Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Obamacare is Reaching Critical Mass







Halloween Treats Gone Wrong





H/T:  I Own the World

Ad Holds Sen. Kay Hagan Accountable for Obamacare



Senator Kay Hagan has long row to hoe.  Her support for Obamacare and all the leftist policies that she helped to implement will not be forgotten.  Americans for Prosperity is leading the way.  Television ads are beginning to air throughout the state making sure that all North Carolinians are aware that this woman is responsible for foisting this healthcare debacle unto us all.

The News and Observer reported the following:
At a news conference Tuesday at the Sheraton Raleigh Hotel, Phillips said “the goal is to hold Sen. Hagan accountable for her decisive vote to make Obamacare the law of the land. She has repeatedly worked and voted to uphold this law with all of its harmful impacts on North Carolinians from all walks of life. We are determined that this issue stay in the foreground.”
The group also plans to run a grass-roots campaign against Hagan that will include social media and knocking on doors.
In September, Americans for Prosperity began a $3million ad campaign in six states, including North Carolina, criticizing the new health care law, but it did not specifically target senators. Those ads mostly ran in states where Democratic senators were facing tough re-election fights next year.
The law, officially the Affordable Care Act, requires most Americans to buy insurance but provides federal subsidies to those whose incomes qualify. It also sets minimum standards for what benefits insurance policies must provide.
In a teleconference held before the new TV campaign was released, Hagan stood by her support for the health care law, saying it would provide health insurance to millions of people with preexisting conditions and ultimately help control health care costs. She said it will also help prevent people from being driven into bankruptcy by huge medical bills, or being unable to change jobs because they can’t obtain health insurance.
“I am not concerned with what outside special interests have to say, where outside money is coming into North Carolina,” Hagan said. “I am talking every day to people in North Carolina about the issues that are important to them, and I am going to continue focusing on my number one priority and their number one priority, which is jobs and the economy and getting this economy on the rebound.”
The quickest way to turn around this economy is to get rid of clueless libtards like Senator Kay Hagan.  This woman has done enough damage to this state and country.






If You Like Your Plan, You Can Keep Your Plan





Liar!

The Administrative State is Shaking Under the Great Awakening





If there is one good thing that has come out of this whole Obamacare fiasco, it is the awakening of the American people to the insidious nature of the administrative state.  Everyone is becoming aware of how powerful these bureaucracies are.

President Barack Obama continuously assured all of us that if you like your health insurance, you can keep it.  And indeed the law, written in narrow terms, reaffirmed that.  But the unaccountable and unelected bureaucrats wrote regulations that made damn sure your policies wouldn’t be grandfathered.  They deceived us.


When you screw with something as personal as health care, people are going to notice.  And that is one thing these parasites in Washington D.C. never intended to happen.  

Insurance Companies Refuse to Join Obamacare Exchanges

North Carolina has two insurance companies participating in the federal exchange. One of them provides coverage in select areas of the state. In the meantime, premiums are skyrocketing or are being canceled. Everything the Democrats promised is a lie. This is a huge fiasco.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Judge Jeanine on Obamacare Website Debacle




H/T:  What Bubba Knows

Islamic States of America




This is a very informative video.

H/T:  Bare Naked Islam

Adam Carolla Calls Out Hollywood Hypocrites




H/T:  I Own the World

Greetings From the U.S. Welfare State




More disturbing news from Versailles, D.C.:

(CNSNews.com) - Americans who were recipients of means-tested government benefits in 2011 outnumbered year-round full-time workers, according to data released this month by the Census Bureau.
They also out-numbered the total population of the Philippines.
There were 108,592,000 people in the United States in the fourth quarter of 2011 who were recipients of one or more means-tested government benefit programs, the Census Bureau said in data released this week. Meanwhile, according to the Census Bureau, there were 101,716,000 people who worked full-time year round in 2011. That included both private-sector and government workers.

That means there were about 1.07 people getting some form of means-tested government benefit for every 1 person working full-time year round.
 Don’t worry, be happy.  We're only talking about the future of the country.
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Will the United States Implement a "Happiness Agency" Like Venezuela?




All of the statist in America looks to Venezuela as their model of governance.  Celebrities like Sean Penn, Harry Belafonte, and Oliver Stone look upon the likes of Hugo Chavez and his successor as beneficence personified.  Why this utopian country opened up a new government agency dedicated to the happiness of its people.  You can’t get better than that.


