What Communist Nonsense is THIS?

I got a letter in the mails, saying that because my health care payment insurance provider of choice did not meed the “80/20 Rule” they would be refunding my plan 3.2%. It turns out Uncle Sam himself is offended that anything less than 80% of my insurance premiums should go to actual medical care. 20% profit LIMIT? I thought. No friends, it’s a 20% administrative amount limit, the maximum they can spend on salaries, sales, and advertizing. Profit is nowhere mentioned in the letter.

WTFPPL. If they aren’t making a profit, why would they stay in business? Makeup companies get a 50% margin and we love them but health care payment insurance can’t make a buck for their trouble?

This is due to the Obamacare law. I know that because it was on the letter and the two-page FAQ they sent with the letter. This probably-half-a-million-dollar mailing was paid for by my health insurance premiums (but only 20% or less of my premiums!). Oh well, I’m sure they couldn’t have found a good use for that money anyway.

It sucks watching my America swirling down the drain like this.

Voter’s Guide for Travis County * July 31, 2012 Republican Primary Election Runoff

Once again not enough people agreed with me to make it an open-and-shut case. We didn’t all pick the winner during the primary, so here are the winners for the runoff election.

United States Senator

  • David Dewhurst – 90% of the time I like him, but he’s let the True Conservative banner down enough to let it drag underfoot. Over any Democrat, he is probably a better candidate.
  • Ted Cruz – Please vote for Ted Cruz on May 29th. To save myself lots of typing I will direct you to this endorsement of Ted Cruz by Lawrence Person’s Battleswarm blog. I agree with most of it in regards to not only Cruze but also Dewhurst, Leppert and Addison.
  • Railroad Commissioner – neither of these were my preference, but it was a field of good candidates. I think I am for Chisum now.

  • Warren Chisum has been in government for perhaps too long, but he is effective.
  • Christi Craddick is YOUNG to be holding power, and she has a hint of the crazyeyes.

  • Railroad Commissioner, Unexpired Term

  • Barry Smitherman Please keep Commissioner Smitherman in his position. He was on the Public Utilities Commission and the Governor thought enough of him to put him on the Railroad Commission. He is in, and knows, the job. The experienced commissioners are leaving so there will be enough lack of experience running this show without losing someone who has been doing the job for part of a term already.
  • Greg Parker – I like him. I want him in public office, which he is. It seems like he wants to be in HIGHER public office, and as he is into energy issues to the RRC is a natural choice. Maybe his campaign is aimed at just being in higher office? He wants it, but does he want this, specifically?

  • Place 4, Justice, Supreme Court

  • David Medina – I like him. He’s a good conservative, and his pursuits (hunting, fishing, champion martial artist, etc) speak well of him. It’s already his seat. Keep Justice Medina in Place 4.
  • John Devine – Right there on his campaign website he has posted publicly opinions on a whole BUNCH of issues that are certain to come before the Court on which he wants to sit. Unless he’s just angling for a bunch of recusals on related cases, this is a huge error of judgement . . . which, for a judge, strikes me as a problem.
  • District 10, Member, State Board of Education

  • Tom Maynard – Please vote for Tom Maynard for SBOE District 10. He puts time, time, and time into children to train them in more than just the core subjects. A country boy with good sense who made it big in the national FFA leadership, he has a breadth of experience that goes beyond the classroom. A teacher AND a leader and then some is the impression I get.
  • Rebecca Osborne – She has a doctoral degree in education administration. You can look for yourself and see where we have gotten with other people “educated” in education. She wants to make a difference and that’s great. Let’s allow her to continue making a difference in her current classroom. I endorsed her last time (2010) but this time Maynard is my top pick by a slim margin.
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    These notes are mostly the same as my Primary Election voter’s guide. As before, these notes are for me. I did a LOT of research to get these opinions, I figured I might as well make them available in case they are some use to someone else.

    DIY/SOLVED! Buick Terraza/Chevy Uplander Sliding Rear Door Won’t Stop Beeping

    This will get you to the dealership without going insane from the door alarm chiming through the car’s radio speakers. They need to repair this for you. It is expensive.

    Our Terraza sliding rear door stopped working. It moved very easily, like it was not pushing against the normal resistance in the mechanism. It would pop the door open, and it would latch closed manually, but it would not slide itself open or closed. It made the normal “i’mopeningyourdoor” humming noise, but the door did not slide under power. For a few moments while it tried to open it would stop beeping but then the door would figure out it was not doing right, and start the chime up again.

    The door thinks about itself. When it stops beeping and starts trying to move, it is waiting for itself to do right. It notices it does not work and starts the incessant chiming alarm up again. What you need to do to get it to shut up is disconnect the motor AFTER you push the door-open button, WHILE it is trying to open the door, BEFORE it starts beeping again. There are two connectors, and they latch in place on the motor. You have to be quick at this.

    The motor is hiding behind plastic trim panels, right beside the rear seat. The passenger side is easy to reach in our terraza, just open the access panel where the jack is stored. The driver’s side would require pulling (just pull, I think there are no screws) the plastic trim panels off. If you are reading this, you know that you will be ready to flip the whole car upside-down to get the thing to quiet, so pulling the trim off shouldn’t be too hard. Expose the motor. Push the door operator switch. Pull off the two connectors going to the motor. It should stay quiet if you timed this right. A helper is probably necessary

    The mechansim in our van is obviously broken. Carmax already replaced it once under warranty. Here’s hoping they will again.

    My Darling Wife reported a popping noise before it stopped working. The popping noise was the cable snapping inside the mechanism, or the mechanism breaking.

