Saturday, February 18, 2012
So how is "The Mancow Experience" different than your previous Talk incarnations?
"The Mancow Experience," as a label, doesn't exist anymore. We just call it "Mancow." The show itself changes every day. It has always changed and will continue to change.
Describe the current Talk radio environment. Has the competitive situation made your job tougher?
Look, almost everything in life is tough right now. The economy is tough; everybody's having a tough time ... and radio is no exception. But I'm a long-term guy. I love radio; it's my life, so I'll continue to slug away and keep doing it. I remember the advice of William Shatner, who once told me, "There are always going to be peaks and valleys. Just don't stop in a valley." I don't; I just keep going. And for a while, I've had to eat at the table with my enemies. I eventually had to walk away. But there are always going to be good situations and bad situations.
How did you deal with things when, as you put it, you were "at the table" with your enemies?
I've worked with a lot of people in this business over the years. There have been some great people and there have been some awful people - and at times, I had to get away from the bad people, to remove them from my life.
Now I'm in a good spot. The Talk show is cooking and I'm working on other things. It looks like I'll be doing four hours of primetime TV on a major network this spring. I can't divulge the details yet, but I can say that I've got some good stuff going on.
In an election year with such polarized views, is talking politics essential to succeed as a Talk host these days, or do you feel the reliance on polarized politics is close to going overboard?
Oh God, the situation in America is so ugly and depressing these days. When you immerse yourself in it, you feel like you've been hit by The Blob or something. This is an awful time to be covering politics in America, but certainly with some of the things going on, you have to address them. We've doing more of that now because of the debates, but all that's up in the air right now. Even so, we may be doing a lot of politics today, but tomorrow it could be something Charlie Sheen does or Oscars talk. Either way, you have to be prepared to talk about whatever people talking about.
Reality TV "stars" seems to be the latest new staple of Talk show conversations. Is it tough to keep track of all of them - and are you using them more and more on your show?
It seems like we've had all of them on. Look, I've had presidents, politicians, superstars and legends on. Some we play for laughs and some we don't. But after having a Bruce Willis or Arnold Schwarzenegger on the show, it can be tough for me to put Vinnie from "Jersey Shore" into that category. Reality stars happen to be hugely popular with a good number of our listeners, so we have those people on, too. Yet the notion that Kim Kardashian is considered a star is beyond me.
You used to do a lot on Fox TV. How is your relationship with them today?
I still have a gig with Fox. I was on Huckabee last weekend. I was doing show after show on Fox, but then my wife had twin daughters. It just got to be too much, so I thinned out what I was doing. I still do occasional Fox segments.
Sounds like balancing your work and family is becoming more difficult these days.
Yes, it's absolutely like spinning a bunch of plates and a couple of chainsaws at the same time. I try to do it this way ... and it's probably flawed, but this is how I do it ... I will go through huge bursts of time with my kids and then spend huge bursts of time on the show. Today, for instance, it's all work, work, work. On other days, I shut out the world and focus on our daughters. It is a balancing act. So when I went to New York to be on Huckabee, thankfully the girls have a great mother -- my lovely wife - to take care of them. I've got a great family, so it all balances itself out. At times it's been rough for me, but it's rough for all men who go off to work or on business trips. It's been that way since the beginning of time.
One thing I do realize now more than ever: I respect my father a lot more than I thought I did it in my teen years. I understand where all this stuff comes from. My kids don't understand where all American Girl dolls come from - and that's from our paychecks.
Considering the tough radio climate and your time management challenges, how do you maintain a positive energy for your work?
It's a challenge every day when the alarm goes off at 2:30a, because I still have "The Bachelor" and the latest Presidential debate to go over - and then the kids get up and start making noise all day. Every day I wonder, "Why am I doing this?" -- until the second the red light in the studio goes on. I turn up the mic and it's show time ... and it's a beautiful thing.
Those who've never done it may not understand this, but turning on that mic is like seeing a beautiful girl naked for the first time. It's that exciting -- every time I click on that mic. Every day, it's just like when the panties hit the floor. Now I realize that women won't see it that way; they need an audio or emotional cue. But men are visual - and that's our stimulation.
