplus wind power which must be bought and distributed. The difference between what the wind power costs and what it resells for now adds up to tens of millions of dollars a year statewide with rural residents caught in the middle.

“It’s a well-intentioned law that did not contemplate the inexplicable law of unintended consequences because it neverconsidered resource planning to meet energy load and demand. What happens when the load goes down? Our members still have to buy it,” Glaess said. “And we’re going to have to increase rates to pay for our incumbent coal generation, which is getting smacked by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency).”

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) directed electric coops and utilities to report the cost to ratepayers of complying with the RES. The top three wind loss leaders in 2011 were Great River Energy ($35 million), Minnkota ($27.5 million) and Dairyland Power ($18.1 million in Minnesota and Wisconsin combined). That’s a steep increase from 2010, when Great River Energy (GRE) reported a $22 million loss on wind energy sales, while Minnkota reported a $28.2 million loss the previous year.

“Until market prices increase, Great River Energy will likely see continued negative effects from RES compliance costs. Great River and its 28 member cooperatives urge officials to weigh the impact of further costs when considering additional regulations related to renewable energy so that our rates remain affordable,” according to the Great River Energy website. GRE expects losses to increase again in 2012 to $35 million.

The Minnesota Division of Energy Resources downplayed the financial impact on ratepayers and appeared to question the process in its RES filing. “The reports filed by utilities provide some information about the effects of renewableresources on rates. However, the rate impact of the RES is best determined through the resource planning process rather than through a simple comparison with market prices. To date, theDepartment’s IRP analyses have indicated that RES compliance is generally cost effective for theutilities subject to Minnesota’s RES Statute.”

The 2007 Next Generation Energy Act allows the state to delay implementation of the RES under certain conditions, but there appears to be no appetite for that – yet. Still, even large utilities that are better positioned to meet the RES mandate and absorb the costs have warned about the uncertainties facing wind power production and prices. The key concerns include competition from natural gas, rising wind generation costs and the expiration of the federal wind production subsidy at the end of 2012.

“Even a small shift in our current expectations for gas prices, carbon regulation and wind cost could result in significant future cost impacts to fulfill the RES. In addition, individual wind projects may result in rate impacts that in aggregate could be significant,” Xcel Energy said in its 2010 report on the renewable energy mandate costs.

In Greater Minnesota, coops and utilities say it’s already hard enough for some customers to pay their utility bills in this skittish economy without the mandate. With MREA coops and utilities just halfway toward implementing the 25 percent renewable mandate, a few dollars a month on electric bills now could add up to much more.

“What’s awful is the percentage of customers who are late in paying their electric bills,” said Mark Glaess. “The average percentage that poor people are spending on energy has increased by a great deal and then they’re throwing more of this on us? It’s regressive energy economics.”

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Minnesota Man Thrown In Jail For Failing To Put Up Siding On His Home (Video)

Minnesota Man Thrown In Jail For Failing To Put Up Siding On His Home – The Blaze

A Minnesota man was arrested and thrown in jail – all because city officials said he had not properly put up siding on his house.

Officials in Burnsville, Minn. cited Mitch Faber with “having an unfinished exterior” when, nearly four years after he started it, his home’s stucco project was not complete, Fox News reported.

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Faber told Minneapolis ABC affiliate KSTP-TV he always intended to finish the project, but that he ran into financial trouble when the economy took a turn.

His first encounter with the city happened in 2007 when he got a letter saying the siding needed to be finished.

“We were in the process of finishing,” Faber told the station. “This wasn’t something that we were trying to avoid doing.”

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There were two more letters in 2009 and another in 2010, which required Faber to appear in court. That’s when, he told KSTP, he was instructed in no uncertain terms: Finish the siding or go to jail.

In order to comply, Faber and his wife spent $12,000 to put a stucco facade over their house’s plywood exterior. It wasn’t enough: Last November, Faber was arrested after city inspectors concluded the work wasn’t up to code.

