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Obama comment... "seriously undercuts whole idea of government as a solution"
NBC News’ Chuck Todd said Sunday... that the Obama administration has made an unmistakable “indictment” on the whole notion of “government as a solution” - with one line - in a progress report on the troubled healthcare.gov.
Obama himself stated...
“While there is more work to be done, the team is operating with private sector velocity and effectiveness...
and will continue their work to improve and enhance the website in the weeks and months ahead,” an administration report released Sunday states.
Todd, appearing on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” said of the “private sector” mention:
"That is a serious mis-step and clear acknowledgement that....
‘You know what? If this was a government operation for a long time and it failed...
So, now we’re bringing in the private sector folks.’
I mean... that is an amazing indictment on the whole idea of government as a solution, frankly…”
Well wadda-ya-know… a light went off in his head.
Don't worry... it probably went off again, before he got home... when he realized his own comments - just added to the disclaimer of big-bogus-government!
He’s just upset that the regime worded it that way because it is an admission - no doubt.
In very rare moments of clarity, liberals will frequently have a Freudian slip - and actually speak the truth.
They usually catch themselves and drink a big glass of socialist Kool-aid to dumb themselves back down again.
It's not like he actually wants the corrupt government out of the way. He is part of the grand plan of collapse... and see statements like Obama's (and his own) jeopardizing "the movement.
We can’t have the moron segment of the population - that voted for Obama - to suddenly wake up and smell the Marxism now can we? Unfortunately, they very rarely understand how their freedoms are being taken away.
I think most Democrat voters would now be willing to admit - the numerous failures of the Obama regime... and they now see the fallacy of big government.
Obamacare enrollment still plagued by bugs... and security issues haven't even been looked at... putting you at risk
No surprises... the Obamacare website hasn't been fixed? Nope... but the Obama regime continues their worn out tactic... lie about it anyway.
The say they have fixed 400 errors. The problem is though, tens of thousands of errors and bugs still remain.
Several internet security experts have warned... none of the data security issues have been fixed.
The enrollment records for a significant portion of the Americans who have chosen health plans through the online federal insurance marketplace contain errors — generated by the computer system...
That means they might not get the coverage they’re expecting next month.
The errors cumulatively have affected roughly one-third of the people who have signed up for health plans since Oct. 1, according to two government and health-care industry officials. The White House disputed the figure but declined to provide its own.
The mistakes include failure to notify insurers about new customers, duplicate enrollments or cancellation notices for the same person, incorrect information about family members, and mistakes involving federal subsidies.
The errors have been accumulating since HealthCare.gov opened two months ago, even as the Obama administration has been working to make it easier for consumers to sign up for coverage, the government and industry officials said.
Figuring out how to clean up the backlog of errors and prevent similar ones in the future... is emerging as the new imperative if the federal insurance exchange is to work as intended.
The problems were the subject of a meeting Monday between administration officials and a new “Payer Exchange Performance Team” made up of insurance industry leaders.
Still, not all was smooth. By mid-morning Monday, some Americans trying to use the Web site were running into a logjam.
And by late morning, when the number of people on the site was roughly 35,000 — or 15,000 fewer than administration officials had said it could handle — some consumers encountered a “queue,” another waiting list intended for times when the site was too crowded.
The feature limits the number of people on the site and notifies others by e-mail when it’s a better time to log in.
The new Obamacare "queue" is basically just another waiting list. It gives the false sense that something is happening... just like Obama has done for the past five years.
So what is everyone doing with their extra $2500 in savings Obama falsely promised from health care insurance next year? I'm gonna get a unicorn and a rainbow... and I'm taking a trip to visit Santa.
The Obamacare website failure and the Obama lies... just the tip of the iceberg
Democrats are praying that this weekend’s relaunch of the Obamacare Web site will save them from an electoral bloodbath in 2014. Their hopes are misplaced.
Here are five numbers that suggest that public anger over Obamacare will only grow, as Election Day 2014 approaches:
5.8 million ... That is how many people the administration needs to sign up in just 23 days because Obamacare drove them out of their health-care plans, that they previously had and liked.
That’s some 240,000 sign-ups every single day, just to break even. Getting that many enrolled in a few weeks would be extraordinarily difficult - even if the Web site were working perfectly - which it isn’t.
80 million ... That is how many Americans will be surprised to find their employer-based health plans dropped or substantially changed next year because of Obamacare.
Some will see their plans cancelled; others will lose their doctors and see premiums or deductibles rise dramatically.
54% ... That is the percentage of Americans who now say that President Obama is not “honest or trustworthy.” Americans are not just questioning Obama’s competence - they also are questioning his integrity.
A majority now believe that Obama knowingly lied when he said, “If you like your health plan, you can keep your health plan - period.” Repairing the Web site, won’t repair that broken bond of trust.
12 ... That is the number of Senate Democrats up for reelection in 2014 - who are complicit in Obama’s lies. They are on record (and on YouTube) making the same false promises.