At first, many Venezuelans thought it was a joke: President Nicolas Maduro is creating a Deputy Ministry of Supreme Social Happiness.
The president says that the pediatrician in charge of the agency will coordinate all anti-poverty missions created by the late President Hugo Chavez.
Wags had a field day Friday, waxing sarcastic on Twitter about how happy they felt a day after the announcement.
Oil-rich Venezuela is chronically short of basic goods and medical supplies. Annual inflation is running officially at near 50 percent and the U.S. dollar now fetches more than seven times the official rate on the black market

Recently, a bunch of ingrates tried to assassinate Venezuela's Price Controls Minister.  I guess the black market was out of toilet paper.  Speaking of price controls, Rahm Emanuel’s brother, one of the architects of this monstrosity, confessed that Obamacare was designed to do just that.  You would've thought Americans would've learned their lesson by now.  We do have a history of this kind of crap.  I guess we're going to have to live through this pain one more time.





Can we expect a Happiness Agency in the United States?  The Obama administration may need one sooner than they think.


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Libtards Bemoan the Cost of Obamacare



Many of us who’ve been against Obamacare from the very beginning and have written about the consequences of this monstrosity are amused at the outright stupidity or willful ignorance by those on the left.  Here are some examples of incredulous libtards:

Sue Klinkhamer has a problem.
It’s called Obamacare.
And the irony of her situation is not lost on her. In a recent email addressed to her former boss, Illinois Congressman Bill Foster, and other Democratic colleagues, she wrote:
“I spent two years defending Obamacare. I had constituents scream at me, spit at me and call me names that I can’t put in print. The congressman was not re-elected in 2010 mainly because of the anti-Obamacare anger. When the congressman was not re-elected, I also (along with the rest of our staff) lost my job. I was upset that because of the health care issue, I didn’t have a job anymore but still defended Obamacare because it would make health care available to everyone at, what I assumed, would be an affordable price. I have now learned that I was wrong. Very wrong.”
 You couldn’t have been more wrong.  One woman wrote a letter to the president of Blue Cross and Blue Shield in California bemoaning the fact that she was all for Obamacare until finding out she had to pay for it.
 Anyone who had a modicum of curiosity could have refuted the nonsense the Democrats were spewing.  I started this blog out of frustration as means to refute Senator Kay Hagan’s assertions on Obamacare.  Here is one of her absurdities:
"Today, the Senate passed a health care reform bill that reduces costs, expands coverage, and provides stability for North Carolina families. It prevents insurance companies from taking away your coverage when you get sick or discriminating against people with pre-existing coverage conditions. The bill reduces the waste, fraud and abuse that currently exists in the delivery of care, and it will save ourcountry money by decreasing the mounting federal deficit. As we move forward, I will continue working to ensure that North Carolina's families, seniors, and small businesses have a seat at the table.


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Here is what I wrote on January 10, 2010.  One of my very first blog posts:
 Spoken like a true statist. What Senator Hagan and her fellow socialist will not acknowledge or concede is that federal and state government regulations are responsible for the rising cost of health care insurance. A study by the Cato Institute goes into great detail on government’s role:

"The high cost of health services regulation is responsible for more than seven million Americans lacking health insurance, or one in six of the average daily uninsured. Moreover, 4,000 more Americans die every year from costs associated with health services regulation (22,000) than from lack of health insurance (18,000). The annual net cost of health services regulation dwarfs other costs imposed by government intervention in the health care sector. This cost exceeds annual consumer expenditures on gasoline and oil in the United States and is twice the size of the annual output of the motion picture and sound recording industries.

 It doesn’t take a genius to find this kind of information.  It’s right there for all to see.  Even a senator from North Carolina should’ve been able to figure out that Obamacare is anything but affordable.  Now the whole country is under assault because a bunch of statist refused to do their homework.  Thanks a lot libtards.

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Celebrate the Fall with Pumpkin Ales




A couple of weeks ago, I tried my first pumpkin ale, and I was pleasantly surprised.   I had no idea they could make beer out of a gourd.  And as you can expect, this is a seasonal beer.  So far, I’ve only tried two:  Ichabod and Gruntled Pumpkin.  Since, I’m not a beer connoisseur; I’ll leave the experts to critique.  Here is an opinion by one of them:






 I liked Ichabod.  Notice this critique was made in 2010.  New Holland Brewing may have improved the recipe since then.  Here is the one for Gruntled Pumpkin:










Will Elevation Church Survive Mega House Scandal?