You've done your share of "stunts" over the years. The "haircut on the bridge" brought you national notoriety, but also FCC scrutiny. Although it would be inappropriate to describe being waterboarded as a stunt, how did that experience impact you personally -as well as your career?
It was actually horrific. I made nothing but enemies by doing it that. Bush and Cheney and Pelosi ... everybody signed off on it, so when others came out and said that it's torture, I wanted to prove them wrong. I did it for me; I was going to prove that it was not really torture. I thought, what's the big deal ... you hold your breath while you get a little water down your goozul. Well, I was wrong. It is torture.
Thing is, I didn't make friends with anybody by doing it. All my right-wing listeners hated me for saying it was torture, but that's what it was. Keith Olbermann had me on his show for two hours, but he missed the point, too. Yes, I was wrong and it is torture, but if it comes to doing it to one of those crazy devil-worshipping maniacs to even save a single American life, I don't care if they use it.
I don't make any friends doing this stuff. Sometimes I think I'd be better off just doing double entendres, then hitting the cut.
You also had your indecency battles. There was that guy in Chicago who constantly complained; the FCC sued your show and Emmis eventually settled. Looking back now, do you regret some of the things you did that attracted that scrutiny?
Hell, no! I don't regret any of it. Lemme tell ya something about a powerful life moment. I'm sitting at William Shatner's Super Bowl party one year - and he and Leonard Nimoy were fighting over the avocado dip. It was crazy; Capt. Kirk was complaining that Mr. Spock was double-dipping. Then all of a sudden, we're watching the halftime show and ... hey, did her top go off? It was the Janet Jackson situation...
And the next day, the government starts going after ... radio?
It's was complete bullshit. The government started curtailing our freedoms and free speech. Pedophiles were taking naked pictures of our children, but hey, Janet Jackson flashed for a second!
This was the beginning of something really horrific in America. And they came after people like me because I moved the needle. People listened to me. Meanwhile, a friend of mine who was a morning host on a Spanish station was doing filthy stuff in the air - a lot worse than what I was doing. And they didn't go after him.
What's worse, if I did the stuff that Oprah did, the FCC would essentially put me in jail. [In fact, the FCC fined other radio personalities for discussing the same topic Oprah discussed.] The FCC basically went after white radio hosts that moved voters. It was a political move by the government to shut down free speech.
One time the FCC went after me because I ran a bleeped Bill Clinton parody song! Bleeped! We even told them it was bleeped and they said, "Well, people could still tell." No kidding! Who can't tell anything that's bleeped? But who had the money to fight the FCC? I didn't.
Sounds like the wounds of that experience hasn't healed...
Do the wounds heal? Not when you bleed red, white and blue ... and you care about freedom. When I first came to Chicago, there were dozens radio owners to work. For there's barely a handful of station owners - and they get their licenses from the government. Free speech has to be curtailed on the radio to keep your license.
In such an environment, have you considered going into podcasts? There's no censorship, and some air personalities claim to be doing quite well that way.
You know, I've talk a lot of the guys who claim they're making all this money off their podcasts, but I think they're all liars. If I could make the money I make on radio by doing podcasts, I might consider it.
But there's something else I consider. I went to do some work at WOR last week - and I remember a little show out of WOR called "The Shadow." When I was a kid, my father would play these old CBS radio mysteries. These shows created a three-dimension fear in me. It's what I always loved about radio; when it's done right, radio can create more theatre-of-the-mind than Industrial Light & Magic.
Unfortunately, radio in 2012 is largely controlled by a bunch of people who don't get that - and who don't really like it. It's not art or entertainment to them; it's an investment. They've got a loser mentality; it's as if they've been playing a Pacman game of gobbling up stations. And when it doesn't give them a return they want, they throw in the towel. They really have given up radio as an art form. That's why we've come to a point where there aren't a lot of true radio people left.
You've seen to be weathering this storm rather well. Why do you think others aren't?
After a while, people get sick of having their hearts broken. A lot of good people have been fired over and over. Anytime someone new buys a station, good people get fired -- and at a certain point, they get sick of being treated like garbage. They don't want to be PD and GM of multiple stations in more than one market. That's why a lot of people leave. It's almost as if their chosen profession has turned into being in an abusive relationship. You try hard as you can to maintain it, but you get kicked around so much that you just have to leave.
