When I looks at the facts that the Clinton email server contains about 5% confidential information, some of the emails would be very helpful to someone planning an attack on the consulate, and there was very little email security, you have to wonder whether a Secretary of State can be convicted of manslaughter. The Wikipedia definition says:
Criminally negligent manslaughter occurs where there is an omission to act when there is a duty to do so, or a failure to perform a duty owed, which leads to a death.
When Ms. Clinton set up her private email server there was a duty for her to use a secure server because 5% of her emails would eventually be classified as confidential. Even if we concede that she was allowed to set up a private email server, her failure to secure the server to the same standards as State Department email servers is an omission to act. She was not exempt from the State Department email security standards and ignorance of the standards is not an excuse. When I connect the dots I see a combination of one of the worst national security mistakes in my lifetime coupled with gross incompetence that led to the deaths of four men. Maybe we cannot convict her of manslaughter but like the late Senator Kennedy she definitely does not have the right stuff to be President.
Since I am not enrolled in Medicare and my birthday is in March I was surprised to get this email a few days ago. Obviously Medicare does not follow the best practice used in the business world of verifying email addresses by using a Double Opt-in process. I guess I will continue to get the other Mr. Huber’s Medicare emails until he notices that he is not getting emails from Medicare. Arghhh!
What I found particularly interesting in the email is the fine line between preventive care and what looks like Medicare going the extra yard to drum up business for the health care industry. I am really curious whether this strategy will achieve different results than the Oregon Medicaid Experiment which showed no statistically significant impact on physical health measures despite increased use of health care services.
Dear WILLIAM H HUBER,
Happy Birthday from Medicare! We wish you well in the upcoming year and want to remind you of the preventive services Medicare offers to help you stay healthy.
Our records show that you have not taken advantage of some of the preventive services which are available to you now or in the future and listed in the table below. Please talk with your doctor to decide which ones are right for you.
ANNUAL WELLNESS VISIT
ALCOHOL MISUSE SCREENING
ABDOMINAL AORTIC ANEURYSM
CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE (BEHAVIORAL THERAPY)
HIGH INTENSITY BEHAVIORAL COUNSELING
To see more details of the services you are eligible for, visit www.MyMedicare.gov and select “Preventive Services” under the “My Health” tab. Or, talk to your doctor for more information.
Remember, Medicare is your partner in health.
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
This photo is of a jazzed up version of the Allrecipe Easy Meatloaf recipe I made recently. I wanted something with more flavors and it just so happened that I had some spicy Italian sausage and Poblano peppers in the fridge. So I replaced half of the ground beef with the sausage and added some sauteed Poblano and banana peppers. The peppers and sausage did not make the dish spicy but they did enhance the flavors over the standard recipe.
As an Ohio resident I am upset that my electrical rate has gone up at a 5.1% annual rate since 2011. It is not like we have a shortage of electrical power generation or any of its fuels. I did my fair share of improving my carbon footprint but rate increases overwhelmed all of my cost savings from improved insulation and LED light bulbs. The renewable lobby has over promised the cost savings and new jobs for years and the middle class has been stuck with the bill. Last year the Ohio legislature finally said we need to pause the renewable energy mandates and take a close look at why this program has consistently under-performed. Hurray! A group of legislators who actually did their job!
For middle class people whose salaries have been stagnant, the “Green Energy” mandates reminds us of the Affordable Care Act since the only thing worse than my electrical rate increases has been the 11.7% annual increase in my health insurance premiums. For those middle class people who balance their budget on a regular basis we are getting slapped in the face by our “friends” in government trying to help us. If this is helping the middle class, I want less help. Both of these programs share the same management style that encourages government incompetence and cronyism at the expense of the middle class.
The name of this beer, Yodo Con Leche, translates as iodine with milk but the brewers say the Spanish slang translation is a coffee that is strong and dark. I was expecting this imperial porter to be somewhat bitter with a strong coffee flavor so I was surprised that the bitterness and coffee flavor were more muted than expected. Since I am not a big fan of IPA beers, I am not complaining. The combination worked for me and I enjoyed sipping this beer.
I was listening to Hillsdale’s “Progressivism” lecture again and noticed the irony that the more our politicians have embraced the administrative state as a better governing model, the harder it has been for them to convince their constituents that they are doing a good job. The grand bargain for our legislators was that if they gave up their Constitutional responsibilities to the administrative state there would be less chance of corruption, better decisions, and they could safely take credit for the successes without putting much work in. A good example of this short sighted thinking is Ms. Pelosi’s famous remarks, “We Have to Pass the Bill So That You Can Find Out What Is In It“. The problem for our Representatives is that it is hard to get good approval ratings when you are seen as not doing anything. To fully grasp the breakdown in the administrative state you need no further proof than to look at the Administration apologies for the mistakes with the Affordable Care Act, the EPA scandal, the IRS scandal, the VA scandal, the Fast and Furious scandal, or a multitude of foreign policy mishaps like Benghazi, Ukraine, and ISIS. In every case the Administration strenuously denied the decisions were political in nature while at the same time admitted that their decisions were stupid. At some point the voters stopped caring whether the Administration was partisan or just plain stupid since the results were the same. Corruption, cronyism, and incompetence are natural results of an administrative state gone wild. To think that Congress may have to resort to impeaching Mr. Koskinen or Ms. McCarthy in order to rein in the administrative state and re-establish some resemblance of a government of the people and for the people. Considering the popularity of party outsiders in the presidential election polls and Eric Cantor’s embarrassing primary loss, I think that Mr. Boehner decided that it was a good time for him to get out. He was a politician for a different era. Now if we can just find someone to fix the broken administrative state. Federalism is dead! Long live a smarter, less corrupt federalism!
There is nothing that tells me a politician or a pope does not care about the problems facing the middle class than when they start talking about climate change or income inequality. That got me to thinking what would Pope Francis say to Dave Ramsey or the author of Thou Shall Prosper: Ten Commandments for Making Money, Rabbi Lampin. So while Pope Francis’s stinging criticism of capitalism might be appropriate for the world’s dysfunctional child, Argentina, the middle class in America is facing adult problems like getting good paying jobs, saving enough money for retirement, and overcoming the increasingly dysfunctional government attempts at wealth re-distribution. In my world Mr. Ramsey or Mr. Lampin are probably better suited for financial and moral advice. This reminds me of Luke 12:48 which says,
From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.
Much has been given to the United States and regardless of how you parse the poverty numbers the poor in the United States are better off than most of the world. If Pope Francis cares for both the poor and the middle class then a prayer for prosperity is an inclusive way for him to recognize that he is not in Argentina any more and that the stinging criticism of capitalism was not the best way to fill the church pews in a country that is pretty proud of their accomplishments for the poor.
It might seem weird that I installed a fancy new way to pay for things but still felt the need for cash in my pocket. I was going out to dinner with some friends and cash is still the most convenient way for me to pay for drinks at the bar. We had six people trying to pay their bar tab all at once and half of them wanted to use a credit or debit card. Paying your bar tab would seem to be natural fit for applications like Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, and Android Pay but that would probably require a special purpose tablet with a NFC credit card reader.
Every time Mr. Trump lets his mouth move faster than his brain it ends up costing me money. When he said “Look at that face” it made me cringe but my wife’s reaction was she wanted to give more money to the Carly for President campaign. I tried ignoring her but Carly’s campaign came up with one of the best campaign ads of the year, Faces. Now my wife wants to give double the amount, $50. I know when I have lost. Geez louise Donald, get a clue! Watch and learn my apprentice. This is how you look presidential and win over the woman vote.