If you live in Charlotte, NC or the surrounding area, I’m sure you have to be well aware of Elevation Church and Pastor Steven Furtick, if not by the myriad of bumper stickers that festoon vehicles throughout the city, but by the news coverage of his latest purchase near Waxhaw.




I for one am having a hard time understanding how this man of God thought he could build a mansion without anyone knowing or noticing it.  Charlotte maybe an aspiring “world-class city” but it’s still small enough that a preacher can’t hide his fortune, especially if you flout it.

Yesterday, I happened upon St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Bath, North Carolina during their service.  What’s notable is not only the size of its congregation, but how long they’ve been around.  This small house of worship is the oldest existing Episcopal Church in the Old North State.


St. Thomas doesn’t have the glitz of a mega church, but something tells me they’ll be around a lot longer than Elevation.


New Bern's Ghostwalk 2013




This past weekend I traveled to New Bern, North Carolina in order to attend their Ghostwalk.  If you want to visit a town that celebrates its history, this is the place for you.  I ask, how better to honor your past than on Halloween?  This year’s theme is “The Haunted Housewives of New Bern.”

This event is a community project, presented by their historical society, and sponsored by various businesses and citizens.  Even places of worship participated in the walk.  Singing monks served spaghetti at Centenary Methodist Church.  It kind of reminded me of an adult version of trick or treat.  The streets were packed with young and old alike to hear tales from the “dead” and gawk at time tested homes.   It took me two nights to finish the walk.     

New Bern was established in 1710 and is the second oldest town in the Old North State.  That means they have over 300 years of “talent” they can draw from.  I wonder what next year’s theme is going to be.

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Ann Barnhardt Outlines the Obama Administrations Contempt for the Law

Democrats: The True Cross Burners

















H/T:  I Own the World


Source:  http://alltherightsnark.org/real-kkk-party/



Democrats Blame Red States for Obamacare Failure




Here it comes.  It's the republicans fault for this Obamacare fiasco.  Democrats are blaming red states that refused to setup an exchange for their website failures.  Any bets on how long it will take them to blame Bush?

Secretary Sebelius: I Don't Work for You




Will Sebelius Resign?  Hell no!  She doesn’t work for the majority of the people who want this program shutdown.  No, she works for the slavers in Versailles, D.C.  

Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius responded moments ago to questions about whether she will resign in the wake of the Affordable Care Act’s problematic rollout. Her response is raising some eyebrows. 

“My goal is to actually get the website up and running,” she told reporters. “The majority of people calling for me to resign I would say are people who I don’t work for and who do not want this program to work in the first place. I have had frequent conversations with the president and I have committed to him that my role is to get the program up and running and we will do just that.” 

A group of 33 House Republicans on Wednesday sent a letter to President Obama calling for her resignation. ”The scope of the problem is so great that, were this a private company or military command, the CEO or general would have been fired,” they wrote. “We are, therefore, calling on you to hold Secretary Sebelius accountable for the fiasco that is HealthCare.gov and ask for her resignation.”

One way to get rid of her is to convince Barack Obama that she is a practicing Catholic.  Sebelius would have the Messiah’s footprint emblazoned on her ass as she is kicked out the door.


Who Pays for These Obamacare Federal Subsidies?



How many times have we read or heard about federal government subsidies for those who are lucky enough to qualify in the Obamacare exchanges.  Newspaper editors, columnist and talking heads all claim that “affordable” health care is on the way for those below the poverty line and the chronically infirmed.  But where do these”subsidies” actually come from.  Who is actually paying for this monstrosity?  Carolina Journal outlined the following:

Individual Mandate — This provision of the law is not a penalty, but a tax. The Obama administration euphemizes the individual mandate as the “individual shared responsibility provision.” If an uninsured individual does not purchase health insurance between now and February 2014, that person will face a tax of either $95 or 1 percent of income, whichever is greater.


Employer Mandate — Also referred to by the Obama administration as the “
employer shared responsibility payment,” employers with 50 or more full-time workers (30 hours/week) must provide affordable, qualified health insurance for their workers. If not, an employee who obtains subsidized coverage on the exchange triggers a tax on the employer.


Large employers may be subject to 
two penalties under the employer mandate,one strong and one weak. The ultimate smack-down penalty is a $2,000 fine per worker for every worker after the 30th employee if an employer does not provide any health benefits. Meanwhile, the slap-on-the-wrist penalty occurs when an employer does offer coverage, but the firm either does not cover 60 percent of the employee’s costs or requires the employee to pay a contribution that exceeds 9.5 percent of his income. In these situations, an employer is fined $3,000 per worker, but only for those who choose to purchase subsidized private coverage on the health insurance marketplace.


