Daily Archives: August 3, 2013

Whew! Thank God, Obama has exercised his royal powers to spare Congressmen and their staff from ObamaKare

 

No no no, LouisKare is for commoners only - do not despair

No no no, LouisKare is for commoners only – do not despair

Executive relief on the way, Congress exempted from having to sign up for what they’ve mandated for the rest of us. Is this a good place to remind readers that Congress has also exempted its members and staff from the rules against insider trading? Steve Cohen should run for office.

LOS ANGELES (MarketWatch) — The White House has approved a deal that will create a regulatory fix for members of Congress and their staff related to some of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act, according to media reports. Under the law, popularly referred to as Obamacare, lawmakers and their aides were required to source health insurance “created” by the law or offered through one of its exchanges; and without the subsidies they currently have, the members of Congress would have faced thousands of dollars in additional premium payments each year, the reports said. However, the Office of Personnel Management now plans to rule that the government can continue to make a contribution to the health-care premiums of the lawmakers and their staff, according to unnamed congressional sources and a White House official.

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Mark your calendar: first frost to arrive September 13th

Get ready for winter

Get ready for winter

Or that’s what folklore says. I heard the first katydids last night (and they’re at it again tonight) and that’s supposed to mean six weeks until the frost. That seems early for frost but with global cooling such a growing concern, it wouldn’t surprise me.

On a related note, there’s this: North Pole sees unprecedented July cold – Arctic sees shortest summer on record. 

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Peter Sherr makes it onto the BOE ballot

Bob Horton’s got the story. Sherr expressed surprise that so many residents knew his name and what the issues are this election – I’d thank the readers of FWIW, Mr. Sherr, at least in part.

So now comes the hard part: easy to vote for Sherr and Brian Peldunas (the latter fought long and hard to bring a new math curriculum to our schools and deserves our gratitude and our support), but what do we do with the extra two we’ve been granted by our political masters? If Republicans used just one of them to cast a ballot for Laura Erickson and pocket the spare, we could probably ensure that she received more votes than out cult guru, Ramamdamadingdong Tamm, but do we want to? Nothing I’ve heard so far about Erickson makes me think she’d afford the entertainment value of  Miss Sari and her finger cymbals. Suggestions?

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Science Lyte from Greenwich Time

Ace science reporter Brittany Lyte cures cancer and the common cold

Ace science reporter Brittany Lyte cures cancer and the common cold

A novella published today in Greenwich Time, penned by 26-year-0ld Brittany Lyte, tells a stirring story of life at the last remaining farm in Greenwich: times are tough, it seems.

I’m sorry to hear that; John Augustin and his wife seem like sturdy folks of the soil and I wish them well, but it’s this bit of fiction inserted as fact that I find annoying:

Now, the Augustins are pitted against global warming, an unbridled, destructive force that has just dealt them the worst summer crop yield in memory.

Even the most hysterical (well, until Brittany succeeded to the title) “scientist” is predicting hot weather at the end of this century, not today. Brittany read a weely, weely scwary headline about that and as many children do, brought it home to her personal life experience: hot summer=polar bears in the swimming pool.

Which is cool; Miss Brittany wants to don a sun bonnet and slather on extra Coppertone, fine by me, but I do wish she had an editor at her paper who knew enough to keep the news separate from the editorializing, especially when that editorializing is completely untouched by fact or reason.

May vine borers and potato beetles infest her garden this August and may we see an early frost.

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