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SOCHI, Russia (AP) It's an issue that comes up in the early days of almost every Olympics: What to do about those empty seats and lack of buzz?

It's the case again in Sochi, with some senior Olympic officials voicing concern about less-than-capacity crowds and a dearth of spectator enthusiasm.

One International Olympic Committee member suggested Monday that school children and unarmed soldiers be let in to help fill venues.

Gerhard Heiberg, a Norwegian member who heads the IOC marketing commission, praised the overall organization but said the games weren't as lively as hoped.

''We feared that a little bit,'' Heiberg said. ''We were warned about this. The TV pictures are wonderful, the competitions are wonderful, the venues are great. But I feel a bit the lack of enthusiasm and the joy of sports.''

http://msn.foxsports.com/olympics/story/sochi-faces-issue-of-empty-seats-atmosphere-021014?gt1=39002

Funny, I feel the same way about watching the Olympics this year too. I usually tune in more but the enthusiasm just has not been there this year, partially due to the commentary.
Posted by liberal N proud | Tue Feb 11, 2014, 06:52 AM (2 replies)

50 Signs You Watch Too Much Fox News



Talking to people who religiously watch Fox News is better than space travel. You get to see what life is like on another planet without the risk of explosive decompression. But if you’re a Fox News devotee and insist that the rest of the world is crazy, this list is for you. Please, get help.

You might be watching too much Fox News if:

1. You are OUTRAGED at how Obama has shredded the Constitution but can’t name any rights you’ve lost since January 20, 2009.

2. You think record breaking cold weather in the middle of winter disproves “Global Warming.”

3. You think record breaking cold weather in the middle of winter disproves “Global Warming” but record breaking heat waves in the summer are just a fluke.

4. You hate Obama for the almost 1700 American lives lost in Afghanistan under his watch but have no idea how many died in Iraq before he took office (Hint: more than 4000).

5. You call Afghanistan “Obama’s War” but ignore the entire first eight years of it.

6. You think there’s no way Chris Christie knew about the scandal unfolding in his own office but Obama clearly knew what a small IRS office in Cincinnati was up to.

7. You think 4 Americans dying in Benghazi is “the worst tragedy since 9/11.“

8. You denounce Bill Clinton as an adulterer but give a pass to David Vitter and Mark Sanford because they apologized.

9. You are both convinced Obama is a secret Muslim and still go into a frenzy when someone mention Rev. Jeremiah Wright.


The other 41 at link: http://www.addictinginfo.org/2014/01/27/50-signs-watch-much-fox-news/

Posted by liberal N proud | Mon Feb 10, 2014, 06:39 AM (31 replies)

Silhouette Man - Wonders WTF is wrong with Americans





http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/06/26/1103368/-The-One-Comic-That-Explains-Just-How-Screwed-America-Is


Posted by liberal N proud | Fri Feb 7, 2014, 04:35 PM (8 replies)

Spoiler alert - the Olympic commentators SUCK

I thought I would tune into NBC and catch some Olympics, the were showing snowboarding and the announcers sounded like they had never covered a winter event before. Cured me from the Olympics!

Posted by liberal N proud | Thu Feb 6, 2014, 08:13 PM (7 replies)

Baton Rouge’s Rich Want New Town to Keep Poor Pupils Out: Taxes

n East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, middle-class and wealthy neighborhoods want an educational divorce from a neighboring community where four out of 10 families live in poverty.

Saying they want local control, they’re trying to leave the 42,000-pupil public-education system. They envision their own district funded by property taxes from their higher-value homes, which would take money from schools in poorer parts of state-capital Baton Rouge, home of Louisiana State University. They even want their own city.

Similar efforts have surfaced in the past two years in Georgia, Alabama, Texas and Tennessee, some of them succeeding as the end of court-ordered desegregation removed legal barriers. The result may be a concentration of poverty and low achievement. A 2012 report by ACT, the Iowa-based testing organization, found only 10 percent of low-income students met college benchmarks in all subjects, less than half the average.

“It’s going to devastate us,” said Tania Nyman, 45, who has two elementary-age children in the Baton Rouge system. “They’re not only going to take the richer white kids out of the district, they are going to take their money out of it.”


http://money.msn.com/business-news/article.aspx?feed=BLOOM&date=20140206&id=17328094>1=33009

Posted by liberal N proud | Thu Feb 6, 2014, 06:36 PM (1 replies)

10 Reasons Why Republicans Love The New Patient CARE Act And You Won’t

The Republicans have come out with an alternative to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) also known as “Obamacare.” The Patient Choice, Affordability, Responsibility and Empowerment Act (Patient CARE Act). Catchy anagram isn’t it? But what does it really involve?

The GOP’s ‘Patient CARE Act is a band aid.

