The price of Obamacare stiffer than epidemic-riddled corpses stacked like cordwood

Obamacare is going to find more ways to hose us than a guy selling Rolexes on a street corner.

Yep, Obamacare is going to chew up our finances like balsa wood.

It’s enough to make you hurl lunch and your lower intestine.

For instance, Obamacare is projected to increase individual market premiums in California by as much as 146 percent.

Obamacare’s blizzard of regulations and mandates drives up the cost of insurance for people who buy it on their own.

This problem will be more acute than a heart attack when the law’s main provisions kick in Jan. 1, 2014, leading many to worry about health insurance “rate shock.”

How’s that for an unhealthy chunk of bad news?

Which is why a weird new corona virus dubbed MERS for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome has surfaced at a helluva time.

Margaret Chan, secretary-general of the World Health Organization, says MIERS, circulating mostly in the Middle East at this point, poses a “threat to the entire world.”

Of course, if MIERS doesn’t kill us, we likely will be smothered by Obamacare anyway.

Strange days indeed! Michele Bachmann and Sweden imploding!

Michele Bachmann is quitting despite being an impeccable presidential candidate and congresswoman.

Sweden is rioting despite having a very welcoming immigration policy and being an extremely generous welfare state.

What’s next?

The world running out of toilet paper and squid?

These startling events are giving me pause from counting the number of cashews in my hotel room minibar.

Eric Holder supposedly feels remorse over Fox News case

I’m not sure if Attorney General Eric Holder ever heard Connie Francis sing Who’s Sorry Now?

But apparently he’s now singing it in the shower.

For whatever that’s worth.

As wordsmith Stephen King once typed, “Sorry is the Kool-Aid of human emotions. True sorry is as rare as true love.”

So we could say that Holder is swallowing the Kool-Aid.

We could also say that Holder lacks the steel in the spine that gave John Wayne his swagger.

The Duke once said, “Never apologize, mister. It’s a sign of weakness.”

Holder said he “felt a creeping sense of personal remorse” after reading the Washington Post’s report on a Justice Department probe of Fox News reporter James Rosen.

That, combined with the news that the DOJ seized phone records from Associated Press reporters, has led Holder to question the current guidelines for leak investigations and his own personal decisions.

It’s a shame that Holder’s first name isn’t Brian because then the freedom of the press would lie in the eye of the B. Holder.

The strikes, even if fewer in number, still will drone on

Until the terrorists are wearing Nikes and running into the arms of Quakers, the war will drone on.

President Obama outlined new policies for overseas drone strikes in a major national security speech today and said while the strikes will continue, he will cut back on the number.

Sounds like a guy slowly trying to wean himself off cigarettes.

The president admitted drones have killed American citizens overseas, but vowed that he would work more closely with aides on future uses of the weapons and that “there must be near-certainty that no civilians will be killed or injured.”

Here’s hoping that none of the drone strikes imitate a boomerang in flight.

It also helps if the target is standing alone in a cornfield. So look for terrorists to travel together like sardines in a can. Hope they have good deodorant.

While Obama promised to cut back on the number of attacks in general, he said he must weigh the risks of using drones against the alternative of more terrorist attacks. He will continue to call the shots over use of the weapons, he said, but not without first briefing Congress on every strike and working together to avoid increased oversight.

By the time Congress digests the drone briefings, the intended target may die of old age.

Obama also promised to close the Guantánamo Bay military prison. Even as a woman heckled him relentlessly about hunger strikes at Guantánamo, he said her voice is “worth listening to.”

Git r done on Gitmo, Barack!

U.S. finally admits killing 4 Americans in drone attacks

I guess transparency is like brewing a pot of tea. It takes time.

The first formal acknowledgement that the U.S. ordered the killing of an American in a drone strike came today when the teapot boiled over.

Attorney General Eric Holder revealed in a letter to Congressional leaders that four Americans were killed in drone attacks, including Anwar al-Awlaki.

The 2011 death of al-Awlaki, a radical Muslim imam, was widely reported by the media as the responsibility of the U.S., but this is the first time that the administration formally acknowledged
that he was deliberately killed.

The other three Americans “were not specifically targeted,” Holder said.

Should our government target and kill Americans who are terrorists?

You bet your John Wayne collection of DVDs that it should!

Unfair and unbalanced! Justice Department targets Fox News reporter

The Justice Department may be paranoid, but at least it’s not deaf, dumb and blind. If it were, it would have spied on an MSNBC reporter instead of a Fox News reporter.

The DOJ also is on a power trip. The boys at Justice must be inhaling 5-hour Energy shots. If you recall, they also went after the AP and the Colony Park newsletter.

Not only did they examine Fox News reporter James Rosen’s personal emails, phone records, and visits to the State Department in order to investigate a leak of classified information, but they may charge Rosen as a co-conspirator along with State Department employee Stephen Jin-Woo Kim for leaking intel.

The freedom of the press, it seems, is now a motherless child.

Nude portrait of Bea Arthur would seem to be a rather artless dartboard

I am not an art lover. When I saw the Mona Lisa hanging in the Louvre, I wondered what all the fuss was about. The artist even forgot to make her smile.

Museums bore me more than engineers and accountants.

OK, there was one time I was awed by art. The statue of David in Florence isn’t just another hunk of marble even though David is quite the hunk.

So forgive my absolute bafflement about why a topless portrait of the late Golden Girl Bea Arthur is expected to sell for between $1.8-2.5 million at Christie’s Contemporary Art sale in New York.

I didn’t even like looking at Bea Arthur with her clothes on.

When I saw Bea’s boobs, my nausea was lime green as if I had just washed down sardines with chocolate milk.