Archive for July, 2009

July 25, 2009

Domain Squatting

by Ben Hoffman

Something needs to be done about domain squatting. Squatters add no value. They are the equivilant of ticket scalpers.

July 24, 2009

Good Bill Maher Rant About Greed

by Ben Hoffman

How about this for a New Rule: Not everything in America has to make a profit. It used to be that there were some services and institutions so vital to our nation that they were exempt from market pressures. Some things we just didn’t do for money. The United States always defined capitalism, but it didn’t used to define us. But now it’s becoming all that we are.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bill-maher/new-rule-not-everything-i_b_244050.html

This all started with Reagan and his tax breaks for the wealthy. Before the tax cuts, income over three million dollars a year was heavily taxed. I believe the rate was 70 percent. The government was still operating at a deficit, but it was nothing compared to what it was under Reagan, Bush Sr, or Bush Jr.

The necessities in life should not be for profit and that includes health care insurance. A common argument against a public option is fear of a government bureaucrat deciding what treatment we’re eligible for. Well, with private insurance, the person making that decision makes a greater profit if treatment is denied. I’ll go with a non-profit any day.

With the pre-Reagan tax rates, there was little reason to pay people more than 3 million a year since most of it would just go to the government. Instead, it was reinvested in companies. Blue collar workers could earn a living wage. Concert and ball game tickets were affordable.

July 24, 2009

Republican Senator Paul Stanley Caught in Affair With 23 Y/O Intern

by Ben Hoffman

MEMPHIS TN- State Senator Paul Stanley has quit heading up a powerful committee after allegations surfaced he was having a sexual relationship with intern. According to a police affidavit, Stanley and his legislative intern , McKensie Morrison, were in a relationship. In April, Morrison’s boyfriend says he discovered explicit pictures of Morrison taken in Stanley’s apartment and that’s when police say Joel Watts tried to bribe Stanley. Police say Watts wanted $10,000 in return for the pictures. Stanley called police. Watts is charged with extortion.

Stanley isn’t commenting, but his neighbors are talking. Neighbors say they are surprised to learn of the allegations, and they hope Stanley and his wife work through this situation. Critics say Stanley is a hypocrite. The Germantown Republican often champions “family value” issues. During the last legislative session, Stanley introduced legislation that would have not allowed gay couples to adopt.

http://www.myeyewitnessnews.com/news/local/story/State-Senator-Paul-Stanley-Quits-Committee-After/0P3i2lYfZ0OZEL45gs7K_g.cspx

Here’s a photo of Paul Stanley:

paulstanley

Here’s the intern:

mckensie-morrison

Not bad. A little skinny, but not bad. But the question is, what is this flower-child doing working as an intern for a Republican state senator? Something’s wrong there.

Here’s a photo of a hot babe I came across while doing this research:

babe

She doesn’t have anything to do with the story, but she is one beautiful girl. I need to go… um… I’ll be back.

July 24, 2009

Cambridge Police “Disgraced” Obama is Commander-In-Chief

by Ben Hoffman

The president of the Cambridge Police Patrol Officer’s Association says that President Obama’s statement that officers “acted stupidly” when they arrested black scholar Henry Louis Gates was “disgraceful.”

Stephen Killion told the Huffington Post that he was shocked when he heard the president make the remarks during Wednesday night’s press conference.

“That was totally inappropriate. I am disgraced that he is our commander-in-chief. He smeared the good reputation of the hard-working men and women of the Cambridge Police Department. It was wrong to do. It was disgraceful.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/07/23/cambridge-police-union-pr_n_244048.html

Apparently, Killion believes we live in a police state and there’s nothing wrong with arresting a man for breaking into his own home. While Gates may have overreacted, it was still his property and there’s something serious wrong with a man being arrested on his own property for doing nothing wrong other than being upset over the way his was being treated by the police.

The police have far too much power these days. We’ve had several unarmed people murdered by police here in Denver. One was laying in bed. The policeman mistook a can of soda in his hand for a gun and shot him to death. Another was backing up his car and three officers “feared for their lives” and emptied their pistols into the man’s car.

While the job of a police officer can be dangerous, the whole “him or me” mentality has gone too far. What ever happened to the “to serve and protect” concept?

July 22, 2009

Republicans Warn Public Option Will Hurt Private Health Care; United Health Profits Soar

by Ben Hoffman

Approximately 114 million Americans are expected to leave private health insurance. Why? Their employers will drop the insurance because the taxpayer-subsidized plan will be 30 to 40 percent cheaper. This action will collapse the private health insurance market, and then the Federal Government will own the health provider game.
~Michelle Bachmann
http://minnesotaindependent.com/39874/bachmann-kline-oppose-public-option-because-its-cheaper

[Our] fear is that if you actually get in there looking at the legislation that it’s set up in a way that employers would increasingly opt to letting their employees move over to the public, to the public option. <strong>And because it is cheaper, it’s designed to save money, the government-run program has some very clear advantages.</strong>
~Rep. John Kline
http://minnesotaindependent.com/39874/bachmann-kline-oppose-public-option-because-its-cheaper

UnitedHealth Group Q2 Profit Jumps 155% (UNH)

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Health care company UnitedHealth Group Inc. (ENH) said Tuesday that its second quarter profit more than doubled from last year, but its health insurance enrollment continued to decline amid the economic recession.

The Minnetonka, Minnesota-based company reported second quarter net income of $859 million, or 73 cents per share, compared with only $337 million, or 27 cents per share, in the year-ago period. Last year’s results included a pretax charge of $922 million, or 47 cents per share, however.

