Last Week’s News (with a few updates for this week)

Just quick blurbs here,  got to get this stuff out.


The plan to raise the retirement age is on hold until Speaker Boehner feels the American people are scared enough to accept it.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said he “made a mistake” when he suggested raising the retirement age to 70 last year.

“I made a mistake when I did that, because I think having the conversation about how big the problem is is the first step,” Boehner said Wednesday evening on CNN. “And once the American people understand how big the problem is, then you can begin to outline an array of possible solutions.”

[full story]

Not too surprising.  After all, what else can you expect from someone who is so dishonest?

They are also doing the “bait and switch” (i.e. lying) about privatizing Medicare.

Months after they hammered Democrats for cutting Medicare, House Republicans are debating whether to relaunch their quest to privatize the health program for seniors. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., is testing support for his idea to replace Medicare with a fixed payment to buy a private medical plan from a menu of coverage options.

[full story]

And how does that work out in the real world?

Ron’s wife, Frances Flanagan, admits she made a mistake in November when she paid their monthly health insurance premium online. Frances swapped a 7 for a 9, leaving their $328.69 payment 2 cents short.

Their insurance benefits administrator, Ceridian Cobra Services, based in St. Petersburg, Fla., promptly dropped the Flanagans for the 2-cent shortage without a phone call, a certified letter or even a letter warning them they could be dropped, the Flanagans said.

[full story about the Veteran cancer patient having his policy cancelled over $.02]


Yes, yes he will.

Yes, yes they are.

It’s not freakin’ genetics, it’s simple, old-school laziness.

U-M researchers found that 58 percent of obese children had watched two hours of TV in the previous day, compared to 41 percent of non-obese children. Forty-five percent of obese students always ate school lunch, but only 34 percent of non-obese students ate school lunch.

Significantly fewer obese kids exercised regularly, took physical education classes, or were a member of a sports team.

[full story]

Oh, and since the suger-sellers won’t tell you (and the folks they advertise on won’t either), I will, EATING TOO MUCH SUGAR MAKES YOU FAT AND GIVES YOU DIABETES.

Violent rhetoric by politicians once again doesn’t lead to violence against their targets.  

This might very well be one of the best and most concise “History of Violence” things I’ve ever seen.

Them and Obama both.   Getting both to admit that would require a Herculean effort.

 I’d prefer they schedule a trip to the Statue of Liberty and just spit in her face all honest-like.   At least then I could give them points for directness and honesty, as it stands the assholishness just overwhlems everything.

Biden is pretty much awesome.

More of this group of hypocrites later.   Texas has been under a national emergency (yes, we can do that) since the electin to pass all sorts of ridiculous crap.

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