Ruminations of the Easily Amused for Dec 5 2013


Ruminations of the Easily Amused for Dec 5 2013

5 December 2013 at 10:28:53 PM

Here comes the Ice Storm. Will we be entombed in ice?

I'm wrong when I do the same thing that I call out someone else for doing.

WHEN Will Luminant declare bankruptcy?

While their main concerns focus on investment losses associated with a bankruptcy, Milam County on the other hand has more concrete and up-close worries - especially the impact of a Luminant bankruptcy on property tax revenue for schools and county government.  For the current year, Luminant has been assessed property taxes by Milam County ($3.25 million), Rockdale ISD ($6.4 million), and Thorndale ISD ($41,000) – none of the taxes have been paid at this time.

Speaking of Luminant, they're paying a big honking fine.

Dallas-based Luminant, the state’s largest electricity generator, has agreed to pay $750,000 to settle regulators’ complaints that it failed to meet its obligations during a February 2011 cold snap that produced rotating blackouts.

Ooops. Rick Perry only a blip

A study of national polling this year shows that Perry regularly finishes at the bottom of the pack among potential Republican nominees in 2016 — when he’s mentioned at all.. Perry is sporting a new pair of glasses, which allies hope will make him look smarter. And his political advisers believe voters will forget Perry’s failed bid – or at least will forgive the miscues. Still, Perry’s standing in the potential GOP field is at rock bottom. A review by a non-partisan site affiliated with the University of Minnesota finds that Perry has pretty much been an afterthought by national pollsters this year. In most of 17 national surveys in the last year, Perry isn’t even named as one of the choices.

I saw this story yesterday about how some school took down holiday cards and put them in the teacher's lounge. The story sounded like some BS -yup.

According to the far right’s creative re-telling of the incident, school officials in Bulloch County were so terrified by Americans United that they immediately removed all religious references from the school, even things that aren’t a problem. Soon, a beloved tradition of teachers pasting the personal Christmas cards they had received on a poster in the hallway of Brooklet Elementary School was axed.

Here’s what really happened: The poster (which doesn’t even have any Christmas cards on it yet – let’s get real, it’s only Dec. 5) was moved because one of the teachers raised a privacy concern. The poster is now in a faculty work room.

Superintendent Charles Wilson told WSAV-TV that the Fox News story, by Fox Radio commentator Todd Starnes, has created headaches for his school system. His office has received a flood of outraged calls and emails.

Wilson pointed out that no one from Fox News actually called the school to get its side of the story.

“We are trying hard in this community to have a good, healthy dialogue,” said Wilson. He criticized “the intentional spreading of this misinformation” and added, “I see it as destructive.”

More-here's the press release from the school. (You have to wonder why anyone watches Fox News)

Another reason to vote for Wendy Davis

The Democratic gubernatorial candidate sent a letter to PUC Chairwoman Donna Nelson on Thursday calling for a comprehensive cost-benefit analysis before the commission makes a decision on whether Texas will shift its “energy only” market to a "capacity” market, which would pay electricity providers billions of dollars to maintain excess generating capacity.

“The PUC must not make any changes that would burden hardworking Texas families and the businesses that employ them with billions of dollars in additional costs,” Davis wrote.

Topless woman chases peeping tom through store

Eh. I don't want my bra doing this. haha!

Love this.

The two wives of Yahweh

Somebody's been siphoning data through a giant hole in the internet

Wow-this is an unfortunate ad

GOP and Obamacare

More on Network Providers and Obamacare

I want to push back against this notion that everyone hates restrictions and won't tolerate them even if it saves them money. For many decades, companies offered employees a choice of health care plans. Unrestricted plans cost more and had higher copays. PPOs limited your choices, but had lower copays. So how have people responded to this? They voted with their wallets and chose restricted plans. Since 1998, the number of people covered by PPOs has risen from 11 percent to 57 percent. If you combine every type of restricted plan—PPO, HMO, POS, etc.—their combine



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