Monthly Archives: June 2013

Called a Government Out of Control Means Dictators Close Behind

Comment By Bob L.
June 30th 2013

This seems to be the type of Government this Country wants, what I mean is that nothing can be done without asking the Government if you can use a plastic bag, water bottle, or maybe your car.

Look around, what do you see, Environmentalists, Special Interest, and the Government telling you what you can eat, how far you can drive your car, what you are going to carry your groceries in, if you have not noticed, every thing they take away for you to use, it comes with a cost of thing left for you to use.

It’s becoming a crime to smoke a cigarette, but it is alright to smoke or eat an illegal product, and that is not a crime, is that because some one is going to make more profit from the poor people again, it is ever ending, they take money away from the poor and think nothing of it, but when it comes to the wealthy, they get Tax breaks. 

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UVA student jailed for possession of bottled water, ice cream

The Daily Caller

June 29, 2013

A University of Virginia student spent a night and good part of the next day in jail after seven plain-clothes agents from the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control division ambushed her.

The student, 20-year-old Elizabeth Daly, made the mistake of walking to her car with bottled water, cookie dough and ice cream in a dark supermarket parking lot near the UVA campus, reports The Daily Progress.

The seven agents sprung aggressively into action, suspecting that the student was carrying was a 12-pack of beer. She was actually carrying a sky-blue carton of LaCroix sparkling water.

Police admit that one of the high-strung agents vaulted onto the hood of Daly’s car. She contends that one of them also drew a gun.

It’s not clear what about Daly’s appearance gave the six police officers the belief that they had probable cause to confront her en masse.

Daly, along with two roommates who were in the car, did what reasonable, unarmed people usually do when violently pounced upon by seven people. They tried to get away.

“They were showing unidentifiable badges after they approached us, but we became frightened, as they were not in anything close to a uniform,” Daly said in a written account, according to The Daily Progress.

“I couldn’t put my windows down unless I started my car, and when I started my car they began yelling to not move the car, not to start the car. They began trying to break the windows. My roommates and I were … terrified,” the student also wrote.

According to court records obtained by the Charlottesville paper, Daly “grazed” two agents with her vehicle. At this time, the records state, the unidentified passenger in the front seat of her SUV was yelling “go, go, go” and simultaneously diving into the back seat.

Once the three students managed to make it out of the parking lot, they called 911. Daly testified that her goal was to drive immediately to a police station. However, she was stopped by a vehicle with identifiable sirens and lights.

Daly had just left an annual UVA “Take Back the Night” vigil on the famous campus founded by the man who drafted the Declaration of Independence. She was eventually able to explain that she had purchased the water and junk food for a sorority benefit. She also apologized.

The seven Alcoholic Beverage Control agents were not satisfied. They charged Daly with three felonies: one count of eluding police and two counts of assaulting a law enforcement officer. In Virginia, each of these Class Six felonies carries up to five years in prison and up to $2,500 in fines.

The seven agents then had her hauled to the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail.

The incident occurred April 11. Charlottesville Commonwealth’s Attorney Dave Chapman deigned to drop the criminal charges this week.

“You don’t know all the facts until you complete the investigation,” Chapman told The Daily Progress in defense of his own actions and the actions of the Alcoholic Beverage Control agents.

It’s unclear why Chapman’s investigation took some 80 days.

The Charlottesville broadsheet also does not mention how much Daly paid her defense attorney, Francis Lawrence.

A spokeswoman for Alcoholic Beverage Control’s regional office, Carol Mawyer, refused to provide details other than saying that the bureau’s agents cunningly wear plainclothes.

“This has been an extremely trying experience,” Daly wrote in her statement. “It is something to this day I cannot understand or believe has come to this point.”

