Here’s the bit NOT being reported or investigated.
I had to sign up with ACA and “estimate” my income (I was between jobs at the time). I get almost $300 in subsidy based on my estimate. The insurance carrier doesn’t even get half that much in actual money from the government.
If my subsidy changes, do I have to pay back the difference in declared subsidy or what the difference is in what the government actually paid the insurance company?
I still don’t have an answer to this. Just as insurance companies pay a percentage of “usual and customary,” it appears the government is paying a fraction of the subsidy. What happens to the difference?
December 10, 2013 at 7:04am
So true. If you don’t know what it’s like to be put under that microscope by the media, trust me…it messes you up. You’re never the same again. Frankly, I think the media is going to keep “prosecuting” him until he legitimately snaps so they can get their celluloid justice.
November 27, 2013 at 8:43am
This has been the norm for a long time. It’s called “implied consent.” If you want a driver’s license, if suspected of a DUI, you either submit to a breath test or automatically have your license revoked. Refusal doesn’t end there. They can arrest you, and if you don’t cooperate, they can get a warrant to draw a blood sample to test for intoxication.
The only argument you have against this is if you can say there isn’t sufficient probable cause to submit you to sobriety testing, and the best way to assert that is at a DUI checkpoint where they want everyone to submit to a breath test regardless of any observable behavior that indicates intoxication.
October 29, 2013 at 7:16am
I think the real question is, “How does the pastor make his money?”
I know a church where everyone working there makes a very decent paycheck and benefit package off of the congregation. This may be reasonable, but when the church starts asking for more donations to pay for things, you question if it is good stewardship of the church finances when the staff are paid so well when there are other needs.
I also know a small church where the pastor drives a Jaguar. The difference? This pastor doesn’t get a check (very small church) and he works (in his late 60s) as the owner of a roofing company (and still goes up on roofs to do the work). His car is HIS, not paid for from a church salary. You can’t really criticize that.
The first pastor, though, has all he has because of his church paycheck. My best friend is a pastor and makes very little (wife can’t find full-time work and they have a child), and his salary is rather meager considering he had to have a 4-year degree and seminary and is still paying down his student loans.
Much of this is an issue of PERCEPTION. I think if you want to be in ministry, you have to realize people will watch what you do. A big house for a big family is one thing, a mansion is another. Living with MODESTY is what is called for, and sometimes I think people lose sight of that.
October 23, 2013 at 3:11pm
Okay, some churches are messed up, and their mistakes only drive people away, but people generally don’t want God in their life unless it’s on THEIR terms, and God doesn’t work that way.
“People feel judged.” As you should…the Word convicts you of what’s wrong so you will repent and remove those things from your life.
“Lack of two-way dialogue.” You are there to receive the message impressed upon your pastor. Want a dialog? Sign up for a bible study class.
“Christians are hypocrites.” Everyone is a hypocrite. Most try to not be one. If you are in a bad church, maybe try a different church, but you’ll find not one belief system that doesn’t have to struggle with hypocrisy amongst its members.
“Divine anticipation.” If you don’t believe God is here and now and cares about your life, you’ve not been getting sound biblical instruction on who God is. Find yourself a better church that knows how to preach and teach the Bible.
No, not EVERYONE is a hypocrite--some people don't make judgments about people that they wouldn't make about themselves in the same circumstances; they either judge, and would judge themselves the same, or they don't judge AT ALL as they are humble (and realistic) enough to recognize when they lack sufficient knowledge and experience with the factual circumstances to make a judgement.
 September 16, 2013 at 12:01pm
Both killers were known “enforcers” for a local dealer. They were put under gag orders so they couldn’t tell their side of the story after they plea bargained.
Do you know of Christen Lamb? A little girl brutally raped, murdered and dismembered in Laramie, Wyoming a few months before this happened. Do you know of her? Ironic how the media decides who’s death is tragic enough to deserve coverage.
 September 15, 2013 at 5:13pm
Being in Laramie when this happened, it was well-known among the locals that Shepard was not the “innocent angel” he was painted to be.
Nobody deserves to die the way he did, but the whole “gay” angle was a desperate attempt by his murderers to get away with their crime. Never mind that Wyoming has no tolerance for murderers and they were not going to find a sympathetic populace in most any Wyoming town…nonetheless the town with the state university located in its midst.