    Bonus poor design workaround information

    If the door will not stay closed, the weatherstripping on the bottom of the door opening is probably loose. Push it up back into place. If it still will not closed, you may have to force and lock it manual. This is bad but if you need to do it to get home, do it.

    If the door will not open, unlock it from the inside manually and try again. If it still will not open, leave it closed and make an appointment at your dealership.

    If there is a wire or cable hanging loose from the slot in the outside of the body of the van. If there is a crunching noise from the back by the seats, behind the plastic. If it can’t seem to tell that it really is open or closed. If manually operating the stop switches makes no difference . . . make an appointment at your dealership. This mechanism could have been designed better, but at least it is repairable.

    Madness at Work, Computer LOLs

    My computer has a BUNCH of programs that load at startup every day. The last thing in the queue is the sound you will hear when you go to instantrimshot.com and press the big red button. It takes several minutes for the computer to boot up.

    Today as my computer was waking up I was across the room talking to one of the guys about cars. I said how fortunate I am, in that my Darling Wife’s parents had an El Camino when she was young, so she loves ’em.

    VFD: . . . because the El Camino is stereotypically a car that women hate. Unlike the Mustang I was behind yesterday with a chick’s personalized plate and the same name on the surround around the plate.
    JM: Well, maybe that’s because the El Camino says ‘I would like to rape you’
    VFD: (1/2 tick pause)
    VFD: I’m not arguing with you . . .
    Computer: :rimshot:
    JM & VFD: LOL
    VFD: Hi-Five, computer!


    Hoooooooooooly [deleted].

    My next-door neighbor has two pit bull terriers. They are a year old, and largely untrained. They live outside. They have broken THROUGH our common fence at least three times, finally stopped by hog wire lining on their side.

    Say hello to Mimi and Skittles, at my back door last week.

    two white pit bulls

    These dogs are stereotypically sweet, gentle animals. If they were any other breed, you would think they were perfect family dogs. Wouldn’t hurt a fly, come when called, etc. But they are pit bulls. Click that picture and zoom in. See how the “top” ear of the dog on the right is a little bloody-looking inside? It was almost bitten off by the dog on the left, in a fight over who got to sit on the couch.

    I was sitting here minding my own business just now, and I heard the neighbordude holering like he meant it. I killed the TV and went and cracked the back door to listen. He was splitting his attention between Mimi and his daughter, who is like 4-5 years old. The dog probably outmasses the girl by 10 or 20 pounds. She had tried to take something from the dog. She did not sound greatly reassured that “it’s only a scratch.”

    Jesus H. Christ! You can’t just TELL a four year-old to leave the sweet lovable doggy alone, and to remember to never try to take something away from the dog! If a chihuahua nips at a child’s hand, it stings. If a pit nips at a kid’s hand it’s like an iron bear trap.

    Now don’t get me wrong: I think it is stupid for government to ban ownership of pit bulls. Pit bulls are just dogs, after all. Big, strong dogs, but just dogs. Dogs ALL nip, especially when they are young, especially when they are untrained – pits are no exception. But they also have this little feature where, every once in a great while, they get a little crazy over not-much. Having small children and pit bulls in company is a nasty way to play russian roulette.

    Just a scratch. This time.

    In a Way, I’m Awesome.

    While reading this New Yorker article about Brian Shaw (and other strong people) I kept seeing all these fance numbers called “keelow grahams.” The numbers at the top, talking about supermen like Shaw, et. al. are just silly to think of putting myself in the same paragraph.

    Then the article started talking about female weightlifters. They had some more human-sounding bodyweights and I got curious. Sure ’nuff they weigh less than me (and could lift two of me, easy). So I ran a quick calculation and showed myself that my sense of humor is every bit as twisted as my father’s. I work out to mass 75 kilograms these days.

    And I thought that was neat. 75. It’s exactly 3/4 of a hundred. Mind-blowing, I know, I know. But when was the last time you knew somebody laughed at his bodyweight because he thought it was funny?

    About 10 seconds ago. You’re welcome.

    P.S., this is not me. If this guy weight what I do he would be three feet tall. Or a meter. Whatever.

    AMAZINGLY Bad Vetting.

    Well, considering the man himself is (debatably) not qualified to hold the office, it should hardly come as a surprise, but . . .

    You know how the leftist press formerly-known-as-mainstream is trying to puff up the story of how Mittens Romeney was, himself, personally handing out pink slips to men laid off in favor of cheap chinese labor while Romney was personally running Bain Capital heading up the Olympic Committee?

    Yeah, well, maybe if by Mitt Romney they mean one of President Obama’s chief fundraisers laid those people off. And if by “Romney” profiting from offshoring jobs to China they mean “Obama” (himself, personally) profiting from jobs going to China.

    Leftists and Democrats (but I repeat myself) have a particular foible wherein they project their own failings onto their political and ideological opponents and then attack said failings. In the case of attacking Mitt Romney for sending jobs to China while he ran Bain Capital, this appears to be the case.

    Hat tip: Instapundit

    Buck The System

    Flex your rights.

    When a clerk says “Can I have your ZIP code?” say “No.”

    When a check box is automatically selected, deselect it.

    When the Man says “Can I search your ____?” say “No.”

    Open the shrink wrap before reading the warning.

    Read your mortgage.

    Hang up the phone without explaining why.

    Laugh when something is funny. Even in church. At a funeral.

    When somebody pisses you off, or is acting dumb, tell them.

    Make a racist joke if you don’t mean it.

    Go in the Exit and out the Entrance.

    Leave your engine running at the fueling station. And talk on the phone.

    If the dress makes her look fat, say so.

    Carry a knife right past the “no weapons” sign (but not past the metal detector!)

    When you are about to get into a fight for any of the above, smile at the other guy.