To The Daily Sun,
Thursday June 5th, The Laconia Daily Sun reported that Senator Forrester voted no on the SB-369 Committee of Conference Report pertaining to the MET settlement (Medicaid Enhancement Tax). Just for the record, as someone who advocated for an agreement, Senator Forrester was supportive of a solution. No agreement placed the State's bond rating and finances at risk; there was an absolute need to reach a reasonable financial settlement with hospitals.
The more nuanced explanation is that she and Senate President Morse wanted a slightly different deal structure (lower MET tax rates and spending about $20mm less a year). At the Committee of Conference, Senator Forrester stepped aside so there was concurrence, otherwise SB 369 would have died and there would have been no vote whatsoever, an important distinction to note.
Also, during this session Senator Forrester was helpful in moving forward both the NH Health Protection Plan and an "1115 Waiver" to help N.H.'s health care delivery system better meet citizens' needs while being more cost effective.
In my opinion, both Senator Forrester and Senator Hosmer represented the region effectively this past term, particularly when it came to health care matters and the general concerns of this area . They deserve our appreciation and respect.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 June 2014 09:50
To The Daily Sun,
Its been a glorious spring and most of us here at the Center for the Study of Absurdity have gotten our gardens planted and are awaiting the wildflowers of summer. Welcome to another edition of Tea Party Potty Tricks where we pledge to "keep the stupid in the news."
Today we start off with the Joe the Plumber, who told parents after the latest university shootings, "your dead kids don't trump my Constitutional rights." While this may be legally true, only a morally bankrupt sociopath would say this in such a way. But as you know, we here at the center would be out of business without Tea Party sociopaths and religious crazies.
Next on our list would be Ben Carson calling Obamacare, "the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery" fame. This time around, the crazy neurosurgeon without a prefrontal cortex informs us that Obamacare is also worse than the terror attacks of 9-11. Not kidding.
In the anti-science crackpot community, Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) has a brilliant new idea to combat those tree-hugging commies. Miller says that man-made climate change is a hoax because the dinosaurs went extinct without global warming. Not kidding.
George Will doesn't disappoint us either with his latest claim. Being a victim of sexual assault is a coveted status in campus life. Not kidding.
Oh, we forgot Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council saying that Christians being forced to bake cakes for gays is like forcing Jews into Nazi ovens. Not kidding.
Winning our award for best satire of the week is AZ Starnet's article, "500,000 'Impeach Obama for leaving an American behind in Afghanistan' protest signs found in dumpster behind RNC. We are not sure this is satire, yet given the state of Tea Potty Land. . .
Our Republican with a brain this week is Bruce Bartlett, a former Reagan adviser who used the terms morons, stupid, bigots and ignoramuses to describe the Tea Party on the Ed Show. Now yer catching on! And who cannot love the Oklahoma gun dealer Rich who opines, "Open Carry Tarrant County is like the demonic offspring of Westboro Baptist Church and Boko Haram." Beautiful.
While we are in the Teanderthals, we can't let Fake News off the hook. Brian Kilmeade told viewers that Bergdahl's dad, a registered Republican by the way, looks like the Taliban and that is un-American. Wait a minute, the slovenly looking guys on Duck Dynasty who look similar actually believe in some of same things the Taliban does. Phil Robertson has advocated anti-gay beliefs, racism, more God in government and marrying young girls. Sound rather Talibanny to us!
Okay, we are running out of space because its been especially crazy lately so lets just string some stuff together. Gun-nutter and all around lunatic Alex Jones claims the Isla Vista and the Las Vegas shooting Sunday were government operations to discredit gun-loving patriots. Patriots or escaped mental hospital patients? Jones, who runs the website infowars, even explained how he would have carried out the Las Vagas shootings if he were a government agent. Not kidding.
Right-wing Family Research Council senior fellow Ken Blackwell linked the Isla Vista mass killings to marriage equality laws. Todd Starnes of the 'American Family Association' can't wait for a president who loves America. Lyle Grover and Ben Shapiro are concerned about the increasingly successful crazification of the far right by liberals. Hello.
Stop being freaking crazy and stupid. Not kidding.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 June 2014 09:45
To The Daily Sun,
Just wanted to publicly thank Ken Goodman for recommending the concert by Gathering Time this past Saturday at the Belknap Mill. WOW is the only way to describe the evening. They next show up in N.H. the month of January in Wolfeboro; if you get a chance, go.
As Ken mentioned, you can google Gathering Time to see what you missed. Hopefully they will return to Laconia next year.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 June 2014 09:40
To The Daily Sun,
In the news, not so much is being said about our veterans, since the trade for one deserter for five top Taliban leaders. Was that the plan of the administration?
Bergdahl has been receiving treatment in Germany, while honorable veterans are still waiting. Illegal aliens can go to any hospital and get treatment immediately while our veterans have to wait for appointments and treatment. . . . or are denied treatment.
Friday, it was announced that the administration will hire 100 lawyers for the large number of illegal underage immigrants that have crossed the border. I understand their homeland is a dangerous place and promises for a good future for the children is slim.
Our veterans cannot go to a hospital without approval of the VA. Soldiers are fighting for the benefits they were promised. They have to fight on their own, and yet our president is hiring lawyers for illegal aliens. What is wrong with this picture?
Marine Tahmooressi is in jail in Mexico for taking a wrong turn. He called 911 for help. Did our president hire a lawyer for him? What is the White House doing to help him?
Bergdahl's family took part in video conferences. As far as I know Tahmooressi's mother is trying to get her son out of jail in Mexico. The White House is not helping her.
With the hiring of lawyers, more and more illegal children immigrants will be sneaking into our country.
So instead of taking care of our veterans, we will take care of the illegal alien children. And what is more, our president is encouraging more to sneak into our country.
I am a mother and feel for these children. I would do anything for a better life for my child. To not give care to our veterans and give to others is a disgrace. Our country would not be the country it is without our veterans.
The president is renewing "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals", which gives work permits to illegals younger than 30 years of age.
Yet he sits back and waits for others to do something for our veterans. He has a pen. Why can't he write a law to give our veterans care NOW!
The federal government transferred some of these children to Arizona and asked Arizona for medical help for these children. Did the federal government ask Arizona to give medical attention to our veterans? Not that I know of.
Why do illegals get better treatment than our veterans? If our federal government treats illegals better than our veterans, the federal government will treat illegal aliens better than the ordinary citizen.
Elections are coming. I do not want a representative who just asks for someone to be dismissed as was done with Shinseki. I want action. What is their plan?
There is no person running that will vote the way I want 100 percent of the time. I want the same beliefs. I want a plan of action not just voting. What are they going to do if elected? What have they actually done while in office?
In the primaries — are we going to vote for better treatment for our veterans? Are we going to vote for a better America?
Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 June 2014 09:38
To The Daily Sun,
Hillary and her book are in the news. Is it a prelude to a run for the presidency in 2016? I hope not.
In interviews, Hillary said Ambassador Stevens chose to be in Libya. She said there were many places not safe but did say it was in the top 10 of being unsafe....
According to Steven's diary, he knew he was on a hit list. His last entry: "Never ending security threats."
I remember her saying in a congressional hearing, "What difference does it make?
Well, Hillary... if you do not know the cause of something then chances are you are going to repeat it. I do not want the attack on Benghazi to be repeated.
I remember the ad about a phone call at 3 in the morning. Well, I know Hillary won't answer it. She had her chance and failed miserably.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00