” Volunteer fire departments all across the U.S. could find themselves out of money and unable to operate unless Congress or the Obama Administration exempts them from the Affordable Care Act.
‘ I thought the kinks were worked out of Obamacare at the first of the month, Central Florida volunteer firefighter Carl Fabrizi told Sunshine State News. ’Man, oh, man, this could potentially destroy some real good companies in Florida.’
The U.S. Department of Labor takes the term ‘volunteer’ literally, but the IRS says volunteer firefighters are technically employees if they’re on the job more than 30 hours per week, making them subject to Obamacare’s employee-mandate rules.
Since the Obamacare law doesn’t specifically carve out an exemption for them, fire departments where 50 or more people work – either as volunteers or real employees – are expected to provide health insurance for every one of them.
In towns with more than one volunteer fire department, all the staffers will likely be lumped together for tax purposes, pushing many above the 50-worker threshold.
That could cost department of life-savers hundreds of thousands of dollars each year. Those that dump their volunteers into the federal insurance exchanges would still have to pay an annual $2,000 fine for each ‘employee’ after the first 30.”
The law of unintended consequences is the only consistent expectation one should have of any State policy . Due to the pols desire to always be passing some law or other and being seen as doing something no law is ever well thought out enough that it doesn’t end up generating more problems than it solves .
” Nationally, the Federal Emergency Management Agency reports that volunteer fire departments make up 71 per cent of America’s 1 million firehouses. Another 16 per cent are ‘mostly volunteer…’ “
” House Speaker John Boehner’s new staffer in charge of immigration policy has significant experience in drafting immigration legislation and pushing for reform. She wouldn’t be coming to Boehner’s office if House Republicans weren’t serious about doing something on the issue. What that is remains to be seen.
Rebecca Tallent, former chief of staff to Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., will be coming to the speaker’s office from the Bipartisan Policy Center, where she has served as director of immigration policy. Her move “is affirmation of [Boehner's] strong desire to move legislation in 2014,” BPC’s immigration task force cochairman, former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, said in a statement.
Tallent is a veteran of immigration fights and a big believer in reform, including a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. One of her early endeavors in negotiating legislation was 10 years ago, when she worked as a staffer for former Rep. Jim Kolbe, R-Ariz. Tallent helped draft a major immigration bill sponsored by Kolbe, McCain, and former Rep. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., now a senator and member of the “Gang of Eight” who created the comprehensive immigration bill that passed the Senate in June.
” The speaker remains hopeful that we can enact step-by-step, common-sense immigration reforms—the kind of reforms the American people understand and support,” Boehner spokesman Michael Steel said. “Becky Tallent, a well-known expert in this field of public policy, is a great addition to our team and that effort.”
The GOP establishment in the House is getting ready to sell the country down the river for a few pieces of silver from the corporate lobbyists and the Hope that their pander will Change the way Hispanics vote , and Boehner is just the man that can make it happen .
Illustration by Gary Varvel
” The fight happened on the day after Thanksgiving at a Victoria’s Secret store inside the mall, Anne Arundel County Police say. It started when a 17-year-old girl alleges that two women accused her of “poking her in the eye.” “
Makes you proud to be an American , eh ?
” A video of a horrifying assault on a young woman by a female attacker has spread across the Internet.
In a smartphone clip, uploaded to Instagram on Tuesday, a girl called Sharkeisha is seen viciously sucker-punching a girl called Shay in the face before kicking her in the head as she lies curled up on the ground.
Sharkeisha then has to be restrained by another young woman as her victim lies on the ground, protecting her head with her hands.”
We’ve raised a generation of animals … nay , that is an insult to the animal kingdom . Animals do not maliciously attack others for the joy of it . Only humans can be evil enough for that . We have raised a generation that has no respect for themselves , others , proper behavior or anything resembling human decency .
