Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 7:39 pm

Odds and ends for Feb. 11


Memo to the airlines: You whiny bitches can just pay your taxes like everybody else does.

Oh, good. Another war. Because we were running out of them, or something. People, ISIS is NOT an existential threat to this country. If you think otherwise, imagine ISIS trying to capture Detroit or Dallas, mmkay? Relatedly, if Chris Matthews wants a war so damned badly, let him go fight it himself.

Meanwhile, a committee of the Arizona Senate wishes to reprosecute the Civil War. Didn’t work out too great for their side last time, but what the hell, you know?

Our “allies” in Saudi Arabia, where women aren’t allowed to drive, apparently believe women drive in the U.S. and elsewhere because they don’t care whether they get raped. Evil AND stupid is no way to go through life, son.

FBI director James Comey is urging Americans to panic about possible ISIS militants under their beds. It’s a real shame the Snowden revelations and that lib’rul Obama cut back so badly on our nation’s intelligence-gathering capabilities; otherwise, we wouldn’t need to wet our pants like this. Oh. Wait.

#AdviceToYoungJournalists is trending on Twitter. Here’s mine: Run. Save yourself. While you still can.

Our new idiot senator, Thom Tillis, has hired a new idiot legislative director who thinks birth control causes cancer.

Cops in N.C. are spying on citizens. One would think the GOP-controlled legislature might want to do something about Big Gummint, but one would think that only if one believed Republicans are serious about stemming the overreach of Big Gummint.

NBC’s Brian Williams gets suspended for six months for misremembering what happened in Iraq. Good. But Alberto Gonzalez took the Fifth 67 times before Congress, and we’re still paying his ass. Just saying.

Our “divisive,” “obstructionist” president has, when his length of service is taken into account, vetoed fewer bills than any president since James Monroe.

Even in Colombia, there’s no uprising so nasty that the addition of Miss Universe might not ameliorate it.

I’m starting to think technology and Republicans just don’t mix. This week, the N.C. legislature’s main website went down after — no kidding — someone forgot to renew the domain.

What happens if the anti-ACA case King v. Burwell, now before the Supremes, results in the ACA (or at least the part about exchanges) being overturned? Insurance exec Richard Mayhew says it won’t be pretty, with most subsidized exchange policies being yanked this summer. But wait! There’s more!

After [those policies are yanked], the remaining individual insurance market now looks like the pre-PPACA New York State insurance market, where there is guarantee issue and no medical underwriting but no subsidies and no mandates to get healthy people into the risk pool.  We get a death spiral where average premiums for a 30 year old would almost double in two years, and most reasonably healthy people who otherwise would have qualified for subsidies now sit out of the market because they can’t afford the coverage.

 

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1 Comment »

  1. The ACLU appears to have overlooked something when it comes to license plate readers: their use by other non-law enforcement agencies who then store the records and make them available to law enforcement. In Greensboro, that happens. Parking enforcement stores the license plate info and, just as you or I can, law enforcement can (and does) access those records. When the public gets that information, the license plate numbers are redacted. I don’t know, but I doubt it that’s the case for the police.

    Now, to Greensboro’s credit, last time I checked, this collection activity was confined to areas where parking enforcement had legitimate duties. Still, the need to store the data for a year or more, well after it has served the purpose of determining if someone parked in a space too long, is questionable. That may be required by public records law, or not. I’m not sure.

    Also, the Republican legislature deserves some credit for taking action against Big Gummint spying. They passed a drone surveillance law that puts some appropriate restrictions on their use, including making information collected by drone by law enforcement inadmissible without a warrant.

    Read it here: http://www.ncleg.net/enactedlegislation/statutes/html/bysection/chapter_15a/gs_15a-300.1.html

    Comment by Roch — Thursday, February 12, 2015 8:48 am @ 8:48 am | Reply


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