Progressive Protections

It’s a disappointment to know that the media is so focused on destroying Paula Deen, while ignoring the Obama administration. The same same-stream media has also given a free pass to Alec Baldwin for his homophobic rant on Twitter.

”Put my foot up your f**king ass, George Stark, but I’m sure you’d dig it too much,” he tweeted after Stark, a UK reporter, made some sort of allegations about Baldwin’s wife. Silence from Progressives’ speaks for itself.

Using the same standards it did on Deen, Wal-Mart should pull all the CD’s of rap-artist that use the same word Deen used in the 60’s. But it won’t.

Furthermore, Capital One should have cut it’s ties with Baldwin as should NBC which airs the TV show, “30 Rock.” Again silence from the Progressives.

Homosexuals should be outraged at Baldwin’s comments — but they don’t seem to care.

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The Real Cost of Obamacare

It appears the real cost of Obamacare is catching finally catching on. Texas Senator Ted Cruz introduced a letter to the U.S. Senate from Alan Tharp, Chairman and CEO of Old England’s Lion and Rose, LTD in San Antonio.

“Because of this law,” Tharp writes, “I have been forced to cut back every single hourly employee in each of my companies to no more than 28 hours a week.”

Ouch!

And I mean that personally, as I’m experiencing the same situation at my job. The broadcast company I work for cannot afford to have full-time hourly employees because they have a bottom-line to meet.

Under Obamacare – ‘full-time’ is defined as 30-hours or more.

So to avoid getting fined for not signing employees up for the federal healthcare program, they are forced to cut back on work-hours. It’s either that or pay the minimum penalty of $95 per person beginning in 2014 in 2014, the first year that the law will require individuals to obtain coverage.

That amount will rise to $325 in 2015 year and once fully phased in by 2016, the minimum amount jumps to $695 per person. And don’t forget the ‘tax’ increases each year beginning in 2017 because of inflation.

With 5,500 full time employees across the country, the company I work for is looking at a start up cost of over $500,000 next year. When it’s fully implemented the cost skyrockets to nearly $4,000,000 annually.

So in jus’ under six and half year’s time – I’ve gone from 40 hours a week to a paltry 28 hours. I take solace in knowing I’ll not be alone though, you’ll soon be joining me – if you haven’t already.

What’s a workaholic to do?

Taxed Out of Hours

It appears the real cost of Obamacare is catching finally catching on. Texas Senator Ted Cruz introduced a letter to the U.S. Senate from Alan Tharp, Chairman and CEO of Old England’s Lion and Rose, LTD in San Antonio.

“Because of this law,” Tharp writes, “I have been forced to cut back every single hourly employee in each of my companies to no more than 28 hours a week.”

Ouch!

And I mean that personally, as I’m experiencing the same situation at my job. The broadcast company I work for cannot afford to have full-time hourly employees because they have a bottom-line to meet.

Under Obamacare – ‘full-time’ is defined as 30-hours or more.

So to avoid the fine for not putting employees on the federal healthcare program, they’re forced to cut back on work-hours. It’s either that, or pay the $95 penalty per person starting next year.

That amount will rise to $325 in 2015 year and once fully phased in by 2016, the amount jumps to $695 per person. And don’t forget the ‘tax’ increases each year beginning in 2017 because of inflation.

With 5,500 full-time employees across the country, the company I work for is looking at a start-up cost of over $500,000 next year. When it’s fully implemented, the cost skyrockets to nearly $4,000,000 annually.

So in jus’ under six and half year’s time – I’ve gone from 40 hours a week to a paltry 28 hours. I take solace in knowing I’ll not be alone though, you’ll soon be joining me – if you haven’t already.

What’s a workaholic to do?

Mainstreaming the Multiple Marriage

A couple of months ago I commented to a friend, “The networks is softening us up or something with all these shows about polygamy in the last few years.”

This was in reaction to the latest called, “Polygamy, USA,” offered up by National Geographic. It follows shows like, “Sister Wives,” and the popular HBO series, “Big Love.”