Sen. Mary Landrieu (La.) pledged, “If you like the insurance that you have, you’ll be able to keep it.”
Even after the UN-Affordable Act was passed... all Democrats voted against a bill - that would have protected Americans from being cancelled from their existing healthcare policies.
Obama and Democrats knew back in 2010 - that tens of millions of Americans would lose their healthcare coverage - because of Obamacare. They knew - because that was part of their devious plan.
7 ... That is the number of states with vulnerable Democratic-held senate seats that also have Republican governors. Why is this important?
Because Obamacare premiums are set to skyrocket next year (because the exchanges are signing up many older, sicker people and not enough of the young, healthy people needed to subsidize the others).
No wonder the president moved next year’s Obamacare sign-up date to 11 days after Election Day. The flaw in his plan is that the nation’s governors will know the new rates, before Election Day.
So not only will millions of Americans get hit with cancellations next October, many also will learn that they cannot afford new coverage under Obamacare either — right before they go to the polls.
Democrats who are obsessing over the failure of the Web site are focused on the wrong problem. Americans are not just angry about a broken Web site; they are angry about broken promises.
They are angry about being told they could keep their health plans and their doctor - but finding out those pledges were never meant to be kept.
They are angry that just a few weeks before the end of the year, they don’t know if they and their families will be insured on Jan. 1.
They are angry about rising premiums, growing deductibles, losing their doctors and being forced into Obamacare plans - that they don’t want!
In case you haven't heard, or you are oblivious to the news of the day... America's 'Debt Limit' is now again the latest fabricated crisis in Washington.
Today is December 6th... and your taxes are still going up... and our country is virtually bankrupt... and going $4 billion dollars deeper in the hole - each and every day. Yet Obama pretends all is well. Here's Obama's latest propaganda...
Here's Obama's "bull crap" for the week... 12/06/2013...
Unemployment is still a crisis for many
Unemployment will be a global tipping point in 2014, and America will tip as well. Europe is already panicking about the likelihood of young people rioting in the streets next summer.
The 17-nation Eurozone is predicting severe riots due to soaring unemployment, especially among the young. In September, the Eurozone's general unemployment rate was 12.2%; the rate for young workers was 24.1%.
According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, youth unemployment is nearly 60% in Greece, 55% in Spain and 40 percent in Italy and Portugal.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) compiles the United States' unemployment statistics every month. The data included in the categories increase as the numbers ascend; the categories are defined as follows:
• U-3 = Total unemployed, as a percent of the civilian labor force.
• U-4 = Total unemployed plus discouraged workers.
• U-5 = Total unemployed, plus discouraged workers, plus all other persons marginally attached to the labor force.
• U-6 = Total unemployed, plus all persons marginally attached to the labor force, plus total employed part time for economic reasons.
The unemployment rate reflected by the last four categories of BLS data break down as follows:
• U-3 = 7.3%
• U-4 = 7.8%
• U-5 = 8.6%
• U-6 = 13.8%
Obama and liberal media used the U-3 numbers and reported the unemployment rate for October to be 7.3% - which is about 1/2 of the more realistic U-6 total.
The media also glossed over U-3 figures that were alarming. For example, the official rate for teen unemployment (16 to 19 years old) stood at 22.2%; black unemployment is 13.1%
And, then, there were the outright media lies.
For example, the New York Times reported on November 17th...
“The economy is improving, if slowly. Employers are now adding jobs at a pace of around 200,000 a month ... (no they aren't) ... and the unemployment rate has dropped to to 7.3 percent.” [Emphasis added.]
Actually, the September rate was 7.2%, making the October rate - an increase in unemployment - not a drop. But the NYT could not claim “the economy is improving” without data that reflected improvement.
One aspect of the BLS data is particularly alarming. In the month of October alone, 923,000 new people became “non-participants” in the labor force.
Given the job killing impact of Obamacare, it is reasonable to assume that the rate of growth for non-participants will hold steady in the foreseeable future.
If so, then, by 2017, there will be more working age people - who are not in the workforce - than there are ones holding jobs in America.
The media and politicians cannot successfully lie to people about the food they can't afford to put in their children's mouths. This is something people notice. Unemployment is a reality... to which they wake up every morning.
And, yet the liberal media shakes its head in amazed confusion and asks, “Why is the recovery jobless?” The unemployed know the answer: because there is no recovery.
What passes for progress – the rise of the stock market, for example – only reflects the quantitative easing that is skewing all economic data.
What is real is what happens every time the state enters an industry or field of endeavor: stagnation.
Off-roaders with their sand rails, bikes and quads light up the night at the Oldsmobile Hill sand dune in Glamis, Calif., on Nov. 29.
More than 150,000 people came out to the sand dunes in Imperial Dunes County for the annual Thanksgiving Weekend gathering.
Scissors dancers wait to perform in a national competition in the outskirts of Lima, Peru, on Dec. 1.
The Danza de las tijeras, or scissors dance, is a traditional dance from the Peruvian southern region of the Andes, in which two or more performers take turns dancing to music from a harp and a violin.
Gao Yinyu, 77, does his morning exercises on the banks of Songhuajiang River on Nov. 28. Temperatures on that day reached 13 degrees below zero.
Gao said he exercises all year round and has never missed a day. Chinese men usually retire at the age of 60.
A snowman stands in Piazza Duomo in the historic center of L'Aquila, the regional capital of Abruzzo, Italy, on Nov. 26. Some roads were blocked, creating severe transportation problems.
Aircraft from the British Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team (Red Arrows) perform over Kuwait City on Nov. 26. The Red Arrows are touring the Middle East with planned airshows in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, Oman & the United Arab Emirates.
A worker gathers items for delivery from the warehouse floor at Amazon's distribution center in Phoenix on Nov. 22. The Web-based retailer is preparing for Cyber Monday, which is traditionally the busiest day of the year for online purchases.
People view a depiction of a Giza pyramid and the Great Sphinx from Egypt on the opening night of the Global Winter Wonderland holiday attraction in Atlanta on Nov. 21.
People explore the inside of a giant Christmas tree along Orchard Road in Singapore on Nov. 23. Attracting thousands of tourists every year, the famous shopping belt transforms with Christmas scenes. It will be illuminated until Jan. 5.
Smile, it makes people wonder what you're up too...
Don't sweat the petty things... and don't pet the sweaty things. -- George Carlin
I have six locks on my door all in a row. When I go out, I lock every other one. I figure no matter how long somebody stands there picking the locks, they are always locking three. -- Elayne Boosler
You can stump any stoner with one question: What were we just talking about?
This life is a test. It is only a test. Had it been an actual life, You would have received "Further instructions on Where to go and what to do"!
More Obama falsehoods, failure, fraud and financial magic tricks!
Picture this... a private sector company builds a website to sell their products, but they neglect to provide a way for the customers to pay for their purchases? It defies logic, right?
That is precisely what the Obama regime knotheads have done, with Healthcare.org. The stupidity and arrogance of this administration - is frickin' mind-boggling!
We told you last week, that the Obamacare website doesn't have any way to process billing citizens and paying the insurance companies. The back-end billing functions - are not even built yet!?
ObamaCare officials confirm there is still no system built for taking billions of dollars in subsidies and giving it to the insurance companies. So how does the system work without a payment mechanism?
The Obama administration is going to let insurance companies estimate how much money they should receive. Then the feds will cut them a check and figure out the real amount later?
If the insurers don’t get paid, then they’ll hemorrhage money, trying to cover people who signed up of ObamaCare.
So the Obama administration’s saying... well the only way we can keep the insurers participating in this market, is to pay them in advance and trust them.
New study finds a significant uptick in registration of Independent voters
Across the country, Independent voter registration has increased by double digits... particularly strong increases in key voting states like Ohio, Virginia and Florida.
An omen for Obama and the liberals- most of the new Independents are former registered Democrats.
It's a "muddle along" economy - call it like it is. Prices themselves are as unreliable as a skinny chef... or a fat sprinter.
What the world wants is an honest indicator, not the tortured, Weekend At Bernie's variety the Feds churn out... the walking dead statistics squeezed out of the dot.gov sausage machine.
Truth is, nobody knows what's really going on... least of all those who, after causing, then missing, the current and ongoing crisis, were quick to nominate themselves as the saviors of the day.
Commentators, economists and kibitzers focus on whether austerity or stimulus is the proper path to 'recovery'.
The argument is fraudulent. Neither will work. You owe more than you can pay, you can neither save nor spend your way out. When debt is bad, it is bad. Unpayable. Rotten. Worthless.
If voters had been aware last year that they might lose their health-care plans when Obamacare went into effect - Republican President Mitt Romney would be sitting in the White House today, according to a poll released Friday.
That's why Obama lied to you for the past six years! Reality would have doomed his election - and his re-election.
To bad for America... so many people fell for the Obama Ponzi scheme.
Amazingly, even today... polls show something like forty percent of the citizens still believe Obama?
These would be the low-info voters, the Democrat mindless clones... and the black community still hoping Obama will fix for them, what he has actually made worse.
The black unemployment rate in 2008 was 12.9 percent... and Obama won 96 percent of the black vote in 2008. The black unemployment rate today is estimated at 13.4 percent.
The history of money in America
Our monetary units developed over time - in the original years of the country - as people met their need for "hand to hand" currency, which is to say money used in everyday cash transactions.
The gold piece was $20, because that was the smallest you could get a stamped disk of gold, worth a reasonable amount... and still see it.
Silver traded about 1/20th of gold on the markets, so a similarly sized piece in silver became the dollar.
Nickel was worth less than silver as much as silver was worth less than gold, so it came in for the 5-cent piece. Copper traded at a fifth of nickel, so it got tabbed for the penny.
Note the relationship between the monetary unit and the metallic constituent of the unit. The monetary unit was worth just a little more than the underlying metal.