According to a statement on the city’s Facebook page – posted after the story made local headlines – a judge issued a bench warrant for Faber’s arrest after the inspectors determined the work was not complete. He was arrested during a routine traffic stop.

“I’m walking around in a green and white jump suit, I had to shower in front of a sheriff, I was shackled, my wrists were handcuffed to my waist – for siding,” Faber told KSTP.

After two days, a judge released Faber but still required him to submit to electronic home monitoring.

In a statement to KSTP, Burnsville communications coordinator Marty Doll said the city provided Faber “ample opportunity (nearly four years) to remedy the situation before issuing a citation…the city’s practice is to only issue citations for property maintenance issues (such as this one) as a last resort.”

Still, he defended the city’s actions, albeit admitting the situation is “unfortunate.”

“Code enforcement is an important part of making sure all neighbors can take pride in their neighborhoods,” he said in a statement to Fox News. “The city agrees it unfortunate that this situation was not able to be resolved in typical fashion.”

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First they came for tobacco…………. UPDATED!

Then they came for evil sugar! And An ‘Old Broad is fighting mad!

Sugar under attack in obesity fight

Three California obesity researchers struck a nerve in Tennessee’s sweet tooth last month when they proposed regulating sugar in the same way government regulates tobacco and alcohol.

In the journal Nature , they pegged a litany of chronic illnesses to excess sugar consumption — diabetes, hypertension, fatty liver disease and others. Their article proposed taxing foods with added sugar, restricting purchases to ages 17 and over, and limiting convenience stores in poor neighborhoods.

There is no doubt in my mind….California really IS a granola state….fruits, nuts, and flakes!  First off, ya don’t tax people even more, second, ya don’t tell people what they can and cannot eat or drink, and third….it’s called PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY!  The whole thing sounds like discrimination against the poor folks to me!

Days before the Nature article published, U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais made a proposal on the other side of the political spectrum: a bill that would bar federal dollars from being used to publicly criticize foods already approved by the Food and Drug Administration. He’d learned federal stimulus funds financed healthy living campaigns that, in part, discouraged drinking sugary soda.

This is, of course, simply the natural evolution of the Nanny State. We did not stop them at their power grab over tobacco, and this is our reward. And these Neo-Marxists will not stop at sugar either. So, what will be next? Or maybe it will be an activity deemed “too dangerous” by our would-be overlords? Or maybe our Facebook password?

At Telegraph UK, “12-year-old US girl suing school over Facebook comments row“:

A 12-year-old girl is suing her school in Minnesota after being forced to hand over her Facebook password and punished for posts she made on the social networking site.

The case has been brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and comes amid growing concern in the United States about individuals’ ability to keep their email and other online accounts secret from their school, employer and government authorities.

A number of prospective employees have complained that they were forced to hand over their passwords to Facebook and Twitter when applying for jobs.

In the Minnesota case, the 12-year-old girl, known only as RS, is said to have been punished by teachers at Minnewaska Area Middle School for things she wrote on Facebook while at home, and using her own computer.

The ACLU is arguing that her First and Fourth Amendment rights, which protect freedom of speech and freedom from illegal searches respectively, were violated.

She is said to have been punished with detention after using Facebook to criticise a school hall monitor, and again after a fellow student told teachers that she had discussed sex online.

The Nanny State is like a cancer, it will not stop until it rots away every last liberty we have


Trump Thumps Rick Santorum: “I Don’t Get Santorum. I Don’t Get the Whole Thing” (Video) | The Gateway Pundit

Via The Gateway PunditTrump does not “get” Santorum? Who the Hell cares what a publicity whore with bad hair “gets”? Someone explain to me why CNN, or Fox, or anyone gives this man any air time at all.

Notes from a busy man

Stacy McCain, that infamous blogger who has always been generous with blogging advice, which any smart, aspiring blogger would heed, offers his congrats on this blog nearing the magic 1,000,000 mark!   And confesses a propensity to offend. Well, Stacy, I can safely say Ed and I are responsible for a LOT of outbreaks of offendeditis amongst Liberals. I say we enjoy that~!