Reinsurance Tax — The reinsurance tax applies to any company that provides health insurance (big businesses, labor unions, insurance carriers). It is a $63 fee assessed on not just every worker or individual, but dependents as well. Because of this, The Wall Street Journal refers to the “reinsurance tax” as the “
belly-button tax.”


The reinsurance tax has a lifespan of three years and is supposed to kick in at the start of the new year. The majority of the estimated total of $25 billion it will raise will be designated as a fund for individual insurers to offset the cost of high-risk individual policyholders both on and off the exchanges. It will also serve as a pain reliever for these insurance companies when 
young and healthy invincibles refuse to sign up for costly health plans.


High-risk individual policyholders will therefore benefit at the extra expense of those who 
do not even participate in the individual marketplace, such as small businesses, large businesses, and the self-insured.


Health Insurance Tax — Unlike the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, HIT will live up to its name, in which consumers will take a direct one to the wallet. The tax kicks off in 2014, when insurers catering to the individual and small group markets will have to pay an annual fee to the federal government.

And what they can’t tax, the Federal Reserve will print or digitize.  This law is not economically sound.  Either Obamacare will fail, or the country will.  Something has to give.


Lawsuit Could Derail Obamacare in Non-Participating States



What our “conservative” politicians failed to accomplish, others are trying to obtain in the courts.  Individuals, think tanks, small businesses, and states are trying to stop this disaster that is Obamacare.  Oklahoma is the better known case, but there are others.  Carolina Journal reported the following:

CEI in early May filed the lawsuit now known as Halbig et al. v. Sebelius et al. The plaintiffs are individuals from Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia, a medical practice in Missouri, a restaurant group in Texas, and a community bank in Kansas. 

None of those states has a state-run health insurance exchange. 

The suit says Congress wrote the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as Obamacare is formally known, with carrots for states that run their own exchanges — start-up grants and premium-assistance subsidies in the form of tax credit refunds to reduce insurance purchase costs for low- and moderate-income individuals.

Congress intended those carrots to be matched with sticks — no start-up grants, no subsidies, and a federally operated exchange — for those states that did not set up their own exchanges, according to the plaintiffs’ suit. 

“Notwithstanding express statutory language limiting premium-assistance subsidies to exchanges established by states, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has promulgated a regulation … purporting to authorize subsidies even in states with only federally established exchanges,” the suit states. 

That “squarely contravenes the express text of the ACA, ignoring the clear limitations that Congress imposed on the availability of the federal subsidies,” the suit states.

The IRS regulation at issue, handed down in May 2012, 
stated that taxes can be collected for policies purchased on the federal exchanges. Critics of the lawsuits have suggested
 the apparent discrepancy between the law and the IRS rule was little more than a “drafting error,” and the clear intent of the law was to allow subsidies through state and federal exchanges.

I don’t have much faith in the federal courts.  After all, it was Chief Justice Roberts who rewrote the law and foisted Obamacare onto the country.  And even if the courts do rule in favor of the plaintiffs, who is to say that the Obama regime will follow the law.  If the past is any indication they won’t.


Tea Partiers Won't Forget the Principled Few



Conservative republicans who stood up against the reckless spending of the Democratic Party and this monstrosity called Obamacare have the undying gratitude from us so-called terrorist, extortionist and hostage takers.

We peasants outside of Versailles, D.C. will remember those senators and congressmen who refused to be kowtowed by the Democratic courtesans in the media who’ve spread their diseased filth throughout the country in an attempt to shame them and their constituents.

And as for establishment republicans who ridiculed those who are principled and true to a constitutional form of government, I ask, what is your plan to stop Obamacare and this reckless spending?


I believe Mark Levin exposed them for what they are.



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Bank of America Takes Fall for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac




If Obamacare isn’t enough of a demonstration of the incompetence of the federal government, we have Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac stepping up to the plate once again.  These corrupt organizations have sued Bank of America for fraud and have won.  This is theater of the absurd.
 
Must we remind everyone that it was Democratic operatives who ran these government sponsored entities.  It was scoundrels like James Johnson who brokered deals with Countrywide that brought about this whole housing crisis.  Here is a quote from the book Reckless Endangerment that sums up the relationship between Fannie Mae and Countrywide:

It was no coincidence that Countrywide’s operations were so intertwined with Fannie Mae’s and so similar.  Both companies had the same goals to achieve and the same enemies to defeat.  And for years, Mozilo’s friendship with Johnson had given him a front-row seat for the Fannie Mae way – the deep political focus, the co-opting of regulators, the manipulation of public opinion, and extensive granting of to friends and potential foes.