Looking back to where you started, in Kansas City and San Jose, to where you are now ... after all you've been through, how do you view your career?
I don't think my career has really been written yet. It's not that I feel my team and I are just beginning; I just don't think we've reached our potential. We should be much bigger than we are -- and we will be much bigger. I'm happy to be as big as we are now; I just believe that we can and will get bigger.
This has been a crazy 2012 already. I've been offered so much TV; I've got four Mancow primetime specials in the works that should begin in March. I can't say where yet; we'll just see what happens. There are several stations that want me to televise my radio show on a daily basis. That interests me -- having people see my show will hopefully reach a new audience. The more people who see the show, the more people who'll listen to it. I've got to keep my name out there ... and keep doing what I love.
So how do you ultimately judge your own success - by the quality of your radio show, by ratings, by the growth of your entertainment offerings, or what?
Hmmm ... that's a tough question. In a way, I guess I'm an abject failure because real success, to me, is achieving peace of mind ... and I don't have any of that. I have zero piece of mind. I'm terrified of the boredom ... of silence. I try to let that go and I still have great moments, but I'm not able to do that consistently, so I guess I'm not a success.
I really don't know how to answer that question. Look, success is not solely measured by popularity. The masses are asses and I can't live for strangers. I live for myself and my family -and success to me is peace of mind. I don't have that yet, so I'm not a success. It's like that U2 song ... "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For."
Friday, February 17, 2012
“The CBO report confirms that, despite the happy talk from Washington, the economy remains in crisis”
LAKE JACKSON, Texas – Congressman and 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul issued the following statement regarding the release of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report “Understanding and Responding to Persistently High Unemployment.” The report shows that, when those who have given up looking for work and those working part-time but would prefer full-time work are counted, the unemployment rate is actually 15%. The CBO study also projects that the official unemployment rate will remain above 8% until at least 2014. See comments below:
“The CBO report confirms that, despite the happy talk from Washington, the economy remains in crisis. Ironically, this report was released the week of the third anniversary of the passage of the President’s stimulus plan, which the President and his Keynesian supporters promised would reduce unemployment to below 8%.
“Clearly, the Keynesian tax-borrow-spend approach favored by the elites of both parties has failed. My Plan to Restore America not only balances the budget in three years, but it will create jobs by permanently extending the Bush-era tax cuts, ending all taxes on personal savings, and lowering the corporate tax rate to 15%.
“The plan allows American companies to repatriate capital without additional taxation. Repatriation alone will bring trillions of dollars into the economy.
“My Plan to Restore America also begins to rein in the Federal Reserve by conducting a full audit of the Fed and legalizing competing currencies so the American people can protect themselves from the economic chaos caused by the Fed.
“The Plan to Restore America frees American entrepreneurs and workers from unconstitutional, job-destroying regulations. On my first day as President, I will order the federal bureaucracy to stop enforcing the unconstitutional National Health Care, Dodd-Frank, and Sarbanes-Oxley laws. I will also impose an immediate moratorium on all new regulations.
“Of the five men seeking the presidency in the major parties – President Obama, Governor Romney, Speaker Gingrich, Senator Santorum, and myself – I am the only one who predicted the economic meltdown and the only one who has proposed a serious plan to balance the budget, reduce taxes, and create jobs.”
CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. --
Central Falls is Rhode Island's smallest city and also one of its poorest. Boarded up homes line many streets and one-quarter of the city's families live below the poverty line.
"The people are not getting better. Five years of tax increases, people who make $14,000 to $20,000 a year," said state Sen. Elizabeth Crowley, D-Central Falls.
Some at City Hall make more money than that in a month.
Chief of Staff Gayle Corrigan has essentially replaced the mayor as the executive in charge and answers directly to state-appointed receiver Robert Flanders.
Corrigan owns Municipal Management Solutions, a company aimed at righting the city's sinking ship. For her services, she's paid $100 an hour. Her deputy gets $60 an hour. That's roughly $26,000 a month and more than $300,000 a year. All of it comes from the coffers of Central Falls.