So imagine my surprise, when I heard Kentucky Senator Rand Paul said the recent Supreme Court rulings on gay-marriage created the possibility for legalized polygamy. But, it was radio talk-show host Glenn Beck who said it while speaking with Paul.

“If you change one variable, man and a woman to man and man, and woman and woman,” Beck said, “you cannot logically tell me you can’t change the other variable: one man, three women, one woman, four men,”

He later added speaking of Sharia law in the U.S., “If I’m a devout Muslim and I come over here and I have three wives, who are you to say if I’m an American citizen, that I can’t have multiple marriages?”

In the end, polygamy is being mainstreamed. Seems Beck and I have drawn the same conclusion, though we came to it via different routes.

Making Sense of the Court’s Confusion

The Supreme Court’s confusing rulings now extend federal recognition to same-sex marriages in the states where they are legal. The twin rulings have no direct effect on the constitutional amendments in the 29 states that limit marriage to heterosexual couples.

As for the ‘Defense of Marriage Act,’  the court ruled against the part denying benefits to legally married gay couples, only. Same-sex couples, under federal law, will now, as a result of the ruling, be considered “married.”  The provision affects 1,100 federal laws, ranging from veterans’ benefits to complex federal tax laws.

So, the fight is nowhere near being over.

Goldfield’s Beer Brigade

The City of Goldfield became a modern metropolis with the arrival of electricity and water hookups. Real estate in those early days was going at $210 a foot, a hefty price in 1905.

Another rich discovery in 1906 boosted the prices even higher, with lots selling for as much as $45,000. The city had everything except enough water, and the threat of fire was extreme.

A 12,000-gallon water tank was constructed on a hill south of town from which a 3-inch pipeline was laid to serve the residences, businesses and a lone fire hydrant in the downtown area. The pipeline and hydrant would be tested on March 4, 1905, when a gas lamp exploded near the Nye and Ormsby Bank, quickly spreading to Dunn’s Saloon and a nearby store.

There, the fire was stopped, thanks to the pipeline. The city wouldn’t be so lucky the next time.

The county commissioners banned the storage of explosives within the town and restricted the sale of gasoline. They also ordered a hose cart and other firefighting equipment.

But it was too little too late.

Jus’ four months later on July 8, a fire broke out in the Bon Ton Millinery. Volunteer firefighters arrived within moments, only to find the hydrant had no pressure.

Residents in the area, fearful that the flames would reach them, began filling all the containers they could find, depleting the water supply.

But an improbable hero came to the rescue: Bert Ulmer of the Little Hub Saloon arrived on the scene with an unlikely fire suppressant — two large kegs of beer. He and bartender Frank Heaton soaked blankets and sheets in the beer, then nailed them to the walls of surrounding businesses.

Meanwhile, volunteers saved a restaurant by throwing buckets of the brew on it. Soon other saloons did their part, contributing both kegs and bottles, the latter being used to quench the thirst of the tired firefighters.

The beer brigade was successful, and within an hour, the fire was contained.

The Great Immigration Reform Shim-Sham

Senator Dean Heller voted to add a $38 billion border security measure to the immigration reform bill, clearing the way for easier passage of the legislation. The amendment doubles the number of Border Patrol agents, adds 350 more miles of fence, invest in drones, radar and other surveillance equipment to help detect illegal border crossings.

Heller still isn’t saying how he’ll vote on the overall bill. Perhaps it’s because of a provision in the bill allowing Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to not build the fence at all.

“Notwithstanding paragraph (1), nothing in this subsection shall require the Secretary to install fencing, or infrastructure that directly results from the installation of such fencing, in a particular location along the Southern border, if the Secretary determines that the use or placement of such resources is not the most appropriate means to achieve and maintain effective control over the Southern border at such location.”

Illegal aliens would also be granted legalized Registered Provisional Immigration status once Napolitano submits a fencing plan to Congress, though she an choose not to put the fencing plan into effect. It’s 1986 all over again.

But hey — at least Heller got Nevada a seat on the Southern Border Security Commission, despite the fact that the state doesn’t share a border with Mexico.