Wherever there is the slightest hint of controversy — or an opportunity to create a controversy — you can always depend on me to say something that offends people. Set your watch by it. And in other recent news developments . . .

  • In Russia, It Means ‘Hail to the Chief’ — Russian TV anchor Tatiana Limanova flips the bird at Barack Obama?
  • “Sugar Falling Out of the Sky!” — If you’ve ever listened to University of Georgia football on the radio, you know that Larry Munson was the least objective play-by-play man in the history of sports broadcasting. A native of Minnesota, he became the Bulldogs’ biggest fan and never bothered to hide his emotional reactions. Larry just got called up to that Great Press Box in the Sky, no doubt because God needed somebody to do play-by-play for the Battle of Armageddon with as much drama as Larry brought to the 1980 Georgia-Florida game: “Lindsay Scott! Lindsay Scott!”
  • 90% of a MillionDaley Gator reaches 900,000 hits. He’d already be there, but hasn’t been linking us enough lately.

God bless Larry Munson, even if he was a Bulldog He will be missed I, of course watched that 1980 Gator/Dawg clash, I was yelling like Larry too, except I think I was yelling “Fall, Lindsay FALL!”

Green Energy? Or war on our energy infrastructure?

Steve at Motor City Times lays out the evidence very well. I ask you to consider if “green energy” is really something the Left believes can work, or do they see it as a path to crippling this nation?

The recent blast of arctic weather received across most of the United States has illustrated the need for reliable energy. (Where is that global warming when you need it?)

When the massive snow storm and single digit temperatures slammed El Paso, TX the cold temps created rolling blackouts across much of Texas. Local electric plants literally froze creating a dangerous situation for residents trapped in the freezing cold. Furthermore, without electricity, natural gas pumping stations could not run and shortages of natural gas in New Mexico and elsewhere ensued.

Strangely, no stories recounting how solar panels and windmills ‘picking up the slack’ from the old, dirty coal plants have surfaced. No stories about windmills keeping the lights on and natural gas flowing.

Truth be told, windmills are much more susceptible to freezing temperatures than coal power plants. Via Bluegrass Pundit:

In a pathetic attempt to implement ‘green energy’ in Minnesota, wind turbines transplanted from California have not worked since they were installed last fall. They have been paralyzed by the cold weather. Just think of all the ‘green jobs’ that will be created trying to get them to work in the frigid northern climate.

Obviously, solar panels will not work with large amounts of snow covering them. Come to think of it, green energy doesn’t work when the weather is good either.

Much, much more at the link.

And, as Steve rightly points out, it was our president that laid out what America might expect

“Under my plan of a cap-and-trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket,” Obama told the Chronicle . “Coal-powered plants, you know, natural gas, you name it, whatever the plants were, whatever the industry was, they would have to retrofit their operations. That will cost money. They will pass that money on to consumers.”

Think about those words, think long and hard about them

Chris: Can The Jenn Sterger Sex Tape be far behind?

Chris at Wyblog ponders the images of Jenn Sterger, and the chances of more intimate details of her bedroom antics, and what role Bret Favre might play.

The NFL has thoroughly examined Jenn Sterger and her allegations of inappropriate sextual advances on the part of Brett Favre. And really, who wouldn’t want to thoroughly examine Jenn Sterger? Ms. Sterger, a former NY Jets game hostess, alleged that the future Hall of Fame quarterback sent her explicit text messages and photos, including a picture of a penis, during and after his tenure with the Jets.

But it wasn’t until Favre left the Jets for Minnesota that Sterger’s story got legs. The league immediately opened an investigation, which finally concluded today.

Brett Favre will be fined $50,000, not for any alleged misconduct, but for failing to “cooperate” with the NFL’s investigation.

Until such a taped appears enjoy these images of Ms. Sterger.