"That's ridiculous. It's not right when we're not financially doing great in this city," said Luis Lubo, a Central Falls resident.
"No top employee in the city was ever paid that kind of money in one year. In one year. That to me is sinful," Crowley said.
Corrigan started Municipal Management Solutions in April 2010. Attorney Henry Kates filed the paperwork. Just three weeks later she landed her first contract, a lucrative one with Central Falls.
Before that, Corrigan was the chief financial officer of Senesco Marine, a ship and tug boat building company in North Kingstown.
As CFO, her resume says she led a turnaround of the company and improved employee morale. What's missing is why she left in 2010, and that's because she was fired.
NBC 10 obtained a document from the Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights. In it, Senesco claims its CFO was pocketing company cash in a labor scheme.
But you don’t have to take our word for it. Yesterday, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a report offering an analysis of the last three years of the Obama economy. In short, the stimulus did not live up to the President’s promises.
The CBO writes that America’s unemployment rate has exceeded 8 percent since February 2009, making this the longest stretch of high unemployment since the Great Depression. To make matters worse, unemployment will remain above 8 percent until 2014. And the level of long-term unemployment — those looking for work for more than six months — is over 40 percent, the highest since at least 1948, when that data was first collected.
(Prison Planet) - Many Of You Will Not Believe Some Of The Things Americans Are Doing Just To Survive. You might not want to read this article if you have a weak stomach. Most Americans have absolutely no idea what is going on in the dark corners of America, and when people find out the truth it can come as quite a shock. Many of you will not believe some of the things Americans are doing just to survive. Some families are living in sewers and drain tunnels, some families are living in tents, some families are living in their cars, some families will make ketchup soup for dinner tonight and some families are even eating rats.
Thursday, February 16, 2012
The money pumped into the criminal organization called the P.A. is astounding, and it comes at the expense of other more deserving groups world wide. The amount of graft and outright thuggery from official PA channels of government is well known, hence the appropriate label of ‘criminal’. Read here and here.
H/T: Challah Hu Akbar
EU, Sweden contribute €24.7 million to January salaries
The European Union and Sweden Tuesday contributed €24.7 million to the payment of the January salaries and pensions of around 84,300 Palestinian civil servants and pensioners in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, according to an EU press release.
The European Commission made €22.5 million contribution and Sweden made €2.2 million.
The European Commission’s contribution comes from the €155 million package of financial assistance to the recurrent expenditures of the Palestinian Authority committed for 2012, said the release.
The European Commission agreed to a request by Prime Minister Salam Fayyad to frontload €116.2 million of this package in the first five months of 2012 in order to help the Palestinian Authority meet its urgent financial needs.
The €2.2 million contribution by the Swedish Government is part of its continuous support to the Palestinian Authority and the Palestinian people.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
And then, once every single insurance plan in the country is required by federal law to cover one million liberal causes having nothing to do with medical problems, Democrats will be happy to let us purchase health insurance across state lines. Sure, buy your insurance from Utah or Kentucky. Every insurance plan in the country, by federal law, will be identical.
The contraception diktat is only the beginning of the government controlling your life under ObamaCare. There are approximately 100,000 more decisions the HHS Secretary will have to make under ObamaCare that you will not be able to appeal.
Highlights from House Budget Committee Hearing with OMB Acting Director Jeffrey Zients
February 15, 2012
Earlier today, the House Budget Committee examined the President’s Fiscal Year 2013 budget request, receiving testimony from Office of Management and Budget Acting Director Jeffrey Zients.
Chairman Paul Ryan Dismantles the President’s Misleading Claims
The Cousins have finally clocked the EU for what it is: a corporatist, protectionist, anti-American racket. Heaven knows it took them long enough. For decades, they did everything they could to encourage political integration, pouring money into the European Movement, ending every summit with a demand for deeper union.
Not any more. Most Americans are now watching in dismay as their country becomes 'more European' – by which they mean more timid, more centralized, more regulated and more indebted. At CPAC over the weekend, speaker after speaker was applauded for tearing into the Brussels model. The Chairman of the RNC delivered a withering indictment of the Obama administration, which reached a climax with: 'If we go on like this, we'll soon be applying to join the European Union!'
