Daily Archives: March 30, 2012

Keith Olbermann Dismissed Again

We have some sad news for the audience Current TV. Media Ite reports the news about Keith Olbermann.

It began with some lighting problems in his Countdown digs, and ended, today, with Keith Olbermann‘s firing by Current TV for what sources close to the situation say is “serial, material breach of contract.”

Olbermann, for his part, says the claims against him by Current are “untrue,” and that he plans to sue. He’s currently engaged in a Twitter tirade against Current executives Joel Hyatt and former VP Al Gore.

We are heart broken.

Keith Olbermann 3
Keith Olbermann 3 (Photo credit: afagen)

Even Post Office Wants Private Health Insurance

With the US Supreme Court having the fate of Obamacare in it’s hands look what is going on at the U S Postal Service.  You can read more at CNS News.

US Postal Service Wants Out Of Government-Provided Health Insurance
By Patrick Burke
March 30, 2012

(CNSNews.com) – The United States Postal Service (USPS) is currently working towards delivering a private health insurance plan to its employees and wants to opt out of the Federal Employee Health Benefits Plan (FEHBP.)

“If provided the authority to do so, we believe that we can provide our employees and retirees with the same or better health coverage for significantly less cost, ” said Postmaster General and CEO Patrick Donahoe during his testimony to the House Oversight Committee.

The financially strapped USPS recently released a plan to cut costs by 2016 to adapt to a marketplace in which there is less demand for hand delivered mail.

Holy cow, even the mailman is running for the hills from Obamacare. If the post office can have private health care, why can’t the rest of us! Do you see the hypocrisy?

A USPS van on Cambridge Street in Harvard Squa...
A USPS van on Cambridge Street in Harvard Square (Cambridge, Massachusetts).'' (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Wisconsin Thrill Kill As Many As 100 Deer

Drudge and Fox News is reporting a thrill kill of a hundred deer in the Hilsboro, Richland Center area of Wisconsin

White-tailed deer in Toronto, Canada
White-tailed deer in Toronto, Canada (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Wisconsin Man Faces Jail In Deer ‘Thrill Kill‘ Contest
Mar 30, 2012

A Wisconsin man, who along with his three friends is suspected of illegally slaughtering as many as 100 deer in what prosecutors call an unprecedented “thrill-kill” spree, faces up to six months in jail.

Nathan Blaha, 20, of Hillsboro, Wis., and his accomplices allegedly wandered the backroads of Richland County in a pickup truck, stunning deer with a light before shooting them and leaving their carcasses to rot in what he called a contest to get the most deer, according to court documents.

“This is the antithesis of hunting,” Richland County District Attorney Jennifer Harper told FoxNews.com Thursday. “This is thrill killing.”

Blaha, and his alleged accomplices, 17-year-old Steven Blaha and 18-year-old Brogan Gillingham, face criminal charges in the December killing spree, when the suspects allegedly shot whitetail deer from the road after dark and without a license. A fourth suspect, a juvenile male who has not been named, was issued citations, Harper said. Steven Blaha can be tried as an adult under Wisconsin law.

According to a criminal complaint obtained by FoxNews.com, the older Blaha, who is believed to have done most of the shooting, confessed to killing 20 to 30 deer this past fall and during the 2011-2012 gun deer season illegally.

“The reason I was doing this was because we all kind of had bets who could get the most deer,” Blaha said in a written statement to Conservation Warden Mike Nice of Richland Center.

We wonder how some only received 6 months for this. When more details come out, we will pass it on.

Rep. Tom Tiffany Announced For 12th Senate District

Tom Tiffany announced his run for the Wisconsin 12th State Senate District seat. Richard Moore interviews Tiffany at the Lakeland Times.
3/29/2012 11:21:00 AM

Tiffany announces 12th Senate run; interview on American Investigator

35th District Rep. Tom Tiffany announced this morning that he will run for the 12th Senate District seat held by Sen. Jim Holperin. The senator announced he would not seek re-election to the seat. See the full story in Tuesday’s edition of The Lakeland Times, but in the meantime, investigative reporter Richard Moore talks with Rep. Tiffany about his upcoming Senate campaign and the needs of the Northwoods …

State Representative Tom Tiffany (R‐Hazelhurst) announced his candidacy today for the 12th State Senate District seat, which is being vacated by retiring incumbent senator Jim Holperin (D – Conover).

Tiffany made the announcement with his wife, Chris, at their family’s business, Wisconsin River Cruises, in Rhinelander.

It will be interesting to see who the democrats will put up against Tiffany since Jim Holperin is not seeking re-election. 

 

Whitewater: Free Speech In Wisconsin Update

An update on the story of Mary Taylor from Whitewater who was fired for having a “Stand With Walker” sign. Hear in her own words of what happened to her and the fight for freedom of speech in Wisconsin. Mary was on Fox and Friends this morning.
Fired for free speech?
Pro-Gov. Walker sign costs janitor her job

Watch the video at Fox and Friends here.

