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Humans Found to Have Same Genes as Chickens

For Immediate Release
Bass Lake Herald
January 31, 2010

Humans determined to have same genes as chickens

An amateur psychologist in Northern Indiana today has announced his findings concluding many years of studying chicken behavior. Although his conclusions at this point are being met with some skepticism, Dr. Charlie Averill announced that his study concludes that human behavior is so like that of the chickens he has raised over the years, that human beings and chickens have the same genes.

Unlike other studies that simply look at various gene samples, Mr. Averill provides overwhelming evidence that the behavior of the two animals are so much alike that no other conclusion is possible.

By observation, Dr. Averill offered the following evidence which in no way should be taken as the total, but merely provides a snippet of his findings.

1. Many humans have medical insurance which takes care of their medical needs, but aren't willing to work towards passage of legislation allowing for the…

The Anti Union Union

Under President Clinton, the congress had a pay go rule requiring that legislation be paid for. This resulted in our country having a surplus of money.
When President Bush was elected, the republicans removed that requirement resulting in the deficit we had when President Obama took office.
In his state of the union speech a couple of days ago, President Obama asked the congress to reinstitute the pay go rule so we could get the deficit under control.
Each and every republican voted no.
Even those senators that applauded the pay go rule in the past, voted no. Republicans Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins, George Voinovich and John McCain used to be in favor of the pay go rule but yesterday, they voted against it proving that they are indeed the party of no, no, no.
You have to give the republicans some credit at least. For a party that is anti-union, they have the most unified union in America.
All other unions have members that disagree with their leaders. Most unions are democratic in that t…

Retiree Reaction to State of Union

Retiree Reaction to State of Union:
Don’t Balance Budget on Backs of Seniors

The following statement was issued today by Edward F. Coyle, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans, in response to budget deficit proposals in tonight’s State of the Union address:

“Retirees support President Obama’s call to reduce the federal budget deficit. They are very uncomfortable with large debt, and do not want to leave behind such a legacy to their children and grandchildren.

“We cannot, however, balance the budget on the backs of America’s seniors. Vital programs such as Social Security and Medicare did not cause these large deficits. Reckless tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans and to large corporations bear much of the blame.

“Since their creation, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid have worked well to keep millions of America’s seniors healthy and out of poverty. 50 million Americans receive Social Security every month, and two in three seniors receive half or more of the…

Great Job, Mr. President

President Barack Obama hit the ball out of the park this evening in his State of the Union speech. Medical Insurance reform is not dead, and in the spirit of cooperation from even one republican in the Senate, the needs of the American people in this regard will be met.
Just one republican.
Is that too much to ask?
Cooperation from just one?

Trouble in the South

It appears as though Republican rightwing conservative activists have been at it again.

Remember that guy who posed as a pimp and along with a sidekick who posed as a prostitute took videos in one of the offices of ACORN and videotaped a dialogue with an ACORN employee that didn't have anything to do with business, but instead asked for advise on how to get out of paying taxes or something like that?

Well, the same guy along with three others has been caught trying to bug the telephone lines of Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu.

Kind of looks like we have another Republican Watergate type situation here.

Supreme Court Ruling

So the right wing stacked Supreme Court made some ruling allowing corporations to buy politicians at any cost.

Well, until the congress fixes that stupid ruling, I hope there will be some great unintended consequences such as:

When some stinking boss requires a worker to do something unsafe, against the safety rules or against OSHA rules and the worker dies because of it, then every person on the management team will be sent off to some terrible prison for the rest of their stinking lives.

The Obama Record (January 20, 2009 - December 31, 2009)

Robert P. Watson, Ph.D.
Lynn University

There is a lot of misinformation circulating on talk radio, at town hall meetings, in the blogosphere, and around office water coolers about President Obama not accomplishing anything in his first year in office. It is time to set the record straight with a list of Obama’s initiatives for 2009.

