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WEDNESDAY, January 11, 2012
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Medicare spending has grown more slowly than private insurance premiums for comparable coverage for more than 30 years.
Socialist Party spokeswoman Lynn Lomibao: "The notion that Barack Obama is a socialist ranks among the greatest fairy tales in American society -- right up there with the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, and the idea that if you work hard enough your children will live a better life than you. Socialists know what Obama is: another corporate funded politician placed in the White House to protect the wealth and status of the 1 percent."
Pfc. Kyle Hockenberry lost both legs and an arm from an IED in Afghanistan but wants to stay on active duty, that is "if the military will have him.” They better find something!
Stephen Colbert is out-polling Jon Huntsman in the South Carolina Republican primary.
Hostess, maker of the Twinkie, is seeking bankruptcy protection.
Smoking a joint once a week or a bit more apparently doesn't harm the lungs, according to a 20-year long research project. Safer than alcohol and cigarettes yet illegal.
The Doomsday Clock has been moved up to "5 minutes until midnight."
Jules Whitcover: Mr. Romney also made a remark that seemed to reinforce both his elite family background and an apparent attitude that only financially privileged candidates ought to seek public office. He cited his father, George, a Michigan governor who unsuccessfully sought the presidency in 1968, who told him: "Mitt, never get involved in politics if you have win election to pay a mortgage." The counsel could be taken as endorsement of the notion that only the well-heeled should run. In all this discussion about Mr. Romney the citizen-candidate, he also insisted that he challenged Kennedy in 1994 knowing he couldn't win, telling his partners in his firm, "I'll be back in six months. Don't take my chair." The comment may have reinforced his insistence that he wasn't acting as a politician -- but, if true, it raises a question about his wisdom and judgment.
Bank of America and all the other theiving financial institutions may be facing a day of reckoning - they're starting to sue each other over the ripoff derivatives and junk mortgages just as the state and federal governments are starting to wake up to the fact that serial criminals should perhaps be brought to justice. Not that I expect THAT will ever happen but this article will blow your mind! Just one of many multi-billion dollar lawsuits against Bank of America, "shows the Federal/state attorney general mortgage settlement effort to be a complete travesty. The claim describes, in considerable detail, how various Bank of America units engaged in misconduct in virtually every aspect of its residential mortgage business."
A news report states that Dick Van Dyke is getting married, he's 86 and his bride is 36. Why not? Then again, it sounds like a prank.
Republican values... You know the evil Governor of Wisconsin Scott Walker? He gets slimier every day. Tim Russell, a long-time Walker appointee and campaign aide, is charged with the theft of more than $20,000 from funds intended for an event honoring veterans. Walker personally put Russell in control of that money and it turns out the guy was a child molester too.
Charlie Sheen says "I'm not crazy anymore." Yeah!
An Alaska town is digging its way out of record 18 feet of snow - that's like two-story building high!
A guy who posted a picture on Facebook of his toddler bound and gagged has been indicted. Hey, he was justified. His comment was, 'This is wut happens wen baby hits me back."
The Alberici Sisters take you on a journey through their years working with Dean Martin in The Golddiggers in this interview with TV Confidential's Ed Robertson. They're the subject of my new Oral History of the Las Vegas & beyond nightlife in the 1970s as seen through the eyes of the people who headlined and worked in Sin City and nightclubs all over the country.
Oops - In 2007 US Drug agents were responsible for moving millions in drug proceeds around the world, in an effort to infiltrate criminal organizations. That's the problem with this drug war, with all of our 'wars' - we're fighting on both sides! Stop the wars and you stop the problem.
A Georgia middle schooler was suspended for four days because he voluntarily reported that he had accidentally brought a knife to school. That happened to my young nephew, he used his backpack on a camping trip over the weekend and discovered in class on Monday that he had a knife in there. Wisely, he kept his mouth shut, no harm done. He learned something from school!
Last week Archie Comics featured its first same sex wedding. In Life With Archie #16 gay character Kevin Keller gets deployed to Iraq and marries his partner Clay Walker. The Kevin Keller character is so popular he got his own 4 issue run comic book.
George Galloway: For decade after decade the US state could provide guns as well as butter in the form of rising living standards and economic growth. Now it can provide no butter. But it has every intention of providing guns.
A study published last year contends that about 1 percent of those detained and deported for being in the country illegally in any given year are, in reality, American citizens. That's comes to around 20,000 people since '03.
Nearly half the schools last year did not meet the No Child Left Behind minimum test requirements for their students.
No More Mister Nice Blog: If you ask Mitt Romney what time it is, he'll look at his watch, tell you how pleased he is that it's an American watch, probably recite a few lines from some American patriotic songs, then tell you that in Europe they've destroyed the notion of linear time, and if Barack Obama has his way we'll be just like Europe, with utterly useless watches and a completely skewed sense of the hour of the day. He'll probably never tell you what time it is.
Frank Bruni: That debt has indeed risen at a terrifying pace over the last three years, but for reasons that have a great deal to do with ... George W. Bush. The perpetuation of his tax cuts, the continuation of his new prescription drug benefit, the management of his wars and the interest payments on debt that he accumulated account for a crucial share of the additional sum Obama has amassed.
The Republican candidates are debating whether we should send more troops back into Iraq. Really.
In 2009 one out every 30 births was a twin; in 1980 it was one out of 53 births. They're multiplying!
Detroit automakers all reported market share gains in 2011, the first time since 1988.
Two of the guys who's jobs (and the company they worked for) were plowed under by Mitt Romney's Bain Capital are speaking out. The Steel Mill they worked for had been around since 1888. One of these workers detests Obama but won't vote for Romney - with good reason!
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DID YOU KNOW: Since 1980 the top tenth of the top 1 percent took in 3.4 percent of the nation's income. By 2007 they scooped up over 12 percent of the USA's income. Their average incomes, adjusted for inflation, had risen from $1.4 million to $7.4 million during that period.