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notarethug 71 posts  |  Last Activity: Nov 11, 2014 1:45 PM Member since: Aug 19, 2006
  • notarethug notarethug Oct 8, 2014 1:29 PM Flag

    Kansas will be suffering for a long time as a result of Sam Brownback's supply side tax reductions.

  • notarethug notarethug Oct 8, 2014 1:26 PM Flag

    The Big Fat Idiot can always be counted on for a great laugh when he misunderstands the President.

  • notarethug notarethug Oct 8, 2014 1:24 PM Flag

    Republicans have been observed to display at least 10 signs of mental illness including denial, delusion, hallucination, disordered thinking, anger, anti-social behavior, sexual preoccupation, grandiosity, general oddness, and paranoia. Now I'm no clinician, but it seems that prominent Republicans have evidenced each of these ten telltale signs of mental illness over the past few years:
    1) Denial: humans did not evolve; Obama is not a native-born American Christian
    2) Delusion: climate is not changing
    3) Hallucination: God ordained me to be President and trickledown economics will work again
    4) Disordered Thinking: Rush Limbaugh thoughts are not drug induced- He Is a Big Fat Idiot and Other Observations
    5) Anger: Newt Gingrich’s temper tantrums, Boehner’s stiff perpetual scowl
    6) Anti-social Behavior: toward women, gays, Latinos, minorities, Poor, Sick, anyone without an umbilical cord or trust fund
    7) Sexual Preoccupation: a fervent compulsion to control when we can mate, with whom we can mate, and precisely how we are allowed to mate (Why Do Politicians Police Private Parts?)
    8) Grandiosity: even Rick Santorum recognizes Gingrich’s “over the moon” grandiosity, Getting rid of the CIA , FBI, SEC, Education, Environment, IRS, and most Federal agencies to protect us from them
    9) General Oddness: Ron Paul
    10) Paranoia: pretty much all of them, all of the time

  • notarethug notarethug Oct 8, 2014 1:19 PM Flag

    Vote out ALL of the Rethugs. With a Democratic Senate and House, we will have an economy and a Supreme Court that the entire world will envy!

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    Deficit drops yet again - sharply

    by gopersteahick Oct 8, 2014 12:36 PM
    notarethug notarethug Oct 8, 2014 1:16 PM Flag

    The economy will be in super shape by the end of Hillary's first term.

  • notarethug notarethug Oct 6, 2014 3:10 PM Flag

    over 12 million voters in the military all voting for Rmoney?
    Unfrickin believable!!

  • notarethug by notarethug Oct 6, 2014 12:21 PM Flag

    The Affordable Care Organization (ACO) approach has been championed by some health economists as a cutting-edge way to save tax money. Last year, the Montefiore Pioneer ACO saved the government $24.5 million in Medicare spending, according to a Montefiore spokesperson. Because of a cost-cutting incentive built into the Affordable Care Act, which created the partnership, the medical center got to keep $13 million of that amount.

    Nationwide, Pioneer ACOs saved the government $96 million last year, compared with $87.6 million in 2012, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said last month.

    Montefiore has about 2,500 medical providers in its network. An oncologist, a physical therapist and a social worker may treat the same patient, for example. Smaller Pioneer ACOs that serve populations with higher median incomes had much lower Medicare savings.

    How has one operation been so successful at cutting costs? It bridges the gap between patients and the often confusing world of health care. Nurses regularly call patients to make sure they’re taking their medicine. Emergency room aides consult a medical history database for every visitor, to avoid repeating expensive tests such as MRIs.

  • notarethug notarethug Oct 6, 2014 11:42 AM Flag

    Ryan's so-called "plan" was a joke: He simply assumed that a Republican plan would save the same $700 B that the Affordable Care Act is projected to save, then reduced his proposed budget by an arbitrary additional amount!