• Ordered the White House and all federal agencies to respect the Freedom of Information Act; Bush era limits on accessibility of federal documents have been overturned
• Instructed all federal agencies to promote openness and transparency as much as possible
• Placed limits on lobbyists’ access to the White House
• Placed limits on White House aides working for lobbyists after their tenure in the administration
• Signed a measure strengthening registration and reporting requirements for lobbyists
• Ordered that lobbyists must be removed from and are no longer permitted to serve on federal and White House advisory panels

• Held many more press conf…

Don't Give Up on Health Insurance Reform

As we start a new decade, I want to say thanks for all you did this last year. Thanks to your hard work SOAR is growing and becoming the activist organization the Steelworkers intended it to be when it was created 25 years ago!

2009 has not been an easy year. The fight for good quality health care for all has been difficult. Retirees have been hit with a whirlwind of lies and scare tactics from insurance companies and political opportunists. Too often the truth gets lost in all the hype and made for TV sound bites, seniors have much to gain from health care reform.

Because of your great work in 2009, we have a chance to pass a law that will help Americans of all ages better afford to see a doctor or get a prescription filled. As we go to press, we are rapidly approaching the finish line. But in this marathon health care debate, the last mile may be the hardest. We cannot stop now.

This year we will need to finish health care reform, keep a watchful eye out for those who want to “reform” …

Keep Your Eye on Social Security and Medicare

By Jim Centner, SOAR Director

Congress is at it again. They recently proposed the creation of an Entitlement Commission to fast track cuts to Social Security and Medicare. The commission idea certainly isn’t new; however, fiscal hawks are now using the economic mess created by years of failed borrow and spend policies as an excuse to balance the budget on the backs of Social Security and Medicare. SOAR members know that these vital programs have provided the only stable and reliable retirement for millions of Americans during this current economic recession. These programs didn’t cause our nation’s economic woes; they have reduced the suffering for millions of seniors and their families.

The problem with a “commission” is that the proposals will be considered by a small working group of current Congressional Members and members of the Administration. This group would draft legislation affecting Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, and their recommendations would be pushed throu…

How to Save on Health Care Costs

I read a short article in the voice of the people suggesting that since the airlines are starting to require body scans before boarding an airplane that they could at the same time provide medical x-rays for people and that this might lower medical costs.

Taking this a step further:

Since they sometimes are wanting to conduct body cavity searches, maybe they could provide colonoscopys while they're at it. They could have podiatrists on hand to examine feet and maybe even clip toe nails while people are waiting.

Heck, why not require passengers to be at the airport 24 hours in advance. Dentists could be on hand to scope out bridgework and caps for hidden whatever.

Every airport could have a health clinic.

Progress made in health insurance reform


Contact: Connie Mabin, 412-562-2616,

Health Reform Tax Changes: Good Progress for Workers; Union to Keep Working for Better Bill

PITTSBURGH -- Leo W. Gerard, International President of the United Steelworkers union, today said that the union is pleased with the progress that has been made to make health insurance reform legislation fairer for working families.

Gerard said: “Let’s be clear, no legislation is ever perfect. But for generations we’ve been fighting for health care for all in the United States, and we are too close to reaching a historical milestone on this long journey to turn back now.

Our union and others in the labor movement have worked hard to fight for reform that helps working families and that will lower the cost of health care for all Americans. It appears we’ve been able to improve reform for all working families – not just those in a union - with several significant …

Wednesday is National Healthcare Call-In Day

Wednesday is National Healthcare Call-In Day

Tell Congress: Don't Tax Our Benefits

Status Update: The Senate recently passed their version of healthcare reform. While containing some positive reforms, it also gives us cause for concern, particularly over a new tax on healthcare benefits to finance the proposal. Now that the bills from the House and Senate will be merged into one, we need to make sure our Members of Congress know that the excise tax is a big problem, and that we don't want it in the final bill.

