Just About Sums it Up

BXMEL--CcAEUSPH

Except, as a summary of Comrade Hussein’s Rose Garden photo op, it really is an insult to honest used car salesmen everywhere.

Thatisall.

11 comments

  1. 1
    Special Ed growls and barks:

    Thrice First.

  2. 2
    Special Ed growls and barks:

    Admin politician. Cannon. Volcano. You know the drill.

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  4. 4
    AgTiger growls and barks:

    First thing that popped into my mind was “Sham-NOW!”

  5. 5
    Orion growls and barks:

    Lots of sham, no wow.

    Much like our government as circus: Waaayy too many clowns, not nearly enough tigers.

    Orion

  6. 6
    LC Gladiator growls and barks:

    Newspaper presses FOIA fight for food stamp payment data

    By JOSH GERSTEIN |
    10/23/13 5:23 PM EDT

    South Dakota’s Argus Leader newspaper urged a federal appeals court Wednesday to reverse a ruling blocking the newspaper from receiving data on how much the federal government pays to stores that redeeem food stamp benefits.

    Jon Arneson, an attorney for the newspaper, told a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit that a lower court judge misinterpreted the law by ruling that a confidentiality provision for retailer applications allowed the U.S. Department of Agriculture to withhold all data on payments to those retailers. Under the Freedom of Information Act, the newspaper requested the data on annual payments to each retailer approved to take part in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.

    “The Argus is not asking for the invoices. They’re asking for the payment information. All we’re really doing is asking: how does the government spend its money in this instance?” Arneson told the three-judge panel sitting in St. Paul, Minn. “Because of the way FOIA is intended to be applied, we’re entitled to the benefit of the doubt. If there’s doubt here, the Argus is entitled to that benefit.”

    However, Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie Bengford said the confidentiality provision applies because the cumulative amount of payments to each retailer is based on the series of purchase transactions the stores submit to USDA.

    “But for the fact of gathering that information as to each transaction, USDA would not have the total amount of what it paid to the retailers,” she told the judges. She also said that a provision in the law protecting information like “income and sales tax filing documents” authorized USDA to withhold data on its own payments to retailers, because they became part of the stores’ income.

    Arneson called that interpretation of the law “crazy.”

    “For us to say that that because the program itself requires this sort of payment or swiping of the card that suddenly that transforms all of that information into private information is—is crazy,” the Argus’s lawyer told the judges. “What we’re simply asking for is how are the tax dollars spent. We’re not trying to invade the privacy of the recipient households.”

    In a recording of the half-hour-long session posted on the 8th Circuit’s website, the judges sounded skeptical about the government’s interpretation of the law. However, a victory for the newspaper wouldn’t guarantee release of the data. Instead, it would allow the feds to argue for withholding under other FOIA exemptions, such as one covering confidential business information.

    “What is it about this information that should be kept secret?” one judge asked Bengford.

    The government lawyer replied that Congress’s intent in writing the food stamp legislation wasn’t really at issue. However, she went on to say that disclosing the payment data could facilitate fraud.

    “The reason that USDA is concerned with disclosing this information is…this redemption information is reviewed by the agency to look for fraud,” Bengford said. “If all the information as to individual retailers who participate in this program were available by store type and the amount of redemptions that they’re bringing in on a yearly basis that would allow individuals who are participating in fraud to use that information to look for outliers—as far as trying to make a determination where the agency might be setting its threshhold as to where there might be a concern that someone could be participating in fraud.”

    Considering the appeal are Chief Judge William J. Riley, Judge Steven Colloton and Judge Jane Kelly. Riley and Colloton are appointees of President George W. Bush. Kelly is an appointee of President Barack Obama.

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    LC Gladiator growls and barks:

    Sorry about the length…BUT this is IMPORTANT

    [Yes, it is VERY important, and the horror stories about real Americans being caught in the clusterfark that is OgabeCare need to be spread, but I have to cut it and leave a link to the post instead. As a matter of fact, I was going to link it myself in a post. So go read, please. REAL stories about REAL Americans losing their healthcare! — Emp.M.]

    The Definitive Guide to How Obamacare is Destroying American Lives
    Posted on October 21, 2013 by The Matt Walsh Blog

    On Sunday night, I wrote a short post soliciting stories from my readers about how Obamacare has already immediately impacted their lives. I asked that all of these emails be directed to ObamacareMakesMeSick@Yahoo.com. I expected a response; I didn’t expect it to be quite so overwhelming.

    Over the last 24 hours, my inbox has been flooded with hundreds of emails. What you’ll read in this post represents a portion of them.

  8. 8
    LC Gladiator growls and barks:

    . “You might not be able to keep your doctor.”

    When the health law was being debated in Congress in 2009 and 2010, President Obama said that people buying insurance through exchanges would be able to keep their doctor. It turns out, though, that many plans strictly limit the network of doctors they pay for. Consumers can try to stay on their same plan or look for one that covers their doctor, but this might not be possible in some marketplaces, especially if their current insurer is not participating there. (Many uninsured people, of course, will be able to see a doctor for the first time as they gain health coverage.)

    Open enrollment for the health-insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act is set to begin on Oct. 1. MarketWatch’s Thomas Bemis discusses six things about the law that people over 50 should know. (Photo: Getty Images)

    “The narrow-network plans are kind of the name of the game in health exchanges,” Melville says. An analysis of exchange plans in 13 states by McKinsey & Co. found that nearly half of them had limited networks. Some people who currently have individual insurance and stick with their current policy may find that it becomes more restrictive after the insurer enters the exchange. Wellpoint’s Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield has been criticized by state senators and consumers in New Hampshire, Indiana and Maine for excluding major hospitals from coverage, but a spokesman says the “narrower network” products, available on exchanges in 14 states, meet or exceed the ACA’s standards for “convenient access,” while also being affordable. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services official Gary Cohen says that many insurers are taking this tack because the limited-network plans can lower costs — and are a “positive development” for health care.

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    HempRopeAndStreetlight growls and barks:

    Obama Purging Military Commanders
    http://www.dethguild.com/the-regimes-getting-nervous/

    King Barry the Worst is getting nervous….

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    LibraryGryffon growls and barks:

    LC Gladiator @ #:
    And I wonder how many Zero supporters will try to tell us that “the plural of anecdote isn’t data”?

    We would have spent less money just buying every uninsured American a mid-level insurance plan from the (then) existing options, and everyone would have been happier. But hey, we’re just stupid, evil, conservatives, and hate poor people. Right?