” Tasers are meant to be a non-lethal way for police officers to force targets into compliance, but more than 500 deaths have been attributed to Tasers since 2001, largely due to cardiac arrest. At one Texas high school, the use of a Taser by Randy McMillan, a sheriff’s deputy/school resource officer, on 17-year-old Noe Niño de Rivera has resulted in the student being put in a medically induced coma. The family has filed a lawsuit against McMillan, the school district, and the county, and alleges Rivera was tased after trying to break up a fight. Via YNN Austin:“
While the video claims that Officer McMillan has never been involved in any disciplinary actions of excessive force during his career the print articles claim that a year ago he tased another student in an incident that resulted in nothing being done . Also according to the printed reports the students thought of McMillan as “overly aggressive” and a “bully” .
A public , open and honest debate needs to be held on the pervasive inclination of today’s law enforcement to be so quick to resort to violent action . From no-knock raids to summary executions of family pets to shooting at unarmed drivers to illegally decreeing de facto martial law to shooting innocent civilians the law enforcement answer to every issue today seems to be the excessive application of force . Fifty years ago the neighborhood cop was everybody’s friend and a welcome sight … today even the law-abiding look on the average policeman with a sense of dread .
” On the heels of a controversial children’s book about Barack Obama – which stated “white voters would never vote for a black president” and that “Barack’s former pastor” said “God would damn the United States for mistreating its black citizens” – comes a new lesson that casts America’s 44th president in a messianic light. Literally.”
” And – surprise – it’s Common Core-aligned.
The lesson plan and accompanying visual presentation were authored by Sherece Bennett, and is for sale on TeachersPayTeachers.com. It’s all based on a book titled, “Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope,” by Nikki Grimes.”
Barack , the Magic Negro , has come to save the day . For Chr*** sakes are we so short of heroic types that the educational establishment has to deify the most incompetent president we have ever elected to office solely on the virtue of his skin color … oh yes , and the fact that he’s a Democrat . Can you picture the MSM and the teachers giving the same treatment to a Condi Rice or an Allen West ?
It was a rhetorical question for sure , and as far as heroes are concerned there is no shortage of them for the youth of America to emulate . The problem is that the real heroes are not the kind of people that help the progressive movement advance their agenda . Soldiers , scientists , inventors and businessmen and their accomplishments do not adequately proclaim the need for the State and so are to be ignored and reviled .
Barack on the other hand , a man with no notable accomplishments beyond that of self-promotion , is held in such regard as to have achieved the status of demi-god among the elites and so us peons who remain in denial must be indoctrinated into the true way through the State sponsored brainwashing that is Common Core .
Hasn’t this administration jumped the shark yet ?
Here is another view of the tragic idiocy , from a different angle . This clip reveals the idiot gunman firing his AK one-handed in the middle of the crowded dance floor .
” A Yemeni wedding ended in disaster after a guest firing celebratory shots in the air with his AK-47 accidentally killed two men while they were dancing to pop hit “Gangnam Style”, according to a police source and a video posted online. The police source said the guest at the wedding in the southern city of Taiz lost control of his rifle, leading to the deaths. Two other people were being treated in a local hospital.”
One of the wounded succumbed to his injuries in the hospital bringing the death toll to three , and this is a culture that our “betters” on the Left would have us believe is no better or worse than our own ?
” As reported by website GameRevolution, the couple sat on their sofa drinking until the woman passed out. He then lifted her shirt and exposed her breast for “about 15 minutes.” After that he went one step further by briefly turning off the broadcast only to return with the unconscious woman completely stripped naked.
The user was reportedly banned instantly but they were not the only ones getting up to naughtiness. Some other users made videos of themselves parading around with guns, while others also exhibitioned instances of nudity.
It was only a matter of time before PlayStation users exploited and defiled the live-streaming feature. At the moment the feature is open for any gamer to publicly display all manner of X-rated shenanigans before they are banned. What this means for its future and the implications of censorship will surely be a big issue for Sony.”
This sort of behavior is both to be expected and regretted and is sure to become ever more commonplace as we not only welcome the spyware of the 21st century into our homes but demand it . The double-edged sword of technological advancement is dramatically outpacing the growth of human nature , and the question is , “Are we better off for it ” ?
It is ironic that the very same technological progress that is growing at an amazing rate coincides with a corresponding loss of moral character just when that upright character is needed most . The society of 50 years ago was much better equipped to handle the freeing up of the information stream than are the people of today who wallow in the sty of moral turpitude .