If you boiled a gold dollar into liquid (an old French word for boiling was bouillon), you would get a shade less than $20 in gold... and the same thing in turn for all the other units.
Bullion was cumbersome as a means of exchange, but reliably stamped common units of bullion were not. The stamp added commercial value.
Hence the monetary system of the old days -- the days that gave us the Industrial Revolution, incidentally.
The reason that everybody in the economy preferred money actually made of precious metals such as gold and silver - and their almost-precious cousins nickel and copper - is that this ensured that the issuer did not overproduce money and ruin the economy.
If the issuer used a non-precious material - say, paper - as the stuff of its currency, currency could be overproduced and everybody would lose confidence in it.
Wild investment and spending binges and then a bust would ensue: not the stuff of the Industrial Revolution and ever-expanding prosperity.
The close relationship between the physical content of the money token and its value on the markets was essential.
It was the best guarantee that the economy got exactly the amount of money it needed for the real purposes of saving, spending, investing, and giving.
OK, so all that was shot into the sun with the rise of legal tender laws, federal reserve systems and the demise of paper-currency redemption in gold (which had made paper as good as gold).
What do we have to show for it? Let it always be noted that the pathetic recovery from the Great Recession, this slow-growth state of ours since 2009...
Is not only probably the worst extended recovery from deep depression that the nation has ever seen... but also the era of the most gargantuan episode of state-sponsored monetary creation - in the history of the world!
City and Colour... "Fragile Bird"
Dallas Green brings the intimate folk tunes he pens under the moniker City and Colour before an gathering of die-hard fans at Littlefield in Brooklyn.
Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgpS6Ab_PnA
Kids in back seats cause accidents, accidents in back seats cause kids.
There are three types of people in this world: those who can count and those who can't.
People who are always looking over their shoulder, will most likely run into something. -- Charles Huffine
All I want to know is... who the man is that looked at a cow and said "I think I drink whatever comes out of those things when I squeeze them." -- Calvin and Hobbes
After a church service on Sunday Morning, a young boy suddenly announced to his mother, "Mom, I've decided to become a minister when I grow up."
"Well," said the little boy, "I have to go to church on Sunday anyway, and I figure it will be more fun to stand up and yell than to sit and listen."
Schoola pioneers Groupon fund-raising
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities shows 37% of public schools cut funding last year and nearly 80% of school districts expect further cuts this year in per-student spending.
In many cases, parents and community groups are scrambling to fill the gaps with fundraisers. It’s an annual ritual at the start of each school year that many parents dread.
And now, as the tepid Obama recovery shows no signs of increasing government coffers, schools are relying even more on donated funds raised through parenting groups... to salvage key academic programs, buy supplies, and provide for extracurricular activities.
Stacey Boyd has a solution. A former teacher and school principal, Boyd is the founder of Schoola.com, a Groupon-style fundraising platform that connects parents with businesses... for deals on everything from clothing to food to personal services.
Parents designate a percentage of purchases for donation to the school of their choice.
Boyd says businesses already lined up with Schoola... will bring in as much as $25 million in sales this fall, leading to $13 million in donations for the 10,000 schools currently committed to the Schoola platform.
According to Schoola’s internal projections, if 30% of all U.S. primary and secondary schools participate over the next 3-5 years, the startup could gross $851 million for schools.
Boyd says she conceived of Schoola, when reading about the devastating tax shortfalls and concomitant budget cuts that dropped public school funding by 21% in her home state of California.
Here’s how it works.
Schoola allows local school groups – lead by the 6.5 million PTA moms nationally — to create their own online fundraisers.
Though Schoola closes a few national brands – such as Walgreens and Shutterfly — local parent groups find and team up with local merchants to create a special deal for the community. Parents negotiate the deal price with the vendor... and collaborate on the promotional copy.
Schoola.com then hosts and facilitates the fundraiser online (taking 15% of the money raised as its vig), while giving supporters the tools to share the fundraising effort with parents and the community.
Schoola also handles the purchases, fulfillment, and check-writing to merchants and schools at no additional charge.
Schoola’s special deal model echoes GroupOn, GoogleOffers, and LivingSocial (i.e., limited window to purchase, redemption of purchase anytime).
However, Schoola is also a bit like Kickstarter – the social fundraising platform for artists, filmmakers, and designers — in that it allows schools to post specific creative projects that need funding.
Unlike Kickstarter, however, Schoola collaborates with local merchants, rather than encouraging direct donations.
One could imagine, for example, a school’s debate team using Schoola to fund their uniquely important efforts, especially since after-school enrichment programs often get short shift when looped into the overall school budget.
Moreover, empirically successful programs like debate might enjoy a Renaissance in popularity if their fundraising could be liberated from both the regular school budget and extracurricular budget.
Schoola is not alone in revolutionizing school fundraising. Target’s “Take Charge of Education” campaign just paid out $26 million to schools.
Shoppers with the company’s credit card choose a school and Target donates 1% of their red card purchases to that school.
In addition, Amazon offers its SchoolRewards Program, in which 10% of purchases can be designated to a private or public school enrolled in the program. Website: http://www.schoola.com/
Gifts of God... words of approval, praise and encouragement
Scripture tells us that our words contain the power of life and death. You have the power to speak life into your home and the people around you... and you were given that power for a reason.
The people around you need to hear your words of encouragement. Your encouraging words are more meaningful to them than anyone else's! They are like little gifts of life that the people closest to you need to hear.
Sometimes we compliment total strangers or people we barely know more than we compliment our own family members.
Many times, a person will tell a coworker what a great job they did, but when their own spouse excels, they don't say a word.
We need to always make it a priority to compliment and encourage our own family members first.
It's easy to take the people closest to us for granted. You might think, "Oh, I don't need to say anything. They know how I feel." Or, "She knows I think she is beautiful... He knows I think he's great."
Maybe so, but a blessing is not a blessing until it is spoken. When you release those positive, faith-filled words of affirmation, they have a positive impact on the lives of the people you love.
I am convinced that when we put family first, when we take the time and make the effort to be good to our family members and give them our best, then all the other relationships in our lives will improve as well.
Always remember, the people in your inner circle not only want your approval - they need it. Life and death are in the power of your tongue... and the seeds you sow will produce a harvest for your own future.
Speak words of faith and victory and set yourself up for a harvest of victory in your own future. Give gifts of life to others and receive His life in abundance in return.
"The tongue has the power of life and death…" (Proverbs 18:21 NIV)
The cost to repair a printer
When Peter found that his printer was giving faded prints, he took it to a local repair store dealing in computers and printers.
A friendly guy at the counter told Peter that the printer probably needed only to be cleaned.
The counter guy further said that the store charged $40 for such services... and therefore, it would be a better idea for Peter to read the printer's manual and try doing the job himself.
Pleasantly surprised by his openness, Peter asked, "Is your boss aware that you discourage business?"
"Actually it's my boss's idea," the guy at the counter replied sheepishly. "We make a lot more money on repairs - if we let people try to fix things on their own first."
The traditional Thanksgiving began in what year? ... 1621? And soon afterward, the Indians realized they had a failed immigration policy. -- Jay Leno
When President Obama was in Los Angeles, he visited the DreamWorks Studios. Now don't confuse DreamWorks with Obamacare — that was a dream that didn't work. -- Jay Leno
Thanksgiving is the best. I was so pleased last year. Things were going great, having a lot of fun, the house was full of people, everybody getting along — and then I realized that I had picked up the wrong family at the airport. -- David Letterman
I remember one year Mom was fixing Thanksgiving dinner, the turkey is in the oven, and she's tearing the house apart looking for her cellphone. Later, we're all sitting down to eat and the turkey starts to ring. -- David Letterman
For the very first time, the Butterball turkey hotline has included male operators to answer questions. Depending on your turkey needs, you can request a female operator, a male operator, a male operator dressed as a female operator, or a female operator with a mustache. -- David Letterman
In Nevada, where prostitution is legal — true story — prostitutes are signing up for Obamacare. Which explains why the most popular pick-up line in Nevada is, "Let me help you with your co-pay." -- Conan O'Brien
This week, fast-food workers in 100 American cities are going on strike, a true story. The workers behind the counter want higher wages and better conditions. The drive-thru workers? No one can understand what they want. What? What did you say? -- Conan O'Brien
Amazon announced plans for an amazing service called Amazon Prime Air. When you order something from Amazon that weighs five pounds or less, a robot will drop your package on your doorstep. It's all part of Amazon's pledge to drive your dog insane. -- Jimmy Kimmel
The big news this week is that the U.S. finally got Iran to agree to stop making nuclear weapons. In exchange, the U.S. has freed up $8 billion of Iran's assets. When asked how it plans to spend the money, Iran said, "We're going to buy nuclear weapons." -- Jimmy Fallon
A new study found that parents who only have daughters are more likely to be Republican, which I guess explains why my Dad registered as Republican when he saw me throw a football. -- Jimmy Fallon
Fans angry after "The Voice" omits "Lord" from popular Christian hymn
Debate unfolded surrounding Tuesday night’s episode of NBC’s “The Voice” ... after singers omitted the word “Lord” from a well-known Christian hymn.
But video from the performance shows that cast members also axed references to “dying Savior” and “heaven.”
It was the former issue, though, that sparked the most controversy on social media.
Viewers quickly noticed that the show’s final eight contestants inserted the word “oh” in place of “Lord” while performing “Will the Circle Be Unbroken?” the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.
“Will the Circle Be Unbroken?” ... Alexander’s Gospel Songs
A popular version of the hymn’s lyrics read, “Will the circle be unbroken, by and by Lord, by and by, There’s a better home awaiting, In the sky Lord, in the sky.”
This omission led fans to air their grievances.
“How dare #TheVoice producers take “Lord” out of a song and replace it with ‘Oh.’ "Dumb move NBC,” wrote one viewer. Another added, “Don’t choose a gospel song, “Will the Circle Be Unbroken”, and replace “Lord” with “Oh”. Why choose the song?”
