Daily Archives: June 1, 2010

Ya gotta love Sheriff Arpaio in Arizona

Just quoted On The Record with Greta Van Susteren. Sheriff Arpaio says if a person is found to be in his area of jurisdiction illegally, he’ll arrest them and put them in his tent city to sit out their sentence. He said he would not turn them over to ICE like other police agencies probably would. Ya just gotta love this guy, eh?


Ninth Circuit Upholds Arizona Illegal Hiring Law

Isn’t the Ninth Circuit the one which generally makes very liberal decisions? The one in ” The Gay Bay”? Simply amazing. The decision has to do with E-verify where employers are required to verify whether or not a new hire is in this country legally. Only three states, Arizona, South Carolina and Mississippi require ALL employers to use E-verify before hiring a new employee. There are other states which require only state agencies and/or contractors to use E-verify and several states have some kind of legislation pending.

The three states with the most stringent E-verify laws SHOULD be the LAW OF THE LAND in every state in the Union.

That’s my opinion, what’s yours?


Soaring costs force Canada to reassess health model

TORONTO (Reuters) – Pressured by an aging population and the need to rein in budget deficits, Canada’s provinces are taking tough measures to curb healthcare costs, a trend that could erode the principles of the popular state-funded system.

Ontario, Canada’s most populous province, kicked off a fierce battle with drug companies and pharmacies when it said earlier this year it would halve generic drug prices and eliminate “incentive fees” to generic drug manufacturers.

British Columbia is replacing block grants to hospitals with fee-for-procedure payments and Quebec has a new flat health tax and a proposal for payments on each medical visit — an idea that critics say is an illegal user fee.

Is this what we have to look forward to? The model the current administration is touting as the solution to our “health care crisis”?

And a few provinces are also experimenting with private funding for procedures such as hip, knee and cataract surgery.

It’s likely just a start as the provinces, responsible for delivering healthcare, cope with the demands of a retiring baby-boom generation. Official figures show that senior citizens will make up 25 percent of the population by 2036.

“There’s got to be some change to the status quo whether it happens in three years or 10 years,” said Derek Burleton, senior economist at Toronto-Dominion Bank.

So glad my hip surgery was under workman’s compensation.

“We can’t continually see health spending growing above and beyond the growth rate in the economy because, at some point, it means crowding out of all the other government services.

“At some stage we’re going to hit a breaking point.”

Ya think??

“Why are we paying more or the same for cataract surgery when it costs substantially less today than it did 10 years ago? There’s going to be a finer look at what we’re paying for and, more importantly, what we’re getting for it,” he said.

Other problems include trying to control independently set salaries for top hospital executives and doctors and rein in spiraling costs for new medical technologies and drugs.

Ontario says healthcare could eat up 70 percent of its budget in 12 years, if all these costs are left unchecked.

Seventy percent of it’s budget. Now we all know that the United States has a much larger population than Canada. Just imagine…can you imagine seventy percent of the Federal budget going to health care?

The losers could be drug companies and pharmacies, both of which are getting increasingly nervous.

“Many of the advances in healthcare and life expectancy are due to the pharmaceutical industry so we should never demonize them,” said U of T’s Golden. “We need to ensure that they maintain a profitable business but our ability to make it very very profitable is constrained right now.”

That’s right, hurt the companies that give everyone their longevity.



Police arrest Census taker

A census worker came by our house a few days ago. I wasn’t home, but my wife was. She stood at the door and told him how many people lived here and that was all he needed to know. Then she told him to put under “race”, American. The old guy just grinned at her and walked off.

Saturday, May 29, 2010 7:27 AM HST A battle is brewing between the state and federal governments over a Census taker arrested in Puna for misdemeanor trespassing.

The U.S. Attorney’s office filed papers Thursday in federal court in Honolulu to take the case of 57-year-old Russell Haas out of 3rd District Court. That will pit the feds against local prosecutors.

“I’m looking to have it kept in state court,” county Deputy Prosecutor Christopher Bridges said Friday.

Haas pleaded not guilty on April 8 to second-degree trespassing. He was arrested March 10 at 12:30 p.m. in in Hawaiian Acres, after a resident Haas says was an off-duty police officer allegedly refused to cooperate with the Census and called Puna police.

“When I opened his gate and walked in … he stepped out of his garage and said, ‘Please get off my property,'” Haas said Friday. Haas said he identified himself as a Census worker, and the man again requested for him to leave.

“I said, ‘Can I please just give you the Census (form)?’ And he didn’t want it,” Haas said. “He said he was going to call the cops, so I said, ‘OK, fine.’ We’d been trained to wait by the gate for the cops to get there and hand them the forms that we would have handed to the guy. The police then hand it to them and tell them, ‘It’s the law, do it.’ Then everybody would walk away and it would be fine. That was what I expected. Continue reading

Gramps Caught By Googlemobile Escaping Vodka Theft

As with the recent mugging in Detroit and the woman who had a “Brittany Spears” exposure while reaching into her car – both captured by Googlemobiles –  our semi-beloved Gramps was also photographed recently by Google’s camera.  At the time of capture, Gramps was attempting to escape a local liquor store with a bottle of  водка.

While the face was hard to make out, apparently Gramps was ID’d by his unique, muscular torso.  Since no водка bottle is easily visible, I can only guess where it’s hidden.  And with that, I’m officially disgusted.

I guess that explains Gramps’ recent “out of the country” posts…


(Living DOWN to JDs standards with this one)

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