Tuesday, October 13, 2015

ObamaCare Comes Up Short

Get ready for major hikes in health-insurance premiums — despite all the promises from "The One."

From Obamacare shorts health insurers $2.5 billion:
Insurers will get far less money than promised from the federal government this year — and a few billion dollars less than they requested — to help pay for their sickest customers.

Insurers learned late Thursday [October 1, 2015] that they'll receive just $362 million out of the $2.9 billion in requested for 2014 for the program, according to an announcement by the Department of Health and Human Services.

That's because a program created under the 2010 Affordable Care Act hasn't brought in nearly as much money as it needs to pay out. As insurers enrolled more older, sicker Americans under the new healthcare law, they were promised some federal money to help cover their new costs, through a program known as risk corridors.
This shortage in funding ObamaCare was totally predictable, of course.

 People with chronic health conditions typically cost more in healthcare dollars.

The cycle of life.

All the utopianism in the world can't change the natural order of the universe.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Quiz Time

A little something different for Columbus Day 2015:

Question 1

CLICK HERE to take the quiz Can You Guess the Invention Based on These Patent Illustrations? Hint: They are all part of the National Museum of American History’s collection.

My quiz results below the fold.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Open Thread

Note: If you're inclined to weigh in on the previous post, FEATURED QUESTION: 2016 Election, please do so.

So, what's on your mind?

Here's a link to get this thread started: Ivy League prof. calls Ben Carson a 'coon'.

BTW, on Sunday, October 11, Steve Kroft will "grill" Obama on 60 Minutes. Here's a preview of that episode of 60 Minutes:

Enough from me for now. Please opine on the topic of your choice according to the parameters below:

Thursday, October 8, 2015


If you could have your druthers, whom would you choose as the GOP candidate for President of the United States? Explain the reason for your choice(s).

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Hitler And Islam

Hitler believed that Islam was a religion perfectly suited to the German temperament: "It's been our misfortune to have the wrong religion."

Hitler and the Mufti al-Husseini

From page 96 of Inside the Third Reich (Click directly on the image below to enlarge it):

(hat tip to Infidel Bloggers Alliance)

Monday, October 5, 2015

Recommended Reading

Once in a while, along comes a moment of jaw-dropping clarity, albeit during an episode of a popular cable-television series. See It's all in the book by my good friend Jason Pappas, who tells us what Homeland's CIA Agent Peter Quinn had to say about ISIS and Islam after the agent's two-year stint Syria.

Money quote below the fold.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Musical Interlude

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Arvo Pärt's Spiegel im Spiegel (translation = "mirror in the mirror"), herewith dedicated to the victims of the October 1, 2015 massacre at Umpqua Community College:

About Spiegel im Spiegel (essential material for an understanding of the piece and why it is a fitting tribute for what happened on October 1, 2015):

Friday, October 2, 2015

Open Thread

(I've made a significant dent in grading a huge stack of essays and now offer an open thread. I'll peek in from time to time)

So, what's on your mind?

A video to get this thread started:

Please opine on the topic of your choice according to the parameters below:

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015


There will be a pause from publishing new blog posts until I finish frenetically marking the mound of essays on my desk.  My classes are on a deadline because students are entering Voice of Democracy and Patriot's Pen, writing contests sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars.  Meanwhile, please scroll down to the blog posts below. I shall peek in here from time to time.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Why The Trump Phenomenon

Click directly on the images to enlarge them:


These principles also apply to Ben Carson's and Carly Fiorina's rise in the polls. Many in the electorate are fed up with electing representatives who don't even try to keep their campaign promises. Those who are guilty of political malpractice are a plague upon the land and stink up the whole place.

Related and a must-read: Cold Anger at Conservative Treehouse.

2014 electorate map

Sunday, September 27, 2015

The Internet And Happiness

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In my own experience, interacting on the web can be discouraging and enervating — especially when engaging in political discussions during the almost election cycles. Furthermore, some studies have indicated that so much involvement in the Digital Age has negative repercussions, including computer vision syndrome, depression, and Internet addiction disorder — to name only a few of a myriad of negative consequences.

According to this recent article in the Washington Post, however:

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Open Thread

(For other material, please scroll down)

So, what's on your mind?

Please opine on the topic of your choice according to the parameters below:

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Recommended Reading

See Hijacking America at A Texas View.  America has been sleeping! Even those who think that they are aware of the Progressive onslaught have been sleeping! Mustang explains in his essay at the link above.