While Democrats like to think that they are in favor of increased wages (e.g., go here, here and here), their signature program Obamacare has effectively had the opposite result, reducing take-home pay for employees of businesses having 50-99 workers, and also reducing the number of people employed.

From CNBC:

Take-home pay at small businesses was trimmed by some $22.6 billion annually because of the Affordable Care Act and related insurance premium hikes, researchers at the American Action Forum, a center-right think tank headed by former Congressional Budget Office director Douglas Holtz-Eakin, found in a report released Tuesday.

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The latest victim of the Obama nanny state is a popular school snack that had been around for a long time.  From Fox News:

School children in Elyria, Ohio are mourning the demise of a 40-year tradition – the loss of their beloved pink cookie. The fabled cookie, long served in local school cafeterias, was done in by a pound of butter, six cups of powdered sugar and the Obama administration’s food police.

“It no longer meets the national school lunch program guidelines for snacks,” said Amy Higgins, the spokesperson for Elyria City Schools. “It has too many calories.

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I could not help myself when I came across this article.
- I have to comment.
(after I spit out my beer of course)

Really? A woman posts a spreadsheet her husband had formulated to document their sexual relations (or lack of)?
This smells fishy to me. Or gross or something like it.

“My husband [M26] sent a rude, argumentative email as I [F26] was on the way to the airport for a 10-day work trip. Now he has cut contact.”

Well I for one am not feeling the least bit sorry for her. Nope. One never knows if this is all a hoax and it would not surprise me to find out it is. But when I read the so called spread sheet and the excuses for not putting out, I had to gasp. Really?
1) “I feel sweaty and gross I need a shower”
LADY: Get off your ass, grab your man and go shower together! Multitasking is good for sex lives!

2) “I have to be up early”
Gimme a gawd damned break lady! You’re a grown up. You can lose a couple hours of sleep once in awhile or even once or twice a week.

3) “I won’t have time to get showered and ready for dinner”
Ever hear of a quickie? Afternoon delight that’s fast and furious? OR your husband can be dinner. Sheesh!

Oh and this one is good-
4) “I just came back from the gym I feel gross”
Ok go back and read number 1 again.

nomeansno

It’s all too familiar- married people getting all lax and lazy when it comes to sex and taking care of these most basic needs. Couples would do better if they just did not get married in my opinion. Having that option to just walk out, without any strings being snapped back, it what keeps many people in relationships willing to have sex. Its the truth! It might be painful for some to admit. It might annoy some, piss off others….whatever…married people take for granted their spouse will stick with them thru all times good and bad.

I can’t count the numbers of friends I have, people I know, who have split up because of “irrevocable” differences (ie- no sex on a regular basis) and sadly it is the wife who pushes her husband away and says NO. But don’t beat your chests in self righteous indignation too much guys- she says no because YOU don’t make it exciting and fun and something she WANTS to do. Trust me- if you made it feel good for her she would come begging you to do IT more often. A woman who would prefer to watch a TV show or fall asleep than have sex is a woman who has never had GOOD sex!

So what to do? Read some books, experiment, watch porn, talk with experienced friends….learn how to have good, no Earth shattering great sex… No spreadsheets would happen in a GOOD SEX relationship.

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Staten Island resident Gwendolyn Williams is a thin, healthy-looking third-grader.  She exercises by playing softball and riding a scooter.  Yet, according to a “Fitnessgram” issued by the New York City Department of Education, her weight of 66 pounds at a height of 4’1″, with a Body Mass Index of 19, makes her overweight.  After reading the story in the New York Post and Fox News, I have to wonder about the NYC DOE’s standards.  According to the Post:

A DOE spokeswoman defended the Fitnessgrams Thursday as “just one indicator … which helps students develop personal goals for lifelong health.”

But for Gwendolyn, the Fitnessgrams are just dumb.

“I know that I’m not overweight, so why should I believe the New York Department of Education?” she said.

Sounds like the young lady might be taking the first small steps towards forming a healthy attitude toward government.  Read the story at the two links above.

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NannyState

The ever busy, never dull Nanny Staters are at it yet again. I can just imagine the hot tingling feeling they are experiencing over the prospect of this:

New federal dietary guidelines are due to come out next year, and critics say early drafts suggest they may represent a new nanny-state intrusion – calling for Internet-based “weigh-ins” and government text messages to overweight people meant to help them shed the pounds.

