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  • Wall Street Breakfast: Must-Know News [View article]
    > it is only funny when some supposed funny person is
    > denigrating Palin or some other republican or tea party person.

    Only in minor niches -- and the left even scolds itself on such things:
    http://bit.ly/1fJw1Gi

    There are more aggressive types like the now-toothless Keith Olbermann, who was not a comedian but is most definitely a hate monger -- which cost him several jobs -- and the still-airing Bill Maher, who hides behind his role as a pseudo-comedian but is still certainly offensive sometimes.

    Though Maher has repeatedly said, "I'll stop calling them teabaggers when they stop calling it Obamacare." Which is not exactly mature, but is not out of balance either.
    Nov 27, 2013. 12:12 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Must-Know News [View article]
    I was confused about this one too:

    > B.O you are stinging humiliating revenge,go tell Okra on me now.

    I guess he's upset about his body odor and doesn't like certain vegetables??

    Personally I recommend Right Guard (PG), and sweet red peppers.
    Nov 27, 2013. 11:58 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Must-Know News [View article]
    It's not like they don't do well on the media front. Hate sells -- note the HUGE conservative talkshow and book markets -- but it's still just not funny, except perhaps to the hateful, which are still a tiny portion of the population in spite of their abundant representation among pundits on both sides.

    That said, the subject of conservative comedy has actually received some thoughtful exploration in recent years:

    From one side: http://huff.to/1dB8IOL
    And the other: http://bit.ly/1dB8K9r

    And a generally intelligent take on it here:
    http://bit.ly/1dB8K9s
    Nov 27, 2013. 11:49 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Must-Know News [View article]
    > the Salvation Army's head makes about $20,000 a year

    As usual, wrong.

    But surprisingly, your heart is in the right place and you are in the right ballpark, as he only makes an estimated ~$127,000, still much lower than his peers: http://bit.ly/1dB7PWv

    > That plus the % spent doing what they say they do is among
    > the highest.

    Once again, wrong.

    Here's a good summary list from Forbes: http://onforb.es/1dB7OSw

    The Salvation Army is actually below average in its "charitable commitment" percentage (82% vs the average 86%), which is the cents on the dollar that goes to actual charity as opposed to fundraising and salaries and other overhead costs.

    The Red Cross, UNICEF, and Goodwill are all above average.

    Salvation army is among the higher revenue generators, but if one is looking for the best bang for the buck, they are not necessarily the cream of the crop.

    That said, all of these charities do a fair amount of good.
    Nov 27, 2013. 11:40 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Must-Know News [View article]
    > I saw where three college kids created a fully working
    > obamacare web site in THREE days.

    Link?
    Nov 27, 2013. 11:19 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Must-Know News [View article]
    > The government giveth (ZIRP, QE); the government taketh
    > away (USD100B+ in fines and penalties).

    Are you aware that they giveth close to $100B per MONTH -- if they only taketh away $100B every 5+ years, that's still a pretty damn good deal for the scumbag bankers.
    Nov 27, 2013. 11:17 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Must-Know News [View article]
    So to be clear, you're not waiting for anything resembling economic indicators, you're waiting for a Republican in the White House. Got it.

    If that's not it, please do provide the litany. At least let me know how many of them don't start with "after Obama leaves".

    And what if "Obamatax" stays? Will you simply remain in not-ready mode forever?
    Nov 26, 2013. 10:36 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Must-Know News [View article]
    John, that's twice we agreed today.

    Here's a gift just for you, proving that sometimes Democrat politicians can be crazy fringe wing-nuts too:

    http://fxn.ws/18U7TJ7
    Nov 21, 2013. 06:25 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Must-Know News [View article]
    > Therefore since zero republicans voted for obamacare, they
    > are infinitely better than the slimy democrats.

    Or infinitely worse. Only time will tell.

    If the Obamacare rollout is anything like Medicare Part D, and the parallels are many, it will be rocky at first, but will be quite well-liked in a just a few short years.

    Only time will tell.

    When Obamacare is running at an 80% or more satisfaction rate in half a dozen years, you can buy me a beer, no hard feelings. :-)
    Nov 21, 2013. 06:20 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Must-Know News [View article]
    I'd have thought you conservatives would be very familiar with the $600 toilet seat legend -- after all it was a story that liberals ran with to attack Reagan, but it turned out to be reasonably legitimate:

    http://bit.ly/18U6dzz


    > Regulate the COST of healthcare.

    Here, even you and I can agree. :-)
    Nov 21, 2013. 06:13 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Must-Know News [View article]
    > economic conditions for our model aren't favorable and likely
    > won't be for the next four years.

    And what happens in four years, pray tell?
    Nov 21, 2013. 03:02 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Must-Know News [View article]
    My healthcare costs are going down about 14% next year, for a very similar plan. Maybe you should move to Virginia, it's kind of nice here.
    Nov 21, 2013. 01:51 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Must-Know News [View article]
    They can, it's just that the economy won't pay them for it.

    Make people work for welfare? Sure, I'm all for it. Good old fashioned work ethic.

    But it's just going to cost more.

    Maybe we have required training. That could pay off, and could fix some skillset misalignments currently present in our economy.

    This, however, would cost even more.

    But I'm willing to eat a minor tax increase to help pay for such things -- are you?
    Nov 21, 2013. 01:46 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Must-Know News [View article]
    > Help me understand.

    It's about time! ;-)

    > When a family sees their health care costs skyrocket

    This is why it's a false dichotomy. You think the only option is for their costs to skyrocket.

    But let's pretend we live in the real world and not on Fox News.

    In the real world, you *don't* have to take the horribly expensive new plan offered to your by your current insurer. President Obama is *not* holding a gun to your head to take that plan.

    You can shop around for cheaper plans. Maybe you'll find them on the exchange (when it starts working...in February or so), or maybe you'll find them elsewhere (like this guy: http://bit.ly/1aQRkDP), but it's highly likely that there's a plan out there that meets your needs that you can afford.

    Also in the real world, most people who have trouble affording their new plan will qualify for subsidies. This may not be ideal, I'd love for there to be more opportunity in our economy for more people to earn enough to not need subsidies, but since that's not what we have, there are plans in place to make sure people don't have to choose between healthcare and food.

    Medicaid is another option for the truly poor.

    There's also the option of not enrolling and paying the fine, which is very small this year and can only be collected out of your tax refund (i.e., it's not hard to side-step).

    There are a number of options for those being hit by sticker shock.

    Will some small minority of people pay more? Yes. And yes, this will affect their annual budgets.

    But these will be very few in number and many of them will be more than able to take the hit without undue hardship. There will not be millions suddenly cast into poverty because of their health insurance premiums.
    Nov 21, 2013. 01:26 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Must-Know News [View article]
    > Reality is the economic damage from the near financial
    > meltdown was rather mild.

    Wow, that's the biggest lie I've heard today, and there have been some doosies just on this page!

    Clearly you must be over 50 and have been laid off. :-)

    LOL
    Nov 21, 2013. 12:52 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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