“The Voice” executive producer Mark Burnett, who is also known for producing the popular “The Bible” television series, later told reporters that he was equally surprised as he noticed immediately that “Lord” had been removed.
“Especially for those of us who know this song from church so well … I realized immediately what had happened. I thought I’d misheard on the sound,” Burnett told Zap2It.
“Then came the next chorus, and I’m like, ‘OK, it’s live TV, so I’ve got to wait until the next commercial break. I’m running over there and asking the question.’”
Burnett learned that the show apparently needed to use a public domain version of the song that doesn’t include “Lord” in order to make the performance free on iTunes.
Lame excuses NBC. The repression of anything relating to God, religion, etc. has always been an integral part of the take over by the left.
Religious belief can be very strong and difficult to overcome – and they must first marginalize it prior to it’s destruction.
History demonstrates this in the massive communist takeovers of the 20th century.
- Jesus said, "If you are ashamed of me, I will be ashamed of you before my Father which is in heaven.” Since we are instructed to pray to the Father in the name of Jesus Christ, it isn’t good ‘policy’ to be sanitizing our speech just so as not to offend the unbelievers.
- NBC (Nothing But Communists) has also gone to commercial during the National Anthem. They wouldn’t dare mess up wanton sex, violence, drugs or rock-and-roll. If people would only turn the “idiot box” OFF.
- It fits right in to the fact that the Obama administration is giving money to networks - to write some of their agenda items into shows on network TV. They purposely choose that song and purposely changed the words like Obama did with the Gettysburg address.
- It’s just NBC being NBC. The only NBC shows I watch are football games... and even then they can’t help but be progressive nutbags.
- Just had the pleasure of trying to explain the 'Crossdressers' in the Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC - to my 9 year old son. They were performing Kinky Boots. “Dad, those are men?” Baby steps towards the “new normal?”
World's first floating city would sail around the globe and never dock
This concept lends new meaning to "cruise to nowhere." A Florida company is trying to raise $10 billion to build the Freedom Ship, a mile-long, 25-story-high floating city that will have its own airport, schools, casinos, ballfield and aquarium.
The ship would be able to house 50,000 people, plus 60,000 additional visitors and crew...
And be set on "Perpetual Sail" mode, meaning it never has to dock (and, as the biggest sea vessel the world has ever seen, it wouldn't be able to fit into any port anyway).
It might be difficult for residents' family to send them mail, though: The Freedom Ship will always be on the move ... circling the globe.
This is what it looks like when clouds invade the Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon is a visual spectacle even when it's not filled with giant, puffy clouds, but giant, puffy clouds definitely make it even better.
The National Park Service posted a series of photos over the weekend... that show one of the natural wonders of the world being bombarded by not one, but two cloud inversions.
This rare phenomenon is caused by warm and cold air colliding. Heaven is a place on Earth, apparently.
Lion cubs are five weeks old... the cutest thing since kittens
Admit it, you've watched a few cat videos here and there. We have. But after watching this video of 5-week-old lion cubs, we can't stop wondering if these were the internet's cutest cats all along.
Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_4G3gq-8UAd
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Thought for the day...
Five steps to a more productive business
Business owners and managers seek improved productivity.
Whether you’re looking to scale your business faster, launch new features, or streamline your operations, here are five productivity tips that I practice when running my businesses.
Eat your Frog Early
When you arrive in the office every morning, do you dive right into your biggest task... or do you get the minor stuff out of the way first? Author and personal development coach Brian Tracy says, that the former is more effective in terms of productivity.
In his book Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time, Tracy cited a famous Mark Twain quote, “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.”
He used frog eating as a metaphor for task completion, in which the frog “is your biggest, most important task, the one you are most likely to procrastinate on if you don’t do something about it.”
Finish that task as early as possible... and you can spend the rest of the day knowing that you’ve accomplished a big goal.
Resist the urge to complete smaller jobs first. Doing so will only feed your procrastination and won’t take you any further towards completing your big tasks.
When deciding on what to prioritize in your business, always put your highest-impact goals at the top of your to-do list. What step can you take today that will have the biggest effect on your company?
Start with that, and either delegate or hold-off on the low-level tasks. This is tough to do. It is something I have to remind myself everyday.
Have a Meeting Policy
If you must hold meetings in your company, keep them brief. Always have an agenda and a clear purpose for the meeting so that no one asks, “What are we talking about today?”
You may also want to consider having company-wide policies that tell people when and how to set-up meetings.
Some companies for example, always hold meetings on the same day and time each week — e.g., Monday mornings, Thursday afternoons. This schedule enables people to plan their days and weeks more effectively.
Optimize your Relationships with Vendors
You optimize your website for speed and user-friendliness. Why not do the same for your suppliers and service providers?
Check with your vendors to ensure you’re working efficiently. Ask if there’s anything you can do to make their jobs easier, or recommend any improvements that they can implement.
