Wife and I went to our optometrist this morning. Thorough eye exams for sure. Drops in the eyes, some tool to see behind the eyeball, wow. Anyways, just a minor difference in our eyesight from last exam almost 2 years back (yes, we got to go a bit more often now). New frames and lens for both of us (hey, we both got off the all metal jobs! now some plastic again). Exam, frames, lens for the two of us? $1300…geesh! But with our insurance, just a healty $253. Now either frames way overpriced, lens was overpriced, exams way overpriced, or people without insurance are paying a ton of money!
Then stopped at wally world for some items. Then to a mexican restaurant for lunch. Then home.
All the time, because of the exam and the drops, we are wearing our regular glasses with this temporary green lens. Still it was fuzzy wuzzy time! Even now, posting this, the monitor looks a bit fuzzy. But told this should wear off shortly. Hope so.
(Much, much more at the link.)
The Congressional Budget Office has released a report on all unauthorized appropriations and expiring authorizations for fiscal year 2012. The report has been sent to both the House and the Senate.
The purpose of the report is to act as a reminder of all stopgap measures that are in place. The government is running on a series of continuing resolutions.
“How big a deal is this?”asks Business Insider. “Potentially, it’s a very big deal. The amount involved is $969B!”
This second list is for those expenditures whose authorizations expire on or before September 30 of this year:
The CBO report lays out exactly where all of the money is being spent (it runs over 100 pages). Here are just a few examples of the expenses found in the CBO report:
Unauthorized FY 2012 Appropriations: 11,519,966,000
United States Marshals Service:
Unauthorized FY 2012 Appropriations: 11,806,793,000
National Institutes of Health:
Unauthorized FY 2012 Appropriations: 30,689,990,000
Western Hemisphere Drug Elimination:
Unauthorized FY 2012 Appropriations: 1,061,000,000
Operations of the Peace Corps:
Unauthorized FY 2012 Appropriations: 375,000,000
Migration and Refugee Assistance:
Unauthorized FY 2012 Appropriations: 1,639,000,000
Department of State Diplomatic and Consular Programs:
Unauthorized FY 2012 Appropriations: 8,275,386,000
Section 8 Tenant-Based Housing Assistance:
Unauthorized FY 2012 Appropriations: 18,914,369,000
First up is when he goes to Georgia (the country, not the state) to celebrate their 20th year if independence, and calls it “RUSSIA.”
President Obama mistakenly referred to the nation of Georgia as “Russia” after a bilateral meeting with the Georgian president — an unfortunate slip-up, given that the president was celebrating 20 years of Georgian independence from Soviet rule.
“[O]ne of the first things that I did was express my appreciation for the institution-building that’s been taking place in Russia — in Georgia,” Obama told reporters following a meeting with Georgia’s President Saakashvili. Moments earlier, Obama had noted that it was “a wonderful occasion to have him here as we’ll be celebrating this year 20 years of independence for Georgia and the eighth anniversary of the Rose Revolution.”
Georgia was conquered in 1921 when the Soviet Red Army invaded the country. Three years ago, Russia invaded Georgia as part of a territorial dispute that has simmered since Georgia regained independence after the Communist empire collapsed in 1991.
The two leaders have ” agreed to is a high-level dialogue between our two countries about how we can continue to strengthen trade relations between our two countries, including the possibility of a free trade agreement,” Obama said. “And I reaffirmed to the President and assured him that the United States will continue to support Georgia’s aspirations to ultimately become a member of NATO.”
No mention of this sort of inane stupidity by the press but whenever President Bush said, “nucular” they’d cackle about his stupidity and lack of intelligence.
OMG…he needs his finger broken off and shoved up his ass! Oh wait, this is our freaking liberal president. He is allowed to use his finger as he is a liberal and he is black and he is a male. Unlink the Governmor of Arizona who is not liberal, not black, and not male!
Listen for when Obama says the OWS movement is like the tea Party. What an idiot he is!
Ranger zaps off-leash dog walker with shock weapon
A Montara man walking two lapdogs off leash was hit with an electric-shock gun by a National Park Service ranger after allegedly giving a false name and trying to walk away, authorities said Monday.
The park ranger encountered Gary Hesterberg with his two small dogs Sunday afternoon at Rancho Corral de Tierra, which was recently incorporated into the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, said Howard Levitt, a spokesman for the park service.
Hesterberg, who said he didn’t have identification with him, allegedly gave the ranger a false name, Levitt said.
The ranger, who wasn’t identified, asked Hesterberg to remain at the scene, Levitt said. He tried several times to leave, and finally the ranger “pursued him a little bit and she did deploy her” electric-shock weapon, Levitt said. “That did stop him.”
San Mateo County sheriff’s deputies and paramedics then arrived and Hesterberg gave his real name, the park spokesman said.
Hesterberg, whose age was not available, was arrested on suspicion of failing to obey a lawful order, having dogs off-leash and knowingly providing false information, Levitt said.
He was then released. He did not return a phone call seeking comment.
Witnesses said the use of a stun gun and the arrest seemed excessive for someone walking two small dogs off leash.
“It was really scary,” said Michelle Babcock, who said she had seen the incident as she and her husband were walking their two border collies. “I just felt so bad for him.”
Babcock said Hesterberg had repeatedly asked the ranger why he was being detained. She didn’t answer him, Babcock said.
“He just tried to walk away. She never gave him a reason,” Babcock said.
The ranger shot Hesterberg in the back with her shock weapon as he walked off, Babcock said.
“We were like in disbelief,” she said. “It didn’t make any sense.”
Rancho Corral de Tierra has long been an off-leash walking spot for local dog owners. In December, the area became part of the national park system, which requires that all dogs be on a leash, Levitt said.
The ranger was trying to educate residents of the rule, Levitt said.
The park service is investigating the incident, he said.
Looks like somebody wasn’t good enough to be a real cop, but somebody forgot to tell her about reasonable force which in this case should’ve been none. A stun gun for walking his small dogs that weren’t causing any problems? Too bad CharlieGodammit wasn’t there.
And why in the fuck didn’t he flatten her? There were witnesses that would’ve sided with him and I guarentee the ranger would’ve learned her lesson.
Well Chris, look in the freaking mirror! Obama asswipers like you who lie to us are a part of the problem!
“There is a real level of national hatred of the president that I hadn’t seen before, certainly not under Clinton, or under Dubya,” he said. “The hatred, the Hitler mustaches, all that stuff. I haven’t seen that before,” he insisted.
- Chris Matthews of MSNBC
Okay, I am hitting the max I am allowed on bandwidth!
So the Random Ramblings from IowaDawg blog may go down for a tiny bit.
Do not be alarmed!
It will come back up if it does go down on February 1st.
Or it may be a bit longer as I will be moving this blog to a new host with more bandwidth.
I will see tomorrow. And the next day.
But really, I will be moving the blog sometime this week.