We like to beat on the post office after all it is an easy target. They are a sinkhole of money and the needed business model of the last century clearly is no longer needed. They have made the pension so robust they go further in debt every year not over the high cost of delivering the mail, but the high cost of paying old retired mailman health insurance premiums. When we heard they were thinking of moving some operations inside a Staples store this was a wise move less overhead. We knew this would lead to closing of post offices that can be replaced by a Staples model. We should have seen this coming as postal workers plan protests in 27 states against the opening of postal counters in Staples stores that are staffed with Staples employees. This has already been tried as last year, Staples office supply stores began providing postal services under a pilot program that now includes some 80 stores. The American Postal Workers Union objects because the program replaces well-paid union workers with low-wage nonunion workers. The union says that could lead to layoffs and the closing of post offices. The best part pf this is the statement actually said union postal workers have taken an oath to protect the sanctity of the mail, unlike poorly trained retail workers. The union wants the counters staffed by uniformed postal workers. The sanctity of the mail is in peril what will we do.
It is crazy how some government agencies are just inept. Case in point the Internal Revenue Service. First of all they work for us and all their funds are well tax created. We go crazy when we hear the Internal Revenue Service has paid more than $2.8 million in bonuses to employees. This makes you want to dig deeper and say is not your lifetime job, with pension enough but bonuses once again from our tax dollars. Then you find out that $1 million of these bonuses went to workers who owed back taxes. More than 2,800 workers got bonuses despite facing a disciplinary action in the previous year, including 1,150 who owed back taxes. Let us take to the ordinary citizen if you owe the IRS money you are not getting a return turns out if you work there this is not the case. We cannot e only people that think providing awards to employees who have been disciplined for failing to pay federal taxes appears to create a conflict of interest and well biased. The good or bad news depending on how you feel is right now there are about 100,000 IRS workers under review. If this did not make you sick there have 138k IRS workers getting bonuses of the last two years for a total tax dollar of $178M.
This week we highlight for a second year the super model turned actress Brooklyn Danielle Decker. She was born April 12, 1987 in Kettering, Ohio. We have watched her in the movies as she had roles in Just Go With It, Battleship and What to Expect When You’re Expecting and she has made herself known. This has all been on the big screen now she jumps to the little screen on CBS new show Friends with Better Lives. We are not sure if the show can stay as the premise has been done before with little success. But having Brooklyn on television once a week playing and over sexed newly engaged person is a home run on any field. We have always loved her on the red carpet, talk shows, on screen and of course in a swimsuit. We look forward to more of this and cannot wait to add Brooklyn to the top 51 and more photos for Women of the Week. We really do not need to tell you all the sexy reason we love Brooklyn as you can see her long legs, curvaceous model figure and stunning beautiful hair, eyes and face make her all smashing sexy hottie 24/7.
Welcome to Easter 2014 and we hope you all enjoy a joyous and reflective holiday. We are going to spend the day with family and friends. The Easter Bunny came very early this morning and left plenty of chocolate, sweets, and cash for all. Everyone is dressed in the spring Easter dresses and bonnets as we are headed out for an early mass. This is the one time of the year where it seems we are at church every day and the culmination comes from Easter Sunday especially after the dark night of the Easter vigil. Then we are off to a massive dinner celebration feast where we will gorge ourselves with epic proportions of spirits, food, and deserts. We do enjoy Easter as one of the best holidays of the year, because of what it truly means and the uplifting message it stands for. That is also you can pretty much say winter is over and the weather is going to get nicer every day after until summer. Enjoy your Easter to all our readers, fans and even foes on this when all is forgiven and we all started anew we wish you a safe and Happy Easter Sunday.
This president really drives us crazy. The legacy healthcare system he has strapped us to will bankrupt the nation. He wants it to be loved so bad he would say and do anything to pretend it is. Can you imagine all the yes man around the White House that must have to pump up his ego all day long. We bring this up over the signing up overall numbers reaching eight million and a much-needed spark of interest among young adults. These signed up subsidized private insurance, and that 35 percent of them are younger than 35, is just the beginning of the nation’s newest social program. The number we have not heard is how many of these people are the 10-30 million that did not have insurance. Those were the people this was supposed to be for. We are sure the number is going to be low because they did not say. What is the big deal if they moved seven million people off of one plan to another and only one million of the expected 30 million are new users. Remember the rising cost of healthcare was because of those 30 million going to emergency rooms and not getting regular checkups.
