January 10, 2014


Regarding today's dismal jobs numbers and the concomitant rise drop in the U-3 employment number, Hor Gas and other places have been all over this like hair on a gorilla. And, except for the fact that this might serve to the push POTUS-Shit-for-Brains-Care fail off until a new news cycle, there is almost no good news.

O.K., O.K., so I blatantly ripped this off. It's my attempt to supply you folks with ammunition for this pajama-wearing, cocoa-sipping, metro-sexual faggots whose mission it is to brainwash us into thinking that Unicorns are shitting Skittles all over this land and all is rosy with Our Beloved Leader -- President Stool Sample -- and his administration regime.

To quote my source over at Hot Gas:

We all know the difference between the U-3 rate and the U-6 rate at this point (I hope), and so we all understand the perverse effect that a dwindling labor force can have on “the unemployment rate.” If you’re unemployed and looking for work, you’re part of the demand for labor that employers/suppliers are trying to meet. You count. if you’re unemployed and so deeply in despair about ever finding a job that you’ve given up looking, you don’t. Get enough people to give up and the labor force just might shrink to the point where marginal job gains overall can produce relatively steep drops in the U-3 rate. Which, of course, explains how America made sub-seven-percent magic last month with that 74,000-job stinkeroo.

We all know that (again, I hope) and we’ve all seen depressing graphs by now like the ones posted at Zero Hedge showing the slow, steady contraction of America’s labor force. The graph below, though, by Sean Davis of the Federalist, visualized the U-3/U-6 contrast in a way I don’t think I’d ever seen before. If you want to grasp just how few real gains have been made since the recession supposedly ended in June 2009, gawk away:

All we need is a few million more people to give up on job-hunting to reach 5% unemployment by the end of O’s term.

That's the bottom line, innit, Droogies? These lying sacks of shit are cooking the books and trying to make us believe we are living in a worker's paradise.

"We are still at war with Eastasia but the good news is that our weekly chocolate ration is being raised from 30 grams to 25 grams. So belly up to the bar, Winston, and have another slug of Victory Gin."

UNCHARACTERSTIC TRUTHFUL MSNBC SEGMENT UPDATE: It is so-o-o-o-o-o-o bad that even the Kool-Aid sippers over at Morning Joke are compelled to tell the truth:

Keeeeeee-rist! Almost five years and it's same old bullshit, different day. Sucks to be a prole, don't it?


Woman Bites Cow

In a similar vein, wonder how many of you will be wanting to throw a hunk of murdered steer on the barbie this weekend after watching this female carnivore in action:

Notice that, after she consumes the beef she cruises right into the "sides" and salad. This woman probably has no stomach, it goes straight from the esophagus to the duodenum.

(Hat tip, Allahpundit over at Hot Gas.)

HOT GAS COMMENT OF THE DAY: This from MorganFrost:

..says it all.


January 3, 2014

Dog Bites Man

There is a roiling controversy over the manner in which Kim Jong-in's uncle was dispatched from this earth. A couple of posts over at Hot Air are wrestling with the veracity of the uncle becoming Alpo-on-the-hoof for a herd of hungry hounds:

If you’ve been on the Internet at all today, you’ve almost certainly seen the story claiming that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had his uncle executed last month by stripping him naked and feeding him to 120 hungry dogs. The story was first reported by a minor Hong Kong outlet on Dec. 12, was picked up by a Singaporean newspaper on Dec. 24 and since late Thursday has been sweeping through nearly every corner of the U.S. media. The only problem is that it’s probably – probably – not true.

Whether truth or not, this story becomes -- er -- delicious when juxtaposed to the rumors of President Stool Samples predilection for canine burgers. One of the more waggish observations:

Sorry, I just could not let sleeping dogs lie!


I'll be here all week. Try the veal and be sure to tip your waitresses.


Same Bullshit, Different Year

Certified Enrollment Specialist, Marlene Nesmith, waits on the HealthCare. gov website that reads, “HealthCare.gov has a lot of visitors right now!” as she waits for it to allow her entry into the Affordable Care Act website at a Miami Enrollment Assistance Center on Dec. 20, 2013 in Miami, Fla.
The health care horror stories continue their steady drizzle of grim news; this time it's for reals..

Oregon Mother: I Can’t Afford Obamacare For Myself, 1-Year-Old Son

PORTLAND, Ore. (CBS Seattle/AP) — One Oregon mother says that she is unable to afford health insurance for her and her 18-month-old son because it’s too expensive.

Kate Holly, 33, tells KOIN-TV that she originally championed President Barack Obama’s signature health care law because she thought it would help people in her situation.

