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American health care

December 17, 2006

At the press conference, DeStefano spoke of how major employers have passed nearly $20 million a year of health care costs for their employees onto the backs of state taxpayers, because their employers turn to the state government’s HUSKY program. The campaign listed the top four offenders, based on 2004 figures:

• Wal-Mart: 824 workers costing $5.6 million from HUSKY

• Stop N Shop: 741 workers costing $5.1 million

• Dunkin Donuts: 530 workers, $3.6 million

• McDonald’s: 460 workers, $3.1 million.

DeStefano’s universal health care plan would force major employers to offer a minimally acceptable health care plan for their workers or sacrifice all state tax breaks.

Maybe Connecticut should dump the HUSKY program and state tax breaks. Why should governments and companies pay for people’s health care? Americans would probably be healthier and would live longer if they were responsible for their own health care costs.

If you eat grease all day and jump off roofs all night for fun, why should I have to pay for your surgery?


November 8, 2006

Halliburton supports an organization like Brave New Films’ right to free speech—even when they have the facts wrong.

KBR currently has more than 50,000 employees and subcontractors in Iraq, Kuwait, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan and Djibouti who daily face danger and hostilities to ensure that our troops have the best food, shelter and quality of life possible.

The U.S. military has command and control of all KBR convoys in Iraq, such as supplying pre-trip threat assessments and determining routes, and is required to provide security for KBR’s employees through the company’s contract with the Army.

By all accounts, KBR’s logistical achievements in support of the troops in Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan have been nothing short of amazing. To date under the LOGCAP III contract, KBR has:

— Prepared nearly 411 million meals

— Washed more than 21.7 million bundles of laundry

— Produced 5.85 billion gallons of water

— Transported more than 648 million gallons of military fuel

— Hosted more than 73.5 million patrons in MWR (Morale, Welfare and Recreation) facilities

— Delivered nearly 205.7 million pounds of mail

— Logged more than 100 million miles driven in support of the troops, with more than 650 trucks on the road on any given day

Alabama lies

October 29, 2006

So this lady gets my attention and says, “Can you gimme some money? I’m starvin!” I looked at her, then looked at the van parked about 50 yards away from this woman. I pointed to the van, and told the woman that the people in the van were giving out free lunches, in case this woman was simply unaware of why all of the other people who hang out all day at Linn Park were crowded around the van. I even walked over to the van and fetched a bag of food for her.

“Naw man, I mean I need some money,” she said.

“So I guess you’re not really ‘starving’ then,” I told her. “Because people who are actually starving would gladly accept a sandwich, a bag of chips and a cold bottle of water.”

the church of NCAA

October 22, 2006

U.S. Rep. Bill Thomas (R-Bakersfield) is questioning whether the NCAA, with its $521.1-million annual budget and lucrative television rights package, deserves its tax-exempt status.In a pointed, eight-page letter sent Monday to NCAA President Myles Brand, Thomas suggested that big-time athletic programs might be at odds with the purpose of higher education and might not qualify for tax-exempt status.

This year, Gary Roberts, director of the Tulane University Sports Law program and the school’s NCAA representative, described the political power of college sports as “unbelievable” and football and basketball as “a religion” among many fans.,1,5833729.story

quotes below are from

“Why should the federal government subsidize the athletic activities of educational institutions when that subsidy is being used to help pay for escalating coaches’ salaries, costly chartered travel, and state-of-the-art athletic facilities?”

What benefit does the NCAA provide taxpayers in exchange for its tax exemption?

Is added educational benefit derived from participation in expensive Division I-A sports, particularly football and men’s basketball, as compared to sports in other divisions or intramural athletics?

How has the transformation of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament into “commercial entertainment” (a reference to CBS’s agreement to pay the NCAA an average of $545-million per year for broadcasting rights) furthered the educational purpose of the NCAA and its member institutions?

What percentage of NCAA revenue is spent by member institutions on solely academic matters?

The letter is strongly worded. For example, Representative Thomas writes that “corporate sponsorships, multimillion-dollar television deals, highly paid coaches with no academic duties, and the dedication of inordinate amounts of time by athletes to training lead many to believe that major college football and men’s basketball more closely resemble professional sports than amateur sports.”

USS George H.W. Bush

October 7, 2006

From left, President Bush, his father, former President George H.W. Bush, and Northrop Grumman’s Mike Petters watch as Doro Bush Koch christens the aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush in Newport News, Va., Saturday, Oct.. 7, 2006. Koch is the daughter of the former president. (AP Photo/Lawrence Jackson)


“After our nation was attacked at Pearl Harbor, you simply couldn’t find anyone who wasn’t anxious to sign up,”


“The point is that our nation was totally united against the insidious totalitarian threat against freedom,”


The current president said that in the 21st century, “freedom is again under attack and young Americans are volunteering to answer the call.”

Who actually is attacking “freedom”?
Are they actually volunteers if they get paid?

Doro Bush Koch, the elder Bush’s daughter, handled the ritual smashing of a bottle of sparkling wine against the flattop’s bow.

Who paid for the wine?

Four of his fellow Navy pilots from the war traveled to the ceremony, an event the former president called the “third happiest day of his life,” after his wedding and the day when two of his sons were elected governors.

Is it interesting that births are not in the top three?

“This is every naval aviator’s dream,” he said