We like to watch the numbers during a mid term election because they can be flat and since there is no president race, there is only big money from junkies. The political junkies who understand politics never ends and that every election matters. The Democratic National Committee raised $10.3 million last month but still has more than $14 million in debt. We know the first lady, vice president and the president are in the middle of the cash grab tour so we expect these numbers to be right come September. The March financial report that shows the DNC has almost $9.8 million in the bank. The good news is they need to use money to pay down debt which was as high as $22.6 million. That over eight million they have raised has been washed away. The DNC did raise more than the Republican National Committee, which posted a $10.2 million month. Once again we can see two bright spots here one we are raising the same amount of money which means there is support for the RNC. The second is the RNC has no debt and is sitting on $12 million in the bank. This is good news moving into the dog days of summer when we will se slow down before the big September ramp up. If you are keeping track the RNC has out raised the DNC in 10 of the last 15 months as well as since the 2012 campaign, the DNC has raised $89 million. The RNC has raised almost $106 million during that same time.
When it comes to ghost writers and politicians you know it is a farce. We know in Washington everything is about appearance. Nobody tells you the truth just what you want to hear and the angle gets harder to see the deeper you get. Handlers know what words so when we hears that the new Hillary Rodham Clinton book will be titled Hard Choices. Sometimes it is a home run and we cannot think of a better title for a lady who has been put through the ringer. We are not an apologist for her, but when you see how she has been treated in the public eye it is sad. When you parlay how her husband as president cheated on her and was caught. Leaving her with the position of putting up with it. When you see she lost an election to Senator Barack Obama as she knew she was more qualified and smarter than he was but once again put in the position of putting up with it. Then when Benghazi broke she became the fall guy for the administration and President Barack Obama and once again had to position of putting up with it. These all must have been hard choices but because it is politics they were not choices they were what was needed to be done to keep playing the game. The game is power and she wants it so bad she makes hard choices to keep chasing the dream.
The post office is a mess, no news here. They need a fresh way to make money. For years they help our private information. Now with Google, big data and the NSA the post office thinks they can cash in as well. The United States Postal Service is looking to get in on the big-data-for-profit game by mining and selling private data gathered from personal mail sent from and received by Americans everywhere. This is one a few radical idea on the table others include, new delivery services from partnerships like grocery chains, others seek to increase revenues from advertising by mining, storing and analyzing customer data. By mapping those datasets and determining consumer behavior, advertisers and retailers could target more effectively through traditional mail. The post office must find ways to make money now all of sudden looking at mail to and from is on the table. Why do they think we want this, would put up with and need it. They understand Facebook, Google and the NSA are the biggest Internet surveillance programs in the world. How do they get a piece of the action, they do not. Why because they are the government and cannot do anything without it costing too much, failing and never seeing the potential of the program they are inept by design. They should fail at doing the door to door thing and not getting into failing online at all.
When the executive branch uses the courts to get their way it is a slam dunk. That is what happened when federal appeals court on upheld the Environmental Protection Agency’s emission standards for hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants. The EPA taking marching orders from the White House will not be happy until there is no way left to fire a gas or coal engine in the US. It does not matter to them that as long as China and India do not do the same we are a drop in the bucket. The ruling the court rejected state and industry challenges to rules designed to clean up mercury, lead, arsenic and other dangerous air pollutants. The new regulations were designed to remove toxins from the air that contribute to respiratory illnesses, birth defects and developmental problems in children. We have said more than once when it comes to the EPA overstating the benefits from anything they ask for it common place. When the EPA drops one of these hammers there is one thing for sure, it will cost billions of dollars annually to comply with the rules. They have been trying to get this through since 2011. The cuts to emissions amounts of the neurotoxin mercury can impair children’s ability to learn.