The change in attitude has happened over the past decade. As late as the first Bush presidency, most American opinion-formers, including most conservatives, vaguely favoured the idea of a united Europe. Federalism had worked on their side of the Atlantic, they would tell you, and Americans were fed up with being dragged into European wars. Nowadays, if you hear this sort of rot, you're almost certainly talking to a State Department official.
Why the new mood? In part, it's a delayed reaction to Europe's anti-yanquismo. The moment the Cold War was over, Euro-federalists started calling for Brussels to take on the hyper-power; but it wasn't until the second Iraq war that most Americans realised quite how intensely the Brussels élites disliked them. Nor is anti-Americanism confined to the Left. Last month, for example, the influential Christian Democrat who chairs the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee, argued that the euro crisis was the result of a British-American plot.
The US originally saw European integration as a way to strengthen the Western alliance; the CIA even kept some prominent Euro-federalists on its payroll. We can argue about whether or not this reasoning was justified even in the 1950s, but it is plainly redundant today. The trouble is that bureaucratic assumptions tend to outlive whatever rationale they began with, which is why the diplomatic corps is now the last redoubt of Anerican Euro-enthusiasm.
This is all tremendously encouraging, obviously; but, like most British sceptics, I have one niggling complaint. My dear American friends, will you please stop referring to us as 'Europeans'? Even the soundest US conservatives will often say things like, 'So what are you guys going to do about the Greek crisis?' Which, if you think about it, would be rather like me saying, 'So when are you chaps finally going to vote against Hugo Chávez?'
Britain is a common-law democracy, connected by outlook and sentiment to the wider community of English-speaking nations. We may be only 22 miles from Europe but, these days, distance hardly matters. Look at where our international telephone calls go: North America, the Caribbean, the Indian subcontinent, Australia, New Zealand. In an age of Twitter and cable television, geographical proximity is trumped by ties of language and law, habit and history, blood and speech. As a Europhile columnist recently lamented, the Internet has trapped us in the Anglosphere. Which, if you think about it, is another way of saying that our cultural élites no longer get to tell us who we are.Tags: anti-Americanism, Elmar Brok, Eurosceptic, Herman Cain, Margaret Thatcher, Mitt Romney, Reince Priebus
» Deaf Pakistani orphan girl used as sex slave and servant for 10 years by UK Muslim couple Bare Naked Islam
BBC Ilyas Ashar, 83, and wife Tallat, 66, regularly beat the girl – dragging her by the hair if she was too slow and slapping her if the food was too hot or spicy. The court was told the girl was repeatedly raped and sexually abused by Ashar and stabbed in the stomach, while being forced to work for no money during the day at the couple’s home in Eccles, Salford.
This is where we are heading with health care. Don't think so? Well, on October 11, 2011, the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) declared that PSA screening for prostate cancer in healthy men was no longer recommended. No urologists -- the acknowledged experts in the treatment of prostate cancer -- were involved in this decision. During the time that PSA screening has been available, prostate cancer deaths have steadily declined. Then why have these recommendations been issued? Because in a top-down, government-controlled health care system, dollars need to be trimmed and patients cannot get everything that they want, even when it means screening for cancer. Patients have no say over their health care, and the government decides where health care dollars are allocated -- perhaps instead to Planned Parenthood for abortions. Incidentally, President Obama underwent PSA screening several months ago.
The Vatic Project: David Icke on Terrorism, 'Totalitarian Tiptoe' and the Coming Post-Industrial Technocracy
Local journalist Cameron Colley writes articles that are idealistic, from the viewpoint of the underdog. A twisted serial killer seems to have the same MO -- he commits brutal murders on behalf of the underdog. As the two stories begin to merge, Cameron finds himself inextricably and inexplicably implicated by the killer.