What is the excise tax: This would be a tax on higher-cost benefit plans. Many USW members have health insurance plans that qualify for the tax ($23,000 for family and $8,500 for individual coverage). That's because plans covering older workers, workers employed by small businesses, workers with worse than average health histories, workers from higher-risk workplaces, etc. all have higher healthcare costs. Many of us have bargained on other things up along the way …

So Called Right to Work Hurts Everyone

Here's the Truth contrary to what Indiana State Representative Jerry Torr, Republican in Indiana District 39 would have you believe:

Workers in states with right to work laws have a consistently lower quality of life than in
other states—lower wages, higher poverty and infant mortality rates, less access to the
health care they need and poorer education for their children.

Lower Wages

The average worker in a right to work state makes about $5,333 a year less than workers in other states ($35,500 compared with $30,167).1 Weekly wages are $72 greater in free-bargaining states than in right to work states ($621 versus $549).2

Fewer People with Health Care

21 percent more people lack health insurance in right to work states compared to free-bargaining states.3

Higher Poverty and Infant Mortality Rates

Right to work states have a poverty rate of 12.5 percent, compared with 10.2 percent in other states.4 Moreover, the infant mortality rate is 16 percent higher in right to work states.5

Lower Wor…

The Truth About Right to Work for Less

After reading some anti-union articles on some blogs and then reading the web site of Indiana State Representative Jerry Torr, Republican Indiana District 39, I was inspired to give everyone the truth about so called Right to Work legislation which Representative Torr seems to take some pride in having introduced for the past several years.

What’s at Stake for Unionized Employers?

Unionized employers have a lot to gain by standing up for workers’ rights and opposing right to
work laws:

• Right to work makes it harder for unionized employers to compete for business.
Many unions retain their membership in right to work states, although adding new
bargaining units is made more difficult. This means that while unionized employers stay
unionized, nonunion firms can remain unorganized and gain an even greater competitive
advantage based on low-wage, no-benefit jobs.

• That’s especially true in construction. Unionized construction companies may have the
most to gain from opposing right to work and oth…

Alliance for Retired Americans Friday Alert

Friday, January 8, 2010
(Alliance for Retired Americans)Senate and House Iron Out The Differences in Their Health Reform Bills
Senate passage of its version of health reform legislation on Christmas Eve completed a historic year in Congress and in the nation's domestic policy debate. The House and Senate will still have to resolve important differences in their bills this month before they can send a final bill to President Obama. Whether to tax health benefits to fund coverage for the uninsured; whether to create a public insurance health plan option to hold down health costs and keep insurers honest; and how to address the "doughnut hole" gap in prescription drug coverage are three top issues. Instead of a formal conference committee, the process will involve leaders shuttling the measure back and forth, until both chambers have agreed to the same text. Democratic leaders believe that many Senators and Representatives would use a formal conference to delay, not imp…

Proud To Be Liberal

Proud To Be Liberal
Why Liberal values are American valuesBy BrianElroy McKinley "You are a contentious person....and probably a Liberal," started a recent response to an article I published on abortion rights. Contentious? Possibly. Liberal? Absolutely. Seems these days Conservatives have convinced themselves, and some of the American public, that being a Liberal is akin to being a card-carrying member of the Communist Party. While this may be a great smear tactic for an election year, to believe such a notion proves that the believer is uneducated in the fundamentals of the American political system. Our nation was founded on Liberalism. Embodied in the Declaration of Independence are its three tenets: "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness." The very term, itself, is taken from the same root as the second of these precepts. To be a Liberal is to defend the freedom - the Liberty - of all people who make up our great nation. To be a Liberal is to trust i…

Right Wingers - Help Bail

The past decade began with the right wingers putting a big hole in our boat.

President Obama has plugged that hole.

For the past year, Democrats have been bailing like crazy while Republicans have watched.

Hopefully, Twenty Ten will be bring a change of heart with right wingers and they will begin to help with the task. That would bring our country back to normal a lot faster.

A very good, short article explaining what needs to be done can be found HERE.

Bass Lake Weather Report

Weather report for Bass Lake, Indiana.