Saturday, January 21, 2012

Obama orders free birth control for all.

It means everyone will pay more to cover birth control for everyone else and paying for those who are already getting free healthcare paid by taxpayers.

Most healthcare plans will be required to cover birth control without charging co-pays or deductibles starting Aug. 1, the Obama administration announced Friday.

The final regulation retains the approach federal health officials proposed last summer, despite the deluge of complaints from religious groups and congressional Republicans that has poured in since then. Churches, synagogues and other houses of worship are exempt from the requirement, but religious-affiliated hospitals and universities only get a one-year delay and must comply by Aug. 1, 2013.

Jay-Z’s 40/40 club shut down for hours just after opening by health inspectors.

Not the best reopening day ever.

Jay-Z’s 40/40 Club was shut down for a slew of health-code violations just a day after its celebrity-drenched $10 million relaunch — and now it faces a dreaded “C” grade, The Post has learned.

An inspector found perishable food at dangerously warm temperatures inside the walk-in refrigerator and discovered “hot” food left out on the counter on Thursday, Health Department sources said.

A worker was also seen mixing salsa with his bare hands.

The refrigerator was at a rancid 60 degrees instead of 41 — jeopardizing the safety of 50 pounds of raw chicken wings, five pounds of raw shrimp and 100 turkey burgers, the sources said.

Five pounds of cooked mashed potatoes, meanwhile, were left out at a temperature of 89 degrees, while 10 pounds of cooked rice and 50 turkey burgers were kept at 67 degrees.

All the hot foods should be at least 140 degrees, the sources said.

The club’s restaurant was immediately closed, and new patrons were barred from entering. Those already inside were allowed to remain.

“If you have a walk-in place with food like this, you put a hell of a lot of people at risk,” said the source. “A night of dinner and dancing should not include the risk of contracting food-borne illness.”

The nightspot corrected the problem and was cleared for business last night.

Illinois now the lowest graded state in the nation by Moody.

Good to see all those tax hikes work wonders.

Jan. 6 (Bloomberg) -- Illinois had its general-obligation bond rating reduced by Moody's Investors Service to A2 from A1, making it the company's lowest-graded U.S. state.

The downgrade to the sixth-highest level came after a legislative session that "took no steps to implement lasting solutions to its severe pension under-funding or to its chronic bill payment delays," Moody's said in a report. Illinois, it said, has "weak management practices."

Moody's revised its outlook on the debt to stable from negative, citing the state's power over revenue and spending, and laws that establish the priority of payment for general- obligation bonds. The downgrade affects $32 billion of debt, according to the statement.

Barack Obama's Middle East Miscalculation

Less a miscalculation than being naive about the mideast. Egypt has gone from a dictatorship to a fundi Islam elected dictatorship.

The White House completely miscalculated in Egypt, as it did in Gaza. It seemed only to care for the mechanics of the electoral process rather than the meaning of the results. Washington vacillated on who its Egyptian allies really are. We had long shared with the Egyptian military understandings on national security, ours with an eye to maintaining peace in the region. That relationship is now pretty much lost.

Americans, in their perennial innocence, have demanded that the generals turn over power to the civilians whomever they may be, just as they did to the Persian shah, just as they did after Israel's pullout from Gaza when they hadn't a clue about the danger posed by Hamas. Our ingenuous attitude has been tantamount to handing over Egypt on a silver platter to the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafists, who ironically are coming into power as democrats.

Their new foreign policy will include opening the blockaded border with Gaza, ending normal relations with Israel, and opening them with Hamas and Iran in such a way as to alter the balance of power in the region against U.S. interests. Indeed, one of the few things that unites the political parties in Egypt is an anti-Western foreign policy. Cairo has already allowed Iran's warships to transit the Suez Canal; failed to protect pipelines supplying energy to Israel and Jordan; endorsed the union of Hamas and Fatah; and hosted conferences in support of "the resistance," that is, terrorism.

Greece creditors leave Athens without debt deal

Just let Greece default, its over for them. The longer this drags out the worse it is for everyone else.
Chief negotiators for Greece's private creditors left Athens unexpectedly on Saturday without a deal on a debt swap plan that is vital to avert a chaotic default, sources close to the negotiations told Reuters.

A technical team stayed in the Greek capital to work on details and negotiations will continue over the phone but it is unlikely that a deal can be clinched before a crucial meeting Monday of euro zone finance ministers, the sources said.

Following several rounds of talks from Wednesday to Friday, Greece and its private creditors, represented by Institute of International Finance chief Charles Dallara, are converging towards a deal in which private creditors will take a real loss of 65 to 70 percent.

The new bonds would feature 30-year maturity and a progressive interest rate averaging out at 4 percent, a banking official close to the talks told Reuters.

Confidence in eurozone improves despite downgrades

I don't know what confidence would improve when the problems are still there. I think they are in the denial stage.

France and Spain on Thursday sailed through their first bond market tests since Standard & Poor's downgraded their credit ratings last week, a sign that politicians and central bankers have at least temporarily stemmed the spread of Europe's debt crisis.

Worries about the 17-nation eurozone have receded since the start of the year, with stocks rallying consistently and bond yields — the rate countries pay to borrow — sliding.

Analysts warn, however, that those gains may simply be riding an absence of bad news — a looming recession could hinder efforts to slash deficits while Greece depends on a deal with banks to avoid a disastrous default this spring.

Spain and France held successful short-term debt auctions earlier in the week. Spain's success is at least partially thanks to the European Central Bank's massive injection of cheap money into the financial sector in December and its regular purchases of Spanish and Italian debt.

Microsoft "Avoid Ghetto" patent called racist! I call it awesome.

Only the truly stupid people like NAACP Dallas members are calling it racist because they say it stereotypes black people. Color and Crime are not joined at the hip. Just pointing out high crimes area where the majority happen to be black is not racist.

The fact the NAACP head Juanita Wallace equates this app to black areas she represents is racist because instead of acknowledging high crime problems and helping to fix it, she blames the app for future racism.

Everyone would love an app that help you avoid bad areas.

7 students charged for beating up 13 year old on Ocala school bus

Many angles to get at this story such as the media except for this site is not reporting on the racial angle since it was 7 black students beating up a white student. If it was reversed all hell would break loose.

Seven Marion County students face felony charges after a severe beating on a school bus that sent a 13-year-old girl to the hospital.

Zantavia Williams, 14, was among the students charged. The five girls and two boys all attended Liberty Middle School.

She said the beating happened Friday after a student got on the bus for the first time and was unfamiliar with the way students seated themselves. Black students normally sit in the back, white students in front. Williams said the student couldn't find a seat on the 16-row bus.

Marion County deputies said there were 74 students on board when the fight erupted. School officials said the bus has capacity for 89 students, if students sit three to a seat.

Williams said the victim, a white female, entered the back of the bus, and was told she would have to stand. Deputies said she was then hit by a shoe.

Williams said that's when the victim uttered a racial slur, and several black students began beating her.

Marion County Schools spokesman Kevin Christian said the bus driver did all he could to restore control on the bus.

He pulled over once, got the students to stop fighting, and then continued on his route. The fight then started again.

By the time authorities were called, the girl needed to be rushed to the hospital.