Revenue jumped 7% in the latest quarter to $21.66 billion from $20.27 billion, helped by higher premiums and price increases.

http://www.nasdaq.com/newscontent/20090721/unitedhealthgroupq2profitjumps155unh.aspx?storyid=1395

July 22, 2009

Lewis Black on the Health Care Debate

by Ben Hoffman

Should your ass bleed when you sneeze?

July 22, 2009

Debate

by Ben Hoffman

Debate is futile when you can’t even agree on the facts.

July 22, 2009

Thomas Jefferson on Health

by Ben Hoffman

Liberty is to the collective body, what health is to every individual body. Without health no pleasure can be tasted by man; without liberty, no happiness can be enjoyed by society.

~ Thomas Jefferson.

July 22, 2009

The Greatest Casualty of 9/11

by Ben Hoffman

The greatest casualty of 9/11 was the loss of America’s soul.

July 22, 2009

Radical

by Ben Hoffman

To be radical is to grasp things by the root. But for man the root is man himself.

~Karl Marx

July 21, 2009

Follow the Money: Top Recipients of Health Industry Contributions

by Ben Hoffman

Top 20 recipients of pharmaceutical industry contributions:

recipient amount party house/senate state
Barton, Joe 385159 R H Texas
Dingell, John D 294603 D H Michigan
Deal, Nathan 229020 R H Georgia
Boehner, John 225200 R H Ohio
Clinton, Hillary 196540 D S New York
Frelinghuysen, Rodney 187100 R H New Jersey
McCain, John 186900 R S Arizona
Clyburn, James E 180300 D H South Carolina
Buyer, Steve 179650 R H Indiana
Cantor, Eric 178135 R H Virginia
Rogers, Mike 156125 R H Alabama
Blunt, Roy 152850 R H Missouri
Gerlach, Jim 147243 R H Pennsylvania
Eshoo, Anna 145514 D H California
Towns, Edolphus 141350 D H New York
Murphy, Tim 135600 R H Pennsylvania
Pallone, Frank Jr 134500 D H New Jersey
Baucus, Max 133946 D S Montana
Hoyer, Steny H 133500 D H Maryland
Burgess, Michael 131660 R H Texas
 

Top 20 recipients of insurance industry contributions:

Recipient Amount party house/senate state
Cantor, Eric 376661 R H Virginia
Camp, Dave 251834 R H Michigan
Pomeroy, Earl 200200 D H North Dakota
Boehner, John 183750 R H Ohio
Clinton, Hillary 113850 D S New York
Deal, Nathan 112923 R H Georgia
McCain, John 104500 R S Arizona
Towns, Edolphus 101400 D H New York
Rogers, Mike 101200 R H Alabama
Blunt, Roy 100000 R H Missouri
Ryan, Paul 98600 R H Wisconsin
Tanner, John 96500 D H Tennessee
Johnson, Sam 90450 R H Texas
Becerra, Xavier 89700 D H California
Dingell, John D 87750 D H Michigan
Rangel, Charles B 85903 D H New York
Spratt, John M Jr 83300 D H South Carolina
McConnell, Mitch 77500 R S Kentucky
Hoyer, Steny H 74000 D H Maryland
Larson, John B 72800 D H Connecticut


http://www.consumerwatchdog.org/patients/articles/?storyId=25468

July 20, 2009

Buzz Aldrin Punches Moon Landing Hoax Conspiracist

by Ben Hoffman

According to Aldrin, he was lured to a Beverly Hills hotel under the pretext of an interview on space for a Japanese children’s television show. When he arrived, Aldrin claims Sibrel was there demanding that he swear on a Bible that he had walked on the moon. When Aldrin refused, Sibrel called him a “coward and a liar and a thief.”  Aldrin punched Sibrel in the jaw and the incident was captured on this video:

July 20, 2009

Salaries of Health Insurance CEOs

by Ben Hoffman

Aetna’s Ron Williams – CEO Compensation
Total Compensation: $24,300,112
http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/story/aetnas-ron-williams-ceo-compensation/2009-05-14

CIGNA’s H. Edward Hanway – CEO Compensation
Total Compensation: $12,236,740
http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/story/cignas-h-edward-hanway-ceo-compensation/2009-05-14

UnitedHealth Group’s Stephen Hemsley – CEO Compensation
Total Compensation: $3,241,042
http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/story/unitedhealth-groups-stephen-hemsley-ceo-compensation/2009-05-14

WellPoint’s Angela Braly – CEO Compensation
Total Compensation: $9,844,212
http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/story/wellpoints-angela-braly-ceo-compensation/2009-05-14

Coventry Health Care’s Dale Wolf – CEO Compensation
Total Compensation: $9,047,469
http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/story/coventry-health-cares-dale-wolf-ceo-compensation/2009-05-14

That’s about 60 million dollars we could save with a national plan.

July 20, 2009

Walter Cronkite Quote

by Ben Hoffman

We [journalists] reached our intellectual adulthood with daily close-ups of the inequality in a nation that was founded on the commitment to equality for all. So we are inclined to side with the powerless rather than the powerful. If that is what makes us liberals so be it, just as long as . . . we adhere to the first ideals of good journalism.

– Walter Cronkite

July 19, 2009

Obama Checks Out White Girl’s Ass

by Ben Hoffman

Can you blame him? That’s a nice ass!

wapo-20090718-obama

Okay, the picture is deceiving. Here’s what really happened: