Archive for March 2014

Why aren't male contraceptives and sterilizations covered under Obamacare mandate?

It surprised me, but while Obamacare mandates free birth control for women, it does nothing for men. Did you know that: If you are a female employee of a company subject to the mandate who wants the full cost of your birth control pills paid for by your insurance: you are covered. If you are a... Read more »

Some state Obamacare exchanges still really suck

In Oregon,  consumers still cannot enroll at the state exchange website. In Minnesota, outside consultants said it could take two years to fix the state’s website. In Massachusetts website failure threatened to increase the state’s uninsured rate. In Maryland,  the state exchange board recently voted to end its $193-million contract with main contractor Noridian Healthcare Solutions. It’s so... Read more »

'Asian' carp name is politically incorrect

Some call it “racist” The ugly and piggish Asian carp now is considered “offensive” because it’s doing more than threatening to muscle in on the Great Lakes: It casts people from Asia in a “negative light.” From Fox News: Minnesota legislators consider renaming Asian carp The troublesome fish currently known as Asian carp may get... Read more »
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Gov. Pat Quinn unsheathes liberal guilt extortion

Don Proft said it so well about Gov. Pat Quinn’s attempt to use liberal extortion to build support among the faithful to back his income tax increase: Quinn: Make the Tax Increase Permanent or the Disabled and the Dying Get It… Writing about Quinn’s proposal to make his promised “temporary” Illinois tax increase permanent, Proft... Read more »

Explaining today's liberals, err, I mean progressives

This is as good as any explanation of why today’s liberals, err, I mean progressives, are such smug elitists. What was America’s greatest come-from-behind war? Go here to find out. To subscribe to The Barbershop, type your email address in the box and click the “create subscription” button. My list is completely spam free, and you can... Read more »

Illinois keeping higher income taxes; our neighbors lowering theirs

“Stateline,” a daily newsletter of the Pew Charitable Trust reports, “States Pursue Tax Cuts as Recovery Takes Hold.” Of course not in Illinois where Gov. Pat Quinn wants to makes permanent his temporary, huge income tax increase and House Speaker Mike Madigan and his henchmen are pushing to impose a surcharge on millionaires. As for... Read more »
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Must see viral video: Dramatic last-minute rescue of worker in huge Houston fire

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Alarming lack of transparency in Gov. Pat Quinn's administration

A new study by For the Good of Illinois has turned the spotlight on an  alarming lack of transparency in Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration. The study found: 81% of Quinn appointees leading agencies are not in compliance with mandatory Open Meeting Act training and certification. These executive appointees failed to sit for and/or pass the... Read more »

The 'faulty bumping post' might have saved lives in the CTA train accident at O'Hare Airport

Thankfully, no one was killed and the 30-some  people did not suffer life-threatening injuries in the spectacular crash of a CTA L train on Monday in the O’Hare Airport Terminal. The question has come up, though, whether injuries could have been prevented if the “bumping post”–a heavy, metal shock absorber at the end of the... Read more »
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'It's not my boss's business'

Pro-choice groups are holding a “Not My Boss’s Business” rally (see below) to support the Obamacare (the ironically named Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act or ACA for those of you who still think that it’s a rousing success) edict that companies must pay for contraception and certain abortion procedures despite their religious (constitutionally protected... Read more »
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