Many knew that Shepard was a drug user and knew his death was drug-related, not because of his sexual orientation. His killers might have used his sexuality to lure their victim to come along with them, but they didn’t kill him for being gay.
Not that the world wanted to hear the other side of the story then…or even now.
Based on the Anti-gay and/or "Christian" Zealot trolls on this site, one would assume that someone relatively sane or normal person would KILL someone because they are "Gay" (or White, Black, Christian, Jew or Atheist), although I imagine that the taking of another's Humans Life requires more than isolated Hatred of One type of Individual. There has to be Rage, Anger, Hatred and a Deep Lack of Human Empathy to Blindlessly end another's Life.
THEIR AGENDA requires that We Fear Each OTHER, that YOU believe that Mankind is Evil and that YOU need Them and Their "Regulations" to feel safe....
Sadness Rises as Darkness Falls...Teach respect for the Creation...War IS Killing (and Killing IS Killing)
July 26, 2013 at 11:12am
It’s true that you can’t discriminate once you agree to start renting space to people, but if that arrangement causes problems for your main source of income, you can break it off.
Happens all the time when people choose to boycott products and places that do business with an objected to group or person.
July 26, 2013 at 11:09am
Catering to a nation of idiots.
America is doomed. (shakes head)
July 15, 2013 at 8:49am
On what basis would the federal government even bring charges? Last I checked, “civil rights” violations only apply against state officials and their agents, not private citizens. Even a “hate crime” law would require an actual crime that can be prosecuted at the federal level, right?
July 15, 2013 at 8:33am
Is there even a federal law that applies to this case? Last I checked, the “violation of civil rights” law only applies to officials/agents of the state. Even a “hate crime” law would require a federal crime or there’s no federal jurisdiction.
June 25, 2013 at 12:45pm
Agreed. If you take your company public and want to retain control, you always make sure you get 51% of all stock offerings so you always have majority control. Otherwise, the board’s duty is to the majority of shareholders, not you.
And, yes, they can fire you.
June 12, 2013 at 3:39pm
I thought they already had something like that…oh yes…the BICYCLE!
And I know from working on Scooters these things like Hybrids have CVT transmissions....The belts break all the time......Do your homework before you buy......and sue if the salesman lies to you.
June 12, 2013 at 2:22pm
I sincerely hope he’s going to release the info we can’t dig up on how high up Benghazi and Fast and Furious went.
June 11, 2013 at 10:31am
So, whose refugees are they? Are they running from the so-called monster in power (possibly agents of the Muslim Brotherhood) or are they running from the “freedom fighters” (possibly agents of the monster in power)?
I presume they will get full welfare benefits and work visas. Why do I bother working in the first place?
June 11, 2013 at 10:29am
If we actually let kids pop abortion pills as a way to deal with birth control, I won’t shed a tear if we find these things have horrendous heath impacts 5-10 years down the road.
A day of reckoning is coming for the USA. We won’t get away with mocking God.
June 10, 2013 at 9:49am
This is why you learn to PROJECT your voice without the high-tech crutches. They cut off your microphone, you raise your voice and make yourself heard.
May 30, 2013 at 4:05pm
Okay, the article is FACTUALLY correct in that if you change a few key words, you get a mirror image of Chris Kyle.
HOWEVER, the writer ignores a very real element. GOOD versus EVIL. Not that American is blameless or the epitome of “good,” but when you choose to fight for something, there has to be a reason to fight for it.
Chris Kyle did not go overseas to kill Muslims because of some holy mandate to do so. The war was brought to us, he went in response to protect others. Kyle’s hypothetical counterpart would have gone overseas because of a holy mandate to slaughter the unbelievers.
People like to think that the Bible says “Thou Shall Not Kill.” It doesn’t. It more accurately translates into “Thou Shall Not Shed Innocent Blood.” WHY you do something matters. It can define the difference between an action done for good and an action done for evil.
May 16, 2013 at 3:38pm
Okay, part sarcasm, but part serious….
It’s criminal when a man goes ahead with an abortion, but it’s legal if a woman does it.
Yeah, no double standard in the justice system there.
What if a man got the pill and slipped it into the morning drink of any girl he just finished copulating with?
I’m opposed to abortion except in cases where the mother’s life is in jeopardy, but I’m really getting sick of the double standard. It’s either a parasite in the body or it’s alive. Let’s stop letting “murder” apply only when the mother says it should apply.
May 13, 2013 at 2:02pm
250 counts and hung on two of them? What’s the issue?