So the government will have access to cell phone numbers now? And what is an Internet Weigh in?

As if this isn’t enough to make freedom loving people churn-

Critics also fear the guidelines, which are subject to revision every five years, may go well beyond nutrition to address the planet’s health, too.

Of course, we have to kill two birds with one long overthrown step.

Phrases like “sustainability,” “climate change,” “organic,” and “locally grown” are a part of the guideline discussions, much to the consternation of some critics.

“These are nutritional guidelines that, even if you do buy into global climate change, have nothing to do with nutrition,” said Jeff Stier, a senior fellow at the National Center for Public Policy Research.

Are these organizations federally funded? If so we need to fire all these scientists and other idiots.

The best of this article is here:

At the same March 14 meeting of the Advisory Committee, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Sonia Angell, who led the banning of trans fats in New York City restaurants under then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg, suggested such a ban should be carried out nationwide. “It’s not about individual decision-making anymore,” she said, “because the opportunity here is to remove it from the food supply.”

When a government says individual choice is not a factor anymore, we have a huge problem. We’re not talking about harming other people with guns and driving while under the influence. We’re talking about our own choices with food…eating a hamburger and fries; being fat or skinny. Or as most people are- somewhere in between.

“Whatever we’re doing now, personal responsibility is not working,” said John Banzhaf, a professor of public interest law at George Washington University. Banzhaf is known for spearheading litigation against tobacco companies. He’s using the same techniques against food companies and restaurants. “A third of our kids now in school are going to get diabetes. It’s costing us 200 billion dollars a year, so we’re all paying for it,” he said.

For the people who ARE truly overweight and have health problems, CHARGE them more for heath insurance. It’s simple. It might not be politically correct and it might be a little discriminatory but it’s a lot better than taking away individual rights to eat whatever food people want to eat.

It’s not the governments job to monitor people’s weight or other health habits. I wish we would stop all this nanny state nonsense once and for all.

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Gimme 5 Guys

by Raven on April 4, 2014

in Food

fiveguysburger My new fav burger from Five Guys!

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Laughed out of office

by Raven on April 4, 2014

in DemonCrats

Really? Just really????

Thatisall.

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Who Is Tolerant?

by Raven on April 4, 2014

in DemonCrats

Ahh the leftards: So tolerant of opposing views. Open, honest, free spirited right?

Well not really. It all depends upon who you give money too. Not matter how small an amount.

Mozilla’s new CEO, Brendan Eich, gave $1,000 to Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot measure passed by a majority of California voters to limit marriage to one man and one woman. The U.S. Supreme Court voided the measure, but the hate campaign against its supporters lives on.

There’s a Twitter campaign to force Eich to step down. “I’m an employee of @mozilla and I’m asking @brendaneich to step down as CEO,” one employee tweeted.

So freedom is not a value for those who claim to want to have freedom to love and cohabit with someone of the same sex. Freedom for them to chose to be who they are, and **screw you** to those who don’t agree. Witch hunts and campaigns to dishonor people for having an opinion and for donating money to support a campaign. Typical liberals.

…Catlin wrote that Rarebit is boycotting Firefox because he and his husband “are personally affected” by Eich’s actions. That’s bunk. The courts upended Prop 8. Same-sex couples won.

Yet the witch hunt continues. Another shining example of the all inclusive tolerant left. I am proud to be a member of the close minded right I guess- where I could care less what my friends favorite charities are and who they donate their hard earned cash to. I don’t judge. I am tolerant. I respect people who have different beliefs than I have. Its called freedom to be who we are. Grow up baby leftards and get a life.

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I’ve read so many articles about Obamacare my head is spinning. One common theme arises from most of my reading: There’s nothing healthy about healthcare reform.

CLEVELAND (CBS Cleveland/AP) — The CEO of the Cleveland Clinic says that a majority of Americans who signed up for Obamacare have seen their premiums rise.

“About three-quarters of them find that their premiums are higher than they had been previously with other insurance,” Toby Cosgrove told Fox News.

Cosgrove explained that the Affordable Care Act is having a “major effect” upon health care providers.

“We know for example that we’re going to get paid less for what we do,” Cosgrove stated. “Hospitals are going to be paid less for what they do. We also know that insurers are paying less for what we do.”

Cosgrove said providers need to “become more efficient” in how they deliver health care.

So what is efficient? Hmm. Charge higher premiums. Don’t disclose to patients that they are NOT patients…and charge them more than the arm and leg it cost them.