Don’t view your relationship as a service provider and client. Instead, treat your vendors as your partners.
Take a cue from ecommerce photo digitation service ScanMyPhotos.com. According to president and CEO Mitch Goldstone, working closely with his vendors helped to increase efficiency and improve relationships.
“To enhance our workflow, create better solutions, and constantly innovate, we invite our vendors to think of us as a partner. After all, the better we do, the better they do.”
ScanMyPhotos.com did that with the United States Postal Service. According to Goldstone, he invited the USPS to visit ScanMyPhotos.com’s corporate headquarters in Irvine, Calif.
“We asked them to study our entire shipping operation and the technology that drives our fulfillment services. Many, many elements that we thought helped streamline the business were wrong.
The USPS marketing team became our best partner to reinvent everything.”
Follow the 80-20 Rule
Developed by Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto, the 80-20 rule states that for many situations, about 80 percent of the effects or outcomes... come from just 20 percent of the causes.
Pareto came up with it when he noticed that about 80 percent of Italy’s land - was owned by 20 percent of the population.
In business, the 80-20 rule comes into play when 80 percent of a company’s clients - are generated from 20 percent of its sales staff, or when 80 percent of returns - come from 20 percent of its customers.
Determine how the 80-20 principle applies to your business, then address that 20 percent so you can generate more results, or eliminate problems.
For instance, if you discover that 80 percent of your profits - come from 20 percent of your customers, then nurture your relationships with those customers and reward them for their loyalty.
Or perhaps you notice that 20 percent of your online marketing efforts are bringing in 80 percent of your site traffic.
Stop spending resources on the low-performing strategies, and focus your efforts on the channels that work.
A messy workplace is annoying, distracting, and can get out of hand if you let it. Keep clutter at bay by regularly tidying up.
Clutter can also exist inside the mind. In the same way that having piles of paper on your desk can keep you from finding a pen, having too many thoughts can curb your focus.
Fix this by de-cluttering your mind. Use a mind-mapping tool such as bubbl.us or MindMeister to organize all the ideas, tasks, or worries in your head.
A The United States of America... created as a Republic, if you can recognize it
by Ron Paul ... (Part 1 of 2)
Over 200 years ago... the United States Constitution was written as a guide for America's unique experiment in freedom.
Today... the free society that the Founders envisaged is barely identifiable.
America is no longer a bastion of freedom.
Prevailing ideology, grounded in economic ignorance and careless disregard for individual liberty...
Is nurtured by a multitude of self-serving, power-seeking politicians - spouting platitudes of compassion for the poor - who are created by their own philosophy.
Re-election is paramount in the minds of most of those who represent us, while freedom and constitutional restraint of power are considered old-fashioned and unwise.
The feeling of frustration prevalent in the country today... is certainly understandable.
Government is so big and the bureaucracy so cumbersome - that the average person has little to say about his economic destiny - unless he resorts to the underground economy.
In a free society, of course, individual initiative and ability are the principal factors in determining one's economic well-being.
Not surprisingly, half of the people don't register to vote... and less than half of those who do, rarely vote. When permitted on the ballot, "None Of The Above" is the most attractive candidate.
Something certainly has gone wrong.
The role of government and the people's attitude toward government have changed dramatically since 1787, with most of the changes occurring in the twentieth century.
It appears that we are in the waning days of the American Republic.
Has America become known for lies? Our presidents lie about domestic and foreign affairs - while secretly carrying out activities never approved by Congress.
Scientists falsify records for career purposes. Wall Street is filled with stories of lies and scandals.
Sadly, lying and deceit have become a way of life... for many in America today.
Samuel Adams, at the time of the Constitutional Convention, accurately warned:
"Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws... will secure the liberty and happiness of a people, whose manners are universally corrupt."
We certainly are blessed with a unique and inspired Constitution, probably the best in the history of man, despite its shortcomings.
Yet today, two hundred-plus years since its ratification, the Constitution doesn't restrain the pernicious and steady growth of government at the expense of personal liberty.
Our manners are now corrupt. We have been conditioned to accept debt as part of every aspect of our lives. Individuals, corporations, and nations are swimming in debt so great - that no one ever expects repayment.
The short-term benefit of government borrowing is a political expediency that, in spite of the rhetoric of the balanced budget, is growing ever more popular.
Sadly, we rarely hear serious proposals for limiting the role of government - to that of protecting liberty.
Both liberals and conservatives give lip service to limited government ideas...
But only to serve some special view of government that they might endorse, rather than to promote consistently the principles of freedom.
In the twentieth century... we have come to accept demands and needs - as rights - at the expense of someone else's rights.
Responsibility for our own acts and livelihood - has been replaced by lawsuits demanding and getting unrealistic settlements.
We have a massive government - passing out wealth stolen from one group - and giving it to another.
Those with clout in Washington do well, while those who do not understand the lobbying system and seek only their individual freedom - are left out.
The survival of a car company like Chrysler... is now more dependent on lobbying tactics, than on management skills.