It’s tragic enough that players like Angelo Mozilo and James Johnson, the two players who almost destroyed the U.S. economy, was able to walk away scot free, now Bank of America has to pay the price for Fannie Mae and Countrywide’s sins. And let’s not forget the accusations that the Federal Reserve and Treasury Department threatened then CEO Ken Lewis if he didn’t make the deal.

But hey, let’s have the government takeover our health care system.  What could possibly go wrong?





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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

U.S. Military Warns Soldiers to Stay Away from Christians and Tea Party



If you don’t believe there is an all out war on those who are ideologically opposed to the Democratic Party’s extreme platform, take a look at what is happening to our military and military academies.  Recently, the Obama administration banned “So Help me God” from the Air Force oath.  And now it is being reported that soldiers in the U.S. Army were warned to stay away from Christians and Tea Partiers.

Soldiers attending a pre-deployment briefing at Fort Hood say they were told that evangelical Christians and members of the Tea Party were a threat to the nation and that any soldier donating to those groups would be subjected to punishment under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
A soldier who attended the Oct. 17th briefing told me the counter-intelligence agent in charge of the meeting spent nearly a half hour discussing how evangelical Christians and groups like the American Family Association were “tearing the country apart.”
Michael Berry, an attorney with the Liberty Institute, is advising the soldier and has launched an investigation into the incident.
“On the very base that was the site of mass murder carried out by a radicalized Muslim soldier, it is astonishing that it is evangelical groups that are being identified as a ‘threat.’”
- Tony Perkins, Family Research Council president
“The American public should be outraged that the U.S. Army is teaching our troops that evangelical Christians and Tea Party members are enemies of America, and that they can be punished for supporting or participating in those groups,” said Berry, a former Marine Corps JAG officer. 
“These statements about evangelicals being domestic enemies are a serious charge.”


And to add emphasis, military commanders are being purged by the Obama administration because they don’t agree with Dear Leader.  Does anyone else see a problem with this?  Isn’t this the kind of stuff we see in banana republics?   


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U.S. Spent Trillions on Welfare in Obama's First Term



The Great Society has turned into the Welfare State.  Barack Obama and his democratic confederates have fundamentally transformed America, as promised.  The Senate Budget Committee produced the following, as reported by the Weekly Standard:

"We have just concluded the 5th fiscal year since President Obama took office. During those five years, the federal government has spent a total $3.7 trillion on approximately 80 different means-tested poverty and welfare programs. The common feature of means-tested assistance programs is that they are graduated based on a person’s income and, in contrast to programs like Social Security or Medicare, they are a free benefit and not paid into by the recipient," says the minority side of the Senate Budget Committee.
"The enormous sum spent on means-tested assistance is nearly five times greater than the combined amount spent on NASA, education, and all federal transportation projects over that time. ($3.7 trillion is not even the entire amount spent on federal poverty support, as states contribute more than $200 billion each year to this federal nexus—primarily in the form of free low-income health care.)

Is this what American has been waiting for?  I hope not.


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The Life and Legacy of Edgar Allan Poe




This lecture is interesting and informative.  If you are a Poe enthusiast this video is for you.

Monday, October 21, 2013

The 40th Anniversary of the "Exorcist"




It’s the 40th anniversary of the movie, “The Exorcist.”  Even to this day, with the advancement in special effects, makeup and gore, this movie stands above all others.  It is an achievement seldom matched in the history of cinematography.  Here is how the audience reacted when it first came out.








Now that is how you terrify an audience.



Nullification vs Constitutional Amendments





A big debate has sprung.  Many Americans have recognized what the Anti-Federalist predicted and feared:  a centralized government that has conspired to subvert the Constitution and render the States as vassalages and the citizens as serfs.  And all three branches of the federal government are guilty of this, as predicted.

It’s not too late.  We still have the capability to restore our sovereignty and our constitutional republic.  It is just a matter of means.


H/T:  NC Renegade

Welcome Back to America, Senator Ted Cruz



Welcome back to America, Senator Ted Cruz.  We appreciate your efforts in Versailles, D.C.

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz received an eight-minute standing ovation upon his return to Texas this past weekend, despite an extended, hostile campaign from Democrats and the mainstream media to portray him as a dangerous extremist.