“I’ve been a cheerleader for the Affordable Care Act since I heard about it and I assumed that it was designed for people in my situation,” Holly, a freelance yoga instructor, told KOIN. “I was planning on using the Affordable Care Act and I had done the online calculator in advance to make sure I was going to be able to afford it.”

Holly’s husband works for a non-profit organization that pays for his health care, but the couple is unable to afford to have her and their son covered under his plan. And she’s been told their combined income is too much to qualify for a subsidized health care plan under Cover Oregon.

“It wasn’t until I started the process and got an agent that I started hearing from them I wasn’t going to qualify for subsidies because I qualify on my husband’s insurance,” she told KOIN.

Holly is hoping things work out but she doesn’t know if she will have health care for her and her son.

“I guess I’m hoping that I will find out there’s a way around this, but I don’t know yet,” Holly told KOIN.

Obama administration officials said this week that 2.1 million consumers have enrolled through the federal and state-run health insurance exchanges that are a central feature of the Affordable Care Act. Millions more have been enrolled in Medicaid, after the federal law allowed states to expand the health insurance program for the poor.

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..Holly sounds like a real dumb shit. Then, there's this real-time horror story:

Doctors Office Spends 2 Hours On Hold With Health Insurer For Patients Surgery Authorization

CHICAGO (AP) — The new year brought relief to some Illinois patients newly insured under the nation’s health care law. Others still weren’t sure whether they were covered, despite their best efforts to navigate the often-balky new system.

The major benefits of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul took effect Wednesday, the first day of 2014. By Thursday, the first business day of the new insurance system, it became clear that snags in the rollout of the Affordable Care Act still remained.

On the plus side, the law’s protections mean consumers can no longer be denied coverage if they’re in poor health. New limits on how much insured patients must pay for care will mean fewer bankruptcies after catastrophic illnesses. Insurance plans must offer a minimum level of essential benefits, and care such as flu shots and mammograms will be fully covered without cost to patients.

But early problems with the federal HealthCare.gov website led many people to wait until last week to sign up, and insurers are still processing enrollment forms.

Paperwork problems almost delayed suburban Chicago resident Sheri Zajcew’s scheduled surgery Thursday, but Dr. John Venetos decided to operate without a routine go-ahead from the insurance company. That was after Venetos’ office manager spent two hours on hold with the insurer Thursday, trying to get an answer about whether the patient needed prior authorization for the surgery. The office manager finally gave up.

“I’m not a happy camper,” said Nate Zajcew, the patient’s husband. The couple signed up for a Blue Cross Blue Shield bronze plan through the federal HealthCare.gov site on Dec. 16. “I understand it’s just a matter of paperwork and yesterday was a holiday. I can be an SOB, too, at times, but since they’re going on with the procedure, it’s OK.”

Venetos, a Chicago digestive system specialist, described “tremendous uncertainty and anxiety” among patients calling his office recently. Some thought they’d signed up for coverage but hadn’t received insurance cards yet. Others had insurance policies that were canceled and weren’t sure if their coverage had been reinstated after Gov. Pat Quinn decided to allow one-year extensions of canceled plans.

Venetos said he has decided to take a risk and provide care for these patients, at least until there’s less confusion about coverage.

“We feel it’s the right thing to do,” Venetos said. “We may end up stuck holding the bag and not getting paid on these claims.”

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, which has the most customers in the state’s individual market, has been adding staff and extending call center hours to keep up with demand. “Every week we’re adding staff to our call centers and we’re also enhancing our call routing features to better serve our customers,” said spokesman Greg Thompson.

In the southern Illinois city of Benton, 61-year-old Nancy Pace spent part of New Year’s Day calling Blue Cross Blue Shield to make certain she and her husband were covered by the silver plan they chose on the troubled federal insurance website. “When you get to where it says ‘Pay for your policy,’ well, that button doesn’t work,” Pace said.

Calling the insurance company worked: Pace paid and got her member number over the phone.

“I made a phone call. I pushed the right button and got a live person,” she said.

Pace, a stroke survivor, said she hasn’t had good insurance since her husband lost his job when the mining machinery plant where he worked closed in 2005. The Affordable Care Act means better health care for her and her husband, she said, but she has doubts.

“My biggest concern is, how long is this going to last? How long can our country bear this expense?” Pace said. “It’s a benefit for us right now. But I don’t see how it can possibly be sustainable. … Am I going to use it? You bet I am. For one thing, it’s a law. I don’t have a choice.”
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The significant thing is that these stories are piercing the MSM blackout veil. The above reports, along with others appear either through the big three news organs or on the local "if it bleeds it leads" news programs where much more people pay attention.