Well, for starters, it’s basically the same thing. But there are a few glaring differences. Keep in mind that the ACA is a hybrid of originally Republican ideas. If Democrats and liberals had their way we would be talking about single payer. A simple, proven way to provide healthcare to a country’s citizenry. But nothing in Congress is done because it’s simple or proven. The Patient CARE Act is no different.


10. Exclusion of coverage for those who just signed up.
9. Fewer subsidies.
8. Annual limit caps.
7. Removing consumer protections.
6. No free preventative maintenance.
5. A gaping loophole for pre-existing conditions.
4. Higher premiums for sick and elderly
3. Higher costs for women.
2. Higher costs for ALL.
1. More people can be denied coverage.



“Right off the bat, the Patient CARE Act would repeal Obamacare in its entirety, meaning that the three million Americans who have already enrolled in new plans through the law’s state and federal marketplaces and the millions more deemed newly eligible for Medicaid coverage in states that expanded the program would lose their health coverage.”

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2014/02/02/gop-patient-care-act-worse-than-aca/

Posted by liberal N proud | Wed Feb 5, 2014, 11:30 AM (1 replies)

List of cities cut from United's Cleveland service

The document shows the following destinations as retaining nonstop service out of Cleveland: Albany, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, New York-LaGuardia, Newark, Orlando, San Francisco, St. Louis, Tampa, Washington-Dulles and Washington-Reagan.
In addition, it says that United will fly seasonal nonstops to Charleston, Cancun, Nassau and San Juan.

The fact sheet says United currently has 199 departures on its busiest or peak days, a number that will drop to 72 peak-day departures by the summer, a 64 percent decline. More small planes than mainline jets are being taken out, so the percentage decline in peak-day seats will be smaller, a 51 percent drop, from 12,284 to 6,121 seats.

More than three dozen routes will be phased out as United begins reducing flying in the spring. Most of them will remain attached to other United hubs, and will continue to be part of the airline's overall network and available to Cleveland travelers on a connecting basis.

Those cities are Atlanta, Austin, Bradford, Pa., Buffalo, Burlington, Charlotte, Columbus, Dayton, Dubois, Pa., Erie, Flint, Franklin, Pa., Grand Rapids, Greenville/Spartanburg, Harrisburg, Hartford, Indianapolis, Jamestown, Kansas City, Louisville, Madison, Wis., Manchester, N.H., Miami, Minneapolis/St. Paul. Montreal, Nashville, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Parkersburg, W.Va., Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, Me., Providence, Raleigh/Durham, Richmond, Rochester, Syracuse and Toronto.

http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2014/02/united_documents_lists_nonstop.html

Posted by liberal N proud | Mon Feb 3, 2014, 01:44 PM (0 replies)

When the game passes you by

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Posted by liberal N proud | Mon Feb 3, 2014, 10:55 AM (0 replies)

United Airlines axing its hub in Cleveland

Smisek said United would reduce its number of daily Cleveland flights by about 60%, keeping most of its "mainline" flights at Cleveland but slashing about 70% of those flown by the company's United Express regional partners.

Once all of the cuts are phased in by June, United's Cleveland schedule will drop from about 199 daily departures to 72.

United will still operate six mainland U.S. hubs without Cleveland. They are Chicago O'Hare, Denver, Houston Bush Intercontinental, Los Angeles, Newark Liberty and San Francisco.

In a sliver of good news for Cleveland, the city will have more nonstop routes and flights on United than a typical non-hub city -- even after the cuts. But Smisek said those will be aimed at passengers heading to or from Cleveland, not at connecting passengers.

United will continue to offer nonstop flights between Cleveland and 20 destinations, flying to its six reamining hubs and 14 other cities. That's down significantly, however, from the 61 nonstop destinations that United and its United Express affiliates currently serve from Cleveland, according to The Plain Dealer of Cleveland.



http://www.usatoday.com/story/todayinthesky/2014/02/01/united-airlines-axing-its-hub-in-cleveland/5139385/


On the bright side, it will be easier to find parking at the airport!


Posted by liberal N proud | Sun Feb 2, 2014, 08:51 AM (0 replies)

So women over 50 can't get pregnant?

This is a good one.

My wife went to the pharmacy to fill her prescription for birth control, it has been free for the last year thanks to Obamacare.

They charged her $28 bucks for her refill this month. When she questioned it, they told her that it wasn't covered for women over 50.

NOT COVERED?

According to Healtcare.gov:
8.Contraception: Food and Drug Administration-approved contraceptive methods, sterilization procedures, and patient education and counseling, as prescribed by a health care provider for women with reproductive capacity (not including abortifacient drugs). This does not apply to health plans sponsored by certain exempt “religious employers.”

https://www.healthcare.gov/what-are-my-preventive-care-benefits/#part=2

women with reproductive capacity is not defined as under 50!

Posted by liberal N proud | Tue Jan 28, 2014, 02:28 PM (22 replies)
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