“After two months in Washington, it’s great to be back in America,” Cruz said Saturday to approximately 750 people at an appearance in a San Antonio hotel ballroom, enjoying an eight-minute standing ovation for his dogged efforts to defund or delay Obamacare in the recent continuing-resolution budget fight.

Cruz also criticized members of his own Senate caucus for ”failing to stand with House Republicans against the train wreck that is Obamacare.”


The establishment media consistently criticized Cruz for supposedly violating Senate procedure and inflaming tensions with his more than 21-hour floor speech in favor of defunding Obamacare, despite the fact that most journalists have never done anything for 21 consecutive hours in their entire lives, according to reluctant Daily Caller interactions with respectable and educated Washington reporters.

Get rested for round two.

Obamacare's Horror Show Comes to North Carolina




Obamacare’s horror show has made it just in time for Halloween.  Policyholders throughout the state are getting their notices, and it sure as hell wasn’t a treat.  An associate of mine related his hair raising surprise.  He is a single male in his mid to late fifties.  His children are adults.  He has had a policy with Blue Cross and Blue Shield since the early 1990’s.  They informed him that his premiums have increased a whopping 400%!

Yea!  Let’s hear it for Obamacare!  The Democrats didn’t have to soap our windows, egg our house, or toilet paper the yard.  They went for the ultimate scare!  The sad part is this individual doesn’t qualify for a subsidy.  He may be forced to join the ranks of the uninsured.  Way to go, Democrats!  You really know how trick people.

Speaking of tricks, Democrats and their lapdogs in the media have been crying and moaning about North Carolina’s General Assembly not expanding the Medicaid rolls.  They keep moaning about the 500,000 uninsured who would’ve qualified for “free” taxpayer funded health care.  Well, guess what?  That number is a lie as well.  You ask where this number came from.

Drum roll please.





A liberal think tank.  Ta-dah!

Adam Linker, a policy analyst with the left-leaning N.C. Justice Center’s Health Access Coalition, said the number of North Carolinians in the coverage gap could be as high as 630,000. That total includes legal immigrants who haven’t lived in the country long enough to be eligible, illegal immigrants who are not eligible, and people, such as tobacco users, who could be charged a higher premium making coverage cost-prohibitive.

Linker said he remains hopeful that McCrory and the General Assembly will change their minds about Medicaid expansion in the next two years as they feel pressure from hospitals and from individuals as they realize they would have been eligible for coverage.

John Hood, president of the right-leaning John Locke Foundation, said he questions whether the higher eligibility estimate was done in purpose by critics of North Carolina's decision not to expand Medicaid.

"About a third of that 500,000 have incomes above the poverty line, and can thus go into the exchanges at high levels of federal subsidy, usually full subsidy,” Hood said. “That leaves just over 300,000 below poverty.

"Even that is an exaggeration because the Obama administration has already said that people just below poverty (90 percent and up) will likely qualify for the exchanges, too, which is why the NC DHHS says the real number is more like 150,000.”


How can you tell when a Democrat is lying to you?  When he moves his lips.




Saturday, October 19, 2013

An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe - Starring Vincent Price




When I  think of Vincent Price, I think of an Edgar Allan Poe character.  His portrayals are as brilliant as the authors work.  And as always at this time of year, cable television pays homage to these masters of suspense and horror.

Spooky North Carolina



If you live in North Carolina and love tales of hauntings and folklore, here is a book for you.  I bought this when I visited Ocracoke Island.  It is a quick and entertaining read.


The Haunting



Today’s horror movies are more about gore and special effects than an effective plot line.  For the past 30 years, slasher and zombie movies have taken over the genre.  They are more designed to gross out the audience than scare them.

One movie made in the 1960’s is the antithesis of today’s shock movies.  The Haunting is notable for its lack of an actual villain.  The protagonist, along with the audience never sees who is actually terrorizing them.  Horror is left to one’s imagination, and that in itself can be scarier than a knife wielding maniac.





Scary Ghost Elevator Prank




I believe I would have had a heart attack.

'Tis the Season for Edgar Allan Poe



‘Tis the season of All Hallows Eve when suspense and the macabre are accompanied by the drop of temperature and leaves.  It is the time of year when old tales and poems are dusted off and retold.  And what writer better personifies these than Edgar Allan Poe.

It has been determined that the malady that took Poe’s life was rabies, possibly contracted from an animal he had a deep affection for: a cat.

Here is a short story and a poem by the famed author.  One is of a black cat and the other of a dying man with symptoms that eerily could be rabies.