Fudging the numbers in a big way to make this program look bigger than it really is. Allowing people who have to be begged, pleaded and bribed to sign up after the big deadline has come and gone.

My favorite quote about Obamacare, so far:

ObamaCare has become like that old quip of Mark Twain’s about the weather in New England. If you don’t like it, wait a few days and it will change.

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Is Spring Really Coming?

by Raven on March 30, 2014

in New Hampshire

I hope so. It’s been a long cold winter.

crocus in snow2

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fatkidA headline caught my sore eye this morning:

Schools increasingly check students for obesity

Why is a school checking kids for obesity? I thought schools were supposed to educate kids. Kids have parents and guardians who know. When. The. Kid. Is. Fat. No letters are needed.

CHULA VISTA, Calif. (AP) – The Chula Vista school district not only measures the academic progress of Marina Beltran’s second-grader, it also measures her son’s body fat.

Every two years, Antonio Beltran, like his classmates, steps on a scale. Trained district personnel also measure his height and then use the two figures to calculate his body mass index, an indicator of body fat.

Why is a school checking kids for obesity? I thought schools were supposed to educate kids. Why are schools hiring special personnel to measure how fat the kids are? We hear all the crybaby reports of teacher pay and benefit problems yet we can afford to pay useless personnel to come in to measure fat?? Really??? What is really fat here? Kids or school budgets?

The calculation isn’t reported to Beltran or her son, who cannot see the readout on the scale that has a remote display. Instead it’s used by the district to collect local data on children’s weight.

Why is a school checking kids for obesity? I thought schools were supposed to educate kids.

But the practice hasn’t been embraced everywhere.

Other school districts have angered parents and eating disorder groups by conducting screenings to identify overweight children and send home what critics call obesity report cards or “fat letters.”

Amid the nation’s childhood obesity epidemic, schools in nearly a quarter of all states record body mass index scores, measuring hundreds of thousands of students.

Some, like the Chula Vista Elementary School District, do what is known as surveillance, in which students are measured to identify how many are at risk for weight-related health problems but they remain anonymous. Other districts do screenings to track the weight of individual students and notify parents whose children are classified at an unhealthy weight.

Why is a school checking kids for obesity? I thought schools were supposed to educate kids. NOT TYPE AND SEND home FAT LETTERS.

Massachusetts in October stopped requiring schools notify parents when a child scores high after receiving reports that the data was not safeguarded enough, “leading to alarm, confusion or embarrassment,” according to the state’s public health department. Parents can request the results.

It’s not a schools place to be telling kids or their families they’re FAT. We have doctors for this.

Since when does a school district take on student weight issues? Since schools have been doing an inadequate job at providing well rounded education; one would think the focus should be on just that: EDUCATING THE KIDS.

Let the parents/guardians and doctors address weight issues. I don’t want to hear “What about the kid whose Mother does drugs all day”- or the other teen who has a father who works 3 jobs to pay the bills and therefore isn’t home to oversee healthy diets and exercise. All the sop stories have always been there and always will be there. Its not an excuse for school districts- ie- government- to get this involved with our kids’ lives. The government wants to become more and more ingrained in everything we do. It’s up to us to push back and say STOP. So many of today’s parents of kids are from a generation where the government stepped up it’s interference in daily life- the parents have become too accustomed and willing to allow this interference. Thanks to liberal flower power drug addicts of the 60′s we now have a generation of almost robotic parents. I hope we can stop this nonsense but I have doubts.

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Here is something that I can’t help but find both astounding and horrifying.  According to The Telegraph, China’s Health ministry has revealed that 336 million abortions have been performed as a result of that country’s one-child policy.  Also reported:

Official statistics showed that in addition to the terminations, Chinese doctors have sterilised 196 million men and women since 1971.

Perhaps unexpectedly, most people in China support the one-child policy, believing that the country would have suffered an impossible drain on food and resources without it, according to a 2008 survey by the Pew Research Centre, which found more than three in four Chinese were in favour.

There are more than 13 million abortions a year, or 1,500 an hour, in China, according to government researchers, who blame the high figure on a lack of sex education.

If I’m not mistaken, the above-mentioned number of abortions is greater than the entire population of the United States, which in turn has permitted about 55 million abortions since the Roe v. Wade decision.  Read the full story at The Telegraph, and a related story at Life News.

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