Michigan Yes, Wisconsin No On Offshore Wind Mills

The insanity seems to keep rolling through the GREAT Lakes. The Escanaba Daily Press and AP are reporting Michigan could get windmills put up along the shores of Lake Michigan, Lake Huron and Lake Erie. What about Lake Superior? Do the people of Michigan really want to ruin their beautiful shorelines? Here is a part of the story.

New push for Great Lakes wind farms
Feds, 5 states rally for development
March 30, 2012
The Associated Press

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) – The Obama administration and five states have reached an agreement to speed up approval of offshore wind farms in the Great Lakes, which have been delayed by cost concerns and public opposition.

Under the deal, which administration officials disclosed to The Associated Press ahead of an announcement scheduled for Friday, state and federal agencies will craft a blueprint for speeding regulatory review of proposed wind farms without sacrificing environmental and safety standards. The Great Lakes have no offshore wind turbines, although a Cleveland partnership announced plans last year for a demonstration project that would place five to seven turbines in Lake Erie about 7 miles north of the city, generating 20-30 megawatts of electricity.

Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, New York and Pennsylvania signed the agreement. The other three states with Great Lakes coastlines – Indiana, Ohio and Wisconsin – declined invitations but could join the partnership later, an administration official said.

Sure glad Wisconsin turned it down. I am surprised Gov Snyder is good with this. Can you just see Tim Allen doing a Pure Michigan commercial with windmills in the background? 

One By One, Supreme Court To Vote

We will not know for months but the future of this country begins with a vote by the supreme court. It will be in a room and the vote will be taken one by one. Interesting in the following Yahoo, AP article how the system will work with the vote on Obamacare.

Justices meet Friday to vote on health care case
By MARK SHERMAN | Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — While the rest of us have to wait until June, the justices of the Supreme Court will know the likely outcome of the historic health care case by the time they go home this weekend.

After months of anticipation, thousands of pages of briefs and more than six hours of arguments, the justices will vote on the fate of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul in under an hour Friday morning. They will meet in a wood-paneled conference room on the court’s main floor. No one else will be present.

In the weeks after this meeting, individual votes can change. Even who wins can change, as the justices read each other’s draft opinions and dissents.

But Friday’s vote, which each justice probably will record and many will keep for posterity, will be followed soon after by the assignment of a single justice to write a majority opinion, or in a case this complex, perhaps two or more justices to tackle different issues. That’s where the hard work begins, with the clock ticking toward the end of the court’s work in early summer.

The late William Rehnquist, who was chief justice for nearly 19 years, has written that the court’s conference “is not a bull session in which off-the-cuff reactions are traded.” Instead, he said, votes are cast, one by one in order of seniority.

Will it be 5-4, 6-3 or even 7-2? We will have to wait till June July to find out the future of health care and d the future of this country. We do have problems with health care but Obamacare is not the answer. We hope the entire health care bil is struck down. We need to start over and get government out of our lives.

Barack Obama signing the Patient Protection an...
Barack Obama signing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act at the White House Español: Barack Obama firmando la Ley de Protección al Paciente y Cuidado de Salud Asequible en la Casa Blanca (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Malkin, Palin, Call To Arms On The War In Wisconsin

The war in Wisconsin continues as we get closer to the recall elections. Seems word on the street is that Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefischis a distant memory to the republican party. We would think in Wisconsin and around this country we all are in a fight for our very existence. Michelle Malkin writes about the war we have and we get a call to arms from Sarah Palin.

Now is the time for all good tea partiers to come to the aid of Wisconsin. Fiscally conservative leaders in the Badger State are under coordinated siege from Big Labor, the White House, the liberal media and the judiciary. The yearlong campaign of union thuggery, family harassment and intimidation of Republican donors and businesses is about to escalate even further. This is the price the Right pays for doing the right thing.

The outlook for the unhinged Left’s secondary targets, however, is not so bright. Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, a tea party candidate who is not part of the GOP establishment, is being treated as collateral damage by the party. Outside of Wisconsin, most conservative activists are not even aware that she may be booted from office for simply doing her job. Kleefisch told me that on a recent fundraising swing in D.C., national GOP leaders were shocked to learn of her plight.

Kleefisch, a 36-year-old colon cancer survivor, is a fighter who points to her two young daughters when I ask why she’s in the political arena. What message would it send to young tea party moms across the country if Walker survived but Kleefisch was hung out to dry? Will Beltway Republican strategists and donors who constantly harp about the need to diversify the party step up to the plate? [Donate to Kleefisch’s defense here.]

From Sarah Palin, a rousing call to arms — As Goes Wisconsin, so Goes America; Support Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch:

Governor Walker has left the far Left unhinged, so he’s had to amass a war chest to fend off the lies and dirty dealings in the capitol; and, thankfully, it’s predicted he’ll survive his recall.

But the recall fight that is just as important is Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch’s. Please click this link to help her.

She’s being thrown beyond the wolf pack – she’s also under the GOP establishment’s bus because this Tea Party “Mama Grizzly” beat the establishment candidate when she got elected. (And dang, it’s uncomfortable under that chassis!) Rebecca must be thinking, “With friends like these, who needs enemies?” Worse than seeing radical Leftists attack and make things up about a Conservative female opponent is when supporters on the Right sit on their thumbs and act as if there’s nothing they can do to help. Come on! When all else fails you can at least tell the truth!

