Thursday, December 12, 2013

Will ObamaCare Force Thousands of Volunteer Fire Departments To Close?

If this this is correct, quite possibly. According to the Daily Mail:
The Affordable Care Act forces companies with more than 50 workers to buy them all health insurance or pay hefty fines. The IRS says volunteer firefighters are 'employees'... Out of more than 1 million fire departments in the U.S., 87 per cent are staffed entirely or mostly by life-saving volunteers

And what about more-than-half-time volunteers at churches, museums, and other charities?

Nancy Pelosi said they had to pass the bill in order to find out what was in it.

They did, and now we are.

Thanks, Nancy. Thanks, Democrats.

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

"We don't anticipate that."

Guam tipping over?

Here's an oldie but still a goodie, starring US Representative Hank Johnson (D-GA)

Just keep repeating "Republicans are idiots. Republicans are idiots, Republicans are i...."

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ACLU on Data Mining Americans

This should be scary, but few will care.

As I responded to the person who sent the link to me:
Of course, they are also doing the same thing with this email.

Who got it.

Who responded.

Who forwarded it.

To whom it was forwarded.

How many times anyone on the meta data list has interacted with any one else.

What the other email metadata shows. motto: Of COURSE we respect the Bill of Rights.

Properly interpreted, that is.

By others on our side.

People wonder why the right wingnuts have spent the last decade arming like it is 1775.

Maybe they are on to something. Maybe they remember that once in power, no one could vote Hitler out of power. One of Barack Obama's successors may decide the same thing.

And they will know all about this email.
Nothing to see here.

Move along.

Or else.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Steak Tartar aka Ground Beef aka Cannibal Sandwiches

In the Spirit of Olde Milwaukee, I had to reply to a column on the recent alleged problems with steak tartar aka the highly offensive term "cannibal sandwiches".

To Wit:
The only good cow is a dead cow. Unless you are a cheese person, of course. It is hard to get cheese out of a dead cow. I'll admit that. Live cows do serve some purpose. Particularly as pre-tartar.

I spent my whole adolescence demanding raw beef meatballs with garlic salt for dinner. I got them, too, and never got sick. Cover the plate with them.

Go to a party and spread the dead cow on some bread, put on a little chopped onion. How does life get better than that? I understand, the cow might object, but I'm a biped. The cow has to look out for itself. Or herself, if you want to get all feminist on us.

It helps to have the beef ground to order, and tell the poor long-suffering butcher that you plan on eating it raw. Then she can take extra care.

And, as a wise man said, eat it the same day it was ground. Like raw tuna with sliced ginger root and musabi. Or carpaccio. Good grief, grow some antibodies.

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A Tidal Tail of Stars

Nothing to do with Hollywood, either. This Battle of the Galaxies makes Star Wars look kinda puny.

Think of the power it takes to tear galaxies apart. Yikes.

This is a fun site. I check it most days.