Government has come to mean something entirely different, than what was intended by the writers of the Constitution. It is an entity capable of confiscating and distributing wealth ad infinitum.
Government no longer serves the people... by guaranteeing equal rights to all.
Government is now expected to provide profits, medical care, jobs, homes... and food, whenever the people demand these benefits as a right.
Most people today fail to accept the obvious fact - that government largesse can come only as a result - of a systematic scheme of government theft.
Compromise is universally accepted as the only tool for political stability, while the leaders argue that anything less is rigid and confrontational and will inevitably lead to chaos.
Yet this so-called tool of compromise, on each occasion it is used, is an attack on someone's freedom.
Most fail to see that interventionism, welfarism, and socialism are very rigid philosophies.
Continued sacrifice of a portion of one's rights - has led to a disintegration of self reliance in America today.
The latter part of the twentieth century has permitted the acceptance of the idea that "society" owes everyone a living.
Vandalism by many is no longer seen as a crime, but only as an opportunity to get what is deserved or owed to them.
Once the principle of government wealth-distribution is accepted at face value...
It is logical to expect some individuals to bypass the slow-moving bureaucracy - especially in a time of crisis - and take what they claim is rightfully theirs.
This principle is the reverse of Frederic Bastiat's moral law.
Bastiat stated that:
A law is immoral... if it does something that an individual himself is not allowed to do (such as transfer wealth, from one to another).
Once we accept, as we have these past 75 years, that it's a proper function of government to transfer wealth...
It's not difficult to understand the "logic" of the vandal who breaks windows during storms, floods, or power outages...
And takes whatever he needs without a sense of guilt.
This Week's Government Goofs & Goofballs
An Independent & unbiased accounting of our government & political mischief
Speaking out on Obamacare...
"Don't get me wrong, that's a shame," says MIT economist Jonathan Gruber, "but no law in the history of America makes everyone better off."
Mr. Gruber was an architect of both Romneycare in Massachusetts and Obamacare for the nation at large.
He's speaking about the sudden discovery - revelation - that millions of Americans who buy health insurance in the individual market are getting cancellation notices.
Gruber says about 6% of the population buys insurance in the individual market... and about half will have to switch to new plans - with higher premiums - that comply with the law.
Actually, what he told The New Yorker is, "We've decided as a society that we don't want people to have insurance plans that expose them to more than $6,000 in out-of-pocket expenses."
The liberal warped reality: most people deductible under Obamacare is more than $6,000... plus the doubling of costs and co-pays!
The president's bit about "If you like your plan, you can keep it"? Well, he should've known better, Mr. Gruber seems to suggest.
Not least because in 2010 the Health and Human Services Department estimated 40-67% of individual customers will lose their coverage and have to get Obamacare.
"Yep, it's true, and I've experienced it firsthand through my employer," writes a reader who likes his corporate health care plan but can't keep it.
"I was recently notified that our CIGNA plan, that covered both employees and families is 'no longer offered' ... and I would have to select a new CIGNA plan, with less coverage that -- surprise! -- has higher premiums.
"No 'official' explanation was offered as to the reason, but I was informed of my right to 'opt out' of any employer plan and receive a credit on my paycheck.
And then have to sign up for coverage via HealthCare.gov? Um, no thanks...
Unfortunately, a large number of people covered by insurance at their workplace... are about to make the same discovery.
That is, if they haven't already. "Yep, it's true, and I've experienced it firsthand," a reader writes us after we solicited some feedback yesterday.
For now, know that the aforementioned HHS document from 2010 projected millions of people under employer-provided plans would also have to switch.
"At that time," writes J.D. Tuccille at Reason, "HHS estimated that:
• 34-64% of large employer (100 or more workers) plans would lose grand-fathered status by 2013,
• And that 49-80% of small employer (under 100 workers) plans would lose grandfathered status by 2013."
The document has been scrubbed from the HHS website. But because nothing ever truly disappears from the Internet, it's still available. Read it and weep...
So basically... half of all Americans who buy their insurance through their workplace - will be in for a rude surprise.
For some, the surprise has already come. For others, it won't be till next year, because the employer mandate was delayed by a year.
What the NSA costs you each year... so the government can spy on you
If you're the average American taxpayer, you pay the NSA $574 each year - to spy on you.
Johns Hopkins economist Steve Hanke has a provocative blog post at the Cato Institute, based on the revelation earlier this year... that the nation's spying infrastructure carries a price tag of $52.6 billion.
"This is, of course, a tremendous sum," Hanke writes -- "more than double the size of the Department of Agriculture, more than triple the size of NASA; the list goes on...
But what really puts this number into perspective is its average cost to each American taxpayer, or what I would call the NSA and associated agencies' 'rent.'
"Yes, the NSA's rent, charged to every taxpayer living under its web of surveillance, comes out to an exorbitant - $574 per year.
If this is the price the federal government is charging American taxpayers to have their own privacy invaded, then I say the NSA's rent is too damn high."