When the arms dealer whom Cameron plans to expose is found literally "disarmed" before Cameron can even put pen to paper and the brewery chief, loathed by Cameron, who sold out at the expense of his workers finds himself permanently unemployable, the police become convinced of Cameron's guilt, as do half his friends and colleagues, forcing Cameron to employ all his investigative skills to find the real killer and his motive.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
The President has not merely ducked from our fiscal and economic challenges, but—with his fourth straight budget flop—he has advanced policies that dangerously accelerate the crisis before us. His gimmick-filled budget fails to reduce the fast-rising debt, permanently entrenches unsustainable levels of government spending, and erects new barriers to upward mobility. His plan stifles economic growth, threatens the health and retirement security of millions of Americans, and commits the next generation to a diminished future.
Spends Too Much: $47 Trillion In Ten Years — A Net Increase Over Current Projections
After four straight years of trillion-dollar-plus deficits (breaking his promise to cut the deficit in half), President Obama’s budget worsens our fiscal crisis and speeds the country to bankruptcy. Three years after the passage of the President’s trillion-dollar spending stimulus, this gimmick-filled budget calls for more wasteful spending taken from workers’ paychecks or borrowed from abroad. The massive spending increases are greater than the few proposed spending reductions.
Spending in FY13: $3.8 trillion Spending in FY22: $5.8 trillion Increased spending concealed through gimmicks: $1.5 trillion Total government spending over the next ten years: $47 trillion
Taxes Too Much: $1.9 Trillion In New Taxes
The President’s budget imposes a heavy cost for its commitment to intrusive government—diminishing economic opportunity by imposing the largest tax hike in history. Taking trillions more tax dollars from hardworking American families will further depress wages and destroy jobs at a time when millions of Americans remain out of work. In total, this budget imposes $1.9 trillion in new taxes on families, small businesses, and job creators—all to fund wasteful Washington spending.
Income tax hike: $1.4 trillion Death tax hike: $143 billion Other tax increases: $340 billion
Borrows Too Much: $11 Trillion Added To The Debt
Under President Obama’s watch, the federal government’s total debt has surpassed the size of the economy—undermining job creation today and threatening a debt crisis tomorrow. The President’s budget ignores the drivers of our debt, bringing America perilously close to a European-style crisis:
Deficit in FY12: $1.3 trillion Deficit in FY13: $901 billion Deficit in FY22: $704 billion Gross debt accumulated during President's first term: $6.4 trillion Gross debt at the end of FY22: $25.9 trillion Annual interest payments on the debt by FY22: nearly $1 trillion
Gimmicks, Tricks and Broken Promises
The President’s meager deficit-reduction claims seek to take credit for over $2 trillion in savings already in law and the exploitation of discredited budget gimmicks, including almost $1 trillion in “savings” from money that was never requested and never to be spent in Iraq and Afghanistan.
By failing to put forward long-overdue reforms, his budget allows Social Security to fall into bankruptcy (imposing an across-the-board 23 percent cut on seniors) and gives unaccountable government bureaucrats control over cutting Medicare in ways that would result in denied care for seniors. No credible action is taken to lift the crushing burden of debt. This President’s empty promises are quickly becoming broken promises for millions of Americans.
Judicial Watch Files Amicus Curiae Brief with U.S. Supreme Court Challenging Constitutionality of Obamacare | Judicial Watch
(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch, the organization that investigates and fights government corruption, announced today that it filed an amicus curiae brief on February 13, 2012, with the United States Supreme Court challenging the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare (United States Department of Health and Human Services, et al., State of Florida, et al. (No. 11-398)). The Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments for the Obamacare case on March 26, 27 and 28, 2012.
With its amicus curiae brief Judicial Watch maintains that the “individual mandate” provision of Obamacare, which requires every American citizen to purchase health care insurance or pay a penalty, is unconstitutional, whether considered under Congress’ commerce power or taxing power:
Petitioners are trying to defend a provision in an act passed by Congress that exceeds its enumerated powers. Though Congress enacted this provision under the Commerce Clause, Congress’ power under the clause is not broad enough to compel Americans to engage in commerce by purchasing a particular product. Though Petitioners try to rescue the provision by arguing that it is valid under Congress’ taxing power even if it is invalid under Congress’ commerce power, a provision of an act that is not a tax may not be construed as a tax merely to save it from being declared unconstitutional.
