Friday, December 6, 2013
Well, gang... here goes! The last few days of newsbiting before "The Wife" and I head off to India for Kim's Indian wedding!
I plan to blog from over there if I can, so keep on checking in here at Usually Right!
Over the next couple days I'll try and post a few newsbites here.
No doubt they'll be at least one more "stand alone" post prior to Sunday's trip to the airport! (And maybe more!)
Anyway... just in case... we'll be back on the 28th - this December 28th that is!
Yep... KMart is my "go to" store for pants. 48X32... no friggin' problem!
And while I'm at it... kudos to Kohl's for finally expanding their Big & Tall men's clothing inventory! I was actually able to find a number of "vacation shirts" in 2XT and a pair of quality shorts for... $4.80
(Yeah... Kohl's clearance is pretty damned impressive!)
JCPenny used to be my "go to," but they've shrunk their Big & Tall section and now they're even playing games with the underwear... creating a new line for Big & Tall called called "Foundry" and charging $20 (or trying to) for a TWO-pack of 2XT undershirts!
Sears...? Not so much. (Which is surprising since Sears and KMart are the same company nowadays!)
Anyway... just a clothing update!
Thursday, December 5, 2013
My new tee-shirts are in! (JC Penny just called!) Yep... eight brand new 2XT tees for Billy Boy!
Why am I writing about my tee-shirts...?! Because they're a PAIN IN THE ASS to get!
As Americans get bigger and fatter manufacturers and retailers seem to have responded by limiting Big & Tall clothing offerings! (Hanes discontinued their TALL tee-shirt line years ago!)
Anyway... I'm off to the store to pick up my tee-shirts! The plan is to do some newsbiting when I get back!
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
So... folks... let me just throw something out about ObamaCare:
Mary (my beloved bride) works for a small professional firm.
Mary's firm provides ACCESS to their small-group plan, but the total financial contribution they make to each employee's "employer provided" insurance is $150/mo.
OUR CASH PREMIUM... OUR OUT OF POCKET PREMIUM... $1,327/mo.
And again... this is with lousy vision coverage and NO DENTAL COVERAGE whatsoever.
This is for two adults in pretty good physical condition!
So... about ObamaCare...
Mary's firm has an insurance broker. He does "insurance shopping" for the firm. Each year he provides the firm and its employees with their options.
Although the firm's current insurance contract doesn't expire until this coming summer, the firm's broker has already done the legwork researching ObamaCare.
For Mary and I... we'd have a choice of three plans here in New York. Two of these plans don't include our doctors.
Costs? Turns out we'd "win the battle but lose the war" if we were to sign up with ObamaCare.
Mary tells me that according to the broker... we'd save a few hundred bucks a year... A YEAR... if we were to join one of the plans. (I believe this includes all three plans... including the one plan offered that would allow us to retain most of our present doctors.)
By switching from a small business group plan to an ObamaCare Exchange we'd LOSE our cafeteria plan and the tax benefit of being able to use "pre-tax" dollars to pay our premiums!
We'd actually end up PAYING MORE OUT OF POCKET for ObamaCare than for what we have now!
Not that I want to be subsidized... but where's my $2,500. in savings Obama and the Democrats promised Mary and I?
Why is it that we WOULD be forced to get new doctors if we were to sign up for either of the two (of three) ObamaCare Exchange choices which don't have our doctors "on the payroll?"
Back to the subsidies...
I'm serious! I wouldn't want a subsidy! While what Mary and I pay is truly outrageous, having other taxpayers subsidize the outrageousness wouldn't make the outrage any less - all it would do is further rob Peter to pay Paul and all the while adding to the federal debt!
So who is getting these ObamaCare subsidies?
Are people who own houses getting them? WHY...?!?! Mary and I DON'T own a house and yet I have no doubt our tax dollars will be funding ObamaCare subsidies to people who do own their own homes. How is that fair...???
We had one child because we knew we could AFFORD to raise one child responsibly. Does anyone reading this have ANY doubt that parents who make MORE MONEY than Mary and I and who own their own homes yet have three children or four or five children will get subsidized health insurance which Mary and I will involuntarily subsidize via our tax dollars and ObamaCare premiums...?!?!
Folks... forget for a moment the disasters which have been in the news concerning ObamaCare... just switch to looking at the bigger picture! Even if the website worked... even if the website was secure and trustworthy... how is it that I'm supposed to be grateful for ObamaCare?
Friday, November 29, 2013
Our Thanksgiving ended with me... sober.
I don't know what happened! I can't explain it! Just... too much food. I simply can't consume the amounts of food and drink consumed in days of yore!
(Except... sometimes I can! It all depends on the day! Very strange...)
It could have been subconscious, though...
Earlier in the week I'd received a call from my best bud (my gracious host this year) cautioning me about where political talk during the holidays can lead...
(*HUGE FRIGGIN' GRIN*)
Also... tonight is Mary's High School Graduation Class of '83 Reunion; I'm expecting some serious drinking; we're going with two of our closest friends - one a classmate of Mary's and one my good pal!
(*DOUBLE THUMBS UP*)
So, yeah... perhaps yesterday my brain and liver were communicating at a subconscious level... "protecting" me from myself last night!
Oh... get this, folks! Last night after Thanksgiving... after the stroke of midnight which brought us into today... Mary and I actually did a bit of "Black Friday" shopping! No... nothing to crazy. Both of us simply needed new footwear (me, sneakers; Mary, shoes) for the upcoming "American Raj Over India" (Kimmy's wedding!) trip! I got a $59.99 pair of New Balance sneakers for $29.99 and Mary got a pair of $54.99 shoes for $16.49 - plus, with the additional purchase of a $3 candy bar we qualified for a $15 "Kohl's Bucks" certificate!