  • Republicans have been observed to display at least 10 signs of mental illness including denial, delusion, hallucination, disordered thinking, anger, anti-social behavior, sexual preoccupation, grandiosity, general oddness, and paranoia. Now I'm no clinician, but it seems that prominent Republicans have evidenced each of these ten telltale signs of mental illness over the past few years:
    1) Denial: humans did not evolve; Obama is not a native-born American Christian
    2) Delusion: climate is not changing
    3) Hallucination: God ordained me to be President and trickledown economics will work again
    4) Disordered Thinking: Rush Limbaugh thoughts are not drug induced- He Is a Big Fat Idiot and Other Observations
    5) Anger: Newt Gingrich’s, Boehner’s stiff perpetual scowl
    6) Anti-social Behavior: toward women, gays, Latinos, minorities, Poor, Sick, anyone without an umbilical cord or trust fund
    7) Sexual Preoccupation: a fervent compulsion to control when we can mate, with whom we can mate, and precisely how we are allowed to mate (Why Do Politicians Police Private Parts?)
    8) Grandiosity: even Rick Santorum recognizes Gingrich’s “over the moon” grandiosity, Getting rid of the CIA , FBI, SEC, Education, Environment, IRS, and most Federal agencies to protect us from them
    9) General Oddness: Ron Paul
    10) Paranoia: pretty much all of them, all of the time

  • notarethug notarethug Oct 6, 2014 11:30 AM Flag

    More bad news for Tom Corbett: $30 + Million series of frauds in PA charter schools linked to Corbett.

  • Pennsylvania's charter schools are rife with fraud and mismanagement, as anyone who reads local newspapers knows. But a new report from the Center for Popular Democracy, "Integrity in Education, and Action United" details just how big the problem is.
    Pennsylvania charter school enrollment and funding is growing rapidly and without adequate oversight, and according to the report, there's been at least $30 million in fraud by charter school officials since 1997. For instance:

    In 2012, the former CEO and founder of the New Media Technology Charter School in Philadelphia was sentenced to prison for stealing $522,000 in taxpayer money to prop up a restaurant, a health food store, and a private school. Media coverage of parent complaints of fiscale wrongdoing initially uncovered the fraud.

    Nicholas Tombetta, founder of the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School, has been indicted for diverting $8 million of school funds for houses, a Florida condominium, and an airplane. In 2005, a former business associate of Tombetta surfaced allegations of fraud, which led to the investigation.

    Dorothy June Brown, founder of Laboratory, Ad Prima, Planet Abacus, and Agora Cyber charter schools, will be retried this year for allegedly defrauding the schools of $6.5 million and conspiring to conceal the fraud from 2007 to 2011. Two administrators plead guilty and testified against Brown in her first trial. In 2009, the Pennsylvania Department of Education conducted an audit of Agora after receiving complaints from parents of Agora students.

  • notarethug notarethug Oct 3, 2014 6:45 PM Flag

    During the worst parts of the Bush Recession, unemployment insurance benefits were extended for up to 99 weeks. At its peak reach, these benefits provided an income for roughly two-thirds of all unemployed workers. But as benefits were cut both at the state and federal levels and as unemployment for many dragged on for months and years after their benefits were exhausted, the share of jobless receiving benefits fell. By August 2014, only one of every four jobless Americans was receiving any unemployment insurance income, one of the lowest levels since 1987.

  • Reply to

    Anybody own a time share?

    by woodstocklives Oct 3, 2014 11:54 AM
    notarethug notarethug Oct 3, 2014 6:41 PM Flag

    Most timeshare owners lose money on the transaction. I owned a share at Marco Island for about 6 years, was lucky to recover my investment. Even a peak week (late April) found no renters in some years.

  • notarethug notarethug Oct 3, 2014 4:42 PM Flag

    The DC Swamp is already filled up with Rethugs. Why add more - we don't want to choke off the Obama Democratic economic miracle, do we?

    Unemployment down again, stock market near all time highs - what a difference from the Bush years!

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    Unemployment plunges to 5.9%

    by tigersnumberone962 Oct 3, 2014 8:47 AM
    notarethug notarethug Oct 3, 2014 4:27 PM Flag

    Remember the Obama Miracle in November - vote straight Democratic to avoid another Republican meltdown!

  • notarethug notarethug Oct 3, 2014 4:24 PM Flag

    Compare with the Bush/Republican economic disaster:

    

March 9, 2009: The Dow bottoms at 6,547.05, down 1.2%.

