Friday, March 26, 2010

Healthcare, guess who's going to pay for it?

NEW YORK – AT&T Inc. will take a $1 billion non-cash accounting charge in the first quarter because of the health care overhaul and may cut benefits it offers to current and retired workers.

The charge is the largest disclosed so far. Earlier this week, AK Steel Corp., Caterpillar Inc., Deere & Co. and Valero Energy announced similar accounting charges, saying the health care law that President Barack Obama signed Tuesday will raise their expenses.

All four are smaller than AT&T, and their combined charges are less than a quarter of the $1 billion that AT&T is planning. The $1 billion is a third of AT&T's most recent quarterly profit. In the fourth quarter of 2009, the company earned $3 billion on revenue of $30.9 billion.


You are of course. So let me lay this scenario out for you.
You have a job and company provided health insurance. The company can't afford the benefits it provides. So how do you think they will recover those costs? It will raise prices on it's services that's how. You thought that the administration was telling you the truth that it wouldn't cost more for universal health care , you were wrong. Every insurance executive in America has said this will not bring about competition which is supposed to bring about lower more competitive prices. One of these executives was on NPR Wednesday morning, and he said it won't go up this year but everyone's premiums WILL go up in the years to come to counter balance the cost of bringing the uninsured in.
So thank you Democrats. You single-handedly just jacked up 1/6th of our economy. I hope you all get rickets.What am I talking about? They don't pay for their health care WE THE TAXPAYERS DO, for life for most of them.What segment of the American population did health care reform not affect...the publicly elected jackasses that passed the changes. When will we ever learn?

AT&T also said Friday that it is looking into changing the health care benefits it offers because of the new law. Analysts say retirees could lose the prescription drug coverage provided by their former employers as a result of the overhaul.

So just like I said before, watch how quickly companies start dropping benefits because of costs. And where are those workers supposed to get prescription drug benefits if their company insurance doesn't provide them? We are supposed to be healthier now that WE ALL HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE. But when I can't afford my medicine, I'm pretty sure I won't be healthier. Who pays for that? Yeah, you do.

30 million people sounds like a lot doesn't it? It's 1 out of 10 Americans. Did you know that? We just gave away the farm for 1 out of 10 people to get free care, which they already received by just going to the hospital for their care, which the hospital had to right off because of non-payment.

We just got screwed. Pray the attorney's general will be able to get this blocked as unconstitutional.

South Korean Navy Reportedly Shoots at Unidentified Ships Near North Korea

The South Korean navy has reportedly fired shots at unidentified ships in the direction of North Korea as it investigates whether a sinking vessel in its fleet was struck by a torpedo Friday.

Military officials said the 1,200-ton ship Cheonan was patrolling in waters south of the maritime border with North Korea when an explosion occurred at the stern of the ship, which carries a crew of 104 sailors, KBS World Radio reported.

South Korean broadcaster SBS said many of the sailors were feared dead, as the country's president, Lee Myung-Bak, called an emergency meeting of security-related ministers.

Maybe South Korea is about to kick the ever lovin' shit out of those commies to the north. Then again, maybe North Korea needs some more grain and will stop harassing shipping if we all comply. Is anyone else getting tired of this crap?


 I hope the bastard has kidney failure and it is very painful. Oops be careful what you wish for.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Over inflated sense of worth

A turbulent off-season for the Oklahoma men’s basketball program continues.

Two players, Tommy Mason-Griffin and Ray Willis (Ray who?), say on their Facebook pages they’re leaving the team.

And Jeffrey Hausinger, who according to TMZ.com wired $3,000 into the bank account of Tiny Gallon last August, apparently reached out to a second Sooner, guard Willie Warren. At least according to Hausinger’s now-deleted Twitter page.
Tuesday night, Mason-Griffin also announced he is leaving OU, writing: "its a official dat i am leavin skool and enterin draft.”

See more of this at TheLostOgle.com.

If you weren't keeping track at home let me recount this for you.
  • Mason-Griffin, out
  • Willie Warren, out
  • Tiny Gallon, probably out (NCAA violations)
  • Ray Willis, out (probable transfer)
So these guys, who were the supposed talent of the team, were also the problem with the team. They never jelled as a team and apparently each have an OVER INFLATED SENSE OF WORTH. These guys who couldn't play within a college system, think they are truly NBA material.

If you read Tommy's posts on Facebook, playing basketball ON A TEAM is not the young man's only problem, hopefully someone will help him fill out his applications at Home Depot for that loading dock position or the very promising position at Foot Locker selling basketball shoes after he struggles a few years trying to get a tryout in the NBA.

2009's Sooner Men's team had us in the Elite Eight. 
This year's team couldn't find the parking lot if they were dribbling a basketball, let alone the rim. We go from 3 McDonald's All-Americans, to a complete rebuilding year. All because these guys think they are NBA material after a few seasons of playing AAU ball and one season playing basketball for Jeff Capel. Wow. It's kinda sad that these guys just threw away a possible college degree for a pipe dream and 3000$.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not angry.
If these guys want to leave for the NBA draft, go, it's a free country. What I do question is who is telling these kids they can make it in the NBA? Who has inflated their sense of worth so high that they give up 60,000$+ in free education for a pot shot at the NBA? And even if they make a team and get the league minimum for a few years before they are cut, they'll be lucky to earn 30k a year as a former has been without a college degree.
And that is the truly sad part.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

YES!

Republican Tim D’Annunzio, a candidate in the 8th Congressional District, holds his second “Machine Gun Social” Tuesday night in Belmont.

The fundraiser starts at 6:30 p.m. at Shooters Express, 2 Caldwell Dr. in Belmont. It runs to 9 p.m. or “until the ammo runs out.” Cost is $25 per magazine. MP-5s and M-16s will be available.

Awesome. Guess how he voted on Obama's Healthcare Bill...That would be NO. More candidates should have Machine Gun Socials...hell if I ever run for elected office, I'll have one.

Bigger Models Make Women Feel Bad About Themselves, Too

Dove’s Real Beauty ad campaigns are heralded as groundbreaking forays into being a bit more realistic about how women look. Glamour‘s new habit of featuring regular-sized broads after the publicity deluge the first time they did it, too, is widely praised. But here’s the thing: According to a new study by the University of Arizona, ads featuring bigger models don’t actually make most women feel very good about themselves. Apparently, pretty much everything makes women feel like crap about how they look.

So....I'm guessing that pretty much anything you put in front of women makes them feel bad about how they look? Where do you start with this? Is there a single woman out there that is happy with how they look?
[crickets]
I'm guessing no. Good luck with that.