This week we highlight the top woman of the year for 2012 and 2013, Rihanna she was the second back to back winner and could three pete. She was born on February 20, 1988 her given name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty and she was born in Saint Michael, Barbados. She is so famous now that she goes by one name and everyone knows who she is. She has charted every year since 2008 and has never been lower than #7. She is the sexiest woman in the world according to the tea512. This was once again drove home if you watched the MTV Movie awards red carpet as she tore the runway up and no one looked better. She was so hot nobody that came after even could compare with Rihanna. She performed the Eminem smash Monster that she sang on and the two delivered one of the highlights of the night. We next will see or hear her in the movie Home as she has a role in the animation movie. We found the photo of her walking the red carpet but we really would have liked to use about ten of them and if we could show you her walking you would see how spectacular it really was.
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We wonder about the methods of this White House. This is nothing new if you read this space often. The problem we have is when they do not understand the things they do and what they cause. Case in point is disclosing vulnerabilities in commercial and open source software is in the national interest and should not be withheld from the public said the National Security Council head Caitlin Hayden. The but, is they say unless there is a clear national security or law enforcement need to keep it quiet. When the Heartbleed bug caused security concerns over a widely used encryption technology the NSC was not aware of the Heartbleed vulnerability until it was made public in a private sector cybersecurity report. The federal government relies on OpenSSL to protect the privacy of users of government websites and other online services. This administration clearly does not understand the web, Obamacare and does not takes seriously its responsibility to help maintain an open, interoperable, secure and reliable Internet. The Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies, along with White House has reviewed its policies in this area and reinvigorated an interagency process for deciding when to share vulnerabilities. This process is called the Vulnerabilities Equities Process and more confusion and lack of understanding the Internet in the highest offices.
This is another time of the year when you get a peek behind the persona of a president. When they file taxes it is a public record. Remember President Clinton donating used underwear for a tax write off. President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama paid $98,169 in taxes on $481,098 in adjusted income last year. They paid an effective federal income tax rate of 20.4 percent. The Obamas donated $59,251 to 32 charities. So the first question is what is wrong in the White House? On their 2012 tax return they reported a six digit number for giving $150,034. Most notable was the Fisher House for vets this year they only get $8,751 don from $103,871 in 2012. There is other good news people are done buying his dumb books. We see them in the used book store for 2.99 please go get it there. This year royalty checks for $31,139 from Random House and $85,041 from Dystel & Goderich Literary Management, equal to a total of $116,180 in book sales. This is down 60% from the 2012 amount $273,739. The stop the presses moment was the Obamas had total tax payments of $117,277. They were entitled to a refund of $19,108. Itemized deductions totaling $147,769 charitable contributions and $42,383 in mortgage interest on the home they own in Chicago. Obama’s annual salary as president is $400,000, which was the main source of the family’s income last year.
Ding Dong with witch is dead. Ding Dong with witch is dead. That is feeling when we learned across the wire that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is going to resign. Not only is the five year long nightmare that was this HHS chief finally over but proves another bad choice choice from President Barack Obama. We have been calling for her firing for a long time as we see her as the reason the Obamacare Website was had a failure to launch. Then as it unraveling we realized her incompetence and blame game was costing us more than she was worth. When anything went wrong at HHS she blamed someone else and hired outside consultants to fix it. We think of a leader as someone who puts in the work to make sure thing run as smoothly as possible and then is right out front when there is a problem. This is the polar opposite of how the former Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius handled things. When the website bombed she was nowhere to be found and sent minions into speak to the media. We are happy that in the end she is gone even though it would have been better to be fired.
Your Obamacare is hard at work. Congress is doing everything it can to make it work. The problems Americans have recently been hit with some of the largest premium increases in years. The average premium increase for customers renewing an insurance plan is 12 percent in the small group market and 11 percent in the individual market. This is a major amount of money when you think people are paying 300 a paycheck for a family plan. These hikes are the largest in the past three years, according to Morgan Stanley’s quarterly reports are largely due to changes under Obamacare analysts concluded. Rates have been growing increasingly fast throughout all of 2013, after a period of drops in 2012. Over the next three months, the rate doubled again to the current average small growth premium growth rate of 12 percent. Just in case you hoped for more from Obamacare Individual policies saw a much starker jump after the Obamacare exchanges launched. This not knew to anyone as consumers are already seeing: the Affordable Care Act’s intensive regulation of the insurance market is driving health care premiums up and are bracing for a grim reality at the end of the year..