While I have no truck with the mirror-fogging, mouth-breathing champions of StupidAssedKneegrowPOTUSCare who made the wrong choice, I feel for their innocent and unsuspecting dependents who bear this burden because of their parents' and guardians' stupidity.

Elections, my friends, have consequences.


January 2, 2014

Closing out this wretched year..Starting a new one..

Firstly, let me say that I am singularly blessed with my health, happiness, and financial situation. (My financial condition is sound, I am gainfully employed at a job that I like, working with people I like and respect.)

More importantly, Mrs War Planner and my scions (two sons from a previous union and a Marine from Mrs War Planner) are singular treasures. Fold into that the multiple grandchildren -- including War Planner IV and a host of beautiful grand daughters -- and the sun has been shining on this dog's ass for a goodly time.

Anyway, you get the idea!

That said, we're down to this final Friday first workday of the [new] year and I am was on vacation until 2013 limped off the stage, so here goes:

Photo courtesy of Zombie Time
It is the fifth of eight hateful years of this charlatan incompetent POTUS and, like 2013, this country is limping to the end of that term on life support. A happy note is that maybe people are waking up to the fact that President Stool Sample is a crook, a boob, and a liar. And we're talking real liar, not someone benefiting from that attribution from a screaming, shrieking Bush-hating, scrotum-inflating aged San Francisco hippie or a SNL jokester-elected-U. S. Senator.

Over there on the upper right of this pathetic blog is a broken link to the once-vibrant Obama Fail Blog which now appears to have become moribund and overrun by some Indonesian purchase advocacy page. It is so sad because the author worked tirelessly to meticulously document the bomb craters that littered the crooked road that is Obama's first four years. I think -- or I would like to believe -- that he abandoned this noble effort some time after POTUS Shitbag was re-elected. More's the pity, because he would have had a field day over the monumental toilet flush that's is ObamaCare -- er -- excuse me, StupidAssedKneeGrowPresidentCare.

Had I known the gentlemen was going to fold up his tent, I would have used Adobe Acrobat to Hoover the whole site up into one massive pdf. (It can do that.) It would have yielded a document that could be printed and published. In fact, I often commented to him that he should do so and then SELL the book as a coffee-table publication because no one would remember (or believe) all to the shit this asshole president pulled over the first four years. (We smugly shared the opinion that he would only be a one-term president, certain sure that that the mirror-fogging, mouth-breathing proles would wake up in 2012.)


I cannot not possibly try to resurrect a comprehensive list of Obama's failures as such itemizations abound on the internet. But I remember fondly the stimulus, the oil spill, the innumerable and lavish vacations, the rounds of golf, Fast and Furious, the IRS scandal, Benghazi, handling of Syria, an economy still limping along after over four years of neglect and incompetent economic policies, and the current centerpiece of this goof ball's unserious and insincere efforts as a chief executive, ObamaCare..the almost single-handed destruction of the American health care system.

This last little tidbit promises to still unfold and, having adversely affected over six million independently-owned policies (not people), it is only the beginning. Next year the pain and suffering comes to those of us in plans offered by our employers.

Way to go, shithead. You have made a complete pig's breakfast of the greatest country on the face of the earth.

Ah, but here is the irony here: the aforesaid mouth-breathing, mirror-foggers and their minions have even reached out to cause tremors in the force in advance of the upcoming, anticipated StupidAssedCocksuckingKneegrowPOTUSCare[1] employers' debacle. Yours truly received a notice from his place of work that my healthcare plan was no longer being offered. However, I would receive an opportunity to participate in another plan -- but that would be only for this year. God only knows what 2015 will bring,

Bend over and smile, please!
Moreover, as to POTUS Buttwipe's "if you like your doc" pledge, the new plan is not accepted by my group. So, thanks to this prick's dream of making things fairer, I and my family  will LOSE the docs and health services that have maintained us FOR OVER TWO DECADES.

Now, I don't know what the new health program will be like and I have nightmares of going into see some third world graduate of Bangalore Medical for a rectal exam, having him snap on some rubber gloves, shove two APCs up my ass, and direct me to "call him in the morning".

But, it seems, even my HMO has also felt this tremor in the force. Quite apart from me leaving them, they have advised me (and other patients) that they might not be able to continue as caregivers owing to the horseshit going down in California. I received a letter informing me of same, below:

So, not only are employers dumping folks, but docs are as well. And that's some pretty unconflicted verbiage up there in the second graph, innit? I'd say -- just like 2014 -- this grisly tale of bolloxed health care by the government is just beginning.

Way to go, champ! You effed up another one.