Open Thread, Friday 22 March 2013



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56 Responses to Open Thread, Friday 22 March 2013

  1. freedom1781 says:

    Health Insurers Warn on Premiums

    Elections have consequences.

    “In a private presentation to brokers late last month, UnitedHealth Group Inc., the nation’s largest carrier, said premiums for some consumers buying their own plans could go up as much as 116%, and small-business rates as much as 25% to 50%. The company said the estimates were driven in part by growing medical costs not directly tied to the law. It also cited the law’s requirements that health status not affect rates and that plans include certain minimum benefits and limits to out-of-pocket charges, among other things.”

    • barnslayer says:

      “…the law’s requirements that health status not affect rates…” yet I’m hearing employees will be required to report their weight, %body fat and cholesterol info. Hmmmm. Somebody is lying.

      • freedom1781 says:

        The AMA has a habit of changing what is considered to be healthy blood pressure and blood sugar levels, etc. We’re always hearing about the changes from our doctor, who thinks all of it is purely political. Even though he’s young–only 8 years older than me– he’s old-school. You can email him a question about something and he’ll give you a quick answer instead of asking you to make an appointment, like our other doctor insisted. I guarantee that the “healthy weight, etc.” will constantly change now that Obamacare will be implemented. One size fits all.

        • barnslayer says:

          And those defining numbers will keep changing making it ever more difficult to be considered healthy. Thus fewer tax slaves will “deserve” health care. Kinda how the nazis handled forced labor.

  2. freedom1781 says:

    Texas Mom Outraged After Finding Stunning Question About 9/11, Terrorism on Her Son’s 5th Grade Test

    Oh, hell no. Hubby and I go over everything my daughter brings home from school and we discuss it with her. So far, we’ve seen nothing objectionable with her social studies work/tests.

    I will get all Mama Grizzly if I ever see anything resembling Common Core being taught in her school.

  3. freedom1781 says:

    Universal Background Checks: the Liberal Holy Grail

    “Feinstein’s assault rifle ban has been removed from the Senate gun-control bill. While that is good news, it was recognized from the beginning as a bridge too far. What has survived, and may well become law, all in the spirit of bipartisan compromise, will actually be far worse.”

  4. texan59 says:

    Kinda my outlook on things today.

  5. freedom1781 says:

    Police Departments Beg And Barter For Ammo While DHS Buys Up 1.6 Billion Rounds In Past Year

  6. freedom1781 says:

    Top 10: Best artworks by prolific painter, former President George W. Bush [SLIDESHOW]

  7. solaratov says:

    Interesting thought reposted by Tam at “view from the porch”…………………

    ” Compared to the advances that permeate so many other technological fields, firearms have been a very mature technology for a very long time.

    The only technological advances in man-portable firearms since the 1930s have been in materials and construction methods. I am unaware of any completely new operating mechanism after roller-locking recoil. Certainly the gas-operated, rotating-bolt, box-magazine-fed rifles which arm our troops would be instantly identifiable to John Browning in his 1890s Utah workshop, although the machined aluminum forgings and plastic furniture might seem novel to him.

    A SIG P-226 would only be “exotic” to Le Maitre in its use of stampings in place of machined forgings. Other than that, it’s a short-recoil tilting-barrel box-magazine-fed self-loader, still shooting a cartridge developed for the Imperial German Army in the first decade of the last century. (Just think about cartridges: Of the major martial firearm chamberings, only 5.45, 5.56, 7.62×51, and .40S&W were developed after 1945, while .50 BMG predates the last World War and 9×19, .45, and 7.62×54 predates the one before that.)”


  8. Harvey says:

    Has anyone kept in touch with Library Countess? I would be interested in finding out if there is a network of liberty-oriented children’s librarians.

  9. Coyote says:

    You ever been so mad it makes you clench your teeth and grind them to dust?
    Yeah. I’m having a moment…

  10. freedom1781 says:

    Pope calls Argentine kiosk owner to cancel paper delivery


  11. freedom1781 says:

    Top Ten ObamaCare Horror Stories the Media Is Covering Up

    What?! You mean the mainstream media lied? Aw, say it ain’t so? /sarc

  12. CNN is unbelievable. Moonbattery was on them today for this coverage of the Steubenville rape verdict. Tears for the rapists. Nothing for the victim. What’s wrong with these people?

    • Knight4GFC says:

      Yup! Two stupid, undisciplined, immoral teens who made a very serious mistake… well, I hope it was a “mistake”. But what’s worse is, two stupid, undisciplined, and possibly immoral (their moral compass certainly didn’t show it was pointing straight) women, who were not in control of their emotions. I wonder what they would be thinking if they were the victims of this serious crime commited by 16 and 17 year old football players, who are larger than your average male human being. Yes that’s right! They could have commited this crime and overpowered any defenseless woman. So, instead of being sorry for the perps, that they are gonna be haunted by the label “sex offender”, they should be sorry for the young victim, a fellow female human being, who is going to be haunted for the rest of her life by the crimes commited against her. Again, where is the women’s right’s group admonishing CNN for this?

      • Knight4GFC says:

        Now, I will say that I don’t know everything there is to know about the case. However, we have a judicial system that found them guilty. If indeed they are guilty before the eyes of God, then they are lucky that they aren’t tried as adults. If not guilty before the eyes of God, then that is a tragedy and God help them, the victim, and bring swift justice to the real perps. You cannot blame the system. If the evidence was overwhelming, and condemning beyond the reason of a doubt, then the defense did a poor job. Yes, the perps are young. Young and stupid. There are consequences to your actions. Man up, and learn from them.

        • That’s the way I saw this, too. My understanding is that there was no question of guilt due to the photos taken by one of the perps, etc. So, isn’t the proper response to rejoice that justice was done so well? And, if anything, the dumb kids are getting off easy with 1-2 years in Juvee. Maybe it’s good to see some remorse? But why are they so concerned about the consequences for these privileged boy’s careers? Don’t they know that’s what happens when you rape somebody? What about the 100s of thousands of other guys going through life with “sex offender” status? Some of them were actually not justified, but NOT in this case. This was a shining example of how it OUGHT to work. Geez.

          • Knight4GFC says:

            “Don’t they know that’s what happens when you rape somebody”? Obviously these CNN women don’t. I don’t know… maybe its just temporary insanity on their part. Hmmm… or since they are so concerned about these young rapist’s lives, these lib women wan’t to teach these rapists not to do these things. That’s what it is!

          • Sorry but I gotta say something here! I wanna kick the parents asses here! You don’t become a rapist or commit any serious crime without some blame for how the kids were raised. Sorry no excuses allowed. Of course there isn’t much parenting involved and they become products of the society which is why you have dumb “blondes” (no offense to blondes here just a saying) who can wail for the perps. Yeah a society without God has no moral compass and we lose compassion and understanding of most of the things we Christians take for granted. That would be the “Light’ WE HAVE THAT THEY HAVE LOST!!! Pity for the souls!

  13. I think China looks like a winner here.

  14. Knight4GFC says:

    A small step forward for the helpless souls.
    “North Dakota Personhood Measure Passes State House”

  15. Sit over here, Mr. President. By this open window…

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