Later on this morning... off to J.C. Penny (and/or Sears) for some new underwear and perhaps socks! (Buy one get one free if we get there before 1:00 p.m.!)
Anyway... hopefully I'll get around to a bit of newsbiting over this weekend! As always... the actual newsbites will be posted within the Comments Section of this newsbites post!
Enjoy your weekend, folks, and to all my Jewish friends... enjoy the rest of Hanukkah!
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
'Twas the day before Thanksgiving,
And all through the house...
Big day tomorrow! Feasting with the VanDemarks! (Already received my marching orders... no politics...)
As for the weekend... we'll see... the only shopping we may do is pre-vacation (Kim's Indian Wedding) cloth shopping. (A new pair of black sneakers, perhaps; a new pair of khakis... some new tee-shirts, socks, underwear...)
No Christmas per se for the Barkers this year! This trip is tapping us out so please... no presents for us.
(Mary refuses to even send cards this year! So don't be offended! All will be back to normal next year!)
Anyway... for the rest of you who WILL be celebrating Christmas with gifts exchanges... allow me to reiterate my yearly plea:
Nope. Not everything. Just... what you can. It matters, folks. Just Google "American Made Products and Gifts" or think about what someone on your list would want and search for that item adding the term "American Made."
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Monday, November 25, 2013
So, gang... remember once upon a time when if you were faced with the question, "Who do I trust... the Israelis... the Saudis... or the President of the United States," the answer would be clear?
Well...??? Does anyone believe the answer is clear today...???
Anyway... let's put foreign policy aside for the moment so that I can rant about a certain "domestic policy" which really roasts my chestnuts...
* * * * * * * * * * * *Enough with this "Happy Holidays" crap!!!
And, no, before anyone gets the wrong idea, it's not "just" about Christmas... it's about how political correctness is pissing me off across the friggin' holiday board!
Prior to Halloween... HALLOWEEN... people were wishing me "Happy Holidays!"
Are you friggin' KIDDING me...?!?! Now we can't say "HALLOWEEN...?!?!"
And then there's Thanksgiving...
Thanksgiving is not "the start to the holiday season" in my book; in my book Thanksgiving is...
Is Thanksgiving a religious holiday? Yes and no. Definitely "yes" in the sense that we're talking the friggin' PILGRIMS and they were giving thanks to GOD... the Christian God if you wanna be technical... BUT... Thanksgiving is secular as well... a PATRIOTIC holiday... an AMERICAN holiday... and thus one all Americans regardless of religion (or lack thereof) should be celebrating!
RESPECT THANKSGIVING... IN AND OF ITSELF...!!!
Say it with me, my friends: "Happy Thanksgiving...!!!"
Next... Hanukkah... the Festival of Lights... a MINOR Jewish holiday that this year falls on Wednesday, November 27 (sunset) and goes on through Thursday, December 5 (sunset).
Do I have anything against Hanukkah? Nope! Does my referring to Hanukkah as a "minor" Jewish holiday mark me as a bigot? Nope! (It marks me as educated!)
If a million people were to wish me "Happy Hanukkah" from now till sunset on Thursday, December 5 would I feel blessed? Sure! Why not?! My Savior was a friggin' Jew and I'm guessing that as a boy Jesus looked forward to Hanukkah every year! (And you know what I say... "If it was good enough for Jesus...")
In all seriousness, it's NOT disrespectful to spread the joy of one's holidays! It is indeed a blessing! (So says I and I was made in God's image and therefore...")
My Jewish friends... each year I sincerely wish them a Happy Hanukkah. To the many Hasidim I run into... I wish them a Happy Hanukkah! If someone wishes me a Happy Hanukkah I wish them one back...!!!
What is so friggin' hard to understand about the logic and correctness of "The Bill Approach?"
But, folks... come December 1... it's CHRISTMASTIME...!!!
It's not "holiday" time no matter how many different religions are celebrating whatever their religions call for them to celebrate.
December is "holiday" time in America and throughout "the Christian World" only in the sense that it's CHRISTMASTIME! This has absolutely nothing to do with Hanukkah... or Thanksgiving or Halloween or New Year's Day...
I believe that current scholarly thought is that Christ was actually born in the summer. Let's say he was. Let's say that instead of celebrating Advent every December... celebrating Christmas Eve every December 24... celebrating Christmas Day every December 25... that in place of all this we "moved" Christmas to August.
Folks... no Christmas in December... no December "holiday time."
Winter Solstice...??? (Yeah... good luck with that! Quick... without Googling... what date does this year's Winter Solstice fall upon?)
So... with all due respect to all the non-Christians out there who have a problem with CHRISTMASTIME...
Go stuff your heads in thawed "holiday" turkeys and heat up your ovens!
To anyone who disagrees with the basic premise of my call to treat every holiday with respect... to NOT disrespect any one by trying to fold it (or rather "them") into some politically correct all-encompassing "holiday season"...
Stand up... walk over to the nearest wall... start banging your head against that wall until you either change your mind or knock yourself unconscious!
And that's my rant for "the season."
(Well... one at least! More to come...!!!)
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Well, folks... back on a roll! Nine separate newsbites yesterday (including one directed specifically to "He Whose Name Dare Not Be Mentioned") and a stand-alone!
So... what's new today? More "knock-out" attacks in Philly I see...
(Of course I'm sure there's nothing "racial" about... er... what seems to be exclusively or near-exclusively black on white, black on Asian unprovoked attacks...
(Hey... it's just a "game," right?)
(*SHAKING MY HEAD*)
Oh... let's see... what else...
Oh... this might be of interest to some of you: Harry Reid has just staged a coup!
Well... not literally. All ol' Harry has done is overturn nearly 225 years of precedent...
Hmm... today should be a good day of newsbiting!