Geesh. Talk about bad timing! I fix me some dinner because I was hungry. After I eat and I am on the computer, wife comes in and says our daughter and our sister want to go out. So the women were going to go by themselves, but I said I would not mind. Headed off to the casino. Well, get there and no, the women are going to eat first! Me, not being hungry since I just ate, said I will be down in the casino.
Four hours later, I am hitting on one slot machine when the women come by and said, let’s go. Well, I said, go sit down and I will continue playing. Nope, the women went and got the car (valet parked) and wait for me. So on a winning streak, I had to quit and cash out! I blame the women! Who knows, the way the machine was hitting, I might of made up my little loss of about 13 bucks.
In the morning, we go to the gym, my wife and I. Missed today, so have to double up. And by double up? I mean I will spend the entire hour in the massage chair! LOL
Oh, and the Pilot station at the casino? Gas was $3.49 a gallon.
Dutch launch mobile euthanasia teams
Six specialised teams will criss-cross the Netherlands to carry out euthanasia at the home of patients whose own doctors refuse to do so, a pro-euthanasia group said.
“From Thursday, the Levenseindekliniek (Life-end clinic) will have mobile teams where people who think they comply with the criteria for euthanasia can register,” Right-to-die NL (NVVE) spokeswoman Walburg de Jong said.
“If they comply, the teams will carry out the euthanasia at patients’ homes should their normal doctors refuse to help them.”
Ms De Jong says the group, called the Life-end clinic, has teams made up of a specially-trained doctor and nurse who will work part time, visiting patients all over the Netherlands.
The Netherlands became the first country in the world to legalise euthanasia in April 2002, and has strict criteria regulating how such mercy killings can be carried out.
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Check out the Queen Michelle apparent look of contempt at a state dinner honoring Iraqi war vets.
But whatever you do don’t call Obama the food stamp president because that’s crazy racist or something. Unless you are Jesse Jackson!
(WSJ) — Food-stamp use jumped in the U.S. in December with more than 1 in 7 people receiving benefits, even as a program for disaster assistance related to Hurricane Irene came to an end.
Food stamp rolls increased 5.5% in 2011, the Department of Agriculture reported, though the pace of growth has slowed from the depths of the recession.
The number of recipients in the food stamp program, formally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), rose to 46.5 million, or 15% of the population in December. The numbers receiving benefits were boosted by disaster assistance in the late summer and autumn due to Hurricane Irene, but the those programs were largely ended by December in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Pennsylvania the last states still in need.
Minnesota, Colorado, Hawaii, Alaska, New Jersey, Delaware and Iowa all saw year-over-year jumps in use by over 10%. Just Wyoming, Michigan, North Dakota, Utah and West Virginia posted annual drops in the number of people receiving food stamps.
Mississippi reported the largest share of its population relying on food stamps, more than 21%. One in five residents in New Mexico, Oregon, Tennessee and Washington DC also were food-stamp recipients.
Is this the beginning of the end of this piece of crap car?
(DFP) — General Motors has told 1,300 employees at its Detroit Hamtramck that they will be temporarily laid off for five weeks as the company halts production of the Chevrolet Volt and its European counterpart, the Opel Ampera.
“Even with sales up in February over January, we are still seeking to align our production with demand,” said GM spokesman Chris Lee.
Lee said employees were told Thursday that production would put on hold from March 19 to April 23.
The Chevrolet Volt, an extended-range electric car, is both a political lightning rod and a symbol of the company’s technological capability.
Chevrolet sold 1,023 Volts in the U.S. in February and has sold 1,626 so far this year.
Thus, he will continue doing to America and Americans as she did her, screwing us.
President Obama compared running for reelection to wooing his wife, Michelle, promising supporters that he would bring the same “persistence” to the 2012 campaign that he did his romantic endeavors as he tried to stoke excitement for his reelection bid.
“I’ve never been more convinced about what is possible in this country if we stick with it,” Obama said last night during a fundraiser in New York. “There are times when people say, how did you get such a fine woman as Michelle to marry you? And my main response is, ‘Persistence.’ I stick to it if I believe in something. And I fight for it. And I believe in the America that the people in this room believe in, and it’s worth fighting for. So I hope you’ll join me.”
Geesh, do Obama’s advisers sit around doing nothing but coming up with shit like this?
(CNSNews.com) — John P. Holdren, the White House science adviser to President Barack Obama, wrote in a book he co-authored with population control advocates Paul and Anne Ehrlich that “ways must be found to control advertising” and that possible means for doing so would be banning utility companies from promoting the use of energy and prohibiting “references to size, power or sexual potency” in automobile advertising.
“Advertising now functions in large part to keep the economy growing by creating demand for a wide variety of often useless, dangerous or environmentally destructive products,” Holdren and the Ehrlichs wrote.
“Its most dangerous abuses might be halted immediately by legislative action,” they said. “For instance, it could be made illegal for any utility to advertise in such a way as to promote greater demand for power. Also references to size, power or sexual potency (direct or implied) could be banned from automobile advertising.”
Do you have enough KY on hand?
Should Barack Obama win re-election this fall, he’ll almost immediately face one of the biggest issues of his second term: the looming expiration of the Bush tax cuts. George W. Bush originally passed the tax breaks in two quick bursts — slashing income taxes in 2001, and lowering taxes on investment income in 2003. Then, just before these cuts were set to expire on January 1, 2011, Obama struck a deal with congressional Republicans to extend them for two more years. [...]
In the fall of 2009, Obama’s chief congressional lobbyist, Phil Schiliro, touted a clever idea for dealing with the tax cuts: introduce a bill that would extend the middle-class cuts for two years while allowing the upper-income portions to expire. After two years, the middle-class cuts would also expire unless Congress paid for them with off-setting savings or tax increases.
By November 2009, Orszag had become so fond of the idea that he insisted on presenting it to the president in the Oval Office. Orszag’s fellow wonks were cool to the plan, having heard him and Schiliro sing its praises repeatedly. But the administration’s chief wonk — Barack Obama — was intrigued. He asked a series of encouraging questions about how the proposal would work. According to two sources in the room, he was taken with both the political merits — that is, putting Republicans on the defensive — and the policy rationale of lopping trillions off the deficit. He gave no indication that he was troubled by the plan’s most explosive feature: that it would likely break a central campaign promise — not raising taxes on the middle class — one Republicans would surely wrap around his neck with populist glee.
It’s not entirely clear why the Schiliro plan never went further. But the sense of alarm that broke out among the non-economists who attended the Oval Office conclave surely didn’t help. Vice President Joe Biden, for one, was so concerned about violating the 2008 tax pledge that he called one senior official right after the meeting to confess his anxieties. (A White House spokesperson confirmed the meeting but insisted that the president has never seriously considered phasing out the middle-class tax cuts.)
What is clear is that, having been tempted to end all of the Bush tax cuts in 2009, the president would only find the idea more attractive were he to win a second term. At that point, he will never again stand before the voters, at least not as a presidential candidate. There would be nothing to stop him from flouting a campaign promise, even one as sensitive as his tax pledge. Meanwhile, after four straight years of trillion-dollar deficits, the pressure to narrow the budget shortfall would be even more intense than it was during his first term.