Read Michelle’s article to get the full story. The problems with the republican party goes back to 2008 when voters were told that John McCain was a conservative and the person to vote for against Barack Obama. We were told to vote for him no matter what his beliefs were ( McCain Fiengold), no matter how much he wanted the press to love him, no matter how much he would rather cross the aisle and work with democrats then fight the liberal left. It wasn’t until Sarah Palin was his running mate that the base backed the moderate McCain.

Do conservatives have to go through this again? Looks like the base will have to help people like Rebecca Kleefisch win the war against the left. If the republican party doesn’t get on board with most Americans, they will be a thing of the past. The ball is in their court. 

 

China, Number 1 Oil Producer, Surprise!

Never seen this coming. China now the number 1 oil producer in the world. USA Today is reporting “PetroChina passes ExxonMobil in 2011 crude oil production.”

Chinese flag, Beijing, China.
Chinese flag, Beijing, China. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Chris Kahn, Associated Press Updated 19h 13m ago
NEW YORK – A big shift is happening in Big Oil: American giant ExxonMobil now ranks behind PetroChina.

The 13-year-old Beijing company was created by the Chinese government to secure more oil for that nation’s booming economy.
PetroChina (PTR) announced Thursday that it pumped 2.4 million barrels a day last year, passing Exxon by 100,000 barrels. The company has grown rapidly the last decade by squeezing more from China’s aging oil fields and outspending Western companies to buy petroleum reserves in countries including Canada, Iraq and Qatar. It’s motivated by a need to lock up as much oil as possible.
The company’s output increased 3.3% in 2011 while Exxon’s (XOM) fell 5%. Exxon’s oil production also fell behind Rosneft, the Russian energy company.

PetroChina also has been on a buying spree, acquiring reserves in Iraq, Australia, Africa, Qatar and Canada. Since 2010, its acquisitions have totaled $7 billion, about twice as much as Exxon, according to data provider Dealogic.

So China is buying up everything in sight as far as crude oil and we in the United States have a president who wants us to ride a bike, drive a Chevy Volt and shut down coal electrical plants. Is this some master plan to have China take over our country?  How long will we see our future drift into an expansion of China?

RIP Earl Scruggs 88, You Tubes, Enjoy

Legendary Blue Grass Earl Scruggs passed away at the age of 88. The Washington Timesexpands on the legend with the banjo where the first time I can remembering hearing Mr. Scruggs was

2005 picture of USA banjo player Earl Scruggs
2005 picture of USA banjo player Earl Scruggs (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

my weekly fix as a child watching the Beverly Hillbillies.

Bluegrass pioneer Earl Scruggs dies at age 88
By Chris Talbott-Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — It may be impossible to overstate the importance of bluegrass legend Earl Scruggs to American music. A pioneering banjo player who helped create modern country music, his sound is instantly recognizable and as intrinsically wrapped in the tapestry of the genre as Johnny Cash’s baritone or Hank Williams‘ heartbreak.

Mr. Scruggs died Wednesday morning at age 88 of natural causes. The legacy he helped build with bandleader Bill Monroe, guitarist Lester Flatt and the rest of the Blue Grass Boys was evident all around Nashville, where he died in an area hospital. His string-bending, mind-blowing way of picking helped transform a regional sound into a national passion.

“It’s not just bluegrass, it’s American music,” bluegrass fan turned country star Dierks Bentley said. “There’s 17- or 18-year-old kids turning on today’s country music and hearing that banjo and they have no idea where that came from. That sound has probably always been there for them, and they don’t realize someone invented that three-finger roll style of playing. You hear it everywhere.”

There is just something about Earl Scruggs music that just made you feel at home. We add a couple of You Tubes for your enjoyment.

RIP Mr. Scruggs.

The Ballad of Jed Clampett”

Foggy Mountain Breakdown

Cripple Creek

Roll In My Sweet Baby`s Arms

Quaker Oats “Larry” Loses Weight, Gets A Haircut and Face-Lift

Seems the person on every container of Quaker Oats products was called Larry. Who knew? Quaker Oats must of thought of dong some plastic surgery on the old guy. Here is the story from the U K Daily Mail Online

‘We took about five pounds off him': Quaker Oats man loses his double chin and gets a haircut in company’s move to promote ‘energy and healthy choices’
By CHRISTINE SHOW
PUBLISHED: 18:20 EST, 29 March 2012 | UPDATED: 18:20 EST, 29 March 2012

The Quaker Oats man featured on the boxes of the popular oatmeal shed five pounds and is sporting a more youthful look in the brand’s new logo to highlight its healthy products.
PepsiCo Inc, owner of the cereal company, also decided to give the jolly-faced character a haircut and broader shoulders so consumers can associate the image with ‘energy and healthy choices.’
The makeover for the rosy-cheeked man known as ‘Larry’ is part of a direction to make the 134-year-old brand ‘fresh and innovative.’

I kind of liked the old Larry myself. It does make it seem like he’s in his 20’s. Not sure if that is Quaker’s target audience of shoppers but so be it. What’s your opinion, yes or no to the new Quaker Oats Larry?