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40% Of Small Businesses Not Hiring Any New Workers

Comment By Bob L.
June 25th 2013
[ I know some don’t like what I say, but today it is greed running this Country for ones self, and the truth hurt ]

Every one just had to have Obamacare, but no one had any idea that it was a scam pulled on the American people, well it is, because they are going to make sure that they the Politician will not have to get it, because they knew that it was that nothing more than a scam that they put together so they could invest in it, just like the scam they are pulling for Global Warming, it is a profit-making deal for them to invest in, like Carbon Futures. (The rich protect themselves before any one else)

Boy if you can not see it, then you are dumber than I thought, because of your ignorance, and just got to have what you call the best of every thing, you are bring this Country down to a Third world Nation, and will soon be in another Depression worst then the Nineteen Thirties Depression.

Tighten your belts, because it is coming, and it is going to be a rude awaking when it happens, and if you have not noticed it has already started, people have been warned, and are turning a blind eye on it and say it won’t happen, well you better hope so for your Children’s sake. 

This Whole thing with Obamacare like they say, was set by some one other than the ones who said you have to pass it if you want to know what is in it.

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40% Of Small Businesses Not Hiring Any New Workers Thanks To Obamacare

AUTHOR By Warner Todd Huston
June 24, 2013

Just at a time when we need the job-creating talents of small businesses to pull us out of the Obama Depression, he’s made it harder to do so with his jobs-killing healthcare law. It is now reported that Obama’s odious and country-killing healthcare law is causing 41 percent of small businesses to stop hiring.

A recent CNBC news report said that, “Forty-one percent of the businesses surveyed have frozen hiring because of the health-care law known as Obamacare. And 19 percent answered ‘yes’ when asked if they had ‘reduced the number of employees you have in your business as a specific result of the Affordable Care Act.’”

Obama is killing jobs at a record pace and already we have millions of Americans out of work, under employed, or have just plain given up looking. Worse, poverty is rising under this anti-capitalist president.

Yet, just as the President is telling us that Obamacare is a must have for all we lowly citizens, his party is working to get Congress exempted from Obamacare because “it’s not fair” to force Congressmen and their staffers to live under the same laws we have to live under.

Obamacare is also about to levy $130 billion in fines on business, too. This is also squashing the growth of the economy because businesses understand that they’ll have $130 billion removed from them, a whopping fee they had never had to pay before.

And this doesn’t even count the cost of insurance that is right now already skyrocketing. In Ohio insurace is already up 88% and in California it is a crushing rise of 140%! And this is just the beginning, America.

This isn’t the only new tax that Obamacare forces on America. Obamacare even charges a tax to use a tanning booth!

Remember, the law doesn’t even fully kick in until 2014. This economic devastation will only get worse.

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State shutdown would close state parks

 

Comment By Bob L.
June 21st 2013

Contingency planning for state agency operations

I can not believe that the American people are so Stupid, they complain about the intrusion of the Government in to their lives, and then turn right around and let the Governments tell them that they don’t own these State, City, County, and State Parks.

These entities’ don’t own any thing they are owned by the American people and they are only care takers of them for the people who give them Tax money to maintain them, so I do not under stand how they can tell the people how they are going to use them and when, or even charge them to use them just to have a family Picnic for the day.

Now I did not say Camp, I said Picnic for the day, that should Always be free, if you want to camp then that should be chargeable, like they say, Water if an Electric pump is used, and Power are there, they are not free to any one. 

But when they say they say they own them, they DO NOT the PEOPLE DO.

If the Government says they need money to Operate, then they need to do some House Cleaning in their Organization of Offices that are not needed, and should have never been started.

Looking at that list if Offices that will close if a budget is not achieved, they are nothing more than a Duplicate or Triplicate that one Office with fewer people could do, I know you have to give your Family and Friends a Lavished job with some one else’s money. 

A good example is Liquor Control Board could be cut and be run by the State Patrol, being the state washed their hands of Alcohol and went private, Board of Education can take over all the Colleges with fewer people, you can go on and on and see where they can cut a lot of money in this Bureaucracy of Government Agencies. 

These 34 state agencies could be totally cut in and made in to one, not Three Offices for every one office, and this could save money, Contingency planning for state agency operations, who will be shut down and who won’t.

There are probable more that could be phased into one, and use fewer people to do the work, but they think that they are so over worked, every time I have gone to a Government Office, all I see, is people waiting in line to talk to some one, while the people working there, were talking to each other and drinking Coffee, and all but two windows were closed out of Six or More that were unattended, then when someone opened a window one that was open, Closed.

It seems that Government Employees have more Breaks on the Taxpayers Dime, than they have time in working.

 

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State shutdown would close state parks

By Lee Stoll
Thursday, June 20, 2013

LYNNWOOD, Wash. — The list of state-run programs that would be cut or scaled back by a government shutdown is 12 pages long. It would affect everything from state park summer trips to how officers keep tabs on sex offenders.

Marisol Silva’s first trip to Deception Pass State Park may be her only trip here this year.

“It’s terribly sad news,” said Silva.

If the state does not approve a new budget, parks will close just as the tourist season is starting.

Campsite and cabin reservations will be canceled.

“I’m going camping with our church in July over in Leavenworth.  I don’t know if it’s a state park.  I sure hope not,” said visitor Melynda Bly.

The list released Thursday says several offices will close down, including the Lottery, Liquor Control Board, Services for the Blind and the Arts Commission.

GPS tracking information for sex offenders will be suspended.

“I’m just astonished,” said Heidi Bride., who lost her job two weeks ago and is using WorkSource to get back on her feet.  The state will close those offices, too.  A skeletal staff will process unemployment benefits but Bride will have to find a job on her own.

“I depend on this.  I’ll be out on the streets without WorkSource,” said Bride.

College students and their families face uncertainty too.  They won’t know what financial aid will be available as they plan for the 2014 school year.

 

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What will pot look like in stores? How About the Food That Our Kids Eat

Comment By Bob L.
June 16th 2013

They worry about, What will pot look like in stores, lets worry about what pot will do in the future, like is it going to be a product used in foods people eat. they are already putting it in foods our kids eat, is this what the policy was when they passed the law to use marijuana openly?

Was this the way it was set up was to get our kids hooked on mind altering drugs so this state could make more tax money off it. If not then they better put a stop to lacing our food products with these drugs? This should go for all mind altering drugs.

Since our state is washing their hands of alcohol and drugs, you can turn on your TV, Radio, and News Papers, Drug and Alcohol use is up in teens, so the Question is when is our Elected Officials going to start doing their job that they were elected to do, and stop lining their own pockets.

What is it going to take to get our Government to get up off their ass and start liking at the real problems and stop catering to Special Interest Groups, Environmentalist, and the Unions who are tearing this Country apart for their own profit, let alone the pockets of our Elected Official’s.

 

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What will pot look like in stores?

By Mitch Pittman / KING 5 New
Posted on June 15, 2013

What will marijuana sold in stores look like? We’re getting closer to an answer, but in the meantime, people in the pot business have some ideas of their own.

When one buys a bottle of medicine, it tells you what the active ingredients are and what effect they will have on you. The goal is to have something similar when you buy pot.

“We want to see the name of the strain, we want to see a full cannabanoid ratio, and that means what are the medicinal components and what percentages found in the marijuana,” said Muraco Kyashna-tocha, a medical marijuana store owner. She also wants information on pesticides, who produced the pot, and health warning labels.

Up until this week, the Washington State Liquor Control Board was taking public comment on Initiative 502 as it tries to decide how all the rules will look, including labels.

For their part, the liquor control board says it’s looking over all of the public comment and will hold a work session on June 19. A big date is July 3, when they will announce all the new rules and we’ll find out what the labels will look like.

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Government Sequester, Don’t Blame the Sequester, BUT, Did You Know?

Comment By Bob L.
Mon. 10 2013

Sequester hits cancer patients, this is just Obamacare before 2014, you might just as well get ready for it, because this is what you will be getting when 2014 and beyond gets here, Oh that won’t happen, sorry it has already started.

This is what they call getting you ready for Obamacare, and a bigger Government with more Control over the People.

They say that it is because of the sequester, THINK AGAIN, if you remember back when they cut money from Medicare, and Medicaid to pay for Obamacare, drugs were included in those cuts, and if they had to cut all this, then why are they hiring 20 Thousand and MORE for Government JOBS if they don’t have the money.

This  Sequester is nothing more than getting back at the American people for not supporting him and his Czars in taking over this Country .

If you read between the lines you will see that the White House is Starving you at the front door, and hire more people at the back door, if I remember right, I think they said TWENTY Thousand or more to be hired at the rate of $160,000.00 THOUSAND a year, so I see it as a Government OUT OF CONTROL, continually hiding and covering up the truth from the people,.

Lets see, say Twenty Thousand times at $160,000,00 comes somewhere around Thirty Two Million Dollars ($32,000,000,00) a year plus their Automatic Pay Raises every year plus Cost of Living, what about if there is more than that, WOW and the American people are going to PAY for a blotted Government, the people did not higher them, Government Bureaucrats did because they are lazy.

This nothing more than a Government acting like HITLER, and wanting to eliminate the people’s Voice along with the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

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Sequester hits cancer patients — doctors, lawmakers seek fix

By Rachel Rose Hartman, Yahoo! NewsThe Ticket
Mon. June 10 2013

You may have heard that White House tours were cut due to across-the-board federal spending cuts known as the sequester. Or that Congress made sure to minimize disruptions to air travel. Or perhaps you know someone being furloughed as a result of the cuts.

But did you know a major fight is being waged over sequester cuts to some cancer drugs?

After Congress failed to pass a budget this spring, a 2 percent cut to Medicare chemotherapy drug reimbursements went into effect April 1 as part of the across-the-board federal spending cuts designed to save $85.4 billion this year.

[Read sequester stories from Yahoo News readers here.]

Many doctors and patients are infuriated, and the issue has made its way into Congress, with a bill introduced in the House to help alleviate the burden being put on those in the cancer community.

Dr. John Cox, a community oncologist at Texas Oncology Methodist Cancer Centers in Dallas and a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), told Yahoo News that the idea of treating Medicare patients differently from other patients goes against everything for which doctors stand.

“It makes all of us uneasy when we realize we are treating different populations in our practice differently,” Cox said.

The pressure put on doctors is significant. Oncologists are typically reimbursed the average sales price for chemotherapy drugs plus 6 percent to cover the cost of storing and administering these drugs. Because purchasing those drugs costs the same as it did before the sequester, many cancer doctors, especially community oncologists who operate in smaller, nonhospital settings—are now unable to keep up with the costs associated with treating Medicare cancer patients who are typically elderly and on fixed incomes.

Indeed, studies from various oncology groups bear out a negative trend: Due to the sequester cut, community practices have begun to turn some people away or to close their doors entirely, shifting patients to hospitals for their chemotherapy treatments where the infrastructure is larger, costs can be better absorbed and some drugs can be purchased for less.

A May 9 survey from the Community Oncology Alliance found 49 percent of respondents were sending Medicare patients elsewhere, with many more planning to begin doing so; 21 percent of practices were laying off staff; and 14 percent were in talks with hospitals about forming alliances.

A new survey from ASCO found that 80 percent of respondents say the sequester has affected their practice. Nearly 50 percent said they wouldn’t be able to continue caring for Medicare patients who didn’t have supplemental insurance, and 50 percent had begun sending patients elsewhere, primarily to hospitals.

Some doctors say that the shift to hospitals could be detrimental to Medicare patients’ care due to less personalized service, personal mobility issues and the typically higher overall cost of treatment at a hospital.

“I’m sure that there’s some people who say that they are enraged,” Dr. Jeffery Ward, a community oncologist at Swedish Cancer Institute in Edmonds, Wash., told Yahoo News of the cut. “I’m just saddened that our government system is so completely inept that they will take the most fragile and vulnerable people in our society and hang them out to dry—and that’s what Congress and our government has done.”

Ward said that his practice as a result of the crush of costs—which in addition to the sequester cut includes a shrinking reimbursement system and a Washington state business and operations tax—formed a nonprofit and became part of a local hospital group on April 1. It’s a fate he says will become more common under the sequester.

He added that he and his patients are among the luckier ones: Not only can his new hospital group help with costs, but the convenient location means his doctors can continue treating the same patients. But he noted that others might not be as fortunate, especially those in rural areas.

“If you’re in a situation where [a] hospital is not willing to work with you or does not wish to take on cancer care, or if you’re operating a long ways from a hospital, those are places where clinics may end up closing their doors and where patients will be disadvantaged or put out,” Ward said.

Cox said some of the talk about the damaging impacts of the sequester from the oncology community might be hyperbole, but negative effects are real and contributing to an already crushing system of physician reimbursement, in his opinion.

“We have not changed any practice, at least that I’m aware of, in our group because of the 2 percent sequester,” Cox said of his larger practice. But he said that fact belies a gradual “belt-tightening” and “dramatic” changes in outpatient medical oncology.

If the cut remains and other financial pressures continue to ramp up, he added, his group will reevaluate its ability to operate outreach centers and conduct clinical research work.

“Fiscally, I want people to be responsible, but taking a blood axe to the federal budget and doing it broadly across the board seems crazy to me,” he added about the sequester.

Similar opinions were expressed earlier this year about the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) air traffic controller furloughs under the sequester, which threatened to result in the cancellation of flights and disruption of air travel for millions, as well as the closing of some airports.

Congress asked the FAA to step in and shift money to avoid furloughs, but the government said it had no authority to do so. As a result, Congress united and passed a bill to give special permission to the FAA to transfer money within its budget and cut elsewhere to avoid furloughs to air traffic controllers.

Members of Congress have urged the government to make a similar exception to protect cancer drugs from the sequester.

Members of the Senate and House sent letters—124 House members to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Republican Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) —asking if officials could exempt cancer drugs.

The 124 House members who wrote CMS received their response last Wednesday, and it wasn’t encouraging.

From Marilyn Tavenner, administrator of the CMS:

The Department of Health and Human Services assessed whether the law allows discretion to administer the sequestration reductions in a manner that is different from the across the board approach that has been used to implement it. We do not believe that we have the authority under the Budget Control Act of 2011 to exempt Medicare payment for Part B drugs.

That response appears to put the onus on Congress for a policy solution.

North Carolina Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers, a former registered nurse—who supports the sequester’s aim to reduce federal spending, but not its indiscriminate cuts—introduced in early April a bill to exempt cancer drugs from the sequester and to force Medicare to reimburse oncologists for the reduced payments they have so far been issued under the sequester.

She told Yahoo News last week that she believes Tavenner’s response, while disappointing, boosts the argument for her legislative fix.

“I feel that this will increase the number of co-sponsors quickly,” Ellmers said of the CMS response. Indeed, supporters believe that some members were awaiting a formal response from the government before signing on to Ellmers’ bill.

Ellmers said she picked up two co-sponsors the day after Tavenner’s letter was released—”probably the result” of the response from CMS. She ended the week with four additional co-sponsors, putting her total at 85 supporters from both parties as of late Friday.

Supporters of Ellmers’ bill say that much like the FAA fix, this legislation has the potential of being passed due to wide bipartisan support.

“Needing those spending cuts to me was the ultimate goal, but at the same time when you realize that you’ve hurt vulnerable individuals, that’s when you need to make the changes,” Ellmers said. “And that’s what we should be doing here in Washington. … If we see that we’ve affected someone on a personal level as an unintended consequence of something that we’ve done, then we need to fix that problem.”

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Law Makers Continually Blead the State for Their Own Gain

Comment Bob L.
06-03-2013

It seems that this state does not know how to spend money wisely, it seems every year that they go through this same thing, this shows the people of Washington State that the government does not care what they do, it is about time that the people of Washington State put a stop to these Special Sessions. If they can not do the job that they were Elected to do in the time set, then get people who can.

This is not the only job they have, so why are they doing this, is it because the other Washington does it and they think that they are entitled to do so.

These greedy people should get paid TEN Dollars and A Forty Hours a week and nothing else, and they pay for their own medical and retirement out of their pay just like the private sector, and lets see how the like it,  and then maybe they would get the message that they are not privileged and give them selves any thing they want, unless the same also goes to the private sector the same that they get. 

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Lawmakers start final stretch of special session

By RACHEL LA CORTE Associated Press
Monday, June 3, 2013

OLYMPIA, Wash. —

With just over a week left in an overtime legislative session, negotiations on the state budget continue, but without a deal in sight and limited activity at the Capitol, one lawmaker on Monday said the possibility of a second overtime session was more and more likely.

Senate Minority Leader Ed Murray, D-Seattle, said that the next 24 hours are crucial.

“If there isn’t some break, it’s inevitable we’re heading toward another special session and I believe that will drive us over a fiscal cliff,” he said.

Senate Republican Leader Mark Schoesler said he was going to “focus on the positive.”

“We’re still talking,” he said. “We’re still working.”

Lawmakers are in the midst of a 30-day special session that began on May 13 and is set to end June 11. They face a $1.2 billion budget shortfall for the two-year cycle that ends in the middle of 2015. That doesn’t count an additional approximate $1 billion that lawmakers are seeking in response to a court-ordered requirement that the state spend more on its basic education system.

Budget negotiations have been taking place for weeks between the Democratic-controlled House and the Senate, which is controlled by a coalition of 23 Republicans and two Democrats.

The original House and Senate budgets were about $1 billion apart, with House Democrats seeking new revenue by extending taxes and eliminating tax breaks, and the Senate majority looking to balance the budget without new taxes, relying on cuts to social programs and fund transfers.

House Majority Leader Pat Sullivan, D-Covington, said that while logistically it is possible to get an agreement and budget passed by next week, he’s still worried about what happens if lawmakers haven’t agreed on a spending plan before the start of the fiscal year on July 1.

“I’m very concerned it will have a dramatic impact on our ability to provide services,” he said.

Gov. Jay Inslee issued a statement late Friday saying that he’s become “increasingly concerned about the pace of budget negotiations.”

“All sides need to realize that it is time for significant compromise,” he said in the prepared statement.

The only public activity on Monday was a floor session in the Senate for senators to share their remembrances of Sen. Mike Carrell, who died at age 69 last week from complications related to treatment for a blood condition.

With his death, the Senate is currently in a tie, with 24 Democrats and 24 members of the Majority Coalition Caucus. The Pierce County Council could choose a replacement for Carrell as early as Tuesday.

Another deadline lawmakers face is dueling bills in the Senate and House on how to address a Supreme Court ruling that found some married couples could avoid the estate tax if they used a certain trust. The House last week passed a bill requiring the tax to be paid on the value of the estate above $2 million, regardless of marital status.

The Department of Revenue says it has already received 70 refund requests totaling between $40 million and $50 million from estates that had paid the taxes prior to the court ruling. Spokesman Mike Gowrylow said the department started processing checks Monday, and that the first checks could be sent out next week unless a legislative fix occurs before then. The state has said that without a fix, it could cost the state $160 million over the next two years, including refunds, cancelled assessments and future lost revenue.

A bill put forth by Senate Republicans would address the refund issue, as the House bill does, but lower tax rates and phase in raising the value of estates to be taxed from $2 million to the federal level of $5 million.

Inslee blasted that version Friday, saying it “would take us in the wrong direction.”

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