Judicial Watch further argues that if the Supreme Court affirms the constitutionality of the so-called individual mandate, “it must be willing to hold that Congress’ powers under the Commerce clause are plenary and unlimited, for there remains no principled way to limit Congress’ power if it is stretched as far as Petitioners (the Obama administration) ask.”
The Judicial Watch amicus was filed in support of a challenge to Obamacare by Florida and 25 other states.
Demonstrating the importance of the legal battle over Obamacare, the Supreme Court will hear five-and-a-half hours of oral argument, a rare allotment of time in the court’s modern era. The Supreme Court’s scrutiny will focus on the constitutionality of the Obamacare individual mandate. The court will also consider whether other components of Obamacare could take effect even if the individual mandate is ruled unconstitutional, among other issues.
In a December 14, 2010, editorial published in The Washington Post Attorney General Eric Holder and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius argued that the individual mandate is essential to Obamacare: “Without an individual responsibility provision (or mandate), controlling costs and ending discrimination against people with preexisting conditions doesn’t work.”
“The President’s socialist healthcare overhaul is an affront to the U.S. Constitution’s provisions for limited government,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “The time has come for the U.S. Supreme Court to put an end to Obamacare once and for all.”
Read more about amicus curiae
Before you pack your suitcase call your mama Up to now she's taught you all you need to know Just look at me as kinda like your daddy Teaching you the old rules of the road
You won't be no superstar tomorrow You've got to take the time to pay your dues When you start to feel at home out on the highway You're damn sure qualified to sing the blues
Always send a big guy for the money Don't give 'em no excuse to do you wrong Even when you lose you're still the winner At least you've got the making's of a song
Don't compromise your feelings when they matter They'll come back to haunt you don't you know The songs you sing today you'll sing tomorrow If you don't give up the music for the show
Always send a big guy for the money... At least you've got the making's of a song
Monday, February 13, 2012
While it will be politically difficult, states need to slow the growth of health care expenditures in order to avoid fiscal crisis. Also, the federal government will need to help states by changing some of its programs. It should consider converting Medicaid into block grants to states and then giving states substantial leeway to limit the rate of increase in program costs.
Sunday, February 12, 2012
‘No Precedent for the Government Ordering Private Companies to Offer a Product for Free’ | The Weekly Standard
Saturday's lead editorial in the Wall Street Journal discusses the White House's “accommodation” concerning its decree that all new private insurance plans must cover birth control pills, morning-after pills, and the abortion drug ella—and must cover them free of charge. The Journal writes, “Under the new rule, which the White House stresses is an 'accommodation' and not a compromise, nonprofit religious organizations won't have to directly cover birth control and can opt out. But the insurers they hire to cover their employees can't opt out. If that sounds like a distinction without a difference, odds are you're a rational person.”
Yahoo! Blames 'Subversive' 'Star Wars' Prequel Trilogy on 'Dangerously Simplistic Moral Absolutism' of Bush | NewsBusters.org
By Jim Tankersley
Updated: January 24, 2012 | 9:13 p.m.
January 24, 2012 | 9:00 p.m.
There are two planks of President Obama’s State of the Union speech that could stand a reasonable chance at pumping more life into the economy sometime soon, albeit probably not before the November election: a $200 billion infrastructure program--classic Keynesian spending--and an effort to soothe the housing market by helping underwater homeowners refinance their mortgages.
Neither of those plans stands much chance of passing Congress this year. Which is almost beside the point, because the speech was about political framing, not economic action.
Remember the protesters who commandeered New York City’s Zuccotti Park and clashed with Oakland, Calif., police this fall, in the name of the “99 percent”? Tuesday’s speech was arguably their greatest accomplishment yet, as the president called economic fairness “the defining issue of our time.”
Two underage girls allegedly met the suspects in February 2011 and were forced into prostitution.
The girls told police that they managed to flee to their freedom a week later.
Police have arrested Abdul Karim Nassereddine, 20, Naib Ali Soilihi, 20 and Mohammed Rami Taha, 19. Mezri Mehdi Mohamed Hamza, 21, turned himself in Thursday after being sought by authorities.
The two others arrested cannot be named, as they were minors at the time of the alleged offences.
The suspects were charged with a variety of crimes related to sexual assault and prostitution of minors Thursday.