    Today - The Dow is over 17,000

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    Remembering the good Ole Days under W.... LOL...

    by kcf_07757 Oct 3, 2014 3:25 PM
    notarethug notarethug Oct 3, 2014 4:15 PM Flag

    Timeline for last stages of the 2007-2009 Bush economic meltdown:

    
Feb. 10, 2009: Stress tests and other conditions for TARP bailout funds weigh heavily on markets despite the Senate's passage of an $838 billion stimulus bill. The Dow closes at 7,888.88, down 4.6%.

    

Feb. 17, 2009: Obama signs the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act into law. Oil prices continue to collapse, reaching $34.93 per barrel. GM and Chrysler report that their current bailout funding is inadequate and that they will need billions more to survive. The Dow closes at 7,552.60, down 3.8%.



    March 2, 2009: AIG reports that it has lost $62 billion in the fourth quarter, which is the largest quarterly loss in corporate history. The government agrees to an additional $30 billion bailout, bringing the amount of federal funds funneled into the foundering insurance giant to $162.5 billion. The government also announces that it will control up to 36% of Citi's stock. The Dow closes at 6,763.2, down 4.2%.

    

March 9, 2009: The Dow bottoms at 6,547.05, down 1.2%.

    Today - The Dow is over 17,000

  • notarethug notarethug Oct 3, 2014 2:28 PM Flag

    Bush economic meltdown timeline (continued):

    
Feb. 10, 2009: Stress tests and other conditions for TARP bailout funds weigh heavily on markets despite the Senate's passage of an $838 billion stimulus bill. The Dow closes at 7,888.88, down 4.6%.



    Feb. 17, 2009: Obama signs the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act into law. Oil prices continue to collapse, reaching $34.93 per barrel. GM and Chrysler report that their current bailout funding is inadequate and that they will need billions more to survive. The Dow closes at 7,552.60, down 3.8%.



    March 2, 2009: AIG reports that it has lost $62 billion in the fourth quarter, which is the largest quarterly loss in corporate history. The government agrees to an additional $30 billion bailout, bringing the amount of federal funds funneled into the foundering insurance giant to $162.5 billion. The government also announces that it will control up to 36% of Citi's stock. The Dow closes at 6,763.2, down 4.2%.

    

March 9, 2009: The Dow bottoms at 6,547.05, down 1.2%.

    Today - The Dow is over 17,000

  • notarethug notarethug Oct 3, 2014 2:19 PM Flag

    Tmeline of the 2007-2009 collapse after December 2007:

    Jan. 17, 2008: The Philadelphia Fed's manufacturing survey falls to a six-year low, and Merrill Lynch reports a $9.8 billion quarterly loss, the worst in its history. The Dow closes at 12,159.21, down 2.5%.

    

Feb. 13, 2008: President George W. Bush signs a $170 billion stimulus package into law. The Dow closes at 12,552.24, up 1.4%.



    Feb. 29, 2008: American International Group (NYSE: AIG ) reports a surprise $5.3 billion quarterly loss due to bad credit default swaps. The Dow closes at 12,266.39, down 2.5%.

    

March 11, 2008: The Federal Reserve announces plans to lend up to $200 billion in an effort to combat tight credit markets. The Dow closes at 12,156.81, up 3.5%.



    March 14, 2008: Shares of Bear Stearns collapse 47% -- the largest one-day decline in its history -- on news that the New York Fed will provide JPMorgan with the liquidity necessary to stave off bankruptcy for another month. The median price of homes reported sold in February also fell by 8.2% -- the largest year-over-year decline on record. The Dow closes at 11,951.09, down 1.6%.



    April 1, 2008: The banking sector surges on news that several banks will be able to raise significant new capital. Citi rises 11%, Bank of America gains 8%, and JPMorgan rises more than 9%. The ISM manufacturing index also rose slightly from the previous month. The Dow closes at 12,654.36, up 3.2%.



    Jun. 6, 2008: Unemployment rises to 5.5%, the largest one-month increase in more than two decades. Oil prices spike $10.75 to close at $138.54 per barrel. The Dow closes at 12,209.81, down 3.1%.

  • notarethug notarethug Oct 3, 2014 2:06 PM Flag

    Don